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‘I expect things to get worse before they get better’, says historian Niall Ferguson

History, as it is routinely studied and understood, is hierarchical, but change and revolutions come from social networks, argues historian <b>Niall</b> …

A Eulogy for the Headphone Jack

Sometime in the mid-2000s, I was a freelance web developer in Philadelphia with some pretty crappy health insurance. I started having occasional …

Audiophile

Nobody wants to be a pilot anymore — here's how working for an airline lost its glamour

One airline ventured to blame its 2016 bankruptcy on its inability to hire enough pilots, and even at always-profitable and carefree Southwest Airlines, the challenge of recruiting millennial aviators keeps middle management awake at night. "The biggest problem," a Southwest executive told …

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Tablet beat Pythagoras by a millennium, may explain how the ancients built pyramidsThose of you who can remember trigonometry can feel free to forget …

Mathematics

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.<p><i>This article was originally published January 28, 2017.</i><p><i>Update: March 17, 2018:</i> <i>Facebook lawyer Paul Grewal announced in a blog post Friday that the company has suspended Strategic Communication</i> …

Workers are losing out as monopolies corner the market

Sometimes, lots of little stories boil down into one big one. And behind all of the political turmoil in recent years, all of the fretting about …

Brand suicide case study: British Airways

<b>One of life’s tragedies is to see a dear old friend engage in self-destructive behaviour. You feel completely helpless as a bystander, watching the</b> …

5 Sleep-Deprived Disasters

The following article is from the new book <i>Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader</i>.<p><i>We tend to think of being very sleepy as, well, just being very</i> …

A failure to tell the truth imperils Greece and Europe

Failure to tell truth to power lies beneath much of what is going wrong in Europe right now. It may not be the principal cause of the Greek debt …

Elections Likely To Be Won Or Lost On Housing

It is almost universally acknowledged that the UK is in the midst of a housing crisis, and the figures published yesterday provide yet more evidence …

Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

<b>Interview</b> How Hipsters and Silicon Valley's tech plutocrats cast the poor asideTwo American writers have attempted to grapple with the rise of …

Silicon Valley

Self-Driving Cars: Futurama 2.0 or Cities for People?

<i>Contributions by Paul Salama and Ethan Kent</i><i>We’re on the brink of a revolution in mobility</i>. The self-driving car is well on its way, and …

Urban Design

The surprising history of the infographic

From Clive Thompson, a history of the infographic, which was developed in part to help solve problems with an abundance of data available in the 19th …

The building heights of English cities – mapped

These colourful images show the heights and density of buildings in different cities around England. Taken from a new interactive map produced by Emu Analytics, they are created using Environment Agency LiDAR data, an airborne mapping technique. Data was only available for England

Analytics

A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever | WIRED

You find yourself in a hotel room in a strange city, like a character in the first scene of a videogame.<p>Take a second to get oriented, to remember …

Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism

Imagine that you’re twenty years old. You were born in 1996. You were five years old on 9/11. For as long as you can remember, the United States has …

Middle-class

How Intel Makes a Chip

Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to …

Computer Science

Under attack

IN A sense, this is a golden age for free speech. Your smartphone can call up newspapers from the other side of world in seconds. More than a billion …

The False Promise of DNA Testing

The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable.<p>One evening in November of 2002, Carol Batie was sitting on her living-room couch in Houston, flipping through channels on the television, when she happened to catch a teaser for an upcoming news segment on KHOU 11, the …

At the Gates

This is how modern Britain does anti-Semitism

Anti-semitism exists from the far-left to the far-right

Israel

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

This year’s box office so far has been a story of one completely dominant movie, “Black Panther,” highlighting a potentially troubling trend for …

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Political Science

Confessions of a Trump Tabloid Scribe

How New York's gossip pages helped turn a lying real estate developer into a celebrity phenom.<p><b>I have a confession to make, and please don’t</b> shoot when you hear it: I helped make the myth of Donald Trump. And for that, I am very, very sorry.<p>If you worked for a newspaper in New York in the 1980s, you …

Donald Trump

How Uber conquered London

Every week in London, 30,000 people download Uber to their phones and order a car for the first time. The technology company, which is worth $60bn, calls this moment “conversion”. Uber has deployed its ride-hailing platform in 400 cities around the world since its launch in San Francisco on 31 May …

Transportation

The Real Meaning of Donald Trump

<b>He’s a Sign of American Decline (Just Not in the Way You Think)</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>"Low-energy Jeb." "Little Marco." "Lyin’ Ted." "Crooked Hillary." Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered …

J.P. Morgan: The Man Who Bought the World

In the winter of 1913, J.P. Morgan was taking a cruise down the Nile when he entered a sudden and rapid decline. He was 75 years old; his health had …

We can’t save the economy unless we fix our debt addiction

<i>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about financialization. Need a primer? Catch up here.</i><p><i>Michael Hudson is distinguished research professor of economics at University of Missouri-Kansas City.</i> <i>His most recent book</i> …

Finance

Offshore in central London: the curious case of 29 Harley Street

On a central London street renowned for high-class healthcare sits a property that houses 2,159 companies. Why has this prestigious address been used so many times as a centre for elaborate international fraud?<p>On 10 November, 2003, Gerry Florent, and Ralph Abercia, plus his son, Ralph Jr, left the …

Corruption

The Price Is Right

What advertising does to TV.<p>Ever since the finale of “Mad Men,” I’ve been meditating on its audacious last image. Don Draper, sitting cross-legged and purring “Ommmm,” is achieving inner peace at an Esalen-like retreat. He’s as handsome as ever, in khakis and a crisp white shirt. A bell rings, and …

Alan Rusbridger's Guardian is on a suicide mission

Alan Rusbridger's disciples consider him a visionary, but the former Guardian editor oversaw enormous losses, a huge fall in circulation and a …