The surprising ingenuity of the U.S. shale-oil industry—and its global consequences
What makes things cool?
A very short book excerpt
Moguls’ good intentions too often betray them.
How big business jammed the wheels of innovation
The Chicago Cubs’ customers show up win or lose—which may explain why, until now, the team has mostly done the latter.
A national system of electricity transmission could cut power-plant emissions by 80 percent.
The downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence
The city is transforming an old, major road into a new public park.
Howard G. Buffett has spent most of his life as a farmer, with little financial support from his father—until recently. Now he runs a multibillion-dollar foundation dedicated to ending global hunger.
The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.
Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.
When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.
How to make pot seem as all-American as an ice-cold beer
What a chief executive’s golf game and handwriting say about his compensation—and his leadership
A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?
On the origins of corporate evil—and idiocy
Cornell is building one of the greenest high-rises in the world.
Most conglomerates fail. Will this venture be any different?
As CD sales plummet, pop stars are finding new ways to get paid for their tunes.
The former vice president has led his firm to financial success. But what he really wants to do is create a whole new version of capitalism.
Responses and reverberations
A scientific look at people’s obsessions with besting their peers
A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.
In the fight over the team’s name, Ray Halbritter is an adversary unlike any the NFL has faced before.