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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 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...

Cyclists reaching critical mass

1. Your Netflix addiction might be hurting the planet. Social scientist Toby Miller tells us the environmental consequences of our digital infatuations.

2. When they first saw the potato, European farmers thought it looked like a leprosy patient. Professor Ruth DeFries gives us a peek at the surprising ways food has shaped our civilization.

3. Imagine talking to your next-door neighbor about your deepest issues. Mental health expert Vikram Patel and UNESCO's Jordan Naidoo explain how training more ordinary people to be health and education workers could be a solution to the drastic shortage of teachers and doctors around the globe.

A picture of the Sears Catalog

Long before the Internet revolutionized commerce by bringing everything to your door, two men connected hard-working, rural Americans to conveniences and delights that came from thousands of miles away. Read More...

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.

Candyland: a sweet little game for sweet little folks

From the polio ward of a hospital to the Gumdrop Mountains and Lollipop Woods, the surprising journey of a sweet little game. Read More...

Confident Superhero

It’s easy to think you’re right all time. But even a fan of Innovation hub, intelligent, cultured, and devastatingly attractive as you most certainly are, can sometimes be incorrect. Read More...

Neon lights on water

The man who liquefied air and changed the city’s nightscape...was also an active participant in one of history’s most evil regimes. Read More...

Red Robot

Robot art has come a long way from HAL singing “Daisy” in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Algorithms are writing novels now. Bot artist Darius Kazemi and computer scientist Kris Hammond talk about the future of computer-generated narratives. Read More...

3D Printing Beads

Three things you probably want to know:

1.  Thinking about your mom might help you ace a calculus test...depending on where you were raised. Hazel Markus explains why kids from Western and Eastern countries think differently about motivation, community, and innate brilliance.

2. Incubators have been helping to grow companies since 1959but it's only recently that their younger cousins, accelerators, have taken off. Reporter Daniel Gross investigates whether they're worth the hype. 

3.  The business world can learn a lot from Through the Looking Glass. William Barnett of Stanford Business school explains why competition is a good thing – even if everyone feels like they're running in place.

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