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Consumer microbiomics

AN APPRECIATION of the wonderful world of microbes used to begin and end with a jar of live yogurt, the odd bit of French cheese and probiotic …

How Terror Hijacks the Brain

Fear short circuits the brain, especially when it hits close to home, experts say— making coping with events like the bombings at the Boston Marathon …

The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever. That’s an impressive achievement, for a …

Capitalism and Inequality

Recent political debate in the United States and other advanced capitalist democracies has been dominated by two issues: the rise of economic …

Personalizing health online: where can you go for medical information that matches you?

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Mopic<p>If you go online to look for health information – as about a third of Americans do – chances are the information …

Income Inequality Goes Viral

Over the weekend, a YouTube video breaking down income inequality in America went viral. As a reader of BillMoyers.com, you may have been aware that …

Advertising and the Internet of Things

The co-founder and executive director of MIT’s Auto-ID lab, Kevin Ashton, coined a term in the mid-1990s — the Internet of Things — that has increasingly attracted the attention of marketers. He proposed to apply the logic of the web to objects in the physical world: to connect everything that …

Short algorithm, long-range consequences

In the last decade, theoretical computer science has seen remarkable progress on the problem of solving graph Laplacians — the esoteric name for a …

How language transformed humanity

Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of …

Language

Roll the dice and read your fate! Will you be the winner with the most neurons?<p>Neuroscience for Kids<p>Does your school have a 3D Printer? If so, your …

Fuzz, FiveBooks: Will algorithms kill artistry and creativity?

Of all the startups that launched last year, Fuzz is certainly one of the most intriguing and the most overlooked. Describing itself as a …

The hypocrisy in Silicon Valley's big talk on innovation

Silicon Valley quick to chase easy profits, blame government<p>In the fall of 2011, Max Levchin took the stage at a TechCrunch conference to lament the sad state of U.S. innovation.<p>"Technology innovation in this country is somewhere between dire straits and dead," said the PayPal co-founder, later …

Silicon Valley

Sevan Mehrabian on Twitter: ".@TEDMED: #RescueHealthcare "When you're in the inner circle of a healthcare company, the most important task is to keep Wall Street happy""

Evgeny Morozov and Nicholas Carr on how we're all addicted to the Web

Evgeny Morozov and Nicholas Carr, authors of "The Net Delusion" and "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," respectively, have had …

The half-life of metaphors

METAPHORS are not born as such. They begin as concrete descriptions of the world, and are only gradually extended to other domains. Without ever …

Appealing to vanity instead of needs

Last week I read an article on PC World that explained how Moore’s Law had pushed computers past the point of being “good enough” for the average …

Does money taint the sharing economy?

There is a lot to like about the sharing economy. "Un-jobs" are being created! People are able to scrape together a boss-free living as part of the …

Toward a Complex, Realistic, and Moral Tech Criticism

<i>Evgeny Morozov's second book is a brilliant, confounding work of creative destruction.</i><p>What critics of literature do not both love and hate the subject of their scholarship? The very strength of a critic's love is what inspires such dogged meaning- and fault-finding in the reality of any work.<p>This …

Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought

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Sevan Mehrabian on Twitter: "#Psychoanalysis peels the layers of the brain to find nothingness, no concrete self, rather a mix of dynamic imitations of external #memes"

A doctor's touch

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new …

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