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One tool in the White House web suite launched since January 20, marks a coup for civil society and government transparency.

Recovery.gov is the first effort of its kind initiated to track and vet the passage and implementation of an act of Congress. Wired recently tracked its progress and the digtiization of government for public consumption.

In addition to making freely available the full details of a major piece of legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ushers in new technologies like RSS, XML, and KML to release government data on a mass scale. Tech businesses that truck in such feeds stand to gain handsomely by partnering with the federal government. Reams of data resting in government databases are just waiting for distribution. 

Where do big thinkers stand on opening up backlogs of government records? Are media-style RSS feeds the best approach to releasing the information? Could the effort have any downsides for a privacy-sensitive public?

Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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Scientists invent method to extract gold from liquid waste

The next gold rush might take place in our sewers.

Surprising Science
  • Even though we think of it as exceedingly rare, gold can be found all around us.
  • The trouble is, most of the gold is hard to get at; its too diluted in our waste or ocean waters to effectively extract.
  • This new technique quickly, easily, and reliably extracts gold from most liquids.
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How 'dark horses' flip the script of success and happiness

What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.

Big Think Books

When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.

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