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This is the beginning of a thread summarizing a paper trying to figure out why spain is so sparsely populated. TL;DR: popularity of walled cities for their defensive capabilities at just the right time in human history.
If you're thinking about building some multifamily housing in your city via the builder's remedy, the article has a tool to check whether your city is currently compliant.
This is cool, but also, did you know that melanomas aren't caused by sun exposure? Apparently they're caused by an increase in skin temperature. Weird.
Shouldn't be a surprise, but yes, allowing more housing construction reduces rents. Here's the key chart from the article, if you prefer charts.
I guess this is better than car chases?
Lithium really isn't that scarce a resource, if prices go up, new mining techniques become viable and the price comes back down. (And other battery technologies eat into lithium's share on the margin)