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Billionaires now have a lower effective tax rate than working-class Americans

By Gabriel Zucman for the NY TimesGabriel Zucman is an economist at the Paris School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley. Until recently, it was hard to know just how good the superrich are at avoiding taxes. Public statistics are oddly quiet about their contributions to government coffers, a topic of legitimate interest in democratic societies. Over the…

Why Writing by Hand Is Better for Memory and Learning

Engaging the fine motor system to produce letters by hand has positive effects on learning and memory By Charlotte Hu for Scientific American Handwriting notes in class might seem like an anachronism as smartphones and other digital technology subsume every aspect of learning across schools and universities. But a steady stream of research continues to suggest that taking notes the…

Happy 4th of July!

In Congress, July 4, 1776 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….

These Sentences Are Perfectly Grammatical. Learn How They Trick You.

By The Language Nerds What if I told you that you have a blueprint for speaking a certain language? When you come across a grammatical sentence that matches our blueprint, you easily process it and accept it as a sentence that belongs to your (native) language. But, when you come across an ungrammatical sentence that doesn’t match the blueprint, you…

How Do Babies Realize They Can Influence the World?

An infant’s aha! moment may hold secrets to the origins of agency BY ALIZA SLOAN & SCOTT KELSO for Scientific American Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest to answer. How, for example, do you decide to wiggle your fingers? Quite a lot is known about the neural structures and muscles involved— the puppet and the strings, as it were—but what about the…

2024 Commencement Address by tennis legend, Roger Federer

In tennis, perfection is impossible… In the 1,526 singles matches I played in my career, I won almost 80% of those matches… Now, I have a question for all of you… what percentage of the POINTS do you think I won in those matches? Only 54%. In other words, even top-ranked tennis players win barely more than half of the…