SAY you’ve come across a discount online retailer promising a steal on hand-stitched espadrilles for spring. You start setting up an account by offering your e-mail address — but before you can ...more
Race to the Bottom
Competition among states and cities to lure businesses in hopes of creating jobs is not new, but it has become more fierce in recent years. An investigation by The Times found that state and local ...more
A Guided Cyber Missile Launched at Iran?
Stuxnet malware is 'weapon' out to destroy ... Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant?
BOSTON – Nearly everyone has a digital footprint – the trail of so-called “passive data” that is produced when you engage in any online interaction, such as with branded content on social media, or ...more
We Hacked North Korea With Balloons and USB Drives
PAJU, South Korea — At the base of a mountain almost two miles from the North Korean border, the giant helium balloons slowly float upward, borne by a stiff, cold wind. These are not balloons in the ...more
Facebook is bad for you
Using the social network seems to make people more miserable
THOSE who have resisted the urge to join Facebook will surely feel vindicated when they read the latest research. A study just published by ...more
Once again, Coke has blinked. It famously did so in 1985, when it introduced "new" Coke, replacing its original formula with one it thought would have greater appeal with its audience. It was wrong ...more
Alternative energy will no longer be alternative
Rebranding is always a tricky exercise, but for one field of technology 2013 will be the year when its proponents need to bite the bullet and do it. That field is alternative energy. The word “alterna ...more
Concussion Liability Costs May Rise, and Not Just for N.F.L.
As the N.F.L. confronts a raft of lawsuits brought by thousands of former players who accuse the league of hiding information about the dangers of concussions, a less visible battle that may have a ...more
Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits and Brain Disease
The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits ...more
To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios
SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings ...more
Coming Soon: The Drone Arms Race
AT the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft and showing video animation ...more
BP to get record US criminal fine over Deepwater disaster
Last Updated at 15 Nov 2012, 11:13 ET*Chart shows local time
BP is set to receive a record fine of between $3bn and $5bn (£1.9bn-£3.2bn) to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater ...more
THE beating goes on. This past Saturday a Tulane University football player, Devon Walker, collided with a teammate while making a tackle. Walker, who is 21, broke his neck. Fans gasped. Doctors ...more
A Tight Election May Be Tangled in Legal Battles
The November presidential election, widely expected to rest on a final blitz of advertising and furious campaigning, may also hinge nearly as much on last-minute legal battles over when and how ...more
Big Government, Small Bellies: What Japan Can Teach Us About Fighting Fat
The case for naked paternalism in the war against obesity By Noah Smith
The well-known statistics on American obesity were anecdotally confirmed for me on a recent layover in Canada, when I was ...more
Jobs and the Election: A Weekly Tracker
Nothing influences presidential elections more than the direction of the economy in the months before Election Day.
To track the economy this year, The Times is creating a weekly report on ...more
Pew Study: Americans In The Northeast Have More Economic Mobility
A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds economic mobility differs significantly across the United States. The report finds Americans are more likely to move up the economic ladder ...more
10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won't Tell You
Class of 2012,
I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits ...more
The Supreme Court and the National Conversation on Health Care Reform
Once again America is having one of its “national ...more
The Real Meaning of $1 Trillion in Student Loans
If the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is right, the total outstanding student loan debt in the United States now stands at above $1 trillion dollars. In economic terms, that changes very little ...more
Personal Data’s Value? Facebook Is Set to Find Out
Facebook, the vast online social network, is poised to file for a public stock offering on Wednesday that will ultimately value the company at $75 billion to $100 billion, cashing in on the fuel that ...more
Clean Air A 'Luxury' In Beijing's Pollution Zone
On the way to school, my kids and I play a guessing game: How polluted is the air today? We use an app linked to the air pollution monitor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and we try to guess the day's ...more
Popular Criticism Cracks China’s Wall of Denial About Pollution
BEIJING — Weary of waiting for the authorities to alert residents to the city’s most pernicious air pollutant, citizen activists last May took matters here into their own hands: they bought their own ...more
Advice From Life’s Graying Edge on Finishing With No Regrets
At 17, I wrote a speech titled, “When You Come to the End of Your Days, Will You Be Able to Write Your Own Epitaph?” It reflected the approach to life I adopted after my mother’s untimely death from c ...more
Troubled European Economies Stifle Entrepreneurship
Greeks, Spaniards, Italians say their governments make it hard to start and manage businesses
by Steve Crabtree
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Residents in wealthier EU countries with the most unsustainable ...more
The Euro Zone Crisis and the U.S.: A Primer
The potential effect of the euro zone crisis on the United States has been the subject of several recentarticles, including Annie Lowrey’s on Saturday. Here’s a primer summarizing the three main ...more
U.S. Students' Entrepreneurial Energy Waiting to Be Tapped
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many students in the U.S. have entrepreneurial aspirations and energy that could help drive future job creation in the country. Nearly 8 in 10 students (77%) in grades 5 through ...more
CBO: Changes in Income Distribution 1979 & 2007
So cheap, there’s hope
Having lost a quarter of its population in a decade, America’s most blighted big city could be turning the corner from http://www.economist.com/node/21533407
IT IS hardly news that the city of Detroit ...more
Misrepresentations, Regulations and Jobs
By BRUCE BARTLETT - Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.
