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When humans live for 1,000 years, marriage won’t make sense

July 14th, 2015 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Many peopler were jubilant when the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay marriage, events that lead to more freedom and equality are positive progress.  However, the fact that marriage—especially to many young people—isn’t as attractive as it once was seems to be missing from most news coverage.  



60 million people forced from their homes because of violence

June 18th, 2015 at 10:36 pm » Comments Off

Mostly capturing the devastation of buildings and the casualties of battle, its harder to visualize the effect of conflict on those who aren’t killed or enlisted to fight.  



Chart shows the surprising links between faith and evolution and climate denial

May 25th, 2015 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

For a long time, the discussion about the relationship between religious beliefs and the rejection of science, has been pretty confused, especially its two most prominent U.S. incarnations, evolution denial and climate change denial.  



Your personality affects where you should live

May 7th, 2015 at 1:43 pm » Comments Off

One of the conclusions of a series of recent studies on the link between personality and place, Introverts prefer mountains.  People tend to see mountain areas as more peaceful and calm.  Meanwhile, extroverts often prefer flat, open areas that tend to be viewed as more exciting, sociable and stimulating.  



Research shows your view of the world changes with the language you speak

May 7th, 2015 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

There are a lot of perks that come with being bilingual.  Job prospects are better, a boost in cognitive abilities, and even protection from dementia.  Now new research shows that depending on the specific language they are operating in, they can also view the world in different ways.  



Patent granted to Microsoft for glasses that detect wearer’s emotions

May 5th, 2015 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

Microsoft was granted a patent last week by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of glasses that can detect a wearer’s emotional response to what they’re looking at.    



Data mining shows global link between wealth and corruption

February 20th, 2015 at 3:03 pm » Comments Off

A question that social scientists and economists have long puzzled over, how corruption arises in different cultures and why it is more prevalent in some countries than others.  But finding correlations between corruption and other measures of economic or social activity has always been difficult.



The fear of artificial intelligence

February 18th, 2015 at 6:57 pm » Comments Off

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence A true AI might ruin the world—but that assumes it’s possible at all. By Paul Ford Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup. He had just turned 40. His father was ill, his back was sore, and he found himself overwhelmed by life. “Don’t laugh at […]



More important, degrees or skills?

February 18th, 2015 at 6:28 pm » Comments Off

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do By Miles Kimball, Professor, University of Michigan If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of […]



Harvard professors: Privacy is dead and it’s never coming back

January 27th, 2015 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

Imagine a world where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does or mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. 



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