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The world’s most popular sport is terrible at statistics

Since the release of <i>Moneyball</i>, the Michael Lewis book (and the subsequent film) exploring the successful data-driven approach of the Oakland A’s baseball club, the use of statistical analysis in professional sports seems to have exploded. But in the world’s most popular sport, soccer, useful …

New York University

Bill Gates says the success rate on venture capital is “pathetic” compared to development

Bill Gates is the richest man in the world and one of its biggest philanthropist. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gates was critical of what he sees as a double standard when it comes to development.<p>Giving people access to something as basic as a working toilet can materially change their …

Venture Capital

The wine business is ripe for disruption, and this man is doing it

“There are only two important people in the wine business—the winemaker and the wine drinker. Right now, they’re both getting screwed.”<p>Rowan Gormley doesn’t mince words. The founder of Naked Wines, part venture capital firm and part wholesale buying club, has little time for the wine industry’s …

This German town is building life around sleep

Bad Kissingen is a spa town. According to the town’s website, Bavarian King Ludwig II bestowed the “Bad” part of its name on it in 1883, but not because he didn’t enjoy his stay—“bad” means “bath” or “spa” in German. Just south of the Rhön Mountains in Germany, it’s quaintly charming in the way of …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

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Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'

<b>Keep up, keep up. If you've only just caught on to the concept of online university courses called Moocs, then you're in danger of falling behind again.</b><p>Harvard, one of the world's most influential universities, is moving on to Spocs - which stands for small private online courses. Nothing to do …

Higher Education

Rembert Explains America: This Is the End, Based Friend

The kids are back in school, so it’s time to wrap this up. Instead of the original plan of writing a sixth grade–style manifesto titled “This Is What …

Internet security: 10 ways to keep your personal data safe from online snoopers

When Tim Berners-Lee was designing the technology that has transformed our world, he looked for a noun that would describe what he had in mind. The one he eventually settled on was "web", which is how the world wide web got its name.<p>To its inventor, the noun must have seemed perfectly apposite: it …

Fitness Vid

Sietsema's Thai Heatmap: 12 Excellent Dishes

It was 20 years ago that <b>Sripraphai Tipmanee</b> opened her bakery in Woodside, Queens, and Thai food in New York has never been the same. Before that, we'd had few good Thai restaurants and no great ones. The food tended to be curry-based or stir-fried, fussily presented, and mainly from the South. It …

Listen up: Sound walks in NYC

Photograph: Jessica LinSoundwalk<p>Photograph: Jessica LinThe Lesser Known Sounds of Times Square<p>Photograph: Jessica Lin"Times Square" sound …

Why al-Qaeda’s Yemen oil plot isn’t (just) about oil

The news this morning that Yemeni security forces foiled an al-Qaeda plot to seize oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital raises a timely question: Why does the terror network even care about the tiny, impoverished country and its puny oil infrastructure—especially when Saudi Arabia …

The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview

I recently interviewed an excellent candidate for a position at our growing startup, Likeable Local. The woman had an incredible resume, an …

Build a Career Worth Having

We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are <i>actively undermining</i> their co-workers. This is a marked increase in …

This column will change your life: anonymity isn't just for crooks and trolls

In June, an Ohio man named James Blankenship was arrested for breaking and entering into his mother's home in broad daylight. The cliched phrase …

How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India's trade in child slavery

When the trafficker came knocking on the door of Elaina Kujar's hut on a tea plantation at the north-eastern end of Assam, she had just got back from …

The best dim sum in NYC

A by-product of traditional Chinese <i>yum cha</i>, or afternoon tea, New York’s best dim sum isn’t just a midday Chinese snack—it’s some of the best Chinese …

Pierre Borghi: How I gave the Taliban the slip

<b>French aid worker and amateur photographer Pierre Borghi spent four months in shackles, imprisoned by the Taliban in a hole in the ground. But an opportunity to escape eventually came his way, thanks in part to the weight he had lost on the "Taliban diet".</b><p>I was abducted by the Taliban on the …

Afghanistan

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

The best rooftop bars—with views—at New York City hotels - Curbed NY

Though it may not feel like it right now, spring is just around the corner, which also means that soon, most New Yorkers will be feeling the itch to be outdoors. There are plenty of places to satisfy that ourdoorsy urge (parks! beaches!), but the city's plethora of trendy hotels offer some of the …

The new new paradigm? The slower pace of global trade

The heady expectations that fueled the recent bull market are starting to fade. After a sharp run up in financial markets, more bearish analysts and business people are coming back to the idea that we’ve hit a new normal—one that will be fraught with financial turbulence, protectionist policies and …

The First 3 Steps to Get Anything You Want in Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What do you really want in life? And how’re you going to get it?<p><b>Learn the step-by-step formula to get anything you want in life</b>, which you won’t find …

How to Pay Off Your Debt with the Stack Method

Whether it’s consumer debt on credit cards, student loans, or a mortgage, most people find themselves weighed down by debt at some point in their …

Personal Finance

What’s The Best Career Advice You Ever Got?

Yesterday, with delight, you shared with us your worst interview mistakes (and those you’ve witnessed).<p>Boy, were you guys excited! We promise to never cry (or show up drunk) at our next interview.<p>That went so well, we decided to give it another shot. For today’s question, though, we took a more …