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Social Media – A Prediction for 2017

So the other day I was asked to look over a company’s global social media strategy for the next three years. I excitedly settled...

The Origin and Evolution of Santa Claus [infographic]

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 7 years old. I’ll never forget it. I was in the first grade, and it...

Three Cheers for Small Banks

Earlier this week, Matt Yglesias wrote a post about what he calls “America’s Microbank Problem”: this country has far too many banks, he says,...

Readers’ Advice for Young Women in the Workplace

Before Adam Bryant’s special installment of Corner Office on women and leadership, The Times asked readers to give their own advice to women who...

Long Lives Make Humans Human

The fundamental structure of human populations has changed exactly twice in evolutionary history. The second time was in the past 150 years, when the...

How Literate Are You?

Here is one version of the Devens Literacy Test, used on Army recruits during World War I. (See three other versions here.) The test was designed by...

Are Search Engines and the Internet Hurting Human Memory?

Is the Internet ruining our ability to remember facts? If you’ve ever lunged for your smartphone during a bar argument “one-hit father of twerking...

Email Will Never Die: Three Reasons Why

This will be one of my last columns for Slate. I’m starting a new job next week. Over the last few days, as I...

Are You A Language Bully?

Can you recite the dictionary definition of peruse from memory? Do you have the etymology of short-lived stored in the recesses of your brain,...

NSA Incompetence: It’s Worse Than You Think

There is one secret Edward Snowden spilled that even the most hard-boiled anti-privacy security operative can’t ignore: The National Security Agency is broken. It...