Time to catch up on the best stories and tidbits I have come across in the past few days:

The show does little to consider what Australian artists are trying to say now about modern society, with its fears about climate change, further waves of immigration and the scarring of that great landscape by mining projects. Oddly, what seems most unknowable about this difficult place is not its past, which is dutifully chronicled, but its present.

By moving the poor away from cash, it allows them a more affordable and secure way to spend and transfer money. And because digital transactions can reduce costs to financial providers by up to 90 percent, it becomes an attractive business proposition.

If 5% doesn’t sound like a lot of improvement, prepare to be disappointed: researchers rarely find anything bigger. I collected every quality piece of research from 1980, related to how high school preparation impacts college performance (in the same subject). The average impact of taking a year of any high school subject is around 2-4% on the final grade in college (out of 100).

Green insisted a human could beat a horse in a long race, and to prove his point he helped instigate the marathon in 1980. For the next 24 years, he found himself losing the argument as riders on horseback left human runners behind. But then it finally happened—in 2004 a British man named Huw Lobb won. Three years later Germany’s Florian Holzinger outran the horses, as did one other human contestant.


That is all.