MIKE Deri Smith summarizes recent news, studies, and gaffes concerning overconfidence, from competitive running to the N.F.L. draft, even socialist firemen.
Around the world, water stirs up unexpected conflicts. Here’s a dip into the latest headlines, and finds that beyond the haves and the have-nots are the want-mores and the take-yours.
Sitting at our new surveys desk, Mike Deri Smith rounds up the recent trends in global corruption, from Berlusconi to Jersey Shore, to New Yorkers paying rent to the Shah of Iran.
In May, things got messy. Really messy. Garbage everywhere, and cities and states struggled to figure out a place to stow the trash.
There is a distinct possibility that, within our lifetimes, robots will be everywhere—taking out the trash, day-tripping to Mars, winning the Nobel prize. During the past month, news about robots was frequently amazing and sometimes terrifying.
In March, politicians around the world were campaigning and citizens were wincing. And just like here at home, impropriety was as prevalent as democracy.
In February, the largest beef recall in history capped weeks of speculation about sick cows, then prompted many to wonder where all that meat went off to.
In 2007 news headlines pointed many directions, but rarely long enough at the plague that’s creeping up our doorstep. Here’s the year of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus asureus—aka, the superbug.
The weeks prior to Black Friday were spent preparing for it: learning which gifts could drop your kid into a coma, and which you’d need to beat a fellow shopper senseless to buy.
This October, while you were shopping for fake blood and a glue-on mustache to complete your zombie Tom Selleck costume, others were dressing up and making the news.
In August, fires large and small swept through homes around the world. And whether dousing flames, solving domestic disputes, or posing shirtless, firefighters were there.
Looking through a month of news can reveal a lot about what’s going on in the world. And in July 2007, everybody was smoking or quitting smoking.