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Putting Pay For Perfomance to the Test

At some Companies, changes in chief executives’ pay roughly corresponded with changes in their shareholders’ total return last year. Several exeptions were in favor of shareholders, while other outliers favored C.E.O’s.

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The Next Sudoku?

The Next Sudoku?

Kakuro is simply elegant, nurikabe ends in a rush of excitement, while masyu has no numbers. Could one of these three logic puzzles from Nikoli, a puzzle magazine publisher, become as popular as sudoku?

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8 Out of 8 (and Not Yet 8)

8 Out of 8 and Not Yet 8

On July 16, 1983, a day before Terence Tao’s eight birthday, Ken Clements, an expert on the education of mathematically gifted children, visited the boys’ home to evaluate his abilities. As part of the evaluation, he gave Terry the following set of written questions. Terry answered orally, without writing anything down. All his answers were correct.

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Dissecting the Game's Most Feared Swing

Dissecting the Game's Most Feared Swing

Don Long, the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league hitting coordinator, talks about the evolution and the components of Ryan Howard’s swing.

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Want to Be a Superstar Athlete? Build More Myelin

Want to Be a Superstar Athlete? Build More Myelin

While favorable genetics and a well-conditioned body are essential, some scientists believe that physiological changes in the brain that take place during repetitive practice at a young age may make the difference between a world-class athlete and the rest of us.

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Refining Vision Surgery for a Sharper Focus

The newwest technology in Lasik surgery, commonly called custom Lasik, provides additional accuracy and personalization to the eye correction procedure. Wavescan technology creates a “fingerprint” of the patient’s vision, precise enough to capture subtle anomalies in each eye. A guided laser can cut a thinner, more uniform flap, while a corrective laser with variable size beams can reshape the cornea with increased accuracy, keeping on target even as the eye moves. But as with all corrective surgeries, complications can arise.

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The 18th Green: The Tillinghast Test

A.W. Tillinghast designed the West Course at Winged Foot in the early 1920’s, and it has been challenging the world’s best golfers in every era since. Many of the elements of his design philosophy – what he offers golfers and how he tests them – can be found on and around the 18th green.

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