It seems every time you turn around in the early primary states, you bump into another potential — let's say likely — candidate for president. New Jersey's Chris Christie is one of them.
Squirrel monkeys, chimps and humans: Two among these are willing to give up an unfair advantage, but why? It's about greasing the social wheels, scientists say.
The man in the video says he is John Cantile, a British journalist and hostage. He asks why his government has abandoned him. NPR hasn't independently verified the video's authenticity.
Corporate wellness programs have become a $6 billion industry for one, possibly flawed, reason: they help reduce companies' healthcare costs, while saving their employees money.
To some degree, they have been a success. Growth in premiums has hit its lowest point in the last 16 years. A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 71 percent of employers believe corporate wellness programs are either "very" or "somewhat" effective at reducing spending on providing benefits for their employees, who would be rewarded with these benefits by meeting various incentives.
But companies can also impose a penalty. They can charge an employee more for smoking or being overweight. It's the very reason why, says Professor Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School, these programs don't work.
"What's really happening in many instances is that costs are getting shifted to employees, whether it's because they don't meet certain goals or they don't conform in certain ways," she says. "Healthcare costs are going down for companies, but not so much for individuals and families."
And they're not having any lasting effects on their health, either, she adds.
"All these incentives, all these hurdles, greatly increase the cost of testing employees. So these things are more costly than you might think."
Listen to the full conversation in the audio player above.
There's now a billion websites, according to online tracking firm Live Stats, and the internet is getting a little crowded.
A bunch of new top-level domains — those letters that go at the end of a web address — were released to go alongside ".com." We have ".nyc," ".sports," and so on. But one of the most interesting — and popular — domains is ".tv," and it says a lot about the way television is changing.
Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson says ".tv" has been around for a while, but it’s being used more and more for branding by emerging media companies. That could be good for the tiny island nation Tuvalu, which was originally assigned the domain and has made a pretty penny from leasing it out.
But more interesting than the rise of ".tv" is the parallel rise of Internet video — just look at Twitch(.tv).
"Video is a vastly expanding area of our vastly expanding internet," says Johnson. "Cisco estimates 70 percent of total internet traffic by the year 2017 is going to be video, and a lot of that is going to be mobile video."
That sea change is affecting the physical networks the web is built on and the way video is being delivered to our devices. On a recent visit to Bell Labs, Johnson spoke to researchers looking for ways to make a wireless connection respond to the environment for seamless streaming.
"Say you're a passenger in the seat of a car or maybe you're on a train in the future... and you're about to go into a tunnel," Johnson says. "They want to use the GPS on your device to tell the network you're that going underground, and then they want the network to deliver you more data faster before you go into the tunnel."
So whether your preferred video service is a ".tv" or ".com" website, you're probably taking up a lot of bandwidth, but the Internet of the future is going to accommodate you better.