While it’s easy to cre­ate a bat­tery in the lab that per­forms well by one mea­sure, the way such re­sults are re­ported is of­ten a kind of sleight-of-hand

Every dic­ta­tor­ship has weak­nesses that could be­come its un­do­ing. It doesn’t mat­ter how much pomp is on dis­play at the par­ty’s reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ings

The pub­lic-health con­sen­sus has been wrong time and again dur­ing the pandemic

Its [Shanghai’s] people, many of whom are haughty and cliquey, speak a di­alect un­in­tel­li­gi­ble to most other Chinese

Like many bureaucracies, [the WHO] wants to expand its authority despite failing in its core responsibilities

exercise: strategically applied trauma

Neuro­sci­en­tists have found that buy­ing on credit ac­ti­vates the same re­gion of the brain that an­tic­i­pates the next hit from an ad­dic­tive drug

As Covid hit, Washington officials traded stocks with exquisite timing

How could so many smart peo­ple be so blind to such bright red flags?