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Nice Try, Timesmen

As you've seen, the Times has now issued yet another correction on that terribly botched story about Hillary Clinton and her emails. The scale of the …

Liberal News

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

After decades of self-sabotaging diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans’ eating habits have begun changing for the better.

Calories consumed daily by the typical American adult, which peaked around 2003, are in the midst of their first sustained decline since federal statistics began to …


Not Everyone Loves Pono!

In addition to the NY Post and Gizmodo, Ars Technica has weighed in on Pono as has David Pogue of Yahoo. The verdict? People can't really tell the …

David Pogue

A Crucial Realization About Journalism is Learned by Being its Subject

In the early 1990s, my father had an outlook-altering experience. A life-long South Florida accountant for individuals and small businesses, he had …


In America, mass incarceration has caused more crime than it’s prevented

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Last week, president Obama vowed to end mass incarceration, the imprisonment of 2.2 million Americans. He’s commuted the sentences of 46 drug offenders—but ending the practice will require a major policy change at the state and federal level. The sooner this is done, …

University of Michigan

Before Beane

The origin story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible

Somewhere in your favorite sports franchise’s front office, a team of analysts is teasing the truth out of a mess of misleading statistics. Regardless of the sport or the data source …


What's the Matter With San Francisco?

The city’s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villain—its famed progressive politics.

I moved to San Francisco for its radical politics. Lots of people did, for generations. Maybe it was like moving to Los Angeles if you wanted to be a movie star: If you wanted to be part of the grand …

San Francisco Bay Area

The Singular Mind of Terry Tao

This April, as undergraduates strolled along the street outside his modest office on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, the mathematician Terence Tao mused about the possibility that water could spontaneously explode. A widely used set of equations describes the behavior of …


The Debate On Uber’s Impact In New York City Is Far From Over

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Uber stepped back from their confrontation Wednesday, a day before the City Council was set to vote on the mayor’s …

New York City

Raise the Gas Tax Already

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a conservative Republican. Senator Barbara Boxer is a liberal Democrat. So the fact that they’ve worked …



If you haven’t managed to pick up a copy of Gilded Birds paper, here’s one of our articles. It’s a telephone conversation with composer, Nico Muhly,

Steve Reich

Have Guns, Will Liberate

European thought on violence and government doesn’t survive transatlantic shipping very well. In the American setting, the story of Hobbes’s state, …


The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …


Against Honeymoons

My wife is seated in a beach chair. She peers over her book and sees me approaching some seals hauled up on the sand. There are only a little over a …


The Chase

Netflix, Stop Spamming Us With Crappy New Shows

Increasingly, Netflix's development process appears to be less precision strike and more flailing carpet bombing.The post Netflix, Stop Spamming Us …


When Did Feminism Get So "Sneaky"?

Amy Schumer: funny, but not always subtle.Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Peabody Awards Feminism has been sneaking around. Don’t believe …


A Baseball's Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter, One Part Pitcher

For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets …


The internet is not a single entity - it's a whole new way of living

The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World
Laurence Scott
William Heinemann, 248pp, £20

In an inspired episode of Graham Linehan’s …


In China, a Supercity Rises Around Beijing

YANJIAO, China — Every morning at 5:30, Liu Desheng joins a dozen retirees waiting for the express bus to Beijing from this small city in Hebei Province. They stand at the front of the line but never board, instead waiting as bus after bus pulls up, each picking up 50 people from the …


Suicide and happiness

High suicide rates are often cited as evidence of social failure. Despite this, some countries and regions that do very well in terms of happiness …


The end of capitalism has begun

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an …


Estimating the Probability of Doping as a Function of Power

A repeating theme heard in performance analysis discussions is that “Performance doesn’t prove doping.” Of course this is true because proof, as an …


New Balance's Latest Made in USA Sneakers Cost More Than $200 (and Are Worth Every Cent)

New Balance's Americana-themed releases will continue this fall with the "Distinct Collection: Mid-Century Modern Pack." The group is composed of …

New Balance

The World's Most Popular Video Game Fights Racist Harassment With Artificial Intelligence

Decades ago, in the early days of gaming, the audience was primarily male. Today, that's changed: Adult women are now gaming's biggest demographic, …

Artificial Intelligence

What It’s Like to Be Profoundly Face-Blind

Prosopagnosia is a neuropsychological condition that impairs the sufferer’s ability to recognize faces. It’s also known as face-blindness, and those …

The Lord of the Rings

iPhone, iPad Study Shows Trade Stats Dramatically Overstate the Value of U.S. Imports from China

Here are some key points of the article:

“It is a common misconception that China, where the iPad is assembled, receives a large share of money paid …


Watch the moment when a really cute robot becomes self-aware

That’s one small wave for an adorable robot, but potentially a giant one for robotkind.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Selmer Bringsjord has conducted a self-awareness experiment with a commercially-available Nao robot that he says proves that the robot has the faintest glimmer of …


A Scientist Has Created the Perfect Tomato—but Supermarkets Refuse to Sell It

Tomato lovers, rejoice, for science has achieved the impossible: the perfect supermarket tomato. The Garden Gem won’t bruise during shipping, it …


Unhealthy Fixation

Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products …