How to Own the Moon

Owning the moon has been debated since the 1960s when countries, businesses, and individuals had to decide if we had a common heritage.

The Thousands of Marvel Superheroes We Will Meet

When Disney bought Marvel, it wound up with the rights to 7,000 characters and, as they described it, perhaps 20 years’ worth of worlds to explore. Meet, for example, Doorman. First introduced in 1989, Doorman is a class-10 teleporter (according…

Where Lost Luggage Finds a Home

At a massive store in Scottsboro, Alabama, bargain hunters can purchase the contents of the lost baggage that airlines say is unclaimed.

The Mystery of the Artless Heist

When the ownership rights of a $3.1 million John Constable painting are unclear, no one can buy or sell, display, or conserve it.

Five Facts About Chinese Capitalism

Through six facts about China’s political capitalism, we can see some of its economic strengths, weaknesses, contradictions, and history.

Why Life Is Not a Bowl of (Tart) Cherries

The crisis farmers are facing with plunging tart cherry prices takes us to big questions about tariffs and federal marketing agreements.

Astronomically Different Prices for an Apollo 11 Videotape

Sold twice at auctions, the two prices of the Apollo 11 videotapes were astronomically different because of changes in demand and supply.

The Problem With Healthcare Price Shopping

While healthcare price transparency sounds like a logical way to constrain soaring healthcare costs, the results were not quite what we expected.

Why Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?

In NYC and in Nantucket, Massachusetts, drivers respond to different incentives because Manhattan has traffic lights while Nantucket does not.

What We Mean by Socialism

Knowing the different meanings of socialism and capitalism can help us better understand what we and presidential candidates support.