December 05, 2014

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Taking a closer look. Credit: Jake Bouma / Flickr Creative Commons

1. Entrepreneurship is dying. FiveThirtyEight's Ben Casselman dug into the data and found that, despite the Silicon Valley hype, the number of entrepreneurs in America has been shrinking for 30 years.

2. Boredom is good for you. Kids (and adults) are tempted to fill more and more time with screens, but that can deprive them of the time they need to really process the world around them, says Tovah Klein of Barnard.

3. A discredited study and a Playboy Playmate changed the way we think about autism. Writer Michael Specter explains why fear of vaccines, GMOs, and more comes from people picking and choosing which science to believe.

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