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Is Economics a Hard Science?

 

The disciplines we call the “hard sciences” such as chemistry and physics inhabit the cold, sterile world of laboratories, uncontaminated by a boundless assortment of potential impurities. Today, economics pretends to be one of the hard sciences, yet the laboratories provided by the real world are disorderly, even chaotic, insusceptible to sanitization and control. The […]

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Cybercrime and the War on Digital Free Speech

 

The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like Fox News and CNN inaccessible to millions of users. Another attack took down the website of independent cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs. This is a problem for civil […]

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Tom Wolfe Takes on the Scientific Establishment

 

At the center of the vast difference between humans and every other species to call Earth home, and the fatal complication for every theory that purports to explain all, is speech. Language. It’s the main thing that separates humans from every other species, and makes possible the things that make humans human — abstract thought, the ability to remember the past and contemplate the future, to have aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual lives.

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Melania Trump: Make Social Media Great Again

 

Melania has been quiet this election season. I just assumed she was taking care of Trump the Youngest and the Trump household which seems like a full-time job. Today, she gave a speech in Pennsylvania and made clear one of her priorities should she become First Lady: ‘Our culture has gotten too mean and too […]

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Artificial Intelligence Is Here: Now What?

 

The topic of “artificial intelligence” has recently brought a confluence of nationally significant announcements. In September, Stanford University released its One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, which was quickly followed by the announcement in early October that five firms — Amazon, DeepMind of Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft — have formed a nonprofit named the […]

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Freedom to Sleep Where You Want

 

Sara Bowers is among the 100 million people around the world who use Airbnb to find lodging when she travels. But she says using the home-sharing app makes her feel like one of a kind. “You can choose exactly where you want to stay, whose home you want to stay in and what sort of […]

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Fewer Women in STEM Fields: No, It’s Not Sexism

 

Geez, research like this makes women seem stupid and it’s so irritating: This geeky image is at odds with the way that many girls see themselves. Work from our lab shows that when high school girls see Star Trek posters and video games in a computer science classroom, they are less interested than boys in […]

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Sneaky New Tax Is in the Air

 

You just want to watch movies and TV shows where and when you want to, so you probably think a column about utility taxes has nothing to do with how you get your entertainment. Wrong. The city of Alameda, California, has put a measure, Measure K1, before its voters that would allow Alameda to tax […]

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Why the Medical Profession Ignores Negative Pill Research

 

New research confirms that The Pill, and other female hormonal contraceptives, increases a woman’s chance of becoming depressed (and suffer other mood disorders). Women know this obvious fact. It is a source of great consternation because married women, especially, seek a birth control method that isn’t permanent, but isn’t annoying or has harmful side effects. After […]

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Alabama’s ‘Gig City’ Has One Gigabit Broadband Subscriber

 

If you build it, sometimes they don’t come. Opelika spent about $43 million to build a broadband network capable of 1 gigabit-per-second symmetrical speeds, financed by a bond issue backed up by the revenue of Opelika Power Services. Four years later (as of Aug. 26), OPS has one subscriber for its Lite Speed Gig service and none for […]

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