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Necessity isn't necessarily the mother of invention. But annoyance is.

College hasn't changed all that much since the '50s. Except for the price tag. ASU’s Michael Crow explains why we should rethink college.

In 20 years, you're not going to have to worry about finances. Betterment CEO Jon Stein tells us how automated assistants are going to make managing money much easier.

Money in politics

It’s hard to change politics, especially when charts and graphs are all you've got to work with. We talk about the short life of a startup that dreamed of political transparency. Read More...


1. Spending your days volunteering might be a waste of time. Princeton philosopher Peter Singer tells us about "effective altruism."

2. Algorithms can discriminate just like people. Seeta Pena Gangadharan of the London School of Economics explains how relying too much on math can be a bad thing.

3. You don’t know your best friend as well as you think. Nicholas Epley, author of “Mindwise,” looks at why we misunderstand even those closest to us.

Whether it’s meeting an OkCupid date for tapas or making a baking soda volcano for the fourth grade science fair... our lives revolve around chemistry. Read More...


1. Play teaches kids to be adults. That's how humans evolved, argues Peter Gray, professor of psychology at Boston College. But our educational system stifles playfulness, and that can hamper kids' ability to learn. 

2. Doing homework wastes a lot more than paper. Professor Jim Davies thinks too many assignments are busy work, and young people should embark on more projects that matter.  

3. One-on-one learning is finally coming to traditional classrooms, thanks to technology and a company called New Classrooms. Co-founders Joel Rose and Chris Rush explain why the ideal learning environment involves computers, personalized learning, AND group lessons.

Technicians test the lighting for a video.

Lynda Weinman recently sold her online education company,, for over a billion dollars. One of the pioneers of online education talks with us about how online courses shape what we learn long after high school and college. Read More...

4th grade students get tablets in the classroom.

Technology is reshaping the classroom, but we're not just talking a computer in each class. Educators are beginning to figure out how to use technology to make class tailored to each student. Read More...

A stack of college essays.

Every semester, hundreds of thousands of college papers and essays are graded and then quickly relegated to the dustbin of history. Carleton University's Jim Davies explains how all of that student effort could be put to better use. Read More...

Through the looking glass

This week, we’ve got stories about altered perceptions, gazing towards the future, and red queens. So, if you’re looking to believe six impossible things before breakfast, come with us. Read More...

Goodman believes security should be automatic.

The Internet of Things is a hacker’s world and, for now, we’re just living in it. Former Interpol advisor and FBI Futurist Marc Goodman tells us how to protect ourselves. Read More...

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