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Battling the Tyranny of Big Data

We need technology that protects privacy and gives individuals control over personal information.<p>The data scientists writing the algorithms that drive giants like Alphabet Inc. (Google) and Facebook Inc. are today's technology wizards, and companies and governments increasingly use their creations …

Artificial Intelligence

Your Open Office Plan Really Does Make You Less Productive

If you’ve had trouble concentrating in an open floor-plan office, you’re not alone. Now, at least you’ve got science on your side: A new study …

The Brain

Sarah Palin’s American lobotomy: The Republicans keep making us dumber, and not even Stephen Colbert can save us

We know the GOP is angry. The bigger problem is that it’s stupid. And like rage, the idiocy flows down from the top<p>This last election cycle has revealed an increasing divide over how segments of the population understand political issues. According to Pew, “Partisan polarization – the vast and …

Comedy

How U.S. gun ownership became a ‘right,’ and why it isn’t

'That," we tell ourselves, "is just the way the Americans are." We say it every time some firearms horror strikes a movie theatre or school or workplace. We say it when the U.S. President, reduced to tears, tries to use his limited powers to make minimal changes to laws that allow almost anyone to …

Guns

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

The United States of America has arguably done more to advance science in the modern world than any other country on earth. From the nimble ingenuity of Silicon Valley to the ascendency of US military technology, this nation has impeccable high-tech bona fides. Many of the world’s top engineering …

Science

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness

<i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.</i><p>More than a decade after <i>Greater Good</i> first started reporting on the science of compassion, generosity, happiness—what we call “the science of a meaningful life”—the research in our …

Psychology

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.<p>The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to …

Internet of Things

Diet fizzy drinks are better than water for weight loss, scientists say

Artificially sweetened fizzy drinks like Diet Coke may be more helpful to dieters than water in helping them lose weight, a study has found.<p>The report, led by scientists at the University of Bristol, reviewed 240 previous studies about sweeteners and the human diet. The findings showed that dieters …

7 times John Oliver perfectly captured what’s wrong with America — and triggered real reform

The HBO host has accomplished what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert never could. Here are a few of his best segments<p>John Oliver's "This Week Tonight" is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While other shows center around round-table chats and celebrity interviews, Oliver uses …

Bill de Blasio

How to Parent Like a Dane

Want to learn how to parent like two-time winner Happiest Place on Earth, Denmark? I had the privilege of living as an American expat for two years …

Los Angeles