Hundreds of people (including Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg) got to try Dominique Ansel's much-discussed chocolate-chip-cookie-and- organic-milk "shots" at SXSW over the weekend, and now the cronut inventor will begin serving the snack this Friday at his Spring Street bakery in Soho. Here's everything you need to know before the big New York launch. read more
In an intensive care unit in Memphis, a virus ravages the body of a seven-year-old suffering heart and kidney failure. In a cabinet in Durham, N.C., there's a drug that could likely help Josh Hardy, but the drug company Chimerex won't give it to him. They're adamant that spending the time to help Josh and others like him will slow down their efforts to get the drug on the market. Helping Josh, they say, means hurting others. When asked how he will feel if Josh dies -- and he's in critical condition, so sadly that could happen soon -- the president of the company that makes the drug doesn't hesitate to answer. "Horrible," said Kenneth Moch. But still, he said there's no way he's going to change his mind. "Our son will die without this drug," said Todd Hardy, Josh's father. "We're begging them to give it to us." read more
Jalopnik: While we're waiting for certain German scientists to perfect adaptive traffic lights, other German scientists at Audi came up with traffic light networking which tells you exactly how much speed you need for an endless green wave.
THOMAS Piketty's excellent (and extremely thought-provoking) book Capital in the 21st Century might turn out to be one of the most significant economics books that have been produced since 2000; it is certainly written with admirable clarity and non-specialists should have no problem in reading it. My colleague on Free Exchange is producing a series of posts on the book.
But, having written quite a lot on demography in this post, I wanted to explore some of Mr Piketty's ideas and statistics on the topic; in particular the links between demography, growth and inequality. Readers will be familiar with the idea that growth comes from two sources; having more workers and making those workers more efficient (productivity). Roughly speaking, these two forces have been equally important, as this table from his book shows. read more
Some of the names are familiar, such as Cherisse Houle, the 17-year-old found lying face down in a creek just outside Winnipeg. Some are forgotten, such as Constance Cameron, whose murder 30 years ago has never been solved. One name is famous -- Helen Betty Osborne, whose death is emblematic of violent racism in Manitoba. Those names and hundreds more appear on a new public database, the first of its kind, created by an Ottawa researcher. It pegs the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada at 824. read more