For the next installment in the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt's microscopic look at the economy: the silicon revolution.
Not only is silicon one of the major components in computer chips, but it’s also found in your windows, mirrors and wine glasses.
"Silicon is the basis of glass," Rowlatt says. "We think of the silicon revolution being computers. But actually one of the very early technological revolutions was glass."
Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.
When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.
American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."
On Friday, a contractor intentionally set fire to an FAA air traffic facility that has caused flight delays and cancellations for days.
How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention.
It's the ad that comes before the YouTube video you're trying to watch: a hopeful message from a company trying to sell you on its brand and outlook, usually with no shortage of inspirational imagery and plenty of metaphors.
Listen to the story in the player above with an active imagination (or watch the video) to see what she's talking about.
AMC's critically acclaimed series "Breaking Bad," created by Vince Gilligan, ran its very last episode one year ago. The show takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and although production has stopped, the town continues to experience an economic boom. Even tourism rates grew exponentially.
In 2013, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed what was called the "Breaking Bad bill" into law, a film incentive that increases subsidies for television crews from 25 percent to 30 percent in some areas of expenditure. The law increases New Mexico's rebate for series television production to 30 percent of a producer's total qualified spend in the state.
"We actually see people that will come here specifically to go and see the sites," says Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry. "I have been as far as Beijing where people have asked me about 'Breaking Bad,' so, yeah, it surely has put us on the map internationally."
Another positive outcome was the number of jobs the show produced. Actors and television producers weren’t the only ones to benefit job-wise from filming, Berry says.
"It’s electricians, the lumber yard selling lumber, and it is craft, and it is the local places that rent their businesses out to film," says Berry. "It really hits our economy from top to bottom."
"Breaking Bad" has a spinoff show called "Better Call Saul," also created by Gilligan, and also set in Albuquerque. It is scheduled to premiere in February 2015.
The show has already been picked up for a second season.
"When 'Breaking Bad' filmed here, almost $70 million came into our economy," says Berry. "We think that 'Better Call Saul' is going to be another great opportunity for us."
This story, found in the pages of the New York Times, when you think about it, is a thing of pure genius.
Scientists in Thailand are set to unveil a robot that will be able to tell whether Thai food is actually genuine Thai food.
Proper proportions, the right taste — you get the idea.
The possibilities, honestly, are endless...testing Mexican food, Chinese, Indian.
Of course, it's entirely possible we Americans have just come to prefer "fake" ethnic food.