That's Interesting

  • A visual journey through communist-era interiors

    Edifice by Polish photographer Karol Palka is a visual journey through the interiors of communist-era buildings in Poland, Slovakia and East Germany.

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  • St Louis Fed: How Has Trade Affected U.S. Manufacturing Jobs?

    ‘Recent U.S. manufacturing job losses attributed to Chinese imports seem small compared with monthly turnover of the entire U.S. labor market, and the share of recent losses also seems small when looking at long-term declines in manufacturing employment.’

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  • US population growth hits 80-year low

    ‘While 2018 was a year of economic revival with historically low unemployment and rising wage growth, demographic indicators stand in contrast, seemingly ushering in an era of population growth stagnation.’

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  • Biologist Rates The Pain Of 83 Different Insects Stings

    “King of Sting” Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at the Southwestern Biological Institute. A “connoisseur of pain,” he has ranked 83 different insect stings on a pain index based on his own experience.

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  • What’s In My Bag: Interpol

    Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, and Daniel Kessler of Interpol go shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles.

    Fantastic band.

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  • What we’re reading: The Idea Factory

    Interesting read about one of the most prolific innovation hubs of the past century and background behind the invention and development of the point-contact transistor which forms the building blocks for pretty much every electronics device we use today and the formation of silicon valley. The inventors, who worked at Bell Labs, won the 1956 Nobel Prize for physics.

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  • BoJ: What Drives China’s Growth? Evidence from Micro-level Data

    The linked Bank of Japan research paper discusses the sustainability of China’s rapid growth mainly based on the estimation of the corporate-level total factor productivity of Chinese listed firms.

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  • NPR: How the beatles made the white album

    Fifty years ago, just before the holidays in 1968, The Beatles put out not just a new album, but a double album, something relatively unheard of at the time. The album art was a stark, white, glossy cover with raised, slanted lettering that simply said, “The Beatles.” That self-titled album, with its 30 songs that span genres from American country music to avant-garde tape collage, has come to be known as “The White Album.”

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  • The Impossibly Cool Album Covers of Blue Note Records: Meet the Creative Team Behind These Iconic Designs

    The album covers of Blue Note Records included designs for John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Lou Donaldson.

    The link includes an embedded youtube video from Vox Earworm on ‘The Greatest Album Covers of Jazz’.

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  • The Great Telegraph Breakthrough of 1866

    “The transatlantic telegraph cable amounted to the information revolution of the day, tying global markets together in unprecedented ways.”

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