Lauren Rouse

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Unconventional reasons why I should have learned (some) computer science earlier

I have spent the last several months trying to teach myself how to code. Most people in the social sciences who think about learning coding skills …

This One Simple Thing Can Make Your Life Much Better

Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their …

University of Pennsylvania

Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

Gold has been a blessing and a curse for Peru for centuries. In the 16th century, one of the first Spanish explorers to arrive, Francisco Pizarro, was so enthralled by the mineral riches that he took the Inca king hostage.<p>Pizarro demanded a room filled with gold for the release of the Atahualpa. …

South America

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Chronic Disease

How Big Data Is Changing Healthcare

If you want to find out how Big Data is helping to make the world a better place, there’s no better example than the uses being found for it in healthcare.<p>The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our …

Medical Technology

Reinventing the Secular Sermon: Remarkable Commencement Addresses by Nora Ephron, David Foster Wallace, Ira Glass, and More

How to live life “on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.”<p>We live in an era where religion is, thank “god,” increasingly being displaced by culture and secular thought. And yet, secular education and the arts have a great deal …

David Foster Wallace

Having a purpose in life may improve health of aging brain

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood …

The story behind Apple’s massive move into medicine

One of the surprising announcements Apple made during its Spring Forward Apple Watch event concerned medical research. While regular consumers who …

Breast Cancer

Atul Gawande And Charles Munger On Why More Health Care Isn't Better

American health care is obsessed with more.<p>But the industry is beginning to realize that more isn’t always what’s best for patients. Dr. Atul Gawande, a globally respected surgeon, recently pointed out the harm that can come when physicians do more, particularly for patients near the end of their …

Health Care

Bianchi Strada

A city bike with ambition and ability<p>Smooth. That's the word I keep thinking whenever I ride the Strada. It's the one word that can almost capture the bike's over-the-top comfort, oh-so-pleasant ride, and the way it seems to make having fun easy. This is Bianchi's first multispeed, flat-bar road …

Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”<p>Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …

The Promise of Population Health

There is a lot of talk about the next big way to revolutionize how healthcare is delivered in the United States. Population Health, the buzzword …

You searched for Yoga

Detoxing in the fall may sound counterintuitive. After all, spring — Ayurveda's other optimal time to detox — is

One in Three Americans Rides a Bike

New People for Bikes study details the state of cycling in America<p>A new study that national advocacy organization People For Bikes says is the first truly comprehensive look at cycling in America is encouraging but not entirely cause for celebration.<p>Public health institutions, trade associations, …

Hi-tech bicycle helmet warns cars

The Swedish car maker has unveiled a helmet that uses Bluetooth technology to ‘talk’ to your phone, which in turns sends the cyclist’s exact location …

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.<p>After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the …

Urban Design

Even if obesity were a disease, exercise may be too bitter a pill

Imagine you’re obese. Would you describe yourself as “diseased”? The American Medical Association would. In 2013, it decided obesity was a disease. …

Diabetes

Reading Our Genome Is Tough, But Epigenetics Is Giving Us Valuable Clues

When scientists sequenced the human genome a decade ago, they hoped to unlock the code of life, the sequence of molecules lined up in every cell …

Toward a Simple and Universal Law of Pedestrian Behavior

Our sidewalk interactions are "fundamentally anticipatory in nature," according to scientists.<p>Big city sidewalks can feel like an inexplicable dance of elbows and shopping bags and baby strollers and pigeons and texting. But a group of crowd scientists has whittled the chaos to its core and found …

Text Messaging

Only In China: Why A Smog Documentary Sends Chinese Stocks Soaring To Trading Limit

When journalist Chai Jing released her documentary on China’s air pollution, she probably could not have dreamed that her message would resonate so widely while boosting the share prices of so many “environmentally friendly” companies.<p>On Monday, more than a dozen stocks in the fields of pollutant …

China

A Brewing Problem

What's the healthiest way to keep everyone caffeinated?<p>“I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use,” John Sylvan told me frankly, of Keurig K-Cups, the single-serve brewing pods that have fundamentally changed the coffee experience in recent years. “Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough …

Stress Tip: Express Empathy

<i>For 30 days, GPS for the Soul and meQuilibrium are providing you tips on how to live a healthier, happier and stress-free life. See the previous stress tips here.</i><p>Cultivating empathy and connection is a critical component of stress management, yet far too many people dismiss it as unimportant …

Internet of all the things: Tiny sensors track easily misplaced objects

The Find My Phone feature for the iPhone is a godsend for those prone to losing their mobile device, but non-web connected items like wallets and …

This Smart Bike Pedal Alerts You If Your Bike Is Being Stolen, And Then Tracks Down The Thief

Part of the genius of a bicycle is its simple analog design. But a basic non-digital bike may eventually be rare, as parts like handlebars, seats, and helmets start to connect to the Internet. The latest smart bike part: A pedal that can track a bike if it’s stolen.<p>If a thief starts to move the …

Helmets

Why This Company Is Crowdsourcing, Gamifying The World’s Most Difficult Problems

McKinsey shouldn’t close up shop just yet. But if Wikistrat has its way, the future of geopolitical analysis will belong to the crowd.<p>The biggest consultancy firms–the McKinseys and Janeses of the world–make many millions of dollars predicting the future and writing what-if reports for clients. …