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Is Dubner a Robot?

Nathan Myhrvold writes: This photo, from a New York Times article, suggests that you just might be a Japanese robot! In robot form you don’t need glasses. … Considering Dubner’s…



How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

…picked up his coffee technique from Chris Young, the acclaimed Fat Duck chef (and food scientist/writer) whom Nathan Myhrvold brought on board at I.V. to create Modernist Cuisine, the landmark…



Breakthrough Batteries?

…Gates and inventors connected to Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures made headlines two years ago with a patent application for an electromagnetic engine. Now a Seattle-based company, Clarian Labs, says it…



The Hurricane "Vaccine"

…So what if there were a hurricane “vaccine”? This week on Marketplace, Stephen J. Dubner and Kai Ryssdal talk about the Salter Sink, an invention from Nathan Myhrvold and Intellectual…



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Extra: Steve Levitt: “I’m Not as Childlike as I’d Like to Be”

Steve Levitt has so far occupied the interviewer chair on his new show, but in a special live event — recorded over Zoom and presented by WNYC and the Greene…

FREAK-est Links

A lovely obituary for a lovely singer, Cesaria Evora. Nathan Myhrvold makes an appearance on Top Chef. Halting your newspaper delivery to thwart burglary can backfire (when the delivery guy…




Nature’s View of Geoengineering

…of the world’s nearly eight thousand coal-burning electricity units would be in a lot of trouble.) Still, [Nathan] Myhrvold admits that “it would freak people out” if someone unilaterally built…



ClimateGate as Rorschach Test

…phenomena they can’t model. They can’t do even giant storms like hurricanes.” There are several reasons for this, [Nathan] Myhrvold explains. Today’s models use a grid of cells to map…



Bill Gates, Book Critic

…was called Azyxxi. Gates is also affiliated with Intellectual Ventures, the invention firm founded by Nathan Myhrvold, the former C.T.O. of Microsoft. Among the I.V. projects we write about are…



Radio in Progress: Napoleon's War on Rotting Food

…a two-part podcast scheduled for late January/early February. You’ll also hear from Nathan Myhrvold about his jaw-dropping new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine. And you’ll hear from Alice Waters, too. I don’t…




Episode 339

The Future of Freakonomics Radio

After eight years and more than 300 episodes, it was time to either 1) quit, or 2) make the show bigger and better. We voted for number 2. Here’s a…