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This week on Innovation Hub: We’re talking politics. (But no election news -we promise!) Read more....

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With the help of technology, creditors are going to unprecedented (and sometimes illegal) lengths to pursue debtors. Read more....


There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But could that change? We explore the idea of a “guaranteed basic income.” Read more....

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Where do Facebook likes come from? Friends, fans, and - if you’ve got money - Bangladesh. Filmmaker Garrett Bradley takes us into the world of paid Facebook likes. Read more....


This week on Innovation Hub, we’ve got stories about modification, in all its forms. Read more....

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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.

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