Why successful women lack self-assurance—and men have too much, the end of desegregation, the odd life of a retired pope, the case for secrecy, the annual money report, and more
What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled cheerfully dismantles his legacy?
The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric—with a startling result: as Americans' wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines.
How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age
In 2011, the Justice Department targeted online-poker operators for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Since then, many guileless amateurs, known to poker pros as “fish,” have been moving back to casinos.
The high price of warding off hijackings in Somali waters
Why government transparency can be the enemy of liberty
How our senses influence our thoughts
The origins of workplace jargon
The unlikely career of Dalton Fury
A new tool lets doctors turn sound waves into graphs.
An era of investment in the news business is upon us. Will it last?
Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and former secretary of energy, and Yi Cui, a celebrated battery researcher who works with Chu at Stanford, describe how an overhaul of the unglamorous battery will jump-start a shift to renewable energy.
A very short book excerpt
Forget the recent spate of books on the Fab Four. The only volume you need was published 20 years ago today …
How, and why, Cass Sunstein believes laws and public policies should help save us from our irrational impulses
Edward St. Aubyn, who can make words do just about anything, can’t help mistrusting precisely that power.
Yiyun Li’s latest novel maps new extremes of loneliness.
The tiny actress showed demoralized grown-ups how much spunky perseverance could achieve.