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What made the market crash? Or a psycho murder?

We shouldn’t jump to find an immediate cause for the ups and downs and calamities that befall us, argues one trader

Newstokens or Newsbucks? Can new currency save journalism?

Online tokens, like for arcade games, could make it easy to pay for online content

Strongest hurricanes may double in frequency, study says

In a warmer world, the western Atlantic may suffer far more intense hurricanes by the end of the century

Data geek-out: slick Google graphs of world stats

You can now assemble custom charts from World Bank data

How to support writing in an age of free info?

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book is available for free online, which creates a quandry—to buy or not to buy?

Fifty ways to interrogate your dinner

Technologies to track your food back to its sources could help fight climate change and help sustainability

Cheap and noisy chips could improve climate predictions

To match a chaotic world, climate simulations could be more accurate if run on computer chips with a bit of imprecision

Spare Some Bandwidth?

Computer scientists in Pakistan are building a system to boost download speeds in the developing world by letting people effectively share their bandwidth.

Bringing order to online discussions about climate change

Researchers at MIT are creating an online forum that they say will help foster more organized debate and critical thinking on climate change


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »