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What will the stock market do tomorrow?
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
You probably found this article because you searched online for some variation of the headline. That’s not a bad place to start, so good job.…
Amazon’s plan to dominate the shipping industry—with almost no humans involved—is taking shape
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Amazon is exploring what role autonomous-vehicle technology could have in its business, the Wall Street Journal reported today (paywall). The research is still in an…
It took decades of research, but the world’s first malaria vaccine is finally ready for showtime
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Malaria has been a problem for humans for over 2,000 years, and still kills in high numbers; 429,000 people—most of them children—died from the mosquito-borne…
US retailers are on pace to close more stores in 2017 than in the 2008 Great Recession
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
US bricks-and-mortar retailers are bleeding badly. E-commerce is gobbling up a growing share of sales, store productivity has dwindled, consumer shopping habits are shifting toward…
Obama made his first post-presidential appearance—without a mention of Trump
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Barack Obama cut short his post-presidential vacation today (April 24) to speak to students at the University of Chicago, in his first public appearance since…
“We have one eye open and one eye closed”: The dirty labor secrets of fast fashion
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Four years ago today, 1,134 garment workers died when their factory building collapsed in a suburb outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. “Survivors described a sensation akin to…
Four big reasons why deniers started believing in climate change
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It began, like many things on Reddit, with a simple question: “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” More than 600 posts later, AskReddit…
One government’s attempt to close the gender gap: housekeeping vouchers for families
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
According to a 2007 survey, sharing household chores ranks with faithfulness and sex as the top issues people associate with a good marriage. Not surprisingly,…
Don’t take France for granted: Three reasons Emmanuel Macron hasn’t won yet
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
France has a long history of claiming to be a credible alternative to the American model of democracy. For the first time in a very…
Getting elected will be the easy part for Macron; governing France is impossible
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Through a combination of luck and an inspired reading of France’s rejection of its tired political establishment, Emmanuel Macron rode to a clear victory in…
It took an all-female writing team to create two of the most complex men on television
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
“Leave it to a female’s writer’s room to create two of the best, well-rounded male characters that I’ve really read in a long time,” said…
The biggest known database of sarcasm is here. Great
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
In spoken English, the difference between a genuine “Can’t wait” and a sarcastic “Can’t wait” is obvious. Online and in written form, not so much.…
Travis Kalanick is the kind of boss who works on his laptop at a strip club
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
As part of its exhaustive profile (paywall) of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the New York Times included one particularly telling detail: at an outing to…
The environment-hating US Chamber of Commerce is losing the support of the world’s biggest companies
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The US Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of over 3 million companies and spent $104 million on lobbying in 2016, has been less…
Revelations of Uber’s business tactics are a good reminder to check your Gmail permissions
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
When an online service is free, you are probably the product that’s being sold. That’s the common refrain that echoes around the myriad free services…
One very basic job in sneaker manufacturing is testing the limits of automation
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
If you’ve ever bought a pair of new, unlaced sneakers you know what it’s like to lace them yourself. It requires carefully wriggling the plastic-cased…
Tomorrow’s office furniture will be rapidly 3D-printed in pools of goo
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it…
Over 25 million kids in conflict zones are missing out on education
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Long-running conflicts are keeping more than 25 million children around the world away from classrooms. Around 22% of children aged between six and 15 are…
Gazelles look at each others’ butts to keep the status quo—and we do the same
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
We may like to imagine that we’re independent thinkers—but when push comes to shove, we often wind up going with the crowd. That’s because, much…
There’s a better way to celebrate take your kids to work day: Taking someone else’s kid instead
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
This week, parents are being urged to take their kids to work for the day. But here’s a better idea: Don’t. Strike a blow for…
A fake HuffPo blog about white male privilege cost its non-white female South Africa editor her job
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
A fake blog post by a fake author has caused very real problems for the Huffington Post in South Africa. The site’s editor-in-chief, Verashni Pillay,…
Why young French voters don’t want a progressive president
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Young voters didn’t get what they wanted on Brexit or Donald Trump. And the French presidential election has proven to be no different. Centrist candidate…
Restaurants need to stop treating low-wage workers like avocados
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It’s not unusual to see a la carte charges for guacamole at restaurants when avocado prices surge. But low-wage workers are not avocados. In Nov.…
Yale’s six-year-old Singapore campus is now harder to get into than the 316-year-old Yale
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Yale is quite discerning; it accepted only 6.27% of applicants last year. But not as discerning as Yale-NUS College—the controversial branch campus that Yale set…
French banks celebrate a former French banker’s presidential campaign with a huge market rally
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It’s a good day to be a banker. Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron won the first round of France’s presidential election and is a strong favorite to…
Africa’s last absolute monarch wants to ban divorce
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
King Mswati III of Swaziland is Africa’s last absolute monarch. The 49-year old king who calls himself ngweyama, “the lion,” owns most of the country’s…
A $1.3 million ad campaign to educate Americans about Sikhs is dividing the Sikh community
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
To be Sikh in America means living in a country where a majority of the population knows little to nothing of your faith. Or worse.…
The weather conditions that set Bordeaux wine producers up for the best, most expensive vintage in years
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Climate change is no doubt a headache for winemakers. But right now it’s coming with the sweet aftertaste of what’s looking like the best Bordeaux…
John Oliver: Why Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are not “moderating influences” on Donald Trump
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
On his show broadcast yesterday (April 23), comedian John Oliver put the “popular assumption” of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as the grown-ups in the…
Trump’s “great chemistry” with Chinese president Xi Jinping is actually not that great
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Ever since their first real-life encounter earlier this month, US president Donald Trump has been touting the “great chemistry” he has with his Chinese counterpart,…
There is one silver lining for Indians in Australia’s tough new citizenship rules: English skills
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The federal government today (April 20) announced three broad changes to the criteria for Australian citizenship. These are: a new residence requirement; a new process…
For the original Gandhi, “family first” was not the motto
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
At the start of September 1997, when I arrived in the United States to begin what unexpectedly became a fifteen-year spell of teaching and research…
Beauty companies are obsessed with turning Indian men white
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
For generations, companies have been selling fair skin to young Indian women, promising better marriage and employment prospects. However, over the last few years, men…
The man in charge of Aadhaar vouches for its safety but there’s no stopping the leaks
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
If he’s under pressure, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), doesn’t show any of it seated inside…
With other democracies in flames, Japan is saying “no thanks” to change
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made an appearance at last year’s Rio Olympics dressed up as Super Mario climbing out of a pipe. He is…
The DJ who picks the music for “the Leftovers”—from Wu-Tang to Christian rock
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
There are two places in the world where you can hear the Wu-Tang Clan, 1970s Christian folk music, and the theme song to Perfect Strangers…
France’s next president will be a former banker or a far-right populist
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
In a hotly contested election featuring 11 candidates, the first round of voting for the next French president has winnowed the field to two: Emmanuel…
“The Handmaid’s Tale” dystopia is captivating, especially now that reality is more dramatic than fiction
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
When I wrote a book on China’s one-child policy, many fictional precedents came to mind: Orwell, Huxley, and of course, The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood’s book…
Trump holds a rally to spurn the “Nerd Prom” where Obama once burned him
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Proms have a way of bringing out the worst in people—even president Obama. Hark back to the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual event…
Hillary Clinton makes a surprise appearance at the Tribeca film festival
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
The premiere of a virtual reality short by the Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” was a predictable hit at the…
The business case for Fox News dropping Bill O’Reilly wasn’t his actions, it was his age
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
For all of Bill O’Reilly’s problems at Fox News, the one that has garnered the least attention is probably the one most responsible for his…
Scientists have discovered how naked mole-rats can survive without oxygen for a really long time
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Naked mole-rats can survive without oxygen for up to 18 minutes. Without it, the naked mole-rats switch their supply of energy from glucose sugars, which…
How books helped one US Supreme Court justice overcome a tough childhood
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says books helped her escape a tough childhood. In a speech to students at Stanford University, she recounted the…
A brash, legendary film producer’s secret to finding acclaimed movies: He reads—a lot
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Veteran US film producer Harvey Weinstein has a reputation in Hollywood for being brash, intimidating, and even a bully. (On HBO’s Entourage, the not-to-be-crossed producer…
There’s a way to stop African governments shutting off the internet for their citizens
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
It’s easy to want to over-celebrate Cameroon’s Anglophone regions finally getting their internet back on after a 93-day shutdown by the government. Yes, we should…
My husband and I have nothing in common—and that’s why our relationship works
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Yesterday, my husband and I had the dumbest fight in the history of our relationship. Were the takeout Belgian waffles I’d brought home for breakfast…
Four things holding scientists back from running for political office
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Washington DC On April 22, thousands flocked to the National Mall to participate in the March for Science, a first-of-its-kind protest that was inspired by…
The stupid reason that larger clothes fit so badly
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
A common complaint among women who wear sizes 16 and up is that if they can find items in their size at all, it’s even…
A century of Indian-American radicalism explodes the myth of the docile “model minority”
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Barnali Ghosh and her husband, Anirvan Chatterjee, were sick and tired of the “model minority” myth about South Asians in the US being high-achieving and…
The four likeliest outcomes of today’s French election, and what they mean for the world
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
It’s not often that the politics of France, which Ernest Hemingway called “the simplest country to live in,” inspire angst across the world. But this…