Body and Mind

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...

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...

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...

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...

toddler on a computer

That tablet might teach kids valuable skills, but it could also negatively affect their development. Dr. Tovah Klein, Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, and Dr. Gary Small, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, discuss the long-term impact of technology on children. Read More...

don't forget

People often blame memory lapses on age, but new research shows that excuse might not cut it anymore. Read More...

Sharing a piece of chocolate cake

Don’t keep all those holiday truffles to yourself this year. Yale researchers report that chocolate tastes better when it’s shared. Read More...

doctor with tablet

Jon Gruber, the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, explains how little innovations might save trillions of health care dollars. Read More...

plane cockpit

Knowledge is now available faster than our brains can process it, but the information rushing at light speed could be slowing us down, says Nicholas Carr, author of The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. Read More...

Birth control pills

It’s simply known as “the pill,” but Jonathan Eig relates its unexpected history in his book, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution. Read More...

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