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Saturday, March 9

9th Mar - Weekender: Off-Topic

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Weekend Lecture: Michael Porter w/ Charlie RoseGlobal Macro Monitor

Historical Echoes: The Founding and Foundation of the New York FedLiberty Street

The comprehensive, fully caffeinated guide to coffee at workQuartz

Send in the ClownsProject Syndicate
Chinese bloggers, American Tea Party activists, British Europhobes, Egyptian Islamists, Dutch populists, Greek ultra-rightists, and Thai "red shirts" all share one thing: contempt for their countries' elites. And now Italy has Beppe Grillo, the first professional comedian to lead a major political party in Europe.

Fatal Thaws – Project SyndicateProject Syndicate
Following the Soviet Union's collapse, conflicts that had been "frozen" within the constraints of Cold War geopolitics began to "unfreeze," leading to violent clashes in some areas. Now, the world is experiencing a second unfreezing, triggered by globalization, and is at risk of a third should the EU collapse.

The Long Apprenticeship of Roman Coppolaco.create
Academy award-nominated screenwriter and director Roman Coppola grew up in a filmmaking family, but his success in Hollywood is the result of collaborations both familial and otherwise.

How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars'Businessweek

This is the future of TVQuartz

Still Abiding After 15 Years: The Laid-Back World of 'Big Lebowski' WorshipThe Atlantic
A decade and a half after its initial release in cinemas, the Coen brothers' strange cult comedy often gets mined for—and sometimes creates—spiritual meaning.

Scientists Find Way to Image Brain Waste Removal ProcessScience Blog
A novel way to image the entire brain’s glymphatic pathway, a dynamic process that clears waste and solutes from the brain that otherwise might build-up and contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, may provide the basis for a new strategy to evaluate disease susceptibility,

Up All Night: The science of sleeplessnessThe New Yorker

The Mastermind effectBritish Psychological Society
Psychologists boost students' general knowledge using priming placebo

The Algorithm That Helps You Friend People You Don't KnowMIT Technology Review
Computer scientists have developed an algorithm that uses the structure of a social network to find the best strategy for friending people you don’t know.

The Brain Activity MapMIT Technology Review
Researchers explain the goals and structure of a new brain-mapping project.

The Case of the Quantum BrainDiscover

How to punish robots when they inevitably turn against usWonkblog / WP
His new book, out next month, is “When Robots Kill: Artificial Intelligence under Criminal Law.”  We spoke Tuesday morning; a lightly edited transcript follows.

Global Email Patterns Reveal “Clash of Civilizations”MIT Technology Review
The global pattern of email communication reflects the cultural fault lines thought to determine future conflict, say computational social scientists

The First Wireless, Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Will Help Us Move Things With Our Minds On the GoGizmodo

That’s Not A Droid, That’s My GirlfriendThe Global Mail
Robotics in many parts of the world is driven by military aims. Pacifist Japan takes a different approach: This is a digital love story.

Chasing the HiggsNYT
The people behind the search for the “God particle.”

Chinese Physicists Measure Speed of “Spooky Action At a Distance”MIT Technology Review
Einstein railed against the possibility of spooky action at a distance because it violates relativity. Now Chinese physicists have clocked it travelling more than four orders of magnitude faster than light

These Vehicles Are Tons of Fun, and Good for Thwarting Road RageWSJ
Private tank owners roll out heavy weaponry; a spin in parking lot

Russia finds 'new bacteria' in Antarctic
Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica

Cool Video: How Big is the Universe?Marc to Market

Earth Warmer Than in Most of the Past 11,300 YearsBB
The Earth is warmer now than during 70 to 80 percent of the time stretching back to the last Ice Age, according to researchers from Oregon State and Harvard universities who studied data from more than 73 global sites.

Online Education and JazzMarginal Revolution

Alan WattsWikipedia
A British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.