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What if restaurants billed like hospitals?

March 30th, 2015 at 7:49 pm » Comments Off

Going out to eat would be a downright miserable experience if restaurants started billing like hospitals.  

The cost of California’s drought

March 27th, 2015 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

With the northeast U.S. emerging from yet another snowstorm, California has just recorded its hottest winter ever, with average temperatures 4.4 degrees hotter than the 20th century average.  

Income gap between bosses and workers getting bigger

March 23rd, 2015 at 6:50 pm » Comments Off

With the size of Wall Street bonuses commonly being compared against the median household income, income inequality has quickly become a hot-button political issue in the United States.  

Luxury toilet paper on the rise

March 23rd, 2015 at 6:42 pm » Comments Off

Luxury toilet paper is America’s new favorite way to flush money down the drain.  

The best economic news in human history

March 19th, 2015 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

Andrew McAfee, the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management has revealed “the best economic news in human history,” claiming that we’re on the brink of the possibility of rising living standards for everyone on earth.  He says that technological progress means humanity will soon solve the problem of ‘increasing […]

How much you need to earn to buy a home in 27 U.S. cities

March 17th, 2015 at 3:55 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco’s real estate market is insane and  here’s definitive proof.  Mortgage research site has estimated how much salary you need to earn to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in 27 metro areas.

Surprising industries profiting from mass incarceration

March 5th, 2015 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

Mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., so it’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world. This industry generates huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are […]

What can Bitcoin teach us about education

March 5th, 2015 at 6:15 pm » Comments Off

The digital currency and network protocol, Bitcoin, has commanded a great deal of attention lately.  Money has poured into Bitcoin related businesses from investors, and many people believe that it will has the same disruptive potential today as the internet did in the mid-1990s.  So what does education have to do with Bitcoin?

Solar business employs more Americans than coal mining

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

As its production costs have fallen far enough in some regions to compete economically with fossil fuels, companies like Apple are now buying mass quantities of solar power.

Marc Andreessen’s 16 ideas for a more dynamic US economy

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm » Comments Off

In a recent “tweetstorm,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the number of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.”