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From what the Rorschach test actually tells us, to what exactly is going on inside teenagers’ heads, we’ve got stories that explore how and why we think the way we do. Read More...

Lice-infested beds, unwashed surgical tools, and cut-off fingers - healthcare in the 1800s was a bloody affair. We take a look at the man who changed all that. Then, how much power does a protest really have? Zeynep Tufekci explores whether they have the power to change politics. Finally, there’s a common thread in art, music, storytelling, and even business-creation: creativity. Read More...

Is China pulling ahead in the global race to achieve? What’s the use of a “useless” liberal arts degree? And should you be spending money on time or things? That’s all this week on Innovation Hub. Read More...

This week on Innovation Hub, we examine the future of reproduction, how fringe ideas become mainstream, and the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. Read More...

Think you know better than your doctor? You don’t. Susan Jacoby and Tom Nichols explain why some of us are starting to distrust experts. 

Job interviews are a terrible way to measure candidates. Yale’s Jason Dana tells us why we can’t resist their siren call - and what we should do instead. 

Healthy lunches help kids… just not in the way you might think. Case Western Reserve’s Justin Gallagher explains.

In Search of Recovery

Schools were more racially integrated three decades ago than they are today. UCLA Professor Pedro Noguera tells us how our diminishing investment in urban public schools is failing kids.

Woolly Mammoths might just roam Siberia once more. Author Maura O’Connor explores the great lengths conservationists are willing to go to save the environment and preserve its wildlife.

Reducing homelessness doesn't mean opening up more shelters and soup kitchens. Becky Kanis Margiotta explains why avoiding traditional barriers to housing and get people into permanent homes first is the way to go.


Online criminals have company retreats, too. Security expert Marc Goodman explains how sophisticated groups are ransacking our data, well out of the reach of police.

You can now test your genes for what kind of pain medication might be best for you. Harmonyx CEO Bob Bean talks about the frontiers of personal health data.

We might want to tax workers less, and spenders more. Environmentalist Paul Gilding says global warming might change how you spend money... and whether you even bother heading to the mall anymore.

Driving into the future. Credit: Andrew Tallon / Flickr Creative Commons

1. Companies are experimenting on us every day. But Professors Christopher Chabris and Michelle Meyer explain why that might be a good thing.

2. That gummy multi-vitamin you take every morning… might not actually be that good for you. Author Catherine Price talks about the history of vitamins, and why we’re so obsessed with them.

3. Virtual Reality isn’t just a sci-fi dream anymore. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale says that VR is here to stay, and could change everything from business travel to biology class.

A snack is shared. Credit: Ben Grey / Flickr Creative Commons

1. Uber, Airbnb, and Zipcar may be killing Industrial capitalism. That’s according to Zipcar founder Robin Chase, who believes that shared resources will radically transform our relationship to cities, products, and each other.

2. Aging is a disease - not just an inevitable process. That's according to researcher David Sinclair, who explains why the first person to live to 150 has already been born.

3. Our unconscious fear of death might impact who we vote for in presidential elections. Psychology Professor Sheldon Solomon talks about mortality's influence on everything from the courtroom to the workplace.

This week, we look at icons and infamy.

Three things to remember this week:

1. Skyscrapers might be beautiful and majestic… but architects probably shouldn’t build them anymore. Professor John Ochsendorf says most buildings today only last about 50 years, and that we could do better by taking a few pointers from the ancients.

2. Hacker collectives, pirate ships, and street gangs might be more creative than Silicon Valley. Author Alexa Clay tells us what we can learn from a ‘misfit economy.'

3. When Carl Sagan first got popular, other scientists thought he was selling out. Professor Declan Fahy looks at the tremendous rise of “celebrity scientists,” and how they now influence our daily lives.

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