2. How many licks does it take to reach the center of lollipop? The fluid dynamics of lollipop dissolution.
Apparently the answer is 1000. The fascinating result of this research is that, when lollipops are exposed to the flow of a fluid, reach the same intermediate shape during the process of dissolution, irrespective of their initial shape and speed of the flow.
3. Doni Rodrik writes in Project Syndicate on growth stories of Brazil, Turkey, Russia and India.
With hindsight, it has become clear that there was in fact no coherent growth story for most emerging markets. Scratch the surface, and you found high growth rates driven not by productive transformation but by domestic demand, in turn fueled by temporary commodity booms and unsustainable levels of public or, more often, private borrowing.