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Saturn illustrates how no negotiation drives up prices. Credit: Anne Wardwell / Flickr Creative Commons

For women in business, Reddit’s new anti-negotiation policy might seem like a step in the right direction. But Stanford professor Margaret Ann Neale insists otherwise. Read More...

A complicated mess of machinery. Credit: Gigi C. / Flickr Creative Commons

1. Technology is doing more than destroying our attention spans. Middlebury’s Jason Mittell says that your Netflix binges might actually be driving a shift to better storytelling.

2. In 75 years you'll be vacationing in outer space, at least according to Arizona State Professor Jim Bell. A century ago, widespread worldwide travel was laughable; now you can sip a Diet Coke while whizzing over the ocean on an airplane with Wi-Fi. Bell explains why you might be able to book a space hotel sooner than you think.

3.  Seat belts don't always save lives. Indirectly, their effectiveness has put a huge strain on the market for organs, by keeping more young, healthy donors alive as waitlists swell. As strange as it sounds, Northeastern law professor Kara Swanson explains why a legal organ market could solve our current shortage.

An instrument that measures pressure. Credit: William Warby / Flickr Creative Commons

1. After ATMs popped up on every street corner, the number of bank tellers actually increased. Author and economist James Bessen explains how technology changes the workforce - and why you shouldn’t be too worried about a robot stealing the corner office.

2. Certain types of stress actually increase your creativity. Teresa Amabile, professor at Harvard Business School, explains why pressure can be a good thing, and says that we can all learn something from the Apollo 13 missions.

3. Studies suggesting that beta-carotene prevents cancer were disproven in the 70s, yet the claim is still cited today. Stanford’s John Ioannidis gives us a peek into the crisis in scientific literature.

A creative office

A lax dress code; an open office; awesome cafeteria food. What can companies do to truly foster creativity among their workers? Harvard’s Teresa Amabile has done a landmark study to figure it out, and she’s uncovered some counterintuitive results. Read More...

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...

Self-interest and sharing.

1. More people would turn in their taxes if the government went ahead and filled out the forms for them. Richard Thaler, a behavioral economist, tells us the counterintuitive things he’s learned by studying our deeply irrational behavior. 

2. A militia in Iraq built a machine-gunning ground drone that they can control with a tablet. Former Air Force pilot Missy Cummings and author Peter Singer discuss the future of war and robotic conflict. 

3. There’s a way to see if the grass really is greener on the other side of the cubicle, without your boss ever finding out. Tom Leung, CEO of Poachable, explains the rise of the anonymous job hunt.

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.

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