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WeWork gets worse

SoftBank takes over WeWork. The board of the shared office company chose the Japanese conglomerate over a competing offer from JP Morgan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Co-founder Adam Neumann will lose control of WeWork—but get a $1.7 billion payout.

Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed to unrealistic valuations.

And now SoftBank will have to live with the creature it helped create...

Marking 30 years of the web

China's new place in the world

Parliamentary politics

India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Lebanon protests inequality

Making immigration work

Politics on Facebook

Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agenda

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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What If Life Did Not Originate on Earth?

What If Life Did Not Originate on Earth?

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  • How exciting! But if they could think about keeping a small portion of the ginormous amount of money required for this mission to pay properly the student and junior scientists deeply in dept who will have to work on those data, it would be even better!

  • Panspermia is one of the more difficult theories out there, not just because it upends aspects of evolution, but it at once contradicts, yet supports in a scientific way some of the theological understandings of how life began on Earth. If a giant icy comet can bring oceans to a desert world's, what

    Panspermia is one of the more difficult theories out there, not just because it upends aspects of evolution, but it at once contradicts, yet supports in a scientific way some of the theological understandings of how life began on Earth. If a giant icy comet can bring oceans to a desert world's, what else could come from the farthest reaches of the universe?

  • Interesting stuff. Hope they get to send their DNA probe to Mars. Wouldn’t that grandly muddy the debate? It would be truly extraordinary.

  • I'm a big fan of Isaac Chotiner's interviews in the New Yorker, so it's nice to see one of them take a totally different turn from the standard fare (recent takedowns of Bret Easton Ellis and Eric Kauffman come to mind).

  • I love this article. It seems obvious that life would not have originated on earth once you start thinking about it, in the same way it’s obvious that the universe does not evolve around the earth. What this means of course is anyone’s guess. But having the right mind-frame is always the best start.

  • A very exciting and interesting ambition. Human beings constantly search for the origin and meaning of life. But to Adele's point the costs? The final frontier might need to wait until we sort out Earth and ensure that it is sustainable and we find a way to pay for boldly going where no one has gone

    A very exciting and interesting ambition. Human beings constantly search for the origin and meaning of life. But to Adele's point the costs? The final frontier might need to wait until we sort out Earth and ensure that it is sustainable and we find a way to pay for boldly going where no one has gone before, or just let the tech giant's pay for it.

  • Methane? Cows on Mars? 😊