Big data has made it possible to measure employee performance more thoroughly, but be careful about how you deploy that data. Image: Michael Waraksa/The New York Times

Big data has made it possible to measure employee performance more thoroughly than ever before. However, two recent studies offer a warning: be car(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

While “buy low, sell high” is an investing adage, others caution against trying to catch a falling knife and recommend a “buy high, sell higher” appro(...)

 Uber may possibly end up justifying its huge valuation but the same “ubernomics” is being applied across the board, even though many start-ups will not succeed. (Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

The $41 billion valuation for the car-sharing service Uber may or may not be a bubblicious number, but it certainly shows that the venture capital ind(...)

Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative after recognising the need for an legal representation for death row prisoners in Alabama

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of racial injustice in America’s deep south in the 1930s, was set in a fictionalised (...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

 Society is devoting an ever-growing share of its resources to financial wheeling and dealing, while getting little or nothing in return.

We’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return. Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor(...)

The New York City Medical Examiners van backs up to the Pickwick House where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered in his West Village ApartmentPhotograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Hollywood stars have paid tribute to Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his apartment with what officials said was a ne(...)

Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey (L), Biz Stone and Evan Williams (R) speak after the Twitter Inc. IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

Shares in social-messaging website Twitter soared 73 per cent in value on their stock market debut in New York yesterday, pushing the market worth of (...)