Scientific Publishing a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Scientific Publishing Those who take on the global industry that traps research behind paywalls are heroes, not thieves   Scientific Publishing Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, the young Kazakhstani scientist Alexandra Elbakyan has done to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge …

Ankur Jain

Ankur Jain This Company Finds Tough Problems In the World, Then Launches Startups to Solve Them   Ankur Jain On a recent sun-drenched spring afternoon, Daniel Mishin is strolling through the townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village where he lives, works and, if time allows, plays. It reeks of Manhattan real estate envy — lofty ceilings, wooden staircases, gleaming appliances, capped off with …

Midtown Uniform – How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform

Midtown Uniform A focus of a snarky Instagram account, the uninspired gray fleece vest is an inescapable presence in cubicles around the country. So how did this ho-hum uniform overtake the suit as the corporate outfit of choice? Jared Dunn, the finicky COO on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” television’s most prominent posterchild for the midtown uniform Midtown Uniform THE FLEECE ZIP-UP …

Architecture Needs Diversity – What would cities look like designed by mothers?

Architecture Needs Diversity Architecture’s lack of diversity shows in environments created by people who never need step-free access or to take a bus ‘Any station or public building undergoing refurbishment should by law be made step-free.’ Carrying a push chair down the stairs in a London tube station Architecture Needs Diversity There’s an architect’s impression of a new development for …

Indian Immigrants

Indian Immigrants – How Indian Americans Came to Run Half of All U.S. Motels

Indian Immigrants Starting in the 1940s, Indian immigrants built a hospitality industry that their children and grandchildren have turned into an empire. Pratima Patel takes a photo of her father (at right) and his two siblings inside the Vincent Hotel as her sisters, Sita and Katki, look on. In the early 1970s their grandfather, Jayantibhai Patel, bought the hotel in …

American Transit – How America Killed its Transit Systems

American Transit Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand American Transit One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban centers, it is barely on life support. Even in New York City, subway ridership is …