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Agents of revolution: How 500 years of social networks shaped humanity

Facebook might be the biggest social network but it's far from the first, despite what those in Silicon Valley will have you believe. Stanford …

Why being politically correct is using free speech well

Freedom of speech is absolute, says novelist Martin Amis, and as such it must be defended absolutely—even when you don't agree with it. Free speech …

The science community has a problem: Its institutions are failing women

Women make up 47% of the U.S. workforce, but only (on average) 23.75% of the science-based jobs out there. Geobiologist and author Hope Jahren wants …

Is there anything hackers can't hack? Now there is, thanks to a new way of coding.

Hackers thrive on human error, but a new method of coding is ending that. Recent developments by the HACMS (High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems) …

Why all politicians should travel to space (and some should come back)

What is it like to see humanity from space? Imagine being able to tour our 4 billion-year-old planet 16 times a day, and see a sunset every 45 …

The communication error we all make, and how it intensifies conflict

Ever had an argument that never ends? There's a reason for that. Esther Perel, the Belgian-born psychotherapist and author, posits that in order to …

Why the First Amendment is America in a nutshell

The ability to say whatever we want about whomever we want is a big deal, which is why free speech is the cornerstone of American democracy. But what …

Don’t raise fools: How to prepare kids for life on social media

Should kids be on social media? The kneejerk reaction, for some parents, is to control what they do. But journalist Virginia Heffernan thinks that …

The Fifth Amendment: Do not break in case of emergency

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution is often talked about but rarely read in full. The reason? Counterterrorism expert Amaryllis …

The 13th Amendment: How companies are turning prisons into cash cows

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery—but it still remains legal under one condition. The amendment reads: "Neither slavery …

How success and failure co-exist in every single one of us

When it comes to success and failure, the message is loud but overwhelmingly simple: do one and not the other. However, NASA's Michelle Thaller …

Amazing astronomy: How neutron stars create ripples in space-time

Michell Thaller, the Assistant Director of Science Communication at NASA, wanted to talk to us about a heavy subject matter. Specifically, …

All Great Ideas Start with an Empty Brain, with Artist Maira Kalman

<b>Maira Kalman:</b> I can’t believe that we are all alive and we all know that we’re going to die and yet we go on doing what we’re doing in the, what …

Creativity

The best science says depression is a social ill, not an individual flaw

For almost the past 100 years, some mental health professionals have told us that depression is purely caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. …

Stuck in an awkwardness vortex? Here’s how to embrace the cringe

Why is it awkward to listen to a recording of your own voice? What makes us cringe? For the last few years, Melissa Dahl, co-founder of NYMag.com's …

How to grow from "no": Listen to rejection to become more persuasive

We're not all salespeople, but we're all selling something, whether you're a teacher, parent, team leader, or you're your own boss. Looking at how …

The Second Amendment: How the gun control debate went crazy

The gun control debate has been at fever pitch for several years now, and as things fail to change the stats get grimmer. The New York Times reports …

How a spaceship the size of a postage-stamp could find humanity’s new home planet

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku doesn't just hope that humanity finds its way onto other planets... he's even picked out the ones we should be …

How the Billboard Hot 100 explains the rise of Donald Trump

As soon as Derek Thompson's book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction came out, he started fielding one particular question …

How Violence Against Women Centers are reforming Pakistan’s deadly cultural norm

Approximately 5,000 women die at the hands of domestic violence in Pakistan each year, and thousands more are maimed or disabled. In the socially …

How to Tell If Someone’s Bluffing: Body Language Lessons from a Poker Pro

A good poker face can win you a fortune or help you sell a difficult lie, but that term might be leading us all astray. For poker champ Liv Boeree, …

4 Arguments That Prevent Older Women Getting IVF – And Why They Are Deeply Flawed

A 62-year-old Spanish woman recently gave birth to her third child by way of <i>in vitro</i> fertilization (IVF) despite the refusal of help and support from …

Even a Short Walk Can Supercharge Your Mood, Study Finds

If you have ever wanted a pick-me-up and an excuse to move a little, you finally have it. A new study from Iowa State University has found that …

Here’s Where You Feel Like the Alien on Earth

As a diver descends into the deep, it’s as if she’s swimming down through a history of life. Creatures millions of years old, swim with her. We …

Would You Use Virtual Reality Sex Therapy?

A generation of young men has grown up on internet porn. As a result, the debate rages as to what the implications are. Some say it gives them …

Richard Dawkins: Religion Is a Meme and Religious Beliefs Are "Mind-Parasites"

We are used to the idea that diseases can be passed down from person to person. One gets ill and gives the sickness to everyone he meets, and so on …

There's a Ghost Inside Your Body, Says Psychologist Alison Gopnik

<b>Alison Gopnik:</b> There is a fascinating line of research recently trying to explain why people see ghosts. And it's a phenomenon that people have …

The Brain

Map of the World's Countries Rearranged by Population

What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? …

Now A.I. is Deliberately Trying to Scare Us, if We Aren't Already

Okay, so we're already kind of scared about the kind of mega-genie we're letting out of the bottle in our pursuit of A.I. Stephen Hawking has …

SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Explains His Mars Colony Plan to Reddit

Elon Musk inspired the world four weeks ago when he announced his ambitious plan to put 1 million people on Mars in 40 years. Naturally, people had …