Quick Study: Shop. Feel Bad. Shop More. Feel Better!
Embarrassed consumers tend to spend more money on "appearance-enhancing items," according to new research.
In the Picture: RVs, Meth Labs, Cloud Names, and Destiny's Child
In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.
Quick Study: Nike Was Smart to Continue Endorsing Tiger Woods
Keeping an eye on the (very profitable) ball.
Why We Prefer Smaller Rewards Today Over Larger Rewards Tomorrow
There's a name for that.
To Protect Battered Women, You Have to Protect Their Pets
Only three percent of shelters nationwide can accommodate domestic animals, and many people refuse to leave them behind.
The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century
Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why. Inside the most irrational environmental crime of the century.
Exploring Subculture in America: My Life as a Toastmaster
Meet Nadine Nofziger, a 63-year-old operations manager.
Call Me i$Hm@eL: On the Names of Hackers and Cybercriminals
For cybercriminals, everything hangs on a nickname.
Bike Lanes in Gomorrah: A Hedonistic Case for Virtuous Urbanism
Armed with happiness studies, a new book makes a hedonistic case for virtuous urbanism.
Death at the Summit: How the Feds Killed a Market Oracle
As CEO of Intrade, John Delaney harnessed the wisdom of the crowds, with often freakishly prescient results. Technocratic dreamers were ecstatic about the company's ability to predict the future, and maybe even reshape society. Today Delaney's company has collapsed and his body is entombed atop Mount Everest. A tale of bravado, bluster, and efficient markets.
How Much Is Enough Certainty to Make a Decision About Life or Death?
How much is enough certainty to make a decision about life or death, sickness or health?
The Affordable Calorie Act: Obamacare's Anti-Obesity Tactic
Will an Obamacare anti-obesity tactic make things worse?
How a Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea
Thanks to decades of stagnant wages and the Great Recession, more than half of American working-class households are at risk of being unable to sustain their standard of living past retirement. Duncan Black is trying to change that.
The Prophet: Meet Dave Ramsey, America's Personal Finance Guru
Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America. Millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice. It goes like this: 1. Purge yourself of debt; 2. Live on cash; 3. Pretend economic trends don't affect you; 4. Blame yourself when they do.
Conference Call: What’s Happening in November and December
From Perspectives on Progress to 3-D Printing: Destiny, Doom, or Dream?, academic gatherings you should be aware of.
Datebook: What’s Happening in November and December—and Why It Matters
From the Supreme Court-mandated date for California to relieve prison overcrowding to the New York City Marathon, events you should be aware of.