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Why Prices Differ Around the World

Why Prices Differ Around the World

Economics Explainers Videos World

If you have ever traveled somewhere, especially to countries that are either a good deal richer or poorer than your own, you might have noticed that some places are certainly a lot more expensive than others. There seems to be a strong correlation between the average wealth of a country and the cost of goods and services.

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

Explainers

The problem with airfare deals is that you can’t just search for a great deal on a single website. Airfare prices change minute by minute. The old advice was to search for airfare on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, but that no longer applies now that airlines have become so competitive with each other.

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

How We’ll Forget John Lennon

Explainers History Media Psychology

The report, “The universal decay of collective memory and attention,” concludes that people and things are kept alive through “oral communication” from about five to 30 years. They then pass into written and online records, where they experience a slower, longer decline.

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

Business Economics Explainers

For decades, cruise companies have gone to great lengths to bypass US employment laws, hiring foreign workers for less than $2/hour. They’ve sheltered themselves as foreign entities while simultaneously benefitting from US taxpayer-funded agencies and resources.

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That

Explainers Tech

Every digital camera uses algorithms to transform the different wavelengths of light that hit its sensor into an actual image. What makes the iPhone XS’s skin-smoothing remarkable is that it is simply the default for the camera. Snap a selfie, and that’s what you get.

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

Economics Explainers Videos

To the average buyer, airline ticket prices appear to fluctuate without reason. But behind the process is actually the science of dynamic pricing, which has less to do with cost and more to do with artificial intelligence.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Explainers Health Life Psychology

The high speed of society has jammed your internal clock. Not long ago I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a certain friend who is a slow walker.

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

Explainers Life

After two years of research and more than 400 interviews about midlife, former NPR reporter Barb Bradley Hagerty received dozens of insights about how to live well in the middle years. We’ve distilled them here, with a little context.

How Ads Follow You Around The Internet

How Ads Follow You Around The Internet

Explainers Tech Videos

You’ve seen the pop-ups: “This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Please accept cookies.” Without cookies, the online world we know today couldn’t exist. But that world relies on advertising, which gives three kinds of companies a strong incentive to track your online behavior.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Explainers Life

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks. To the contrary, people perceive the best listeners to be those who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight. These questions gently challenge old assumptions, but do so in a constructive way.

How To Elevate Your Presence In A Virtual Meeting

How To Elevate Your Presence In A Virtual Meeting

Business Explainers

Elevating both your point and your presence in a Zoom, Skype, or similar virtual meeting, requires not only engaging in video conference-friendly tactics but also disabusing yourself of potentially detrimental misconceptions about the medium.

New York vs. Tokyo’s Subway: How Japan Got So Far Ahead

New York vs. Tokyo’s Subway: How Japan Got So Far Ahead

Explainers Videos World

Japan’s train system is ranked the most efficient in the world, according to Statista. The United States is tied with Azerbaijan for 11th best. Part of this is because Japan’s railway system has more points of connection allowing for easier commutes. Why does the MTA operate at a loss while Tokyo Metro is profitable?

Why Caviar Is So Expensive

Why Caviar Is So Expensive

Explainers Food Videos

Caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world. Selling for up to $35,000 per kilo, it’s revered and relished by aristocrats across the globe. But it’s an acquired taste. Turns out, caviar wasn’t always so valuable.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

Design Explainers History Tech

For all the triumph of America’s new planes and tanks during World War II, a silent reaper stalked the battlefield: accidental deaths and mysterious crashes that no amount of training ever seemed to fix. At first, pilots took the blame for crashes. The true cause, however, lay with the design. That lesson led us into our user-friendly age—but there’s peril to come.

The Case For More Silent Meetings

The Case For More Silent Meetings

Business Explainers Videos

Talking meetings have much merit, but can also be subject to a host of problems. Current research supports the benefits of holding a “silent meeting” as one way of better leveraging the ideas, perspectives, and insights of organizational talent.

Why Are These Foods Named After Places?

Why Are These Foods Named After Places?

Explainers Food

Chicken Kiev. Baked Alaska. London broil. Singapore noodles. When food is named after a city or country, you’d think this would indicate that the dish was either connected to or concocted in that place. But the reality is often lost in translation somewhere between an actual origin story and a marketing campaign.

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

Economics Explainers Videos

In terms of countries that had it easy Venezuela by all counts should be at the top of the list, it is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, easily beating out the typical oil giants like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab eremites. But they squandered it.

Why Do So Many U.S. Cities Have Gridded Streets?

Why Do So Many U.S. Cities Have Gridded Streets?

Cities Explainers Videos

Many U.S. cities were founded with a street grid. Why? This video describes the historic factors that contributed to the adoption of a grid. This includes influential city designs from Versailles, London, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Reno.

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

Explainers Life Psychology

You were talking about something relatively complex and you could practically see the moment that your listener checked out. Not only is it uncomfortable but it’s also disheartening when what you’re saying is important, cool or valuable to the listener. Here are 4 steps to clearer communication.

How '1917' Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot

How '1917' Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot

Explainers Media Videos

“1917” stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch and was filmed to look like one continuous shot. Cinematographer Roger Deakins explains how he and director Sam Mendes did it, from digging up a mile of trenches to attaching cameras to cranes and drones.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

Cities Explainers

They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars and generally made life harder for motorists. Now it appears the work is paying off. Oslo and Helsinki are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

Explainers Food

Here’s the first thing you should know: Expiration dates are not expiration dates. Food product dating, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls it, is completely voluntary for all products — with the exception of baby food. Not only that, but it has nothing to do with safety.

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

Explainers Food

Although pink Himalayan salt is perfectly functional for its intended culinary purpose—making food salty—it’s never before been particularly prized or venerated for its quality. That makes its meteoric rise from food-world also-ran to modern lifestyle totem all the more unlikely.

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

Explainers Life Psychology

Productivity has been a topic of discussion ever since ancient eastern and western philosophy started. It’s a universal theme. I believe it’s in our nature to make better use of our time. Let’s start by learning the following 7 productivity lessons from the most well-known philosophers in history.

What Makes A Masterpiece?

What Makes A Masterpiece?

Art Explainers Videos

What do we mean when we call an artwork a masterpiece? Who gets to decide what becomes one? Who makes them? And is it still a constructive label to dole out when we talk about art? What Makes a Masterpiece?

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

Business Explainers Long Reads Tech

In the last 10 years, Lego has grown into nothing less than the Apple of toys: a profit-generating, design-driven miracle built around premium, intuitive, highly covetable hardware that fans can’t get enough of. An exclusive look inside the company’s top-secret Future Lab.

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

Explainers Food

The milkshake IPA takes the chewy softness typical of the hazy IPA to the extreme. The addition of unfermentable milk sugars (lactose) adds a pillowy creaminess to the mouthfeel in the hopes of creating a smooth, delightful drinking experience–similar to the sensation you’d expect in a milk stout.

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