Pumpkin pi

Thanksgiving (and other assorted holidays) are just around the corner, so we thought it would be a great time to revisit a few traditions. Read More...


Here are three things to know about this week's show:

1. Football fans don't like to admit how much they like cheerleaders. But data tells the experts otherwise. 

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. learned to fail the smart way. Anjali Sastry, co-author of “Fail Better,” says that if a failure reveals something new and useful about the world, then it’s more likely to lead to success.

3. That shiny new medical device might not be the most efficient way to treat a patient. Especially when there are small changes that can lower health care costs, says MIT's Jon Gruber. 

copy sign

When an inventive patent officer got tired of the tedious proofreading process his job entailed, he started searching for a better way to make copies. Read More...

glow in the dark roads

Highways are useful, but they can be really dangerous. One Dutch designer is using a new technology to make roads a whole lot safer (and prettier, too). Read More...

Clipboard on baseball field

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 and co-founder and chair of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference, discuss how science and data have taken sports to the next level. Read More...

doctor with tablet

Jon Gruber, the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, explains how little innovations might save trillions of health care dollars. Read More...

messy cabinets

Everyone fails – the difference is whether you fail the right way or the wrong way. Anjali Sastry, co-author of Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner explains the valuable insights that can be gleaned from flops. Read More...

IHub Live Panel

In the 21st century, are creativity and power shifting from large corporations to individuals? From Suffolk University's Modern Theatre, Kara Miller and her guests tackle the question. Panelists include: Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of MIT Tech Review; Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big; Jessica Banks, founder of Rock, Paper, Robot; and Karim Lakhani, professor at Harvard Business School. Read More...

outstretched hand

Take power into your hands, with three tips from this week’s show:

1. Buying a 3D printer is awesome, but there are two components that don't come in the box: skills and creativity. Which is why too many of us create a "digital poop," says Jessica Banks, founder of Rock, Paper, Robot.

2. The pill was developed after the atom bomb. Why? Jonathan Eig, author of “The Birth of the Pill," says men didn't have it high on their priority list.

3. There could still be life in your broken laptop. Writer Clive Thompson learned how to fix his old electronics, and he says that it’s easier than you think.

fixing a computer

Electronic waste is piling up in landfills. We chucked 2.4 million tons of it in 2010 and recycled just 27 percent. Author Clive Thompson argues that a fixer movement could solve this century-old problem. Read More...

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