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The rich history of money and why we can't master it

Mar 19, 2015
Author Kabir Sehgal explores the history and psychology of money in his new book
Posted In: Money, history, currency
An armed National Guard patrolman smokes a cigarette amid the rubble following the Watts riots in Los Angeles in August 1965

The lingering cost of rioting

Nov 26, 2014
Two economists who studied the long-term effects of urban rioting say many cities never truly recover.
Posted In: rioting, Ferguson, history
Mexican Peso coins are arranged for a photograph with a piggy bank in Mexico City, Mexico.

Some of oldest banks in the world, then and now

Oct 29, 2014
As the ECB's latest "stress test" shows, not all are in the greatest of health.
Posted In: Banks, history, stress tests

A catalog of strange market turns

Oct 10, 2014
A look at the weird things and people that have caused markets to crash.
Posted In: stock market, market volatility, history

The first electric cars weren't 'manly' enough

Oct 7, 2014
Decisions about fuel have as much to do with gender norms as energy density.
Posted In: gasoline, battery, electric cars, history

Why women's pockets are useless: A history

Sep 18, 2014
A pocket-sized history of the pocket, in honor of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Posted In: iPhone, women, clothing, fashion, history

An obsessive hunt for America's early recorded music

Sep 3, 2014
Amanda Petrusich was fascinated by the collectors of old 78rpm records. Then she became one.
Posted In: Music, records, history

Wasn't the US going to start using the metric system?

Aug 5, 2014
John Bemelmans Marciano says the U.S has basically gone metric, if not officially.
Posted In: metric system, history

LA Smog: the battle against air pollution

Jul 14, 2014
How can the Chinese live with terrible air pollution? One answer: Americans did.
Posted In: China, los angeles, smog, history, air pollution

Women led air pollution protests from the start

Jul 14, 2014
Women often partnered with scientists to make their case for cleaner air.
Posted In: los angeles, smog, environmentalists, history

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