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WE ARE WITNESSING the power of a massive populist movement that has now upended the two most stable democracies in the world—and thrown both countries into a completely unknown future. In Britain, where the polls did not pick up the latent support fo
Robbert Dijkgraaf will sometimes let himself drift back to his childhood attic in the Netherlands. It was there that he did some of his first physics experiments, playing with discarded binocular optics that his father kept stacked in boxes. As he ha
EUROPE’S troubles certainly haven’t helped Fiat Chrysler; the Italian carmaker gets the majority of its European sales from its beleaguered mother country. Of course, Fiat also makes Jeep. Fiat acquired Chrysler in 2014 after the American automaker e
A divide is emerging among American companies when it comes to the Trump administration’s proposed border adjustment tax. For some, the tax—which would shift taxation from where goods are produced to where goods are sold—could bode poorly, since pric
THE PENDULUM EFFECT / • noun. “When, after years of being unhappy in your career, you finally snap, and you want to run as far away as you can from your pain.” The trick is to avoid the pit. Source: Forbes PEAK CURTAINS / • noun. Ikea’s chief sust
Throughout this issue, we’ve explored the question of whether humans are unique, and if so, in what ways. In one interactive piece, “The Vocabulary of Our Uniqueness,” we asked readers which words best described what makes us special. And here are th
Gross Domestic Product is the market value of all goods and services produced within a country in a year. It is, today, the standard snapshot of a country’s economy. But does it deserve this position? After all, it focuses on economic activity while
Stop undervaluing your products and services, and look at what your pricing strategy really says about you.
Regular readers of this column may recall that my father was a scientist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Beginning his work in the 1950s, when computers were the size of classrooms and programming was something that was done by executives at one of t
NO MORE COCA-COLA FOR VENEZUELA—there’s not enough sugar. Diet Coke is still around—until the country runs out of aspartame—but the disappearance from store shelves of an icon of globalization is the latest blow for an economy on the edge. In April,
For centuries, going back as far as the days of the czar Ivan the Terrible, vodka has been Russia’s drink of choice. Another czar, Peter the Great, always kept a goblet of vodka at his palace banquets—downing it was the penalty for arriving late. Dmi
Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1 Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford U
In an effort to get prices off the mat, the world’s biggest oil kingdom looks to reverse course and pull back on the amount of oil it pumps
A new history of the essay gets the genre all wrong, and in the process endorses a misleading idea of knowledge.
Earlier this year, Mr. and Mrs. Cai, a couple from Shanghai, decided to end their marriage. The rationale wasn’t irreconcilable differences or even mild disagreements; rather, it was a property market bubble in China’s financial hub. The pair, who op
Why should the share of women in a given occupation affect its average pay? It’s a curious inverse relationship. Census data show that when the former increases, the latter decreases—when certain occupations see large influxes of female labor, they s
FOR INVESTORS, 2016 was the year of the index fund. Some $175 billion was yanked from actively managed funds, while $326 billion was stashed in passive ones. This shift came about in large part because of the ideas of investment consultant and author
I was an inquisitive child and my parents encouraged me and actively cultivated my curiosity. My first truly independent adventure, when I was 10, was to secretly take a public bus on my own to the Delhi Public Library. Given how quickly I was wolfin
“MOST OF HIS properties were built in the late ’80s and early ’90s as luxury buildings, but what defined luxury then is not what defines luxury now. So the buildings from that era—Trump Palace, Trump International, Trump Parc—are on the upper end of
Technology cannot keep pace with theoretical predictions about subatomic reality coming from physics. The same applies to our ability to observe the far reaches of the universe. Theory outstrips data and can become more extravagant with the claims it
Stack Commerce In a world that values the Kardashians over Kelvin, the true beauty of science is often overlooked. These stunning Science and Space Art Posters change the game, celebrating amazing engineering and the wonders of astronomy with an arti
Cities and the energy belt are the most productive economic regions in America. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
A new book by Tyler Cowen argues that when it comes to innovation and dynamism, the country is all talk.
Human beings are really good at picking out cause-and-effect relationships. But they’re bad at predicting future consequences.
The science community feels threatened under the current administration. Researchers, educators and activists took to the nation's capital to say that cuts to scientific funding affect us all.
Scientists, doctors and grad students alike took to the March for Science to stand in support of evidence-based politics.
The Brexit vote has underscored Europe’s general economic dysfunction, but investors still see some promise in these European markets.
Barring the government from contracting with foreign firms will decrease competition and squander tax dollars.
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