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“Burnout” is not only a personal problem, it’s a workplace problem


As “burnout” among workers has gained attention in the popular media, a conventional wisdom has developed around avoiding it.

David Fincher, the first filmmaker to defect to Netflix, perfectly sums up modern cinema


David Fincher saw the writing on the wall for cinema years ago. After a long, successful career in film, where Fincher directed smart, character-driven thrillers like Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac, he became one of the first filmmakers to defect to Netflix.

The psychological case for forcing yourself to watch scary movies


I hate scary movies. Really, really hate them. I find even the most over-the-top, borderline-comedic scary films absolutely terrifying.

The world is abandoning coal-fired electricity at an astonishing pace


Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels—it produces per kilogram the least amount of energy and the greatest amount of pollution—and the world is quickly abandoning it.

Want to learn how to get what you want? Read one man’s letter to SNL


It is often hard to get what you want in life. The world is full of people who will tell you no. But with the power of persuasive writing on your side, it’s sometimes possible to get a joyful “yes.” Consider my friend Jeremy, who decided this summer to enter the ticket lottery for Saturday Night Live‘s 2017-2018 season.

Big tech companies won’t change until they are regulated like banks


Since September, Google has been in contempt of the US District Court of Northern California—a penalty for refusing to hand over foreign-stored emails in response to government search warrants.

Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machines


Uber is asking drivers to ante up for their future earnings. The company is offering some drivers in Houston, Texas, a chance to “Celebrate Halloween early” by buying a week of “accelerated earnings” for an upfront payment of $115.

The fake-news hack that nearly started a war this summer was designed for one man: Donald Trump


Diplomatic spats in the Middle East are hardly rare. But the conflict that started this summer between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors may be unique.

Having a baby sharpened my business skills


Today is my last day on parental leave and I’m sitting in a cafe with a pool of vomit on my shoulder.

Twitter doesn’t need more policies, it needs diverse moderators


Last week, when actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended, a boycott of the social media platform was called.

Facebook treats its ethical failures like software bugs, and that’s why they keep happening


As the story of Russia, Facebook, and the 2016 US election drags on, Facebook’s been quick to open its wallet.

A top Clinton advisor is helping tech companies push against regulations on political ads


John McCain and two Democratic senators introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday (Oct. 19) that would force internet companies to adhere to the same rules for political advertisements that other media like television and print have followed for decades.

We’re running out of big ideas


Modern-day inventors–even those in the league of Steve Jobs–will have a tough time measuring up to the productivity of the Thomas Edisons of the past.

New York’s 5Pointz graffiti artists are suing a real estate developer for destroying their work


Graffiti’s transformation from a kind of vandalism to a high art form is almost complete. In the last half century, street art has evolved from a stain on neighborhoods to a tourist draw and the toast of museums and galleries, embraced in pop and high culture.

The search for MH370 is on again thanks to a “no find, no fee” offer


In January, aviation authorities announced the suspension of the vast, expensive search for the Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane that went missing in March 2014, along with its more than 200 passengers.

The Diwali tradition of playing cards is turning into a high-stakes affair online


Along with pujas (religious ceremonies) and patakas (firecrackers), there’s one more thing that Diwali revellers dig on big time: gambling.

Millions of South Africans have had their most private information exposed


South Africa has suffered a massive data leak, and there’s nothing anyone can do about getting their personal information back.

Indian cities are just waking up to some insane pollution levels a day after Diwali


A day after India celebrated Diwali (Oct. 19), the festival of lights, cities across the country are gasping for breath.

Pollution killed 2.5 million people in India in 2015—more than anywhere else in the world


Pollution kills more people in India than anywhere else in the world. A staggering 2.5 million Indians died due to non-communicable diseases, including strokes and lung cancer, caused by pollution, according to a report by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, published on Oct.

Duty and danger: For Delhi’s firefighters, Diwali has a dark side


At 10am on Thursday, seven-year-old Shubhangi Shukla was busy planning her Diwali evening. “We can go to the mall,” she told her mother Pragya Shukla, a homemaker.


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