Entries in Innovation Hub by Matt Purdy

Do you get nervous before every flight you take? This interview is for you. Read More...

How did sea urchins help humanity figure out where babies come from? Science writer Edward Dolnick has the answer. Read more...

California has the sixth largest economy in the world… and it’s on a collision course with the federal government. We ask public policy professor Sherry Jeffe what’s at stake. 

The sun delivers more energy to the Earth every day than we could ever use. Scientists are working on new and creative ways to harness it

The biggest tech disruptor Hollywood has ever faced? Sound. We talk with Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker about how the movies got their voice.

It’s a feat that seems like alchemy: turn sunlight into fuel. We talk with Caltech scientist Nathan Lewis about a novel way to harness the sun’s energy. Read more....

Some of America’s best scientists (think Einstein and Tesla) immigrated here from other countries. We talk with a few economists who’ve calculated their impact on American innovation. Read more....

Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others’ pain makes for bad public policy. Read more....

 

There’s an invisible world that’s right at your fingertips. Literally. Trillions and trillions of tiny microbes live alongside us in our cities and we don’t even see them. A team of scientists recently swiped a whole bunch of ATM keypads in New York, looking for evidence of our miniscule neighbors. Read more...

America’s manufacturing industry has been hollowed out by globalization and automation. Donald Trump promises he can revive it. MIT researcher Andrew McAfee says that’s not possible. Read more....

McDonald's

America is a land of golden arches. But it hasn’t always been that way. We talk with Andrew Smith about the birth of the “most significant culinary trend” of the last 50 years. Read more...

science guy

It’s the 21st century. Why is there still a ‘war on science’? We talk about how it threatens our democracy with writer Shawn Otto. Read more....

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