November 13, 2012 |
Alvin Roth earned his 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for market design and matching theory - creating ways to pair "buyers" and "sellers" happily and fairly when price isn't a primary consideration. For instance? Kidney exchanges, in which cost can't legally play a role but donors and recipients with just the right assets and needs still must find each other. Roth's algorithms can be used to make good matches in even the thorniest situations: bringing the lovelorn together with potential mates, and bringing together the right charter and public schools with the right students.
September 24, 2012 |
Might want to get your fill of ham this year, because "a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," according to an industry trade group. Blame the drought conditions that blazed through the corn and soybean crop this year. Less feed led to herds declining across the European Union “at a significant rate,” according to the National Pig Assn. in Britain . And the trend “is being mirrored around the world,” according to a release ( hat tip to the Financial Times)
November 11, 2010 |
On a mission to suss out the Santa Monica gastropub the Yard , I'd invited a friend who'd lived in the neighborhood way back when but had since moved away. As we negotiated the crowds streaming past us on Broadway a couple of blocks from Ocean Avenue, she looked around wonderingly. Past the sad shops selling touristy T-shirts and gewgaws, a grim bodega and a clutch of people asking for spare change, she grew quiet. None of this was here before, she said. Santa Monica just didn't have this ?
September 19, 2010 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): What you think about your friends may have been true, but it's time for another look. Everyone in your circle is evolving, maturing and becoming more interesting. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Your random recollections add color and spice to your current scene. Fall in love with the way your mind works — other people have. Gemini (May 21-June 21): There is no denying that you have been shaped by your physical body, your relationships and your socioeconomic circumstances.
April 30, 2008 |
SQUEEZED into a narrow storefront on a touristy block of the Sunset Strip, the tiny (36-seat) Amarone resembles a North Beach trattoria in its physical layout with just four tables downstairs and another handful located up a steep staircase on the mezzanine. But unlike those time-worn attic-like San Francisco spots, Amarone Kitchen & Wine is new and fresh and wonderfully date-worthy, with white tablecloths and handsome tableware.
February 17, 2008 |
We live in an age of supercomputer-driven, lightning-fast digital technology that can determine the time of day down to the nanosecond. So why do shipping companies routinely round up package weights to the nearest pound? How come cellphone companies round up calls to the nearest minute? How many millions of dollars are these companies pocketing annually by charging you for nothing? Newport Beach resident Khalil Jaber found himself asking these questions after going over some recent FedEx bills.