What Japan’s Olympic Planners Never Bargained For

On the surface, rescheduling the Tokyo Olympics could sound manageable but looking at ticket refunds reveals the gargantuan costs.

The Vials That We Need For Vaccines

As a somewhat invisible part of COVID-19 science, we’ve been developing and producing billions of super strong vaccine vials.

The Freezer Farm Where Covid-19 Vaccine Will Chill

Involving billions of doses of temperature controlled liquid vials, global Covid-19 vaccine distribution could be surprisingly complex.

Where to Find an Electric Vehicle’s Emissions

If you care about the emissions created by an electric vehicle, the next step is to think of your zip code and the grid mix in your state.

Finding the Best Soda Tax

Involving us individually and as a community, sugary drink taxes create nudges that result in a long list of costs and benefits.

Doing a Fractal Zoom Into Our Yearly Pay

Depending on whether you look at national statistics or the numbers on a company basis, employee median pay can look very different.

What a Government Shutdown Does to Each of Us

A government shutdown is again in the news. The key date is December 21. If federal agencies without funding do not get their money by then, they have to follow their shutdown rules. I suspect most of us will be…

(Mc)Wages Around the U.S.

Complementing the averages in U.S. jobs reports, we can see much more variety through the wage rates paid by thousands of McDonald’s around the country..

What You Probably Don’t Know About Almonds

Whether looking at bees or tree shakers or water, we can see a lot of surprising activity through the supply and demand sides of almond markets.

Why We Don’t Know What We Manufacture

Thinking of job declines and Chinese imports, it appears that U.S. manufacturing is declining but the facts show that production is up.