Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Interesting Articles of the Day

Man trades a red paperclip for a house.

Geneticists sequence part of the Neanderthal genome and determine they didn't pass any genetic material on to modern humans.

Cellphones are helping to improve the economy and standard of living of war torn Congo. Ironically, the metallic ore coltan is needed to make cellphones, and is being mined by slaves in the Congo to fund the war.

David Galenson sees two different types of creativity: conceptualists and experimentalists. Conceptualists (like Picasso, Mozart, and Orson Welles) peak early, creating their masterpieces at a young age. Experimentalists (like Mark Twain, Alfred Hitchcock and Beethoven) bloom late, doing their best work after lifelong tinkering.

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