Body and Mind

wheat field

People have been modifying their food for thousands of years - but not in a lab. Amy Harmon, an award-winning NY Times reporter, and Pamela Ronald, genetics professor and co-author of “Tomorrow’s Table,” talk about where GMOs are headed. Read More...

Shy guy

We often believe that extroverts - those boisterous, outgoing folks at the office - have the best ideas. But if the boss overlooks introverts, great ideas may be lost, says Susan Cain, author of “Quiet.Read More...

Pill bottle

Drug-resistant bacteria and fewer new antibiotics could set us up for a return to the Dark Ages, when minor infections were fatal. Read More...

Carnival masks

Is increased consumerism making people too impulsive? If so, Paul Roberts, author of The Impulse Society, has a few solutions. Read More...

Cheesburger

Fast food has been studied in connection with Americans’ expanding waistlines, but new research suggests that fast food may also affect mental states, making people more impatient. Read More...

clouds

The news may be depressing, but what if the world is actually getting better? Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.), talks about poverty, Earth’s resources, and why Americans are so down on themselves. Read More...

slot machines

The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT. Read More...

Electric brain

We’ve long debated whether intelligence is innate or acquired. Author Annie Murphy Paul talks about the latest scientific research - and looks at simple techniques that may be able to enhance our brains. Read More...

Creme Brulee

Food journalism isn't all filet mignon and creme brulee recipes. Ruth Reichl, former NY Times food critic and Gourmet editor, talks Twitter, blogs, and the value of sitting down for meals. Read More...

Pills

From eye of newt to sugar pills, placebos have always played a role in medicine. And now they have more applications than ever, including placebo surgery. Read More...

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