A nomad in the world's library who spent years covering money for the WSJ in order to obtain fodder for campfire chats. Now a climate refugee in Rome but a high modernist forever and trained in anthropology.
March 1, 2015 is a big day. Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant soybean seeds will go off patent, meaning that anybody can plant them. Wasting no time, the University of Arkansas has rolled out UA5414RR, a soybean variety with Monsanto’s legendary Roundup Ready technology built into, on offer without the technology fee attached to the first big commercial GMO, or genetically-modified organism. Is an age of open-source biotechnology about to begin?
Italian social scientists have often seized on the notion of civic capital to map the peninsula’s quirks, among which extraordinary rates of tax evasion feature highly. One classic reading, inspired by Robert Putnam’s groundbreaking 1993 book “Making Democracy Work”, low civic capital in southern Italy has impeded modernization. In another, high civic capital endowments in the northern regions, home to communal pulsions since the middle ages, explain greater prosperity.
It’s somewhat ironic that, amid all the anxiety over the future of the euro, economists are asked for their views.After all, why rely on a profession that is structured like a primitive tribe, with hierarchical kinship structures, a slew of rituals, and no room for a free market in liturgy as publications are dominated by a Brahmanical priesthood?
The fate of the Monarch butterfly may offer insights into the fate of the euro and the global monetary system, as both have undergone dramatic evolution in the past 20 years. As its last act in 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is considering declaring the Monarch Butterfly an endangered species.
The case for taking apparently very costly action to contrast trends that negatively impact our environment is overwhelmingly larger than widely imagined, according to remarkable new research conducted by a multinational team of economists, mathematicians and physicists.