[P2] Android is a good operating system on phones and tablets, but I think its limitations would start becoming a lot more apparent when you put it on a computer.
Jobs & Joblessness:
[J1] Too many heroes become dead heroes. In some situations, more would-be heroes are dying than those killed initially.
[J2] Joblessness kills. Which is why, if we ever reach a post-employment future, it can’t actually become a post-employment future. (Yes, they did control for the usual suspects.)
Energy & Environment:
[EE1] James Pethokoukis has some good ideas on how to reconcile climate change intervention with conservatism.
[EE2] The US Energy Secretary wants to find ways to capture carbon dioxide on the cheap. If anything will save us, it’ll be this.
[EE3] Gas prices might be lowered by molecule-sorting material.
[EE4] The natural gas boom has frustrated, somewhat, those that believe that we need to be focusing 100% on renewables. I have to confess, upon hearing that it’s undermining the nuclear renaissance, I felt a similar thing. Related: According to Tim Worstall, Fukushima killed no one.
[T1] The car-buying flow chart. It suggested a Ford C-Max to me.
[T2] Should we reconsider the laws against helmetless bike riding?
[T3] Jim Henry looks at the relationship between Hyundai and Kia and attempts to keep the identities different. The badging of identical cars is one of those things that, while I understand on one level, I will never really understand.
[T4] Google Street View catches the end of a relationship.
Entertainment & Culture:
[EC1] Apparently, used video games allow publishers to charge more for new ones.
[EC2] We may be able to watch sporting events in hologram. It’s an interesting concept, though I have mixed feelings on how fun that would be in practice.
[EC3] How superhero storytelling has infected movies and other entertainment. And not for the better.
[EC4] Mara Wilson has an insider’s prospective on why child stars go off the deep end.
[W1] Jon Last looks at nations worldwide and their attempts to boost birthrates.
[W2] The Christian Science Monitor on South Korea’s ascent.
[W3] The suburbanization of British Jews and Indians.
[W4] An interesting look at why China’s filmmakers hate Japan, and why it matters. Over 200 anti-Japanese films come out of China a year.
[WE1] Swedish college is free, but their students get out with almost as much student debt as our students do.
[WE2] Germany is exporting its dual-education system. I’d thought I’d read somewhere that they were moving away from that. Glad to hear that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Earth & Beyond:
[EB1] What happens when galaxies collide.
[EB2] A cool algorishm finds face-like structures on Earth’s surface.
[EB3] Here is what Pangea may have looked like, with modern national borders.
[EB4] Water from a Canadian mine appears to be over a billion years old.