Eugene Wei

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How Does the Language of Headlines Work? The Answer May Surprise You.

Consider the headline: a bunch of words carefully crafted to grab your attention when you least expect it… and then entice you to spread it far and …

Language

Obamacare's Public Option Is No Longer Defensible - Bloomberg View

Since I last wrote about it, Aetna’s withdrawal from the Obamacare exchanges has ginned up even more drama.<p>Jeff Young and Jonathan Cohn of the …

Insurance

Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories

The phenomenon seems to be a sign of a healthy memory that forms accurate memories, déjà vu brain scans have revealed for the first time

The Brain

How No Man's Sky Is Like Reading

It’s all about the transitions.<p>Here’s what I did on my way to the alien monolith:<p>I bought a PlayStation 4, set it up, heard the game I wanted to play had been delayed, put it away. A year later, I set it up again, preordered the game, downloaded it overnight, and woke up early on Tuesday, August 9, …

PlayStation 4

So I accidentally broke a Skype messaging bot..

I was going to send some quick and dirty code to a friend but I mistakenly sent it to a Skype messaging bot. Hillarity ensues.

Caster Semenya and the Logic of Olympic Competition

<i>During the Rio Olympics, Malcolm Gladwell and Nicholas Thompson will be discussing the track-and-field events, as they did during the</i> <i>2012 London Games</i> <i>and during the</i> <i>2015 World Championships</i><i>.</i><p><b>Nicholas Thompson</b><b>:</b> Hello, Malcolm! It’s a delight to be talking about Olympic track with you once more. The …

Malcolm Gladwell

Generating fantasy maps

These are some notes on how I generate the maps for my Twitter bot @unchartedatlas, which is based on a generator I originally produced during …

Maps

Cranky Drivers Battle the 'Wub Wub Wub' That Comes From Cracking a Window

Charles Brownstein’s annoyance with the “throbbing noise” that invades the cockpit of his Porsche 911 at high speeds became so intense that he turned to an orange juice bottle for relief.<p>Like millions of car drivers, including those with humbler vehicles, Mr. Brownstein couldn’t handle the …

Buick

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

Psychology

Lovers of trashy films are ‘highly-educated cultural omnivores’ - study

If your taste in films occasionally tends towards the cheap and trashy – think Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus, Birdemic or Tommy Wiseau’s trash-classic The Room – it probably indicates you have varied and refined tastes and are of above-average education.<p>That’s the verdict of a new study by …

Sharknado

The super-recognisers of Scotland Yard

A successful thief sets his own rules and the best ones live by them. These were some of Jimmy McNulty’s: target luxury stores only, dress as smartly …

UK News

Is It Just Me, Or Is the World Going Crazy?

In the past year, despite hundreds of people asking me, I’m proud to say that I’ve managed to avoid all temptation to write an article about Donald …

Activism

Chilling new evidence that mass shooters are feeding on each other like never before

Police officers deployed in Munich on July 22<p>As a string of gun rampages continues in America and beyond, more evidence is emerging that copycat mass …

Liberal News

Lessons from My Father

The white limousine was out of place on Magill Road. Except for prom nights and funerals, this wasn’t a limousine kind of street. It was suburban, on the fringe of the island of Swarthmore, in the sea of working-class Delaware County, the armpit of America, as my father called it. Looming over the …

Books

The Man Who Invented Fiction review – what we owe to Cervantes

D<i>on Quixote</i> brought its author considerable success in his lifetime. With huge sales and multiple reprintings (and piratings), the first part of the novel was widely translated and celebrated across Europe even before the arguably superior second part had been published. Yet Miguel de Cervantes’ …

Popular Fiction

Answering the Hardest Question in Economics - Bloomberg View

Xavier Gabaix, a New York University economist who gets far less attention than he should, has written what might prove to be the most interesting …

Interest Rates

Visiting New York Showed Me Why I Left

My family and I live just down the road from a giant grocery store. Not a Key Food, not a corner store, not a produce stall, but one of those …

New York City

The year of democratic decay

The failed coup attempt in Turkey has been disturbing to watch for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the loss of life that came with the attempt. The second is that the coup was even attempted at all; extralegal efforts at regime change are always disturbing to see in members of the …

Democracy

The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

I don't know anyone who loves fried chicken as much as my wife. It's her greatest weakness. She'd rat her own mother out for a good buffalo wing. It's one of the three foods that has prevented her from going full-on vegetarian (hot dogs and beef jerky are the others). With a husband who cooks for a …

Food

Check Your Amnesia, Dude: On the Vox Generation of Punditry

Last night, Donald Trump shocked the world, or at least the pundit class, when the <i>New York Times</i> published a wide-ranging interview Trump had given …

Political history

Are mass shootings contagious? Some scientists who study how viruses spread say yes.

A man had just gone on a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Mich., allegedly killing six people while driving for Uber. Sherry Towers, an Arizona State University physicist who studies how viruses spread, worried while watching the news coverage.<p>Last year, Towers published a study using mathematical …

Psychology

A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

<i>This article was published in partnership with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the US criminal justice system.</i><p>One …

Psychology

The Business of Too Much TV

In Hollywood, the tweets and email alerts from industry trades trumpeting the announcements of superstar actors and showrunners attached to flashy TV …

TV

The R.N.C. on TV: The Ted Wedding

Well, there’s one thing you have to say about last night at the Republican National Convention: it made for great live television. You couldn’t look away, even if you wanted to.<p>“And to those listening,” Senator Ted Cruz said, standing before an arena of Republican delegates, with his usual gaze of …

Ted Cruz

Free throws are easy when there are no consequences for failing

Steph was <i>back</i>.<p>Six minutes and 2 seconds into Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Stephen …

Psychology

5 for the Day: Wish List | The House Next Door

Lead illustration by Peet Gelderblom. These films are not in production, except in my imagination.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Moby Dick</b>. Written and directed by Terrence …

Pushing And Pulling Goals

This is a distinction I’ve always found helpful.<p>A pulling goal is when you want to achieve something, so you come up with a plan and a structure. For …

The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social Networks

<i>By Paul Omerod</i><p>Modern economic theory was first set out on a formal basis in the late 19th century. While there have been many developments since …

Science

Bad Moods Are the Other Global Migration Problem - Bloomberg View

The unsettling reality of today’s world is that a bad mood can move readily from one country to another, even when events on the ground call for …

Finance

The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games by Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier, Allison Stewart

Given that Olympic Games held over the past decade each have cost USD 8.9 billion on average, the size and financial risks of the Games warrant …