How Legos Helped to Build a Vaccination Center

Albrecht Broemme had to figure out the design of Germany’s Covid-19 vaccination centers at two airport terminals, a concert venue, a velodrome, an ice rink, and a convention hall. So, he used Legos. Below, Mr. Broemme is holding a picture…

Six Handy Economic Ideas That Describe Our Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus economics can describe our response to the pandemic with the same six ideas that compose a basic economics course.

When to Worry About Water

Approaching Day Zero, the people in Cape Town South Africa were conserving water by singing two minute shower songs and using 50 liters (13 gallons) a day.

Six Facts About How Supermarkets Influence What We Buy

These six facts tell us how our supermarket shopping can be influenced by much more than the shopping list we bring with us.

The Real Problem With Facebook’s Business Model

To understand the problem with Facebook’s ad revenue business model, we can just look at the role played by price as an incentive.

The Behavioral Nudges That Our Trains and Planes Give Us

The best designed railway stations and airports have behavioral nudges that travelers don’t even know they are following.

How Our Tipping Behavior is Changing

When we last looked at tipping, we said that it was a way to impress people (like Seinfeld’s George, below). Also we might be expressing altruism or just saying thank you for good service. But beyond all of the basics, our…

When Organ Donors Need More Than a Nudge

Sometimes increasing deceased organ donations takes more than a nudge because of the behind-the-scene details that are necessary.

Undigestible Food (Studies)

Because of research replication issues and questionable data, many academic papers need more rigor from their authors and skepticism from their readers.

Our Taxi Tips

For every cab ride, NYC records the place, time, fare (and the tip if a credit card is used). Using the taxi database, Gawker was able to figure out Kourtney Kardashian’s and Judd Apatow’s tips because of time stamped photos that included a taxi medallion number. We…