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August 17, 2016

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

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Will we ever colonize outer space? Will we discover a twin Earth? Will we be able to use wearable technologies to detect emotions? We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say.

Not bad, fellow humans.

August 3, 2016

Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree

Screen_Shot_2016-08-03_at_11.33.54_AM.pngIs popcorn good for you? What about pizza, orange juice or sushi? Or frozen yogurt, pork chops or quinoa? Which foods are healthy? In principle, it’s a simple enough question, and a person who wishes to eat more healthily should reasonably expect to know which foods to choose at the supermarket and which to avoid. Unfortunately, the answer is anything but simple.

Where does bacon fit into all of this?

July 18, 2016

How Generation Z Females Could Be the Answer to Tech’s Gender Diversity Problem

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While the biggest names in tech strive to close the gender gap and build more inclusive working environments, the pool of talent on offer is predominantly male. The truth is, while retention is an issue, there are simply fewer women opting for a career in tech. But new initiatives and an uptick of Gen Z girls opting for sciences in top-tier universities paints a very different future. What are these young women doing that previous generations have not? And what does this all mean for Silicon Valley’s boys’ club?

Cheer on the women.

June 10, 2016

(Video) 'Thought Leader' Gives Talk About 'Thought Leadership' That Will Inspire Your Thoughts

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In 2005, Pat Kelly met another "thought leader" and asked him how he became a "thought leader" and he said 'I don't know.' It was then that he knew he could be one too. In this satirical video, Kelly confidently made grand statements, speaks with his hands, and has slides - all hallmarks of a true "thought leader" or "influencer."

You know I'm a thought leader because I've just done this with my hands.

May 16, 2016

OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science

A group of Danish researchers released a dataset of nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid, including usernames, age, gender, location, what kind of relationship they’re interested in. Like xother notorious studies, the researchers hoped to advance our understanding of a phenomenon by making publicly available large datasets of user information they considered already in the public domain.  

Does public equal consent?

March 29, 2016

The Future of 3D Printing for Drugs and Organs

3D printing is expected to dramatically change healthcare. Using it for medical applications (like dental implants and custom-fit Invisalign) could amount to a market of $2 billion by 2020. 3D printing might also be used to create personalized pills, with customized dosages and layering drugs for multiple issues. Experts even project that they will be able to create a 3D printed heart – but that could take 20 years or so.

More on the heart of the matter.

February 18, 2016

Are Humans Hardwired to Believe in God?

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This Sunday on "Brain Games" (a show on Nat Geo), host Jason Silva will explore something he's calling "The God Brain", the possibility that believing in God may be "hardwired" in our brains.

 

Apart from being dinner party taboo, politically-charged, and intensely personal, this is a mysterious and complex subject. And, here's a guy who's taking a scientific approach to learning the potential connection between the physical and the spiritual. 

 

Check out the Nat Geo write-up below and maybe tune your DVR to the show on Sunday.

 

"The God Brain — Is Religion Hardwired or Learned?"

February 18, 2016

Alexandra Elbakyan is the Robin Hood of Science

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File this under "information should be free, (as in air, maybe not as in beer.)"

 

Alexandra Elbakyan, a neuroscientist in Russia founded a website called SciHub in 2011 that now hosts over 47 million academic papers. Obviously this is a big deal for researchers and students that can't afford access to otherwise expensive academic journals. And, obviously, this is illegal.

 

It's another fascinating case in the unfolding history of content freedom vs. content monetization and the (r)evolution of the publishing business. Will this industry, like so many others, move toward consolidation and subscription, a la Spotify and Netflix? Or, will it remain a series of walled gardens?

 

Read the great A-to-Z on the situation from Vox.

"Why one woman stole 47 million academic papers..."

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