Fewer people are getting married. The reason why is stunning, according to science

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It’s come to this. Perhaps it’s about time.

We live in singular times.

Technology encourages us to disappear into our own personal worlds.

Meanwhile, relationships seems to get harder and harder.

Why, in a sign of apocalyptic avenues approaching, even Facebook is launching a dating service.

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What will Bitcoin look like in twenty years?

 

9D216F8F-688F-4677-8FC9-6334156D17CCPrediction is a tricky business.

It’s so easy to be wrong and so hard to be right.

But that’s exactly what we’ll do here. Since we’re rapidly approaching the ten year anniversary of Bitcoin’s whitepaper publication, I’ll attempt to project out twenty years to see the evolution of Bitcoin, blockchain, alternative cryptocurrencies and decentralization.

This is the type of article that will look unbelievably foolish or incredibly brilliant when I’m old and gray.

I don’t care. I’m going for it anyway.

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A new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems

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How to build global cooperation. It’s SIMPOL!

A while back I received a book in the mail titled “The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems” by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, who were unknown to me. I get sent a lot of books with grandiose titles and don’t get around to reading most of them. But something about this one intrigued me, along with an endorsement by Noam Chomsky, who wrote “It’s ambitious and provocative: Can it work? Certainly worth a serious try”.

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The best economic news in human history

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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 scarcity’, meaning that there are, in theory, enough goods and wages for everyone in the world.   Continue reading… “The best economic news in human history”

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Top 11 emerging scientific fields

 HD 189733b, an exoplanet whose atmosphere is being blown off by its sun’s solar flares, was discovered by the emerging field of exo-meteorology.

Science is advancing, and as it does, fields like biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy are becoming increasingly specialized and interdisciplinary, leading to entirely new avenues of inquiry.  Here re 11 emerging scientific fields you should know about.

 

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Newspaper: America’s Fastest Shrinking Industry

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Are you working for the fastest shrinking industry in the United States? You are, if you’re working for a newspaper according to this study by LinkedIn and the Council of Economic Advisors.

The fastest-growing industries include renewables (+49.2%), internet (+24.6%), online publishing (+24.3%), and e-learning (+15.9%). Fastest-shrinking industries were newspapers (-28.4%), retail (-15.5%), building materials (-14.2%), and automotive (-12.8%)…

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The economics of living together without getting married

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Cohabitation plays a different role in the lives of adults with and without college degrees.

In the United States cohabitation is an increasingly prevalent lifestyle. The number of 30- to 44-year-olds living as unmarried couples has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Adults with lower levels of education — without college degrees — are twice as likely to cohabit as those with college degrees.

 

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Reinventing Monopolies

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 1936 Edwin Howard Armstrong unveiled an improvement in radio that would later become known as FM radio. Working out of an office on the 82nd floor of the Empire State Building, an office provided by RCA, Armstrong was on the verge of revolutionizing the radio industry. But it was a revolution that would not happen for several decades.

 

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‘Made in America’ Making a Comeback: Study

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2015 global manufacturers will view the U.S. as equal to if not better-than China.

In March, U.S. exports hit a record $173 billion, up 15% from a year-ago and 37% from 2009. According to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the good times for “Made in America” are just getting started. (video)

 

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Why North Dakota May Be the Best State to Live In

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North Dakota has a budget surplus.

While many states are confronting severe budget shortfalls and dragging economies, North Dakota has a different sort of problem. It’s stuck deciding how best to deal with a budget surplus. Yes, a surplus. North Dakota’s balance sheet is so strong it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million, and is debating further cuts.

 

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