1920s-era Remington Portable typewriter

The QWERTY Truth

How did the QWERTY keyboard became the gold standard? The answer is probably not what you'd think. Welcome to the economic concept of "path dependence."
Uncle Scrooge

The Ethical Case for Profits

The frequency of ethical lapses among executives suggests that there exists an alternate moral framework in corporate culture.

How Mr. Coffee Made Coffee Manly

Mr. Coffee, the first electric-drip coffee machine for home use, debuted in 1972, forever changing the way Americans made coffee.
NYSE floor traders

Why Do Financial Traders Get Those Huge Bonuses?

Highly placed traders win their big money by essentially taking their firms hostage.
Themis statue

When Do We Care About Ethics Violations?

Experimental evidence suggests that our opinions on ethics depend on who’s committing the violations, and who’s doing the judging.
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14 Ways to Make Meetings Less Awful

Can anything be done to make meetings more useful and less dull?
Bird's Eye frozen meals

The Evolution of Convenience Food in America

Meal kits signal a change in the way we cook, but this is nothing compared with how frozen food disrupted the American kitchen in the mid-20th century.
Doctors

What Makes a Career Prestigious?

When choosing a career, we weigh many factors. Chief among our considerations are what we enjoy doing, how ...
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Can Advertising Be a Science?

Advertisers have been trying to develop a precise science of advertising for more than a century.
Nineteenth century British periodicals

Nineteenth-Century Clickbait

Online publications that offer clickbait and easy entertainment mirror some of the most popular nineteenth century British magazines.