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Government Sponsors Truthy Study of Twitter Babette Boliek 10/21/2014
The debate over the National Science Foundation study of Twitter is getting off track. The sole issue at stake is whether it is appropriate for the government to fund Truthy — no matter how worthwhile it may be.
3-D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities Michael M. Rosen 10/19/2014
With physical copying now approaching digital copying in terms of ease, cost, and convenience, how will the advent of this new technology affect intellectual property rights, be they patents, copyrights, or trademarks?
The Sharing Economy Under Pressure Shane Tews 09/30/2014
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.
Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses Michael M. Rosen 09/12/2014
Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.
The Truth, Probably Robert McHenry 08/31/2014
We will never attain certainty about our concerns, but with care and luck we approach it by increments. Above all, we learn to be skeptical of grand visions and their visionaries.
Melodrama at the Met Rebecca Burgess 07/20/2014
The 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera is under threat from unions – and philanthropists.
Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents Michael M. Rosen 07/18/2014
The battle between new smartphone-enabled 'transportation network companies' and legacy taxicabs largely mirrors the age-old war over productivity, a war that only ever has one outcome.
The Most Important of Unimportant Things Joseph Epstein 07/16/2014
During the last few weeks, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows of doubt.
This Astounding Enterprise Ralph Kinney Bennett 07/03/2014
'The first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created people in the history of the world.'
The Refrigerator's Cool Century Edward Tenner 07/03/2014
The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.
 
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