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Preservation Watch: Michael Graves Says the Portland Building Won't Be Destroyed

Photo via Flickr/ CamKnows Architect Michael Graves recently told the A/N Blog that the Portland city officials aren't weighing the option of demolishing the Portland Building. That's very cool to hear, though, to be clear, the city was never dead-set...

Will Social Security count my big earnings if I lose my job before 66?

Photo by Flickr user Ed Yourdon. Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff has spent every week, for over two years, answering questions about what is likely your largest financial asset — your Social Security benefits. His SocialShow More Summary

?All the Books I Read in 2014

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What might capitalism look like in 2015?

How is capitalism changing? Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck sees it becoming more inclusive, and consequently, more prosperous. Photo by Flickr user Richard Schneider. Editor’s Note: A more inclusive capitalism will mean a more prosperous capitalism. Show More Summary

What Do Llamas Have to Do with AIDS?

last monthNews : Truthdig

The furry South American creatures may hold the cure to AIDS; Flickr gave up on its plan to sell prints of Creative Commons photos after much criticism; meanwhile, Dick Cheney admits he has no problem with innocent people being tortured. Show More Summary

2014 Year In Review: Thanks For The Good Times, Part 1

Image courtesy: As has been our tradition these last few years, The Semantic Web Blog steps back for experts in it and in related spaces to give us their opinion of the highlights of 2014. Here is...Show More Summary

Happy Holidays!

Photo courtesy Flickr’s Pink Sherbet Photography Writer Unboxed will be back next week with a series of posts recapping the WU Un-Conference and returns to regularly scheduled programming on 1/1/15. We have big plans for 2015, but we’d also like to hear from you about what you’d like to see here in the coming months. Show More Summary

Rent a Dog to Stave Off Holiday Loneliness

Photo via Flickr user Alvin Trusty. The holidays are a time for friends, family and companionship. For some, however, the days meant to be shared with loved ones end up as grim solitary endeavors. One solution is to rent a dog. Businesses...Show More Summary

Bus Drivers The Latest Targets of Anti-Sitting Extremism

Photo by Flickr user Jenni Douglas. Another win for the anti-sitting movement: a Pennsylvania school district has just begun offering physical fitness classes for its school bus drivers, who spend most of their day ass-to-seat. The city...Show More Summary

Fast-food slows learning, study shows

A study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics shows that frequent consumption of fast-food may slow children’s academic growth. Photo by Flickr user reynermedia Frequent fast-food consumption may slow children’s academic growth,...Show More Summary

Photos: Christmas Island's Incredible Red Crab Migration is Underway

Red crabs migrating on Christmas Island. (Photo: frogtrail images / Flickr Creative Commons) Australia’s Christmas Island—located south of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean—is named for the day of its discovery in 1643. But, if you’re familiar...Show More Summary

The Indiana Jones of collapsed cultures: Our Western civilization itself is a bubble

In this one-on-one conversation, two Vanderbilt anthropologists explain how our society’s greatest strengths are also its greatest weaknesses. Photo by Flickr user marcos fernandez. Editor’s Note: How can you spot an economy, indeed,...Show More Summary

Rats, It’s Monday: Is He Here Yet?

No, little friend; still 3 days to go! Flickr photo by Deanna W.Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Christmas 2014, Rats It's Monday

‘Tis the Season for Flickr Wall Art

Look what showed up in the mail yesterday: a beautiful 16 x 20 premium photo mounted from Flickr’s new Wall Art service. The photo is mounted on a one inch board and looks beautiful both on the wall as well as being held my daughter Kate, whose photo I printed. The process of ordering the […]

Holiday Creature Feature: Christmas Tree Worm and Candy Cane Shrimp

Christmas tree worms in the Great Barrier Reef. (Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr Creative Commons) Some marine animals don’t have to put any effort into celebrating the holiday season, and instead, celebrate this special time all year long. Show More Summary

After Outcry, Flickr Stops Selling Prints of Creative Commons Photos

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

In response to photographers' criticisms, Flickr has stopped selling photos uploaded by users under the Creative Commons “commercial attribution” license through its Flickr Wall Art site.

Open Diff: Driver’s education in the United States is broken, but how would you fix it?

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Photo by Flickr user sciondriver. Last week’s news piece about a ban on commercial vehicles longer than 30 feet on U.S. 129 in Blount County, Tennessee, really struck a nerve with readers, and it wasn’t long before the conversation turned to driver education. As someone with a passion for driving, a bit of racing experience, […]

Flickr Stops Selling Prints Of Photos Licensed For Free Use

Creative Commons licenses let people without expansive legal teams license their creative work for use in other creative projects: a piece of Creative Commons-licensed music could appear in a podcast or a video, for example, or a photo could be used to illustrate a blog post. The idea is to let people share their work and build on others’ creative … [More]

Hugs help protect against the common cold, research finds

New research shows that hugs reduce stress, which leaves bodies vulnerable to infection. (Photo by Flickr user Tania Cataldo) RELATED LINKS What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat Flu season is upon us, and doctors are predicting that this year’s epidemic could be especially severe. Show More Summary

How economic theory can help stop sexual assault

Photo by Flickr user Chase Carter. Editor’s Note: Michael Chwe studies game theory — as he says, “the mathematical analysis of strategic thinking.” In particular, he’s interested in how game theory shapes everyday life, as well as what everyday life can teach us about game theory. MORE FROM MICHAEL CHWE Gaming Mr. Show More Summary

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