Arguments on social media are notorious. People often naturally form an echo chamber of people with similar beliefs, and when people outside it start arguments, the discussion often becomes antagonistic. Is there a better way? Science suggests that a good starting point is by practicing intellectual humility. By admitting the possibility that we ourselves could be wrong, we’re able to better evaluate arguments and construct...
Love is important to all of us - so why aren’t we better at it? Nate Bagley, host of the Loveumentary podcast, interviewed hundreds of successful couples. He found many traditional ideas of love are wrong. In this interview, he explains how to have better relationships and reveals key insights about love that aren’t taught in school. He hopes that by improving our love lives, we can learn to foster better relationships...
Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what he learned through it all.
Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants to change that.
Some of the predictions might look outlandish now, but at the time they actually seemed quite plausible.
For the first time, a lab-grown mini brain has brain waves. Researchers can now launch new ways to study brain disorders. But the question of consciousness in the brain-like organoid could raise concern.
Forty years later, IVF shows how fears about new technology can fade.
Sending things into space is really expensive. But what if we didn't have to? What if everything in space was made in space?
Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to forge connections
A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.
Research shows people don't take extreme weather predictions seriously. And don't take the necessary precautions as a result.
Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.
Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could be a way to do it.
Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.
Unpacking the science behind human performance with The Sports Gene author David Epstein
When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.
We're living in a golden age of people exploring high and low tech methods to optimize our bodies.
Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.
Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?
The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.
Trained as a classical pianist, ambient artist Yoko Sen is on a mission to redesign medical devices' beeps and buzzes and save us from alarm fatigue.
These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.
Traditional methods of vaccination have come up against difficult challenges. They can also be expensive and time-consuming to produce, curtailing efforts to control outbreaks or head off a flu season caused by an unexpected strain. A newer type of vaccines, using RNA, could alleviate these issues. Faster, cheaper, and safer, RNA vaccines show great potential to meet evolving threats.
There are a lot of different levels of artificial intelligence being applied in a lot of different ways. Here's a primer for starting to wrap your head around it all.
Are we fetishizing failure? What are the costs of failing? How do we bounce back after it inevitably happens?
Throughout history, different organizations, governments, and even individuals have attempted to establish rules for, and ownership of, outer space.
Patients stricken with “essential tremors” have their lives upended by this nerve disorder which causes uncontrollable shaking. But doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are helping these patients find relief by “burning out” the problem-causing part of the brain with a high-intensity focused ultrasound. This miracle treatment significantly reduces tremors without the potential for complications posed...
Walking after complete spinal cord injury used to be a far-fetched dream. But, with advances in spinal cord implants for paralysis, even paraplegics have been able to regain mobility and walk again. Discover the inspiring stories of spinal cord research breakthroughs today and see the impact spinal implants have on individuals far and wide.
Much of our shared understanding about drugs and addiction came from a series of studies done in the 1950s and 60s on lab rats. But a skeptical researcher has designed his own study that involves, well... essentially an amusement park for rats, and the surprising results may show that everything we think we know about addiction is all… wrong.
To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and diabetes continued to rise. What happened? How did we get it so… wrong?
In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want to think twice. While it has ballooned into a billion dollar business and crystallized as an all-powerful supplement in our collective conscious, countless studies have showed that Vitamin C’s ability to cure is questionable at best, and may even increase your risk for certain diseases. Did we all really get Vitamin C totally...wrong?
In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?
Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, fear of automation has been on the rise. From weaving machines to cars to computers, cries about robots coming to take our jobs keep getting louder. But if the robots are taking our jobs—and they are!—then why do there seem to be even more jobs than ever? What are we getting… wrong?
How many Mozarts and Tiger Woods are there in any given generation? A generalist himself, bestselling author David Epstein says you have to give yourself permission to choose the wrong pursuit or work in a job that’s not your ultimate dream career. These small “failures” are actually major learning experiences that help you inch closer to greatness.
Space food isn’t just that astronaut ice cream you had as a kid. NASA’s kitchens are hard at work preparing a new menu of space food for the farthest trip in history - the flight to Mars. This space food is more advanced even than food on the International Space Station - it needs to last for five years, more than two years longer than it can currently. That’s enough time to get to Mars and back, and serve as an emergency...