Two Stanford economists won the Nobel Prize for "improving how auctions work," according to Bloomberg on their YouTube site. But only one of them, Robert B. Wilson, heard about it from the Nobel Committee. They weren't able to get in touch with his colleague, Paul R. Milgrom, but thankfully the two men are neighbors. Here is Wilson knocking on Milgrom's door in the middle of the night to tell him he won. Milgrom sounds half asleep, but utters a "Wow" when he hears the news.
In 1969, Irish novelist Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Beckett was a world-class recluse and while he succumbed to the pressure to be interviewed by Swedish Television when the Prize was announced, he only agreed on the condition that no questions were to be asked. It almost seems like he's… waiting… READ THE REST
Yesterday, Oxford University mathematician Roger Penrose was awarded a Nobel Prize for proving that black holes could exist. In the December 16, 2018 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Penrose riffed on weird physics, cosmology, extraterrestrial intelligence, and quantum consciousness. "The Emperor's New Mind: Roger Penrose Talks To Joe Rogan About Quantum Consciousness" (Daily Grail) READ THE REST
One of the perks that comes with winning a Nobel: Access to the bully pulpit. In the last week, Peter Higgs (of boson fame) spoke out against the pressure to publish — pressure that he thinks prevents younger scientists from taking the time to formulate really groundbreaking new ideas. Meanwhile, fellow 2013 winner Randy Schekman… READ THE REST
For years coffee experts have recommended pourover as the best way to make coffee at home. But now, thanks to an ingenious design that was recently perfected, the traditional pourover has some serious competition. If you're the kind of person who thinks life is too short for bad coffee, say hello to the all-new VacOne… READ THE REST
Let's face it. Most people need an assistant. Who doesn't want a little bit of help from time to time with things like organization? Unfortunately, especially with our current technology surplus, it can be a bit easy to fall behind and feel disorganized. When scanning documents, in particular, it can be tough to figure out how to… READ THE REST
Some computers blast their fan the second you open Excel, but not MacBooks. As compact as they are, MacBooks are workhorses you can put through the wringer for years. That's what you'd get if you picked up this refurbished 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air. For a limited time, this beautifully refurbished laptop is on sale for $499.99, down… READ THE REST