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The Scarily Profitable Hits of Jason Blum

One evening in March, Jason Blum, the 48-year-old chief executive of Blumhouse Productions, arrived late to the Bel Air mansion where he was scheduled to speak to a gathering of wealthy supporters of the Sundance Institute. He was quickly ushered into a large den, where deep couches and chairs were …

Movies

Keith Olbermann Was Once Cable News’s Liberal Standard-Bearer. Now He’s Missing Its Boom Times.

Keith Olbermann doesn’t look much like a warrior. His gray hair is giving way to white, his midsection threatens the buttons of his sport coats and he walks gingerly, with a gnarly limp from an aging knee. When I visited him in late January, he was ill, hoarse and racked with fits of coughing. But …

Donald Trump

Fuel of the future: Data is giving rise to a new economy

Fuel of the futureData is giving rise to a new economy<p>How is it shaping up?<p>Print edition | Briefing<p>May 6th 2017<p>AN OIL refinery is an industrial …

Big Data

Are There Glass Snakes in Dale Chihuly’s Fragile Eden?

The single-word, all-caps title — “CHIHULY” — of a new show at the New York Botanical Garden conveys immediately exactly what visitors will be getting: vibrant glass sculptures in a familiar style, one that often recalls nature, and sometimes competes with it.<p>For the exhibition, which runs through …

New York City

Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill

Every year, tens of thousands of investors descend on Omaha to attend the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate controlled by Warren E. Buffett, and hear directly from the billionaire.<p>And this year, those who made the trek heard Mr. Buffett on Saturday criticize the Trump …

An offering you can’t refuse: “The Godfather” 45 years on

An offering you can’t refuse“The Godfather” 45 years on<p>In an era where film festivals compete with each other and with Netflix for attention, Tribeca …

Economics

Nike Runner Narrowly Misses Shattering Two Hour Marathon Record

Nike-endorsed elite runner Eliud Kipchoge has run the world's fastest marathon time but missed finishing under the two-hour mark by only 26 seconds—a …

Marathons

Understanding way heat moves from one particle to another could change the way we power the world

In his 1824 book, <i>Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire</i>, the 28-year-old French engineer Sadi Carnot worked out a formula for how efficiently steam …

Apple's Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled hoard that is greater than the market value of either Wal-Mart Stores Inc. or Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada …

U.S. Treasury

How to Detect Fake News in Real-Time

Our approach will focus less on banning misinformation, and more on surfacing additional perspectives and information, including that fact checkers …

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much …

Security

How Six Degrees Became a Forever Meme

“Six Degrees of Separation” — John Guare’s play about a wealthy Manhattan couple whose lives are upended by a con artist claiming to be Sidney Poitier’s son — was the toast of the town when it had its premiere in 1990. A mere six months later, Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times that “its title …

Malcolm Gladwell

In House of Murdoch, Sons Set About an Elaborate Overhaul

The sun was setting in New York as James Murdoch, looking confident in cream pants and a dark blazer, stepped before 350 guests in a glass-walled concert hall and waxed poetic about his pet TV channel and its dedication to “scientific literacy.”<p>The event on Wednesday night was an advertising …

Journalism

Disney’s Intergalactic Theme Park Quest to Beat Harry Potter - Bloomberg

The first thing you notice when you meet Joe Rohde is his left earlobe—the one that stretches down to his jawline because it’s carrying 12 hoops. …

Walt Disney Company

Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future

Last month, I got a phone call.<p>Okay maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, and maybe those weren’t his exact words. But after learning about the …

Astronomy

This is how a star-enveloping solar power plant might work

The anatomy of a Dyson Sphere.<p>By 3100 A.D., Earth’s skyrocketing population might require so much energy—to run our virtual-reality consoles, jetpacks, and Hyperloops—that our power plants won’t be able to keep up. Physicist ­Freeman Dyson proposed a solution to just that sort of crisis in 1960: a …

Alternative Energy

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn 'grand finale'

<b>Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn's moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction.</b><p>Saturday's flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet's rings and its atmosphere.<p>This gap-run gives the satellite the chance finally to work out the length of a …

Space Exploration

Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust

Google has launched a cool new internet thing. And be warned: Your productivity may be about to take a tumble.<p>Assuming you don’t mind descending down a rabbit hole, you may want to check out Voyager — a “showcase of interactive tours” meant to enhance the latest version of Google Earth.<p>Voyager, …

Google Earth

Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space

COLORADO SPRINGS — Standing against the backdrop of his New Shepard rocket booster and a full-scale mock capsule for carrying humans into space, Jeff Bezos revealed on Wednesday that he was selling about $1 billion in Amazon stock a year to finance his Blue Origin rocket company.<p>Mr. Bezos, the …

Jeff Bezos

After Ailes, the Pirate Flag Still Flies at Fox News

Throughout Fox News Channel’s summer of discontent last year, executives at its parent company, 21st Century Fox, assured reporters that the young, up-and-coming corporate leadership — Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan — understood the severity of the sexual harassment allegations pending …

Journalism

‘A solar Saudi Arabia’

Published on March 31, 2017<p><b>MARIA ELENA, Chile</b><br>On the solar farms of the Atacama Desert, the workers dress like astronauts. They wear bodysuits and wraparound sunglasses, with thick canvas headscarves to shield them from the radiation.<p>The sun is so intense and the air so dry that seemingly nothing …

Renewable Energy

Climate Progress, With or Without Trump

President Trump’s unfortunate and misguided rollback of environmental protections has led to a depressing and widespread belief that the United States can no longer meet its commitment under the Paris climate change agreement. But here’s the good news: It’s wrong.<p>No matter what roadblocks the White …

Climate

Golf -- Nick Faldo, Paul Azinger, Colin Montgomerie and Costantino Rocca -- All four went along for the ride as Tiger Woods drove into Masters history

It was a day-long coronation, a stroll amid the dogwoods and azaleas toward history. Tiger Woods, a man of color, took his place among the game's …

Golf

NBC to Broadcast 2018 Olympics Live in All Time Zones

When the Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, NBC will be broadcasting the Winter Games live across all time zones for the first time, the network announced on Tuesday.<p>The move addresses the ever-increasing number of people who have instant access to results and events through …

Olympics

Scotland Votes to Demand a Post-‘Brexit’ Independence Referendum

LONDON — Only hours before Britain is to embark on its momentous journey out of the European Union, Scotland’s Parliament on Tuesday underscored one of the risks along that path by voting to demand a new referendum on Scottish independence.<p>By a vote of 69 to 59, members of the Scottish Parliament …

Brexit

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

China’s Tencent bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla

Tencent, a Chinese internet giant, is also an investor in Chinese ride-hail player Didi Chuxing.<p>Tencent, owner of the massive Chinese messaging app WeChat, has bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla, according to a filing published Tuesday. The company paid $1.8 billion for the stake, about 8.2 million …

Tesla

Inside the Secret World of Tamagotchi Collectors

You thought they were gone? You were wrong.(Ringer illustration)On October 26 of last year, a user named “psychotama” made his first entry in what …

United States