Chris Hadfield, the former astronaut and YouTube star who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, will become one of the first authors to try and sell their books directly on Twitter. (Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube)

Do tweets sell books? It has long been a question for publishers and authors, who have started relying heavily on social media to promote books as the(...)

A typical collision in an NFL game. Retired footballers abuse opioid pain pills at a rate more than four times the general population. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Some former NFL players are alleging that before games they were given Toradol, an anti-inflammatory drug commonly used on racehorses, to numb the pai(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

 Brian Cody (left) and Eamon O’Shea (right) are accidental coaches in a way, facilitators and nurturers of talent who do not pretend to know more than they do. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malcolm Gladwell is at it again. This time destroying some of the myths about the Mafia, and given his typically unexpected conclusions, offers a theo(...)

The Amazon warehouse in Peterborough, England. ‘Music and print media are among the industries most fundamentally changed by digitisation. When Amazon likens the change to the arrival of the paperback, it makes a grave underestimation – the invention of printing is a better analogy.’ Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

A group of leading authors, including Donna Tartt, Stephen King and Malcolm Gladwell, has attempted to intervene in the dispute between publisher H(...)

German players pose for the winners’ photo after winning the FIFA World Cup: while talent is a prerequisite, organisation and hard work make a big difference.Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

Adam Smith’s most profound insight was on the relationship between the division of labour and the extent of the market. The old sage would even have b(...)

100 days of happiness

Maybe you’ve been watching Dr Maureen Gaffney’s show on, “How to be happy”, which involves a somewhat scientific approach to attaining happiness invol(...)

Yo, Hodor? Hodor!

Hodorhodor? Hodor! Okay, I’ll stop now but that’s essentially the entire point of the Yo, Hodor iOS app. It’s about as useful as a back pocket in a ve(...)

An anaylsis of the original and the shooting scripts for the 2005 film The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman (above), noted the weaknesses in the film that made it perform poorly at the box office and highlighted changes that would improve its chances

Using computing and risk evaluation strategies that bring the techniques of Moneyball to the movies, a British company says it can help film studios d(...)

The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell tried to riposte in a post called “Being Nice isn’t really so awful” but wandered into a silly argument about satire propping up, rather than subverting, the privileged and the status quo. Malcolm Gladwell Photograph: Theo Wargo/WireImage

I started speaking truth to power early. And my older brothers didn’t like it. They told me that archness in a 10-year-old was not welcome. I concocte(...)