Kara Swanson

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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 x-ray of a human head. Credit: Rudolf Vlcek / Flickr Creative Commons

Do we know our bodies’ true value? Northeastern's Kara Swanson says the massive gap between organ supply and demand makes it much higher than we might think. Read More...

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