Why Congress Should 'Eat Dog Food'12/19/14
The term eating your own dog food comes from programmers who force themselves to use the programs they create; thats how the bugs get worked out. According to technology writer Clive Thompson, politicians should take a cue from the tech world -- and...
Self-Interest and American Politics
People think their political beliefs are fair and benefit society. In reality, though, most political views are driven by self-interest -- even when we dont realize it -- says Robert Kurzban, co-author of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How...
Our Overwhelmed Brains
Technology is transforming the environment faster than our brains can keep up. The consequences for productivity and creativity are serious, says Daniel J. Levitin, a neuroscientist and author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of...
Charles Darwin's Uphill Fight
Scientists often live by the mantra publish or perish. But one young naturalist kept a revolutionary theory to himself for 20 years. And when Charles Darwin finally shared his findings, he faced tremendous criticism, says Sean B. Carroll, the author...
A Dip Into History: Life-Saving Threads
Without the money to attend medical school, one inventor instead developed a futuristic -- and life-saving -- material.
Multiple Screens for Better Multitasking
Digital distractions bombard us every second and stop us from making a dent in that lengthy to-do list. Technology writer Clive Thompson explains how we could put our many screens to better use.
A Chip to Stop Slouching
Hours slouched over computers have taken a toll on our backs -- and overall health. Now, Monisha Perkash has created a little chip to help improve peoples posture -- and outlook.
Justin Hall: 20 Years of Blogging
Justin Hall began writing about his life online 20 years ago, before the word blogging even existed. He reflects on the pros and cons of a world where you can share your every thought.
Kids' Brains on Screens
That tablet might teach kids valuable skills, but it could also negatively affect their development. Dr. Tovah Klein, Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, and Dr. Gary Small, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine...
A Dip into History: Explosive Prizes
An obituary published in error spurred one inventor to take a second look at his legacy.
Memory, Distractions, and Age
People often blame memory lapses on age, but new research shows that excuse might not cut it anymore.
The Fight Against Science - and Why it's Dangerous
A growing mistrust of science has brought with it whooping cough epidemics and GMO bans, stalling societys progress, argues Michael Specter, author of "Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our...
Entrepreneurs: A Dying Breed?
Entrepreneurship gets a lot of media attention. But despite all the hype, data shows the ranks of entrepreneurs are actually shrinking, according to Ben Casselman, chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight.
Welcome to the Aerotropolis
Highways may have defined the 20th century, but airports are shaping the cities of the future, according to John Kasarda, author of Aerotropolis: The Way Well Live Next.
The Genius of Starbucks and Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, created a cultural shift in the way that we consume coffee. But he also had more early failures than successes, says Nancy Koehn, a historian at Harvard Business School.
Ruth Reichl Dishes on the Future of Food
Food journalism isnt all filet mignon and creme brulee recipes. Ruth Reichl, former NY Times food critic and Gourmet editor, talks Twitter, blogs, and the value of sitting down for meals.
Our Evolving Language
As technology makes communication easier, some worry that it may fundamentally change language. Linguist David Crystal says we dont have to be so concernedyet.
Media, High Ed, and Other Dinosaurs
Clay Shirky has been studying the Internet since before most of us had email. He says a number of industries -- from the media to higher education -- need to shape up, or prepare for extinction.
A Dip Into History: a Sticky Situation
Learn the story of a brightly colored object that might be in your pocket right now, and was actually invented by an accountant.
The Next Wave of Sports Analytics
The difference between winning or losing a game can come down to fractions of a second. Ben Shields, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Jessica Gelman, of the Kraft Sports Group, discuss how science and data have taken sports to the next...
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