The first step in stopping future mass shootings is figuring out what we know and working from there. Unfortunately, the real first step is getting rid of a bunch of stuff we “know” that turns out to be wrong.
December 23, 2013 • 3:43 PM • Share
A new-ish political action committee wants to see professionals from science, technology, math, and engineering stop carping from the political sidelines and start running for elected office.
December 20, 2013 • 5:17 PM • Share
It’s an unpalatable truth, but since we’re already late in attacking climate change we better learn how to adapt.
December 18, 2013 • 3:47 PM • Share
Tis the season to be gone from work. A leading researcher on going AWOL offers his observations about global customs, mild deviance, an improving job scene, and showing up at the office to spread viruses along with the holiday cheer.
December 16, 2013 • 1:01 PM • Share
From babies’ tantrums to labor strikes to guerrilla wars to global terrorism, there may be one simple math equation, a power law, that benchmarks them all. Better yet, it may allow us to predict these confrontations’ future.
December 13, 2013 • 3:37 PM • Share
Rather than keeping information of workplace injuries under wraps, Americans should be happy to learn we’re seeing fewer of them.
December 10, 2013 • 6:05 PM • Share
A study of Israeli drivers finds that being in a serious accident suggests you’ve probably gotten a ticket in recent years.
December 9, 2013 • 5:57 PM • Share
Talk about global warming quickly turns to the question of carbon in the atmosphere. But the more fundamental observation about how much sunshine the planet bounces back into space should probably precede any mention of greenhouse gases.
December 5, 2013 • 5:35 PM • Share
A series of lawsuits attempting to establish legal personhood for chimpanzees has been unleashed in New York. While its backers cite precedents like slavery and gay rights in their pleadings, perhaps an example from the boardroom is in order.
December 2, 2013 • 5:19 PM • Share
Once again we’re reminded that it’s not just those who choose to put themselves in harm’s way who die during a war.
November 29, 2013 • 7:14 PM • Share
When entertaining dignitaries, cover-ups are always in vogue.
November 26, 2013 • 5:27 PM • Share
Now that Uncle Sam is no longer a back-seat driver for the auto business, this is a good time to pull over and remember one of his signal acts while in the car.
November 22, 2013 • 2:30 PM • Share
When it comes to making ethanol, taking a hard, second look at seemingly great ideas is smart policy.
November 20, 2013 • 4:24 PM • Share
Evidence keeps mounting that Americans’ love affair with the car, while hardly over, has entered a new phase.
November 15, 2013 • 5:31 PM • Share
Reconciling democracy and shari’a is certainly do-able, but the results may not enthrall the West.
November 14, 2013 • 8:16 PM • Share
If you drop out of high school, odds are you’ll end up in a dead-end job for life. But the odds get a lot better if you happen to have some computer skills.
November 13, 2013 • 5:29 PM • Share
As you watch 12 Years a Slave recall that the market in humanity really was a market—with dizzying asset price changes, speculative bubbles, and a fear of volatility greater than a fear of civil war.
November 12, 2013 • 6:04 PM • Share
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