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Yoda and Einstein...they look similar

As we look at the lasting influence of Albert Einstein, there’s one legacy that isn’t felt in our iPhone’s GPS or in the way we view intelligence. No, this one is felt in a galaxy far, far away. Read More...

A town hall meeting.

Already tired of the 2016 election? Well, you’re not alone. Social scientist Kate Krontiris tells us why Americans don’t really care about civic engagement, and how we can fix that. Read More...

An art museum

Picture yourself touching Rodin’s The Thinker with haptic gloves - which would allow you to feel the sculpture without actually laying a finger on it. That world may soon be a reality. Entrepreneur Brendan Ciecko and curation expert Elizabeth Merritt give us a peek into the future of museums: virtual reality, individualized guides, and no more boring audio tours. Read More...

A Vermeer in a museum

When was the first time that humans perceived the world as it really was? Historian and author Laura Snyder says it was the in the 1600s, with the development of microscopes. Read More...

Children playing in a classroom

Professor Claude Steele says stereotypes are even more important than we realize, and he explains the psychology that underpins them. Read More...

Ton of electronic waste

Printing everything out seems so wasteful, but is sending an email any better? Social scientist Toby Miller looks at the real environmental consequences of our digital lives. Read More...

Man listening to music

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea all have one thing in common, and it’s a marketing guru named Gogi Gupta. Hear what selling music really means in an age of torrents and streaming video. Read More...

Signed, sealed, and delivered

Ordering those six pairs of Game of Thrones-themed socks from Amazon and having them sent straight to your door sure is convenient, but what does it mean for the world we live in? Engineering professor Anne Goodchild talks about the new delivery economy, and how it’s going to affect the environment. Read More...

Camels shaped the trade industry

From the invention of the wheel to that $5 shirt you bought at H&M, what would your life look like without trade? Author William Bernstein explains how trade gave rise to the world as we know it. Read More...

Keeping up appearances

Three things you need to realize:

1. Cricket cookies are coming to a cupboard near you. Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown and Bitty Food’s Megan Miller give us a taste of what you’ll be chomping on in twenty years.

2. Having a good hair day could make you feel richer. Stanford’s Peter Belmi explains the link between attractiveness and the social order.

3. Scientists in America would love to pursue revolutionary research, if it meant they wouldn't be cut off from future funding. Professor Roberta Ness argues that bad incentives in the scientific community are preventing us from solving the big problems of cancer, climate change, and more.

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