Body and Mind

An x-ray of a human head. Credit: Rudolf Vlcek / Flickr Creative Commons

Do we know our bodies’ true value? Northeastern's Kara Swanson says the massive gap between organ supply and demand makes it much higher than we might think. Read More...

Two people exercise on stationary bikes. Credit: Official U.S. Navy Page / Flickr Creative Commons

Fitness apps are all the rage. An explosion of new companies and products want to track your steps and count your calories with the aim of melting that excess blubber. There’s just one problem — most of these apps don’t work. In fact, there is good reason to believe they make us fatter. Read More...

A bunsen burner commonly used in science experiments. Credit: Ange Gilroy / Flickr Creative Commons

You’ve probably seen all those clickbaity headlines proclaiming the miraculous results of a radical new scientific study. But how accurate are these? Stanford’s John Ioannidis says… not very. He’ll explain the crisis in scientific literature. Read More...

A human gazes at a possible ancestor

Forget about the Six Million Dollar Man. We already have the technology to become better, stronger, and faster. Academic and businessman Juan Enriquez explains how we’re all going through unnatural selection. Read More...

Barbie is the cultural icon for beauty

Looks matter. But not just for the reasons you think. Stanford’s Peter Belmi explains how attractiveness and social class are inexorably linked. Read More...

Jokes from the good old days

There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards -- your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch. Read More...

Doctor and patient

From long waits to high prices, our current primary care system is failing too many patients. Doctors Ateev Mehrotra and Rushika Fernandopulle examine ways to overhaul the system. Read More...

Playing a cello

There may be no such thing as innate talent. Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated, has looked at the research and argues that there’s a clear – though challenging – path to the top. Read More...

Be good, don’t retire, and keep worrying. A decades-long study, analyzed by psychologists Leslie Martin and Howard Friedman, reveals some surprising trends about who really lives the longest. Read More...

standing in the rain

If you’re sad, you should wait on making any high-stakes financial decisions, argues Jennifer Lerner, co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Lab. Research shows that even when you don’t think you’re making decisions based on emotions – you are. Read More...

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