Why Merkel’s political woes are ‘bad news for Europe’

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Angela Merkel has hinted that another election might have to be held after the collapse of coalition talks put her fourth term as German chancellor in doubt — a political crisis that has caused consternation across Europe. Merkel said she was “very skeptical” about leading a minority government to run Europe’s biggest economy and thinks…

The cult of corporate productivity has totally ruined creativity

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The hunt for creativity has become one of the hottest pursuits of our uber-connected, uber-productive culture. But while the cult of creativity often portrays creativity as a burst of spontaneous inspiration, the reality is that rediscovering and re-contextualizing old ideas is often more valuable — and more effective — than scattershot attempts to randomly discover…

Cosmic tomatoes could teach us how to farm on Mars

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We’ll likely need to bring our own microbes to help our Martian compost along. Eu:CROPIS will test a filter system for the greenhouse: lava stones “infected” with microbes that can produce oxygen and convert urine into plant nutrients. But Hauslage said it’s not clear how these colonies will function in space. “We know that the…