1. Scientists get us one step closer to real life lightsabers!
  2. Bruce Schneier explains how the NSA has been using malware to attack Tor. Apparently one of the code names is Egotistical Giraffe?!
  3. Quantum material may transport zero-resistance current above room temperature | I have no idea what this article is talking about but from the headline it appears as if Chinese scientists may be on to creating a room-temperature superconductor.
  4. In case you missed it. Niall Ferguson has a tiny beef with Paul Krugman.
  5. This was an excellent video by FEE explaining business cycle theory. My only nitpick was the line at the end “If all we needed to be wealthy is paper with numbers on it, we could solve the world’s problems just by turning on the printing press.” Kinda ruined a good video an unfair of characterization of Keynesians.
  6. 16-year old Malala Yousafzai stood up to Obama and told him to stop the drone strikes.
  7. Greg Mankiw defends the 1%. This is probably the fairest paper you will read about the debate surrounding income inequality. My two criticisms are that he’s too quick to dismisses the rent seeking claim and he (not surprisingly) ignores the role of monetary policy.
  8. Scientists think they might finally understand why we sleep. And it may be possible to create a drug that eliminates the need to sleep!
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