Linky Friday #81
Asian Cities:[A1] China’s Ghost City situation has not improved. But here’s a cool one that looks like Manhattan.
[A2] Meanwhile North Korea has created its own ghost town near the border.
[A3] China is conglomerating a city that will have a population of 130,000,000 people.
[A4] Dubai is building a temperature-controlled city.
[C1] Horrid: Allegedly, a woman slowly poisoned her son to drive up traffic on her mommy blog.
[C2] Officers in California have allegedly been using official resources to screen online dates. Once upon a time, it was really easy to get DMV information online. I actually used it regularly (it contained height-weight measurements).
[C3] A police officer in Houston was pulled over and noticed something funny about the ticket he was given. A scam and a scandal was unraveled.
[C4] The link between poverty and crime may have been overestimated. Or, alternately, may be purely a function of where a family started out when the first child was born.
[C5] The interesting account of a black man whose white police officer brother shot an unarmed black man.
[C6] From James Hanley: The story of the North Pond Hermit. Very interesting.
[T2] The good news is that a major network is developing a TV show based on the movie Devil’s Advocate, which I loved. The bad news is that it’s NBC.
[T3] Over twenty years later, Batman The Animates Series remains an animation marvel and will doubtlessly be remembered long after its successors The Batman and Beware the Batman.
[E1] Denmark’s free higher education is pointed to by some as something to aspire to, but it’s hurting their economy. Likewise, free college in Finland is aiding young people to use college to hide out from the labor market.
[E2] Drill, Baby Drill! The benefits of rote memorization in math.
[E3] The employment premium for going to a for-profit college may be so bad (PDF) so as to not demonstrate any advantage over those who did not attend at all. Elite colleges, on the other hand, worth it.
[E4] Ray Fisman says that Sweden’s freefall in the international education testing ratings is proof that school choice is a bad idea. Andrew Coulson begs to differ. A report released by the University of Arkansas gave charter schools great points on cost-effectiveness.
[E5] By way of Annie Murphy Paul, Patricia Greenfield makes the case that a balanced education involves video games.
[E6] Eight interesting facts about MOOCs.
[S1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Long term: This is interesting, and a good development in that it heralds the development of windows that could be solar panels, either for glass towers or just homes with windows facing the right direction. Short term: Lots of work to do, mainly in boosting the efficiency. Anything under 10% & if it isn’t dirt cheap, it will never be economical. I can’t remember what the sweet spot is for PV cells in regards to $/kW-hr, but this has a long way to go before it’s anywhere close. Also, how fragile is it? Can we make this out of gorilla glass? (link via Kazzy)
[S2] Stacking cells: A possible new innovation in solar energy could make it as cheap as natural gas.
[S3] NASA and BYU are working on origami solar panels.
[S4] It’s kind of funny when conservatives are saying “OMG what about the birds!” and liberals are saying “They’re just birds, get over it.
[S5] New Jersey plans to test the transportation of the future: solar powered commuting pods!
[M3] In Texas, Millenials are preferring Houston and San Antonio over Dallas and Austin.
[M4] According to Matthew Hennessey, younger Millenials may lean to the right the way that older ones lean to the left. The evidence is weak, the rationale possible, and Romney did apparently win 19 and 20 year old voters.
[M5] I’m becoming a crotchity old man when it comes to Kids Today… but I have to say that if this piece is correct, I approve of what they’ve done to car sales.