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The Boxer and the Batterer

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has bobbed, weaved, and danced through domestic violence accusations for much of his career. On the verge of the biggest fight in recent history, can we separate the athlete from the abuser?

They say when you get hit and hurt bad you see black lights — the black lights of …

Sports Blogs

The rebellion in Baltimore is an uprising against austerity, claims top US academic

For Baltimore to be the setting for the latest in a recent spate of high-profile police murders and riots in America – after Ferguson, New York and North Charleston – is especially compelling in the public imagination because the city was also the location for David Simon’s brilliant TV series The


Mutual Funds Make Air Travel More Expensive

The great drama of our time is the rise of the 1 percent. Thomas Piketty has done more than anyone else to put this question on the public agenda. …


The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed

What the online juggernaut can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV

Before Nyan Cat, before “Imma let you finish,” even before rickrolling, there was a small startup in New York dedicated to finding pre-viral content online. The first employees of BuzzFeed wrote about Borat, MySpace, and the “highly …


Humans are doing democracy wrong. Bees are doing it right

It will be interesting to learn next week what proportion of the UK vote is now postal. Because postal voting boosts the turnout, people seem happy to ignore the risk of in-family coercion, or the fact that a vote may not be private. Thirty years ago it was assumed that postal voting was for the …


Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.

Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?

Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.

A new study looks …


Andrew Wiggins And The Problem With Scorers

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Rookie of the Year on Thursday. The announcement came as no surprise: It’s …


Praying in the Streets: Ritual as an Urban Design Problem

“[T]he city as World icon is being destroyed, not by being secularized (it was always secular at base with some sacral potencies shooting through it …

Urban Design

Bare branches, redundant males

Distorted sex ratios at birth a generation ago are changing marriage and damaging societies in Asia’s twin giants

KHAPs are informal local councils in …


Proactive policing

New research suggests it is possible to identify online troublemakers before they strike

HECKLERS have long been a problem for politicians and …


When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’”So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix …

San Francisco Bay Area

Instagram hashtags could be the best guide to emoji meaning we’ve ever had

Instagram updated its app this week and added a crucial new feature: the ability to use emoji as hashtags.Because I am a 💯-certified emoji …

Hahaha vs. Hehehe - The New Yorker

I’m a big real-life laugher, and in recent years, in e-mails, chats, and texts, I’ve become a big “haha”-er. You say something hilarious, I’ll write …


Africa’s Mobile-Sun Revolution

The transformative potential for mobile communications is upon us in every aspect of life. In the developing world where infrastructure of all types is at a premium, few question the potential for mobile, but many wonder whether it should be a priority.

Many years of visiting the developing world …


The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean on the magic and mystery of writing

There's hardly a pocket of the media cosmos with more literary journalism stars than The New Yorker, and Susan Orlean has been one of its bright …


Fear Factor: How Pitch Location Helps Reveal Batter Breakouts

There was nothing auspicious about the box score for Kris Bryant’s big-league debut. Bryant, the former second-overall draft pick and reigning best prospect in baseball, broke in on April 17 after a seven-game, .679-slugging-percentage service-time sequestration at Triple-A Iowa. And with the eyes …


The Acquisitive Gaze

This is the text from a talk I gave at the New Museum Triennial on April 25. It’s a revision of this post from 2012.

1. In its early mission …

Social Shopping

The demise of the Boeing 747 is a sign of changing flight patterns

Dreamed up in another age, the 747 was in the skies before Concorde, before man reached the moon, and when the president of the United States was a child. Boeing’s most famous plane has been up there ever since, redefining the language of aviation as the original jumbo jet, carrying twice as many …


Paying to Get Inside the Restaurant

Is it worth it to fork over cash for a table?

The next time you’re fortunate enough to have dinner at a high-end restaurant, take a moment to enjoy not only the food and wine, but the frisson of a really good puzzle: Why do restaurants price things the way they do?

The markup on food makes sense. It …


Steadicam Operator Larry McConkey on Filming the Goodfellas Copacabana Tracking Shot and The Early Days of Steadicam

The Copacabana Club in Goodfellas

The Copa Shot: It’s one of the few shots in the history of cinema readily identifiable by name, instantly conjuring …


Killing a King: Mayweather versus Pacquiao

Fightland Blog

Artwork by Gian Galang

The unkind hand of father time forced this fight into being.

When Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were at the height of their powers, when the rest of the world was ready to dub the bout the saving grace of boxing, the participants didn't want it. Now, on the …

Manny Pacquiao

Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands.

Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached …


Economists: Drop the Signaling Fad

There’s a fad in the economics world that annoys me. The fad is to describe every human action as “signaling.” This has to stop, people.

First, a brief explanation. Signaling, basically, is jumping through hoops in order to prove yourself in some way. There are lots of situations where information …


Taking Baseball’s Pulse: Checking Up on the Trends Transforming the Game

Most baseball seasons bleed into one another with little statistical recalibration required. For years at a time, “average” means almost the same thing, and we know at a glance whether a guy’s numbers are good. Every so often, though, the baseline shifts so significantly in a single season that the …


What fiction has to say about the libraries of the future

Books, bytes... and Babel? Rob124/flickr, CC BY-SAAuthors and artists have long imagined otherworldly libraries – magical libraries, mythical …

The Future

Early Retirement in the N.F.L. and at Google, and the Paradox of Success

The news in business and sports has been filled with surprising early retirements this week. Four men stepping away from lucrative careers while in their prime show a curious paradox of success.

Patrick Pichette, the 52-year-old chief financial officer of Google, will step down once a replacement is …

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions

In her new book No One Understands You and What To Do About It, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …


When bias against women gets a pass

Amanda Bennett is a contributing columnist for The Post.

Not very long ago I met a young man at a business function. “Hello, I’m Amanda,” I said, …

Women's News

Missed Free Throws and Rebounding Illuminate Hack-A-Strat

April 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) shoots a free throw basket against the San Antonio Spurs during …

DeAndre Jordan