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China’s skewed sex ratio makes president Xi’s job a lot harder
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
As odd as it sounds, China’s economic policy is being held hostage by its heavily skewed sex ratio. China’s excess of young, unmarriageable males poses…
Everything you should know about Japan’s oddly drama-filled elections
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
After an unusually drama-filled election campaign, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s party looks set to win big in parliamentary elections on Sunday (Oct. 22). It’s…
Construction is as far from a Silicon Valley darling as you can get—and that’s why it’s ready for automation
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Construction technology may seem like the opposite of a traditional Silicon Valley sweetheart, but a new startup views it as untapped potential. Built Robotics, which…
Insects in danger, Puerto Rico’s decline, and eight other stories you might have missed
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
1. Valley forge “‘It’s easy to say, ‘Get these people out, build the wall,’ when it’s these people. When you put a live person in…
A 1-minute clip from a Dustin Hoffman interview sums up the life’s work of a Nobel-winning economist
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago professor and recent Nobel laureate in economics, is perhaps best known for his work on mental accounting. This is…
Relationship patterns with family have a funny way of repeating themselves in the workplace
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Whenever a friend complains that her supervisor or colleague reminds her of her manic-depressive mother, or that his direct-report is “exactly like” his overbearing brother,…
Looks like Facebook’s latest feature may only make your “filter bubble” worse
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Facebook has rolled out a new feature that lets users browse content they might be interested in but may not see as part of their…
Flying empty jets across the country is only the latest way GE wastes money on executives
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
For a company trying to fend off activist investors targeting bloated corporate spending, General Electric has seemed particularly clueless about how it spends money. Along…
British bird feeders may have changed the way birds’ beaks are shaped
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
A common backyard bird evolved an extra-long beak in a stunningly short period of time, researchers have found, and the reason might be the very…
Three decades ago the Dow Jones dropped more than 20% in just one day. Could it happen again?
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
On Oct. 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 22.6% in a single day.
The discovery of a huge cave just took us a step closer to colonizing the moon
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Japan’s space agency found a cave in the moon. It is 50 km long and 100 m wide.
Scientists found a moon cave that’s big enough to be an astronaut base
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Scientists with Japan’s space agency have announced they have discovered what appears to be a humongous cave on the surface of the moon—a potential spot…
The US government underestimated solar energy installation in the US by 4,813%
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The only thing certain in this life are death, taxes and the US department of energy’s massive underestimate of renewable energy capacity. Every two years,…
China’s Baidu is the one to beat in the race to driverless cars
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
In the race to autonomous vehicles, no one is more aggressive than Chinese tech giant Baidu. At The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ D.Live technology conference…
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s first 20 tweets: the wisdom, the dad jokes, the sick burns
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Lloyd Blankfein has had an account on Twitter since 2011, but the Goldman Sachs CEO only began tweeting four and a half months ago. It’s…
The twelve world leaders in their thirties—charted
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
With her election to the helm of New Zealand’s government today (Oct. 19), Jacinda Ardern became the world’s twelfth 30-something head of state or government.…
A cryptocurrency raised $400 million to avoid bitcoin’s “civil war” and now has its own
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Tezos was one of the biggest initial coin offerings (ICOs) of the last year. It raised $232 million in July with a utopian pitch: to…
Here’s the poem Elon Musk says inspired his second Boring machine
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Elon Musk is invoking the spirit of a dead poet to help him bore. Musk has been developing machines to dig a network of tunnels…
After submarines and baby strollers, Aston Martin is branching into luxury condos
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
In the world of luxury one-upmanship, “my other house is an Aston Martin” is a boast you might hear soon. The venerable British luxury sportscar…
Nivea wants Africans to “visibly lighten” their skin in another of its racially controversial ads
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
“Now I have visibly fairer skin, making me feel younger.” In Africa, this is a divisive tagline, and yet global skincare brand Nivea created a…
Statistics are a terrible way of grasping the true magnitude of the world’s sex-crime problem
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
“Numbers don’t lie” is usually a nice safety net for some people’s arguments. Yet when it comes to statistics for more complex societal issues, like…
A new global solution to money laundering will mainly just help rich countries
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The pattern of illegal money flowing from the developing world to the West has been well-established. Funds are stolen by kleptocrat X in developing country…
Five methods for turning invisible, ranked by the inventor of a real-life invisibility cloak
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The captain and crew on the bridge of the starship Enterprise are tense as they track a Romulan ship that has just attacked a Starfleet…
Drug companies intentionally make eyedrops too big
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The human eye can only handle about 25 microliters (μL) without spilling—yet some manufacturers make dosage sizes that are twice as big.
