Saturday links: understanding growth

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long-form links you missed during the week. We think this should also include our new book, Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere. Enjoy.

Finance

Mark Cuban asks what business Wall Street is in?  (blogmaverick)

A wide ranging interview with Paul Volcker.  (Newsweek)

Five good questions for Moshe Milevsky on retirement and annuities. (Above the Market)

A white paper on the differences between the Norway Model vs. the Yale Model.  (Greycourt via Climateer Investing)

Luck, skill and Jim Harbaugh.  (Above the Market)

Technology

Paul Graham, “If you want to understand startups, understand growth. Growth drives everything in this world.”  (Paul Graham)

A massive iOS 6 review.  (iMore via DF)

MakerBot is bringing 3-D printing into the wider world.  (Wired)

Why the future of innovation in the US remains bright.  (The Financialist)

Medicine

On the potential for “bioprospecting.”  (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

3-D printing is coming to biomedicine.  (WSJ)

Rebuilding humans with the help of an animal scaffold.  (NYTimes, ibid)

Life under RomneyCare.  (Esquire)

Profiles

A profile of Robert Rubin who is both “selfish and selfless.”  (Businessweek)

A profile of John Hempton of Bronte Capital.  (AFR)

Paul Allen is trying to reverse engineer the brain.  (Forbes)

Hedge fund big shot Louis Bacon is trying to save the American West.  (Forbes)

How the Sabols, through NFL Films, helped create the NFL as we know it.  (The Atlantic)

Society

Why are so many “smart kids” cheating on tests.  (New York)

The City of Chicago needs to rework its brand by raiding its historical heritage.  (New Geography)

Women

On the growing role of women at the CIA.  (Newsweek)

Was Jesus married? Early Christianity was filled with a cacophony of voices.  (Smithsonian)

Entertainment

Inside the juggernaut that is ABC’s Modern Family.  (THR)

Thievery in the world of magic has never been worse: just ask Teller.  (Esquire)

Journalism

PR flacks have the journalists outnumbered.  (Economist)

Journalists need to have critical reading skills.  (Felix Salmon)

Books

The brilliant prudence of Ike: an excerpt from Evan Thomas’ Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.  (The Atlantic)

An excerpt from Sheila Bair’s new book Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street From Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself.  (Fortune)

Excerpts from Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care by Marty Makary, MD.  (Newsweek, WSJ)

Mixed media

Japan is trying to figure out its energy future without nuclear power.  (FT)

Why everything tastes like chicken.  (Slate)

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