An underfunded court system weakens the economy as well as access to justice
IN THEORY America’s three branches of government are equal. In practice the judiciary is the weakest, as Alexander Hamilton ...more
Comparison of Government Debt
Generation Limbo: Waiting It Out
WHEN Stephanie Kelly, a 2009 graduate of the University of Florida, looked for a job in her chosen field, advertising, she found few prospects and even fewer takers. So now she has two jobs: as a ...more
The parasite problem
IT IS a running joke among my friends that none of us does anything useful for society. Lawyers, bankers, chartered surveyors; all of them exist to advise other people who have created wealth. One of ...more
Is Sugar Toxic?
On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new ...more
Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely
As Rural Areas Lose People, Legislatorsâ Power Ebbs
LINCOLN, Neb. — Residents here like to repeat a well-worn saying about Nebraska: it is home to more cows than people. Unlike some clichés, this one has the advantage of being true. According to the ...more
Many Low-Wage Jobs Seen as Failing to Meet Basic Needs
Hard as it can be to land a job these days, getting one may not be nearly enough for basic economic security.
The Labor Department will release its monthly snapshot of the job market on Friday, and ...more
Balancing Debt Against College Choice
WHEN the financial aid award letter arrived from Juniata College several weeks ago, Mino Caulton and his parents had many reasons to celebrate. He had been accepted, an accomplishment in itself for ...more
Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen
The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming ...more
Repairing California... (from the economist)
The tide begins to turn - For once, California’s prospects seem better in the long term than in the short.
California has changed direction this year. This is not because of a conservative backlash in ...more
How to Study
Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
Every September, millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to transform their summer-glazed campers into fall ...more
This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text, don’t ...more
Where to Move If You Want a Job, More Money, or Lots of Single People
A new Census tool reveals which large cities are the nation's leaders in earnings, unemployment, and unmarried young people.
Job prospects make college loans worthwhile, study says
While more California college students are taking on larger education loans, that investment is paying off with better-paying jobs after graduation compared to young people without a bachelor’s ...more
Do Not Track? Advertisers Say ‘Don’t Tread on Us’
THE campaign to defang the “Do Not Track” movement began late last month.
Do Not Track mechanisms are features on browsers — like Mozilla’s Firefox — that give consumers the option of sending out ...more
Web Threat to Children's Privacy ...NYT
Federal regulators are about to take the biggest steps in more than a decade to protect children online.
The moves come at a time when major corporations, app developers and data miners appear to be ...more
How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement
On June 4, 1963, less than a year after the controversial environmental classic “Silent Spring” was published, its author, Rachel Carson, testified before a Senate subcommittee on pesticides. She was ...more
Jog a Little and Live Longer
For people who exercise but fret that they really should be working out more, new studies may be soothing. The amount of exercise needed to improve health and longevity, this new science shows, is ...more
The Global Divide on Homosexuality
Greater Acceptance in More Secular and Affluent Countries
As the United States and other countries grapple with the issue of same sex marriage, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by ...more
IT CAN even be seen from space and smelt 240 miles (390km) downwind on the ground. The wildfire raging in New Mexico’s historic Gila National Forest has already scorched some 230,000 acres (93,000 ...more
Ten Key Insights Into the U.S. Presidential Election
May 24, 2012
Each candidate has strengths in what is at this point a very close race
by Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad
IN the early-morning hours of that Friday in February 2011, at around 3 a.m., George Desdunes and another Cornell sophomore were sitting on a couch blindfolded, their wrists and ankles bound with zip ...more
As gas prices rise, should US oil industry stop exporting?
US gas prices are soaring and domestic demand is falling. The oil industry says it needs to export to stay in business and avoid layoffs. Others claim that keeps supply low and gas prices high.
Last week the European Commission confirmed what everyone suspected: the economies it surveys are shrinking, not growing. It’s not an official recession yet, but the only real question is how deep ...more
Canadian government is 'muzzling its scientists'
The Canadian government has been accused of "muzzling" its scientists.
Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is ...more