#22 Collected Reading

Quote of the week

“It must be admitted, however, that life in More’s Utopia, as in most others, would be intolerably dull. Diversity is essential to happiness, and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect of all planned social systems, actual as well as imaginary.”

— History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics) – by Bertrand Russell


1.Why start-ups won’t save us from recession

“Now of course Hoffa is a union boss and he would say that, wouldn’t he. But the point he raises is nevertheless sobering. Not only is patriotism a completely outmoded concept for major technology companies, but so also is the idea that these corporations have any wider social responsibility to the societies which provide them with the skilled and educated people who make them so innovative and profitable. Welcome to Tom Friedman’s flat world.”

culture,economics,policy, usa

Source :The Guardian

2. Jelly batteries break the mould

“The Leeds-based researchers are promising that their jelly batteries are as safe as polymer batteries, perform like liquid-filled batteries, but are 10 to 20% the price of either..”

environment,innovation, uk

Source : BBC


3. The Perfect Stimulus: Free, Politically Viable, and Deficit-Reducing

“Why would the Treasury want more longer-term debt? Let’s think of an analogy. Imagine that you had two loans: a 30-year mortgage fixed at 3% and a 1-year loan at 0.5% that you have to roll over annually. Although that one-year loan is cheaper now, you know that in a couple of years it will cost you more than 3% to continue to roll it over — and your spending habit won’t allow you to pay it off. As a result, it makes sense to consolidate that short-term loan into your mortgage if you are able.”

culture,economics,policy,usa

Source :The Atlantic Magazine

4. UK joins nuclear fusion project

“We were thinking: ‘what would be a way forward, how could Europe define a strategic route for laser power production to take advantage of these developments?’ And that was the kernel of Hiper.”

environment,innovation,uk

Source : BBC

5. Mental Abacus Does Away With Words

“Now studies on a group of children trained to use a “mental abacus” suggest the technique frees mathematics from its usual dependence on language.”

Asia,Mathmatics,Method,thinking

Source : New Scientist

Hope you like this collection. Please comment, share and most of all enjoy.

– Kaushik

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