7 stories to read this weekend

Can we build a brand new American energy system, the future of computer science, what Paul Krugman thinks of Bitcoins, a Californian chef in Copenhagen, President Obama and climate change — that’s the menu for this week.

7 stories to read this weekend

The story of a refugee Armenian family fleeing Syria, Jonathan Franzen, Funny math of clothing sizes, Facebook Feminism and Sheryl Sandberg, Paul Krugman on Climate Change and why have young people stopped having sex in Japan — these plus chess are on menu this weekend.

How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future

The NYT’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century.

7 Stories to read this weekend

What do we have on deck this week? How about Paul Krugman’s love for Isaac Asimov Novels, Sherlock Holmes, the empathic machine, Lenny Dystra, quitting Twitter and what sucks the life out of productivity.

Why it’s better for fact-checking to be done in public

Critics of a Newsweek cover story by historian Niall Ferguson say the piece should never have been published because of the errors and flawed logic it contains. But isn’t it better if those kinds of mistakes are corrected in public view instead of behind closed doors?

Today in Cleantech

A Scientific American post from March predicted that with the cost of solar power falling 7 percent a year over the past three decades, we’re approaching a Moore’s Law of sorts for solar that will put solar on par with traditional electricity pricing by 2019. Well, in defense of solar and in criticism of fracking/natural gas exploration, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is arguing that Solyndra was victim to a positive trend in solar pricing that could be great for the overall alternative energy economy. I’ve long felt that Solyndra’s demise was less about demand for solar and more about a company not being able to compete against competitors with cheaper products. Those cheaper products, 70 percent made in China, represents a great trend of falling alternative energy pricing for solar.