A threat assessment
Assessing Google's drones, thermostats, mechanical cheetahs and more.
Mapping the New Jersey governor's power plays.
and Other Great Moments in North Korean Sports
*/ What Kim Jong Un’s government has called the “hot wind of sports blowing through Korea” wasn’t just Dennis Rodman dropping by. Even as the country appears increasingly unstable, Kim, like his father and grandfather before him, has been obsessed with sports. Athletics, it turns out, have offered a rare window into the secretive country since its founding in 1948. Here, we present a historical highlight reel. July 1966 An Improbable World Cup Success North Korea becomes the first Asian team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Italy 1-0 in the first round.
For online higher education, the devil is in the data
Surprising new data on what's supposed to be the future of higher ed
A liberal-arts education from the conservative network's biggest stars
What would a liberal arts education look like from the conservative network's biggest stars? We built the bookshelf.
And what to do when government catches up
*/ In 1992, when the Supreme Court adjudicated a dispute over sales tax between Quill Corp., a Delaware mail-order office-supply company, and the state of North Dakota, it inadvertently altered the future of e-commerce. The Court ruled that mail-order companies did not have to collect sales tax on customers in states in which they had no physical presence.
*/ /*-->*/ The Arab Spring has been, in turns, exhilarating and excruciating. It has also been expensive—even for relatively peaceful Middle Eastern countries. Three Gulf countries sent a $12 billion aid package to Egypt in July, the latest in a regional spending spree that has also benefited the troubled countries of Yemen and Tunisia. And the Gulf governments—the richest in the region—have been spending even more within their own borders to keep their citizens content.
America’s longest drought between constitutional amendments since the Civil War was from 1870 to 1913. In that time, there were two presidential assassinations and several financial panics; the light bulb, telephone, movie theater, radio, and airplane were invented; the Supreme Court legalized segregation; fire destroyed Chicago and an earthquake flattened San Francisco; and the United States added eleven new states. Despite the frenzy, the Constitution went untouched.
The numbers don’t support the hype.
A guide to celebrity asylums, defections, and passport swaps
Our guide to high-profile asylums, defections, and passport swaps