Spite is good. Spite works.

The “Iliad” may be a giant of Western lit­er­a­ture, yet its plot hinges on a human impulse nor­mally thought petty: spite. Achilles holds a fes­tering grudge against Agamemnon (“He cheated me, […]

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Google flu trends: the limits of big data

Google Flu Trends, once a poster child for the power of big-​​​​data analysis, seems to be under attack. This month, in a Sci­ence mag­a­zine article, four quan­ti­ta­tively adept social sci­en­tists reported […]

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What faces can’t tell us

Can you detect someone’s emo­tional state just by looking at his face? It sure seems like it. In everyday life, you can often “read” what someone is feeling with the quickest […]

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Customizing a mash-​​up

When opera was a much younger art form, star singers could choose which arias they wanted to sing, often swap­ping in favorite num­bers that showed off their voices to best […]

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In writing off the unemployed

Third, in a weak job market long-​​​​term unem­ploy­ment tends to be self-​​​​perpetuating, because employers in effect dis­crim­i­nate against the job­less. Many people have sus­pected that this was the case, and […]

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Writing Off the Unemployed

Third, in a weak job market long-​​​​term unem­ploy­ment tends to be self-​​​​perpetuating, because employers in effect dis­crim­i­nate against the job­less. Many people have sus­pected that this was the case, and […]

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Wikipedia vs. the Small Screen

Some Internet spe­cial­ists argue that Wikipedia should adjust to a mobile world by har­nessing “micro-​​​​contributions” like those on Twitter and Face­book. For example, they sug­gest cre­ating a “like” button similar […]

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Wikipedia vs. the small screen

Some Internet spe­cial­ists argue that Wikipedia should adjust to a mobile world by har­nessing “micro-​​​​contributions” like those on Twitter and Face­book. For example, they sug­gest cre­ating a “like” button similar […]

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Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault

Many col­leges have also responded by devel­oping vio­lence pre­ven­tion cam­paigns around the bystander inter­ven­tion model. North­eastern Uni­ver­sity’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, which pio­neered bystander training 20 years […]

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