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    Americans are changing how they commute to work - Business Insider

    Between 2007 and 2018, the US population has grown by about 25 million, to 327 million. And “nonfarm employment,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has grown by 11 million workers to 149 million. This is why congestion during commute times hasn’t gotten any better, despite the switch away from cars.

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    How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime - BBC News

    Japanese police officers rarely use guns and put much greater emphasis on martial arts -- all are expected to become a black belt in judo. They spend more time practising kendo (fighting with bamboo swords) than learning how to use firearms.

    "What most Japanese police will do is get huge futons and essentially roll up a person who is being violent or drunk into a little burrito and carry them back to the station to calm them down."

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    The Queen Of Code | FiveThirtyEight

    You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should.

    As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields.

    Hopper’s story is told in “The Queen of Code,” directed by Gillian Jacobs (of “Community” fame). It’s the latest film in FiveThirtyEight’s “Signals” series.

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    The tricky economics of all-you-can-eat buffets

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    By 2030, the National Restaurant Association projects that 80% of all restaurant items will be eaten at home -- a trend that buffets can't effectively capitalize on.

    Today's health-conscious consumers have also shifted away from quantity in favor of experience-driven dining options.

    Golden Corral, one of the last-standing American buffet chains, has found success by redesigning its dining spaces to be more "bright, shiny, [and] friendly," and investing in higher-quality food that makes for better Instagram photos.

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    Jackass penguin call shares traits of human speech, scientists say | Science | The Guardian

    “Linguistic laws, like Zipf’s law of brevity and the Menzerath-Altmann law, were originally discovered in text,” he said, noting that meant it was initially thought that they arose from the symbolic nature of human language.

    “This new study provides more evidence that the laws are physical and not symbolic, because even penguins show them. Instead, the laws seem to reflect something deeper and more general about communication and information.”

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    They don't even mention chickens.

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    Chickens Prefer Attractive People

    The results may suggest the mutual admiration for symmetry is rooted in the nervous system, and not necessarily due to cultural influences.

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    How greedy McDonalds became the most effective poverty-fighter in the country | Financial Post

    The popular economics blog Freakonomics has suggested McDonald's McDouble burger could be "the cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history." With two beef patties, pickles, and onions, McDoubles offer - for just a couple of bucks - half the daily recommended serving of protein, seven per cent of daily recommended fibre, and 20 per cent of your daily calcium and iron.

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    That's true. It is almost as big/filling as the quarter pounder with cheese for less than half the price.

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