Drivers distracted by smartphones are killing thousands of Americans
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
US traffic fatalities had been falling for decades. But then came the smartphone—and traffic fatalities have spiked by 14% over the last two years, to…
To manage effectively, think of delegation as a goal, not a means
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
New managers often ask me for advice on how to delegate: How do I decide what to delegate and who to delegate to? How do…
Men paralyzed by #MeToo: Here’s why you need to speak up—and how
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Like many women, I’ve been disturbed and enraged by the allegations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades—and…
Uber drivers thought leasing cars would boost their credit scores. Wrong.
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Like a lot of drivers, Anthony Plemonte turned to Uber’s Xchange Leasing program because his credit was bad. Uber leased him a 2017 Honda Civic…
Hollywood won’t solve its sexual abuse problem until it has more women bosses
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The only good to come out of the extensive sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, which have now spread to other powerful men…
The miracle of compound interest can also apply to your career
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
There’s a (likely apocryphal) quote attributed to Albert Einstein that goes like this: “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands…
The story behind a devastating photo of human greed
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The UK’s Natural History Museum announced the winner of its Wildlife Photographer of the Year on Tuesday night (Oct. 17). The recipient, Brent Stirton is…
Leonardo DiCaprio is getting into the vegan meat business
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Leonardo DiCaprio, who won an Academy Award for his 2015 portrayal of a man nearly eaten by a grizzly bear, is investing in a plant-based,…
Why every electric carmaker is scrambling for access to this element
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Cobalt has been unwittingly used since ancient times to provide a blue tint everything from glass to jewelry. But it wasn’t until the 1730s that…
I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
I am no programmer, coder, or mathematician. I was required to take one computer-science class in college, and I barely passed—and that was over 20…
Psychedelics may make people less likely to commit violent crimes
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Psychedelic drugs seem to mellow people out in a way that could prevent future crimes. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently found…
The next generation of Wall Street titans thinks learning Python is more important than Mandarin
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
The summer program at Goldman Sachs is arguably the most prestigious internship on Wall Street. The types of young high-flyers that the bank takes in…
Silicon Valley employers can’t ask your salary history, thanks to a new state law
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
California is set to become the latest—and by the far the largest—US state to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The…
The crazy economics of childcare costs in America
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
As the conventional wisdom goes, rising childcare costs has put a financial squeeze on US families. More than 60% of parents across all income brackets…
The best thing to do when giving bad news is to get straight to the point
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
If you manage anyone, at some point you will have to sit down and deliver a piece of uncomfortable news. You may be tempted to…
Millennials’ search for experiences over luxury is driving Airbnb’s growth in Africa
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
In the last five years, more than 2 million people have found holiday accommodation in Africa through Airbnb which now has over 100,000 listings on…
Spain is set to impose direct rule over Catalonia, risking violent clashes and market turmoil
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Spain’s constitutional crisis has entered a dangerous new phase, with Catalonia facing renewed unrest as the central government in Madrid pledges to impose direct rule…
How Somalia’s deadliest attack ever tore open the heart of a nation
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Nairobi Ibrahim Adow is a 24-year-old protocol officer working for Somalia’s president. And in the hours and days since the country’s deadliest attack took place,…
A new French law will fine men on-the-spot for harassing women in public
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
France is considering a new law that fines men on-the-spot for catcalling and other forms of street harassment. France’s gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa announced…
What China’s “new era” looks like, in Xi Jinping’s own words
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
President Xi Jinping hailed a “new era” for China in his speech at a pivotal Communist Party meeting yesterday (Oct. 18), an event that also…
China’s “rogue aid” to Africa isn’t as much or as controversial as we thought
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
A decade ago, a New York Times columnist coined the term “rogue aid” to describe China’s financial assistance in the developing world: nontransparent, nondemocratic, and…
The “Black Monday” market crash 30 years ago today was so bad hospital admissions spiked
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Precisely 30 years ago today, on Oct. 19, 1987, stock markets around the world suffered one of their worst days ever, in what became known…
In bashing Asia Argento after her accusation against Weinstein, Italy is showing its deep misogynistic nature
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Last week, after a New York Times investigation (paywall) unleashed a storm of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, The New Yorker (paywall) published another…
American kids’ daily mobile screen time is almost 10 times higher than it was in 2011
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
More than 95% of US households own a smartphone. If that makes you shrug, this will not: daily mobile media usage among kids under eight…
A preview of Thailand’s lavish $90 million royal funeral for its late king
October 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Starting Oct. 25, Thailand will hold a royal funeral over five days for its beloved late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, following a year of mourning. Bhumibol,…
How the fall of Causeway Bay Books helped resurrect a long-lost Chinese erotic literature classic
October 18th, 2017, 07:32 PM
Hong Kong When associates at Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong went missing about two years ago—and its scandalous books about mainland Chinese politicians were…