Evan Doll

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Why companies make their products worse

And why that’s a good thing for their customers. Richard Davies explains<p>There is much about computing to make the blood boil – the badly timed …

London School of Economics

What I Learned From a Stroke at 26: Make Time to Untangle

As an idealistic, knowledge-hungry college graduate and aspiring writer, I had grown tired of hopping from one office gig to the next. It was 2000 and technology was in full bloom. I wanted to cash in on the digital gold rush. Like many of my friends in Austin, Tex., I figured, why not join the …

Stroke

Why the Father of Modern Statistics Didn’t Believe Smoking Caused Cancer

<i>Ronald A. Fisher, father of modern statistics, enjoying his pipe. Source.</i><p>In the summer of 1957, Ronald Fisher, one of the fathers of modern …

Statistics

Before You Spend $26,000 on Weight-Loss Surgery, Do This

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new weight-loss procedure in which a thin tube, implanted in the stomach, ejects food from the body before all the calories can be absorbed.<p>Some have called it “medically sanctioned bulimia,” and it is the latest in a desperate search …

Medicine

A Wall Around My Country and a Moat Around My Hometown

Twenty years ago this month, I moved to California. I arrived as an eighteen year old — a boy who’d never lived outside Philadelphia, never seen the …

Palo Alto

5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Everyone hates paying bank fees. But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn't even sign up for.<p>That's exactly what happened to Wells Fargo customers nationwide.<p>On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and …

Wells Fargo

I Feel Bad For Broke-Ass Stuart

Dear Broke-Ass Stuart,<p>I recently came across your article from last year letting us know how bad you feel for us. Thanks for your pity! I hadn’t …

Northern California

How to Tell a Mother Her Child Is Dead

Philadelphia — First you get your coat. I don’t care if you don’t remember where you left it, you find it. If there was a lot of blood you ask someone to go quickly to the basement to get you a new set of scrubs. You put on your coat and you go into the bathroom. You look in the mirror and you say …

Emergency Medicine

Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang Want to Get Married

Like so many young people today in China, the two men met online. According to Sun Wenlin, a tech consultant and, at age twenty-six, the younger of the pair, it had been “love at first sight.” Hu Mingliang, who is thirty-seven years old and the more reticent of the two, works as a security guard. …

Asia

The Four-Year Fight to Make San Francisco’s Subway Stop Screaming

A banshee. A screeching Giants fan. The world’s worst eight-year-old slowly letting the air out of a balloon. Such is the sound that invades the ears …

Yes, There IS a Doctor on The Plane. What I Learned at 30,000 Feet.

I am sharing this account of a serious medical emergency on a transoceanic flight because I hope it helps other health care providers assist people …

Flight Attendants

His white suit unsullied by research, Tom Wolfe tries to take down Charles Darwin

Tom Wolfe is known for two things: his trademark prose, liberally studded with exclamation marks, italics and ellipses, and the way he wields it to demolish pompous, status-seeking, class-conscious Americans. Who can forget his skewering of Leonard and Felicia Bernstein in the essay “Radical Chic,” …

Tom Wolfe

Report: ‘Swamp Thing’ And ‘The Return Of Swamp Thing’ Just 2 Of Literally Thousands Of Movies

LOS ANGELES—According to a report released Wednesday by the American Film Institute, the 1982 motion picture <i>Swamp Thing</i> and its 1989 sequel, <i>The</i> …

A Wounded Child In Aleppo, Silent And Still, Shocks The World

Surrounded by shouting, he's completely silent.<p>The child is small, alone, covered in blood and dust, dropped in the back of an ambulance with his feet dangling off the edge of a too-big chair.<p>He doesn't cry or speak. His face is stunned and dazed, but not surprised. He wipes his hand over his …

Aleppo

Report: More American Fifth-Graders Taking Gap Year To Unwind Before Middle School

WASHINGTON—A report released Monday by the Pew Research Center revealed that a growing number of American fifth-graders are opting to take a gap year …

Tell him about his father

Above: Luz Long and Jesse Owens<p>To win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games is astonishing enough; however, to do so as a black person in 1936, …

A Gift for Music Lovers Who Have It All: A Personal Utility Pole

TOKYO—Takeo Morita wanted absolutely the best fidelity possible from his audio system, so he bought a utility pole.<p>The 82-year-old lawyer already had a $60,000 American-made amplifier, 1960s German loudspeakers that once belonged to a theater, Japanese audio cables threaded with gold and silver, …

Entertainment

Mom Wants To Know If The People Who Live In Your Apartment Building Are Nice

CHICAGO—Following several inquiries about how you were adjusting to the new place, your mother reportedly wanted to know Monday if the people who …

Apartment Building

Almost There! Michael Phelps Is Close To Having Enough Gold Medals To Redeem Them For A Free Bike

It may be his final Olympics, but the future looks bright for Michael Phelps.<p>After placing first in Sunday’s 4x100m freestyle relay, the most …

North Korean Gymnast’s Selfie Goes Viral, but Her Bio Is Sparse

SEOUL, South Korea — In a selfie that has gone viral, the North Korean gymnast Hong Un-jong smiles brightly as a South Korean competitor at the Rio Olympics, Lee Eun-ju, 17, holds up her smartphone and snaps a picture of them hugging.<p>The selfie, which ricocheted across social media, was held up as …

Letter of Resignation from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission — NewCo Shift

Dear City Council Members and Palo Alto Residents,<p>This letter serves as my official resignation from the Planning and Transportation Commission. My …

Women’s Gymanastics Deserves Better TV Coverage

This month, NBC will once again attempt to pull one of the greatest tricks in television: convincing people to care about sports they that have ignored for the past four years. Millions of Americans will turn on their televisions in the coming days to watch Ping-Pong and beach volleyball and …

The GOP must dump Trump

The Muslim ban, the David Duke denial, the “Mexican” judge flap, the draft dodger denigrating John McCain’s military service, the son of privilege attacking an immigrant Gold Star mother and the constant revisionism and lying about past political positions taken are but a few of the lowlights that …

Donald Trump

How to Tell an Australian From a New Zealander

Australia and New Zealand, mostly affectionate southern siblings. (Image: Public Domain)To Australians and New Zealanders, the differences between …

Australia

Trump’s Ambiguous Wink Wink to ‘Second Amendment People’

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin got assassinated.<p>His right-wing opponents just kept delegitimizing him as a “traitor” and “a Nazi” for wanting to make peace with the Palestinians and give back part of the Land of Israel. Of course, all is fair in …

There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote

We’re in the season of protest vote advocacy, with writers of all political stripes making arguments for third-party candidates (Jill Stein, Gary …

Voting

11 Ways To Get a Letter from the White House

President Barack Obama, potentially writing to you. (Photo: Pete Souza/Public Domain)As we all know, citizens of the United States enjoy certain …

The White House

Sub-Sub-Sub Island on Victoria Island in Canada

Victoria Island, located right between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories of Canada, holds a few records under its name. It is the eighth largest …

Weird
Matt Moore