Dec 21, 2018

Timesharing Dolphins, Broadband Blimps, and Price Signals in Urban Planning

Eddie Stamper

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Hilary Potkewitz | The Wall Street Journal Shared by Tyler Cowen 

You might expect the $1.2 billion meditation industry to be peaceful. However, Headspace and Calmthe two most popular meditation applications, are battling for market share. 

Jeffrey A. Tucker | American Institute for Economic Research | Shared by Donald Boudreaux  

In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations to make gas cans safer and more environmentally friendly. Like many regulations, the rules made the problem worse. 

Jason Schreiber | New Hampshire Union Leader | Retweeted by Brent Skorup 

In an attempt to bring broadband to rural communities, one Massachusetts-based company successfully tested an aerial cell tower that floats about 800 feet above the ground. 

Noah Smith | Bloomberg Opinion | Retweeted by David Beckworth 

While microeconomists have come up with methods to answer economic questions with greater confidence, the type of questions they can answer is narrow. Economists should start attacking more complex questions with less worry about certainty.  

Matt Novak | Paleofuture Retweeted by Robert Graboyes 

Looking 115 years into the future, schoolchildren from 1904 predicted many current technologies like escalators, electronic food delivery services, and robot vacuums. Some were more aspirational with dreams of flying cars and missions to Mars. 

Elizabeth Pennisi | Science | Shared by Tyler Cowen 

Researchers observed two groups of dolphins that set hunting schedules which resulted in less unfriendly encounters and direct competition for food. 

Nolan Gray | CityLab Retweeted by Emily Hamilton 

Alain Bertaud, author of Order Without Design and urban planner who has worked in Yemen, the Soviet Union, and China, talks about the need for market forces and price signals in urban planning. 

Michael Scammell | The New York Times | Retweeted by Daniel Griswold 

Leading up to the its collapse in 1991, many factors contributed to the instability of the Soviet Union. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s writings exposing the evils of Soviet communism tore one of the biggest holes in the Iron Curtain.

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