Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Big Problems


Here are the states where a robot is most likely to steal your job

December 10th, 2018 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Bad news for workers in the American South and Great Plains: A robot could likely come for your job. A newly released study by fintech company Smart Asset found that those regions are the ones most likely to experience serious job losses due to automation. And, even more disheartening, they’re the ones that appear least […]



Everyone is on drugs

December 6th, 2018 at 1:06 pm » Comments Off

The Psychopharmacology of everyday life. Everyone is on drugs. I don’t mean the old-fashioned, illegal kind, but the kind made by pharmaceutical companies that come in the form of pills. As a psychoanalyst, I’ve listened to people through the screen of their daily doses; and I’ve listened to them without it. Their natural rhythms certainly […]



Inside the Controversy: Chinese scientists creating CRISPR babies

December 6th, 2018 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing. When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for […]



The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities

December 3rd, 2018 at 7:33 am » Comments Off

A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people. Daniel Olguin, 28, works on his computer in the front of his van, while his wife, Mary, 26, checks on their almost-2-year-old child in the back. The couple, who have a band called […]



Air pollution cuts two years off global average lifespan, says study

November 29th, 2018 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

A woman wearing a mask walks along a street in smog-hit Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP Air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years, analysis shows, making it the single greatest threat to human health. The research looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuels […]



There’s new evidence giving cash to the poor is more transformative than we thought

November 27th, 2018 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to poverty alleviation in the developing world, cash transfer schemes have been at the center of a difficult debate. For years, donor agencies and governments were urged to integrate the poor into their economies by providing them with a basic amount of cash. Yet those programs have been dogged by controversies, with […]



The father of the internet wants to save the web from itself

November 16th, 2018 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Internet, sits in front of a 1994 computer displaying his creation. Twenty-nine years ago, as the architect behind the web’s first browser and server, Tim Berners-Lee built the internet. ”I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate […]



50 U.S. States ranked by how fat their people are, according to scientific data (There are some big surprises)

November 14th, 2018 at 1:55 am » Comments Off

Sorry, Mississippi. A new study ranks all 50 states plus the District of Columbia by how fat their residents are. And there are some real surprises. Across the United States, a staggering 70 percent of people are either overweight or obese. It’s part of what drives the $66 billion weight loss industry, which is always […]



Study: Almost half of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings

October 31st, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, 42% of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings in two years because of treatment. The same study found that 62% of cancer patients are in debt because of their treatment.



Can’t find an affordable home? Try living in a pod

October 29th, 2018 at 8:21 am » Comments Off

It’s dorm life for adults: A PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif., where dorm beds go for about $1,400 per month with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The cost of housing is out of reach for many residents in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. One solution is called co-living, and it looks a […]



Endangered Jobs square