Tessa Hallett

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Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

The Tweaker

The real genius of Steve Jobs.<p>Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He …

First Impressions

What does the world’s oldest art say about us?<p>During the Old Stone Age, between thirty-seven thousand and eleven thousand years ago, some of the most remarkable art ever conceived was etched or painted on the walls of caves in southern France and northern Spain. After a visit to Lascaux, in the …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

What’s behind your blood type?

After over a century of study, we're still not entirely sure.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. …

How to Build New Habits: This is Your Strategy Guide

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 1 Understanding how to build new …

Will Power

Why our brains love the ocean: Science explains what draws humans to the sea | Salon.com

I’m standing on a pier at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, fifty feet above the Atlantic. To the left and right, forward, back, and below, all I can see is ocean. I’m wearing a light blue hat that looks like a bejeweled swim cap, and a heavy black cable snakes down my back like a ponytail. Even …

Prepare These 15 Stories for Your Next Job Interview

Storytelling is perhaps the best way to present information so it's memorable and relatable, and it can make you stand out especially in job …

Why Women Don't Watch Porn

I recently went on a recommended website to watch some porn in the name of, uh, research. I've never really watched it before and was intrigued after watching <i>Don Jon</i>, a film comparing the male fantasy of porn versus the female fantasy of chick flicks. After my research session, it is now extremely …

The Possibilian

What a brush with death taught David Eagleman about the mysteries of time and the brain.<p>When David Eagleman was eight years old, he fell off a roof and kept on falling. Or so it seemed at the time. His family was living outside Albuquerque, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. There were only …