Charles Darwin research station

Scientists often live by the mantra “publish or perish.” But one young naturalist kept a revolutionary theory to himself for 20 years. When Charles Darwin finally shared his findings, he faced tremendous criticism, says Sean B. Carroll, the author of The Making of the Fittest. Read More...

dog and spilled food

The term “eating your own dog food” comes from programmers who force themselves to use the programs they create; that’s how the bugs get worked out. According to technology writer Clive Thompson, politicians should take a cue from the tech world – and live by their own policies. Read More...

Deluged by a wave of numbers

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. Read More...

colorful thread

Without the money to attend medical school, one inventor instead developed a futuristic – and life-saving – material. Read More...

woman with I voted sticker

People think their political beliefs are fair and benefit society. In reality, though, most political views are driven by self-interest – even when we don’t realize it – says Robert Kurzban, co-author of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind. Read More...

Rockky pose on steps

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

1. Spilling intimate details online was nearly impossible in 1994. Blogging pioneer Justin Hall reflects on his early days of over-sharing, and what blogging will look like for the next 20 years.

2. EKGs and cancer diagnostics are going the way of at-home pregnancy tests. The shift toward testing ourselves is a big part of the future of medicine.

3. CEOs agree – they’re getting paid a ridiculous amount. And cutting CEO compensation likely wouldn't  diminish management quality, says Roger Martin, author of “Playing to Win."

EKG read out

Home pregnancy tests have been used for years – but in the near future we could be diagnosing dozens of diseases, from cancer to AIDS, in the privacy of our own homes. Dr. Eugene Chan and Professor Andrew Ellington discuss what that means for doctors, patients, and health care costs. Read More...

Lego businessman

The most important asset a company has in today’s world is the creative power of its workers. But that talent economy might not last forever, warns Roger Martin, author of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works. Read More...

multiple screens

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. Read More...

spine

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. Read More...

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