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Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Stanford University

Upcoming Biometric System in Helsinki: Pay with Your Face

Driver's license, credit cards, keys. These are objects all of us carry, yet ironically they are all unique, personalized to us. They all link to our …

Shelter From The Storm: Why Brainswarming Is The Future Of Collaboration

Brainstorming has been around since, well, forever. But many folks believe it’s no longer effective. That’s where brainswarming comes in.<p>Creative thinkers don’t like the word “brainstorming” anymore. It relies on a thunderstorm metaphor–a sudden swirl of energy that gets everybody’s attention for a …

Why Some Great Ideas Catch On And Others Don’t

Anesthesia caught on overnight, while antiseptic took decades. Why?<p>In 1846, a Boston dentist named William Morton demonstrated anesthesia for the first time. Within the year, it had been tested in hospitals and published in the medical community. Within seven years, anesthesia was a standard in …

Anachronistic

Watch A Professor Control Another Professor's Mind From Across Campus

The first human brain-to-brain interfacing has been used to play a video game.<p>Hello, mind control! Researchers at the University of Washington say they've created the first non-invasive brain interface between two humans--i.e., they've basically achieved telepathy.<p>Previous work has allowed basic …

Educating Our Way to a Better Future

The $6 Fix That's Helping Low-Income Kids Go to College

A decade and a half ago, the ACT started giving test-takers four free score reports instead of three--a small change that's increased the number of poor students at selective schools.<p>Fewer than 30 percent of students from low-income families enroll in college. There are plenty of theories about …

Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

Crazy Bio-Hacks: A Mouse Cloned From Elvis’s DNA And A Human-Born Dolphin

Grow Your Own, a new exhibition about synthetic biology, features mindblowing bio-hacked creations.<p>This just in from science: One far-off day, a human woman might be able to incubate and give birth to a dolphin. This isn’t a sea-world sequel to <i>Stuart Little</i>, but one of the subjects explored in …

Bringing Back the Unconscious: The Latest Science on Awakenings

Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. languish in unconsciousness, cut off from the world by severe brain injuries. But the latest research …

How Cities Are Using Data To Save Lives

From Denver’s schools to Baltimore’s stretched budget, cities are creating major urban policy wins that are powered by cold, hard data.<p>Baltimore reached the lowest infant mortality rate the city has ever recorded in 2012. Denver Public School students saw test scores improve by 14% in reading and …

Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

How to Always Be Getting Smarter

The incredible value of constant experimentation.<p>As we do new things, we always want to make sure we're doing things that help the business and not hurt. We may have a feeling of intuition that something may be successful, but how do you really know?<p>We run experiments. For example, maybe I believe …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …