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The Best Sushi Bars In London

November 2, 2018 Bilal 0

The Best Sushi Bars In London https://ift.tt/2AHNeQv Sticks ‘n’ Sushi To celebrate Japan’s greatest culinary export, we offer the lowdown on the what, where and why of London’s greatest sushi bars. Sushi bars and sushi specialists Atari-Ya Reputable suppliers of fresh fish and essential cooking ingredients to restaurants all over the capital, you can come directly to the source by sampling the goods at Atari-Ya. Its selection is extensive, with lesser-known delicacies you won’t find in the mainstream — uni (sea urchin), Botan Ebi (spot prawn) and engawa (turbot fin) to name a few. Also, natto (fermented soy beans) fans […]

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Analysis | Sorry, your favorite ‘space’ movie is not actually a space movie

October 15, 2018 Bilal 0

Analysis | Sorry, your favorite ‘space’ movie is not actually a space movie https://ift.tt/2RQtSPy This is not a scene from a movie but rather the Japanese HTV-6 cargo vehicle during final approach to the International Space Station. (NASA/AFP) (HO/AFP/Getty Images) Thanks to “First Man,” the Damien Chazelle film starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong that was released Friday, we have yet another space movie. People love space movies. There’s something about watching humans struggle in the unforgiving, mysterious and undiscovered realms of the universe that satiates a particular craving. But what, exactly, makes a movie a space movie? Is it […]

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Enlightened Economist 2018 Prize – longlist

September 30, 2018 Bilal 0

Enlightened Economist 2018 Prize – longlist https://ift.tt/2xMiDPE It’s the time of year when I look back over the past 12 months of my reading and draw up a list of the 10 or so best from which to select the ultimate winner of the 2018 Enlightened Economist Prize. The rules are: any non-technical or accessible econ/business/tech book I read is eligible (it doesn’t have to have been published during the 12 months); my decision is final. The prize is the offer of an excellent celebratory lunch, for a living author, should the winner and I find ourselves in the same […]

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Occupations and Their Ideologies

September 19, 2018 Bilal 0

Occupations and Their Ideologies https://ift.tt/2w0ViJg Occupations are strongly sorted by ideology. Political scientist Adam Bonica has produced reliable and consistent estimates of ideological placement for a huge number of individuals, politicians, and organizations. As he writes here, he was especially struck by how extreme are the mean ideology scores for various occupations: Although the ideological orientation of these industries is not much of a surprise, the extent to which these industries favor the extreme, rather than moderate, wings of each party far surpassed my expectations. Some of the distributions more closely resemble what I would expect from occupations that were subject […]

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Lit Hub’s Fall 2018 Nonfiction Preview: Pop Culture

September 15, 2018 Bilal 0

Lit Hub’s Fall 2018 Nonfiction Preview: Pop Culture https://ift.tt/2QnwOSU Another season, another reading list—but you have to admit there’s something special about fall. It’s that loamy back-to-school scent, or maybe it’s the promise of colder weather, aka at least one reliable reason to stay home and read. Luckily, there are plenty of great books on the horizon. To that end, all month, we’ll be previewing some of the best nonfiction coming to shelves over the next few months, and for this installment, I’ve collected ten of the Lit Hub staff’s most anticipated books about pop culture, covering art, music, literature […]

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Books Everyone Lies About Reading

September 15, 2018 Bilal 0

Books Everyone Lies About Reading https://ift.tt/2MZWMhe View as slideshow Culture There are plenty of overrated classics: books that have lost their relevance, lost their audience, or in some cases (we’re thinking of you, Ulysses!) just plain lost their way from the get-go. But not all “required reading” deserves its bad rap. Here, we take a look at the top 10 books people lie about having read… and whether or not to give them another try. To Kill a Mockingbird via amazon.com The real problem with Harper Lee’s classic about racism in a small Southern town is not its surprisingly modern […]

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Haruki Murakami Introduces The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories

September 15, 2018 Bilal 0

Haruki Murakami Introduces The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories https://ift.tt/2oWIOOX The following is from the introduction to The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories. * From Seppuku to Meltdown  I once heard the story that when jazz drummer Buddy Rich was being admitted to a hospital, the nurse at the front desk asked him if he had any allergies. “Only to country and western music,” he replied. In my case, my only allergy is to Japan’s so-called “I novel”—the form of autobiographical writing that has been at the forefront of Japan’s modern fiction since the turn of the 20th century. […]

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Award winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

Award winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks https://ift.tt/2CrIPDQ It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, this amounts to an estimated 6 billion gallons of clean water per day in the U.S. alone. The problem is exacerbated by current detection technology, which means that most of the leaks are either not found or discovered too late, after they’ve already caused sinkholes and burst pipes. A new soft robot may be able to help, […]

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Context matters, but are the economists listening?

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

Context matters, but are the economists listening? https://ift.tt/2M32PfW In a famous 2007 paper, Robert Jensen, heralded the case for the use of mobile phones in advancing development outcomes. He used microlevel survey data on the adoption of mobile phones by fishermen in Kerala over 1997-2001 to show that, the adoption of mobile phones by fishermen and wholesalers was associated with a dramatic reduction in price dispersion, the complete elimination of waste, and near-perfect adherence to the Law of One Price. Both consumer and producer welfare increased. Mobile phones could bridge all kinds of information asymmetry and so on, the story […]

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Income inequality in France

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

Income inequality in France https://ift.tt/2LX48wT Income inequality in France: Economic growth and the gender gap Income inequality has increased significantly in many developed and developing economies over the last decades, with significant variations across countries and regions. At the same time, the rise of emerging countries has contributed to the reduction of inequality between countries. These conflicting trends have attracted considerable interest among academics, policymakers, and the global public.  Unfortunately we face important limitations in our collective ability to measure income inequality. During the past 15 years, following up on Kuznets’ (1953) pioneering attempt, a number of authors have used […]