1. Department of Obvious? Restaurants seat good-looking patrons at the best tables. (HT: Cyril Morong)
2. Tel Aviv University discovers a bacteria-killing protein that could replace antibiotics.
3. The Gates Foundation condom-design contest winners: beef tendon and a “wrapping” condom.
4. Mass killers want the spotlight: how to stop them.
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- 11/26/2013 | 9:28 am
1. Do calls to prison cost too much?
2. History of the world — in one 1931 map.
3. The boomerang generation: “Some 21.6m Americans aged 18 to 31—36% of the total—still languish in the parental home.” (HT: Chakrit Achava-amrung)
4. The pricing truth behind season tickets. (HT: V. Brenner)
5. Bullying in the army: will dismissing bad leaders make the organization more “efficient”?
- 08/22/2013 | 10:24 am
1. Drew Brees criticized for not tipping enough for takeout. (HT: Steve Schwinger)
2. The People’s Daily Online Public Opinion Monitoring Center: where the Chinese government collects data on Chinese public opinion.
3. The women of the “Opt-Out Revolution” are ready to lean in.
4. In South Korea, where 93 percent of students graduate from high school, “rock star” teachers earn millions.
5. Is Boeing buying back old 747s to drive demand for new ones?
- 08/09/2013 | 9:27 am
1. Is male fertility declining? Or do we need more data?
2. The internet industry is considering adding over 1,000 new domains, but some are worried about infrastructure effects.
3. Harry Potter novelist J.K. Rowling‘s crime novel hits #1 on the Amazon bestseller list, less than a week after she was revealed as the book’s author.
4. So you want to invest in the (legal) marijuana industry?
5. How long is the average PhD dissertation? Econ lands on the short side. (HT: Eric Jones)
6. The new era of music: how much does Spotify pay its artists? Next to nothing.
- 07/18/2013 | 11:05 am
1. In Nashville, Tenn., homicide is at a historic low. (HT: Wesley Hartline)
2. We investigated suicide in our podcast “The Suicide Paradox“; The New York Times profiles Matthew K. Nock, Harvard’s “suicide detective.”
3. Does price affect adoption? NPR reports that black babies are cheaper to adopt. (HT: Eric Samuelson)
4. Why do theater tickets cost so much? A comparison of “Death of a Salesman” ticket prices in 1949 and 2012.
5. In India, proof of toilet is necessary for a marriage license. (HT: Tony Pappas)
- 07/03/2013 | 9:27 am
1. Movie tickets cost as much as $48; “Star Wars” creator George Lucas predicts that ticket prices are only going up. (HT: SM Fishman)
2. Name wars: Borghese Inc. fights the Borghese family for the right to market with the royal name.
3. Does dim lighting enhance creativity?
4. An interactive data map (in French) of Paris Metro lines crossed with socioeconomic and political indicators.
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- 06/21/2013 | 12:22 pm
1. A German cafe offers free coffee, but charges by the minute for seats. (HT: David Wigram)
2. Harvard and the Rockefeller Foundation to offer social impact bonds in several states.
3. In Spain, a new step in dog-waste management: unscooped poop is hand-delivered back to the owner. (HT: Peter Kauss)
4. The power of words and names. (HT: RealClearScience)
5. New study shows that lack of sleep decreases men’s ability to determine if women want sex or not. (HT: V Brenner)
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- 06/13/2013 | 1:33 pm
1. Emily Oster answers relationship questions for WSJ readers.
2. Researchers predict a 15 percent decrease in abortion rates if Roe is overturned.
3. Is self-selection responsible for music students’ superior scores on the SATs?
4. Fast food consumers underestimate calories.
5. A new web documentary series about Kickstarter funding.
6. “The Beat of Sports” interviews Dave Berri about his recent post on the value of coaches.
- 06/04/2013 | 12:56 pm