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Vivek Wadhwa

Love of Learning Is the Key to Success in the Jobless Future

Vivek Wadhwa | July 29, 2015 | Technology
Advancing technologies will cause so much disruption to almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. We will be entering an era of abundance in which we no longer have to work to have our basic needs met. And we will gain the freedom to pursue creative endeavors and do the things that we really like.
Terrie E. Taylor

While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let's Eliminate Malaria Deaths

Terrie E. Taylor | July 28, 2015 | Health News
The malaria parasite is a formidable and wily foe. It has become deeply entrenched, and bobs and weaves through both its hosts -- man and mosquito -- with impunity. Within minutes of its injection into the skin by the bite of a female mosquito, it vanishes into the liver, becoming the proverbial needle in a haystack for seven to 14 days.
Dan Rockmore

A New Age of Exploration, Powered by Math

Dan Rockmore | July 28, 2015 | Science
Summer is here and all over the world, people take the roads, airways, exploring the world around them. But our travels aren't just limited to terrestrial destinations this year. Exploration, be it of space or thought is one of the great natural human impulses. It can lead us anywhere, often with the help of mathematics.
Lior Shamir

What Do Computers 'Think' of Pop Music?

Lior Shamir | July 28, 2015 | Science
When Stevie Wonder wrote "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," the word "all" meant "all people." But that was in 1976. With the rapid advancement of technology, music is gradually becoming a language that can also be understood by computers.
Mario De Leo Winkler

Trillion Dollar Space Industry Started, and You Missed Out

Mario De Leo Winkler | July 28, 2015 | Science
Asteroids are leftover rocks from the creation of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago.
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

When Don't We Buy What Research Is Selling?

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | July 28, 2015 | Science
What is special about the The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is the way it enables viewers to look through the observation window as if they were part of the prison staff watching this remarkable drama slowly unfold, and simultaneously observe those observers as well.
Benjamin T. Solomon

Bad, Bad, Bad Physics

Benjamin T. Solomon | July 28, 2015 | Science
All physics is error prone and then there is bad physics. I deconstruct one of the most controversial antigravity experiments on the internet, so that we as a general population are able to differentiate misinformation from the real thing.

13 Photos To Remind Us How Amazing The Ocean Is

INK361 | July 28, 2015 | Science
Did you know that 71% of the earth is covered by the ocean? Two thirds of which is still undiscovered in terms of wildlife. The ocean does a lot of amazing and essential things for us. Here's a quick short list: - Generates most of the oxygen we breathe...
Allen Frances

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

Allen Frances | July 28, 2015 | Science
Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level of technical omniscience and certainty. For the far foreseeable future, we need doctors who understand life and people, not just lab test readouts and scientific papers.
Mario Livio


Mario Livio | July 28, 2015 | Science
Why do we keep asking "why?" It is that characteristic, after all, that is one of the keys to what makes us human. Every answer to a scientific question only opens the door to an entire series of new questions. They say that curiosity is contagious. Let's turn it into an epidemic!
Vivek Wadhwa

We Need a New Version of Capitalism for the Jobless Future

Vivek Wadhwa | July 28, 2015 | Technology
The problems and possibilities are endless in the future we are headed into. We need to be prepared and to develop a new version of capitalism that benefits all.
Michael Shermer

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | July 27, 2015 | Science
Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.
Sondra Barrett

Inside Wine: Beauty in the Bottle

Sondra Barrett | July 27, 2015 | Taste
Wine entered the picture unexpectedly when I was invited to apply to be artist-in-residence for a large Napa Valley winery. For my interview I photographed my first wine; the winemaker told me that the photo looked like his wine tasted.
Dr. James Hansen

Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's

Dr. James Hansen | July 27, 2015 | Green
At some point, a scientist must say it is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong. In my opinion, we have reached that point on the sea level issue. We have a global crisis, an emergency that calls for global cooperation to reduce emissions as rapidly as practical.
Don C. Reed

Gwendolyn Strong: In Memory, and Challenge

Don C. Reed | July 28, 2015 | Science
My son Roman never cries. He is paralyzed, but he has the heart of a lion. So when he called tonight, just moments ago, sobbing uncontrollably, I could not recognize the voice.
Francesca D'Antona

The New Earth-Like Planet: Notes On Difficulties in Divulgation of Scientific Concepts

Francesca D'Antona | July 25, 2015 | Science
Kepler 452b host star is very similar to our Sun, so it has about the solar luminosity. Being 1400 light years away, it is a modest, insignificant star, of about 13th magnitude in the visible band of the spectrum -- stars are visible by eye, in a dark night, down to about sixth magnitude
Barry Kibrick

The Need to Know

Barry Kibrick | July 24, 2015 | Science
Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

5 Steps to Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | July 24, 2015 | Science
There are literally hundreds of empirical studies and well-thought-out concepts that explain why people do dumb things. But none of this excuses the despicable choices made by psychologists within the APA. They knowingly caused harm to other human beings.
Kimberly K. Arcand

Earth Joins the Selfie Brigade

Kimberly K. Arcand | July 24, 2015 | Science
Remember when you had to rely on seeing just a part of yourself in the reflection of a dark lake or in a small expensive piece of polished copper or silver-mercury? Probably not.
Damon Beres

The Heartbreaking Case For Google Photos

Damon Beres | July 24, 2015 | Technology
I take pictures of exceedingly dumb things -- my cat sniffing a bunch of kale, my drunk friend at an ATM -- and I sometimes think it's because, nine years ago, my dad's memory was shattered by a brain tumor that ultimately took his life.
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