Fountains of Youth, $1 Homes, and Honey Bees and Trade

Weekend Reads: August 16, 2019

Lime Scooters Now a Transportation Option in Google Maps

Syd Stone | Chicago Sun-Times | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

In over 100 cities, Google Maps users on Androids can find Lime scooters, directions to the scooter, price estimates, and more.

Has This Scientist Finally Found the Fountain of Youth?

Erika Hayasaki | MIT Technology Review | Retweeted by Adam Thierer

One scientist is experimenting with “reprogramming” genes in rats, and the practice could one day be used to extend the human lifespan.

Italy's $1 Homes Might Be Dirt Cheap, but They Need a Lot of Work — Take a Look Inside

Tom Murray | Business Insider | Shared by Tyler Cowen

Small Italian towns are offering homes for as little as one euro, but the work needed to restore them would be much more expensive.

Trump Administration Seeks to Juice Dishwashers by Scrubbing Energy Regulations

Valerie Richardson | The Washington Times | Retweeted by Brent Skorup

Since the 1970’s, dishwashers have become slower and less effective. The Trump administration is looking for a way to reform regulations to make dishwashers more efficient.

Thirty-Two Short Stories about Death in Prison

Ken White | The Atlantic | Tweeted by Veronique de Rugy

These 32 short stories about in-custody deaths or near-deaths give you an inside look at the worst parts of America’s prison system.

For Most Things, Recycling Harms the Environment

Michael Munger | American Institute for Economic Research | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

While recycling may be somewhat cheaper or create new jobs, for most things it’s worse for the environment than putting garbage in landfills.

Honey Bees Pollinate Trade Opportunities          

Andrea Durkin | TradeVistas | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

One in every three bites of food we take would be nonexistent without pollination, as would billions in agricultural exports.

How This Company Is Pushing the Limits of Blockchain Technology to Achieve Scalability

Joresa Blount | Forbes | Tweeted by Alex Tabarrok

Blockchain is no longer just for cryptocurrency; the next generation of developers is using the technology to create applications outside of big tech.