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A fedora. Credit: davidd / Flickr Creative Commons

As any Mad Men fan knows, the once-trendy fedoras that men sported were hung up the second they entered the office. Author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal wants that habit to come back in style – this time, with our iPhones. Read More...

Science fiction Star Trek paintings. Credit: James Vaughan / Flickr Creative Commons

The gizmos we gawk at in Star Trek and Blade Runner still seem light-years away. But the rapid growth in computing power may have put us on a fast track. Science journalist Steven Kotler tells us why it’s time to start saving up for that flying car. Read More...

Television on the beach. Credit: xan lyons / Flickr Creative Commons

We’ve all heard the age old complaint: hundreds of shows, but nothing to watch. Author and Professor of Media Jason Mittell explains why that disgruntled channel-flipping is becoming a thing of the past — and how today's television just keeps getting better. Read More...

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...

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