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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.

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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.

A face in a crowd.

There’s a fine line between sharing and oversharing. And here at Innovation Hub, we’re all about sharing, including sharing some interviews that touch on oversharing. Read More...

An optical illusion

1. It'll take a Chernobyl-size disaster for people to demand more regulation in Silicon Valley, argues Andrew Keen, author of The Internet is Not the Answer.  

2. We owe the existence of anti-bac hand gel to a contemporary of Newton and Galileo. Antoine van Leeuwenhoek was fascinated by early microscopes, and is now believed to be the world's first microbiologist. 

3. Museums today are starting to be a lot more BYOD (bring your own device). And incorporating new tech is crucial, because the museum-going demographic is considerably older and whiter than the population at large.

Finding the right balance

Three things you should know:

1. You can fight crime with gondolasThat's what Medellin, Columbia did, and Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation says that cities will have to get increasingly creative to solve their toughest problems.

2. Beyonce doesn't need more fans. But that doesn't mean she couldn't use some extra cash. Gogi Gupta tells us how he's helped A-list clients get more money from their legions of adoring fans.

3. If your kid wants to be a cancer researcher, tell them they're in for a bumpy ride. Turns out that STEM jobs may not be quite as abundant as we thought. Professor Hal Salzman - and some grad students - tell us what areas are hot, and what are not.

Making Trades

Three things you should learn:

1. Abraham Lincoln should get credit for the transcontinental railroad. Former Treasury Secretary and Harvard professor Larry Summers makes the case for why government needs to support innovation today. Plus, he looks back ten years to the firestorm surrounding his comments about women in science. 

2. If the cloud were a country, it would consume more energy than Japan. Author Andrew Winston tells us why an eco-friendly revolution might not come from Silicon Valley. 

3. One of the most revolutionary inventions in the history of the world was... the camel. William Bernstein talks about the surprising evolution of trade, and how it’s changed everything from math to guns.

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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