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What's Wrong With Science?
What's Wrong With Science?
Thinking Differently
What's Wrong With Science?

A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?

By Dan Bier
May 10, 2019

A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?

What We Get Wrong About Love
What We Get Wrong About Love
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What We Get Wrong About Love

Why are we so bad at love?

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February 13, 2019

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…

Thinking Differently
The Joy of Being Wrong
The Joy of Being Wrong
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Thinking Differently
The Joy of Being Wrong

Can practicing intellectual humility make us smarter and happier? Science says yes.

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May 6, 2019

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 more robust belief systems. Studies…

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What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
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What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?

Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what…

By Mike Riggs
January 11, 2017

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.

Dispatches
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
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What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?

Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants…

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
August 6, 2018

Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants to change that.

Dispatches
Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars
Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars
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Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars

How can we make humans pay attention when a machine is doing our job for us?

By Dan Bier
April 3, 2018

How can we make humans pay attention when a machine is doing our job for us?

Dispatches
Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell
Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell
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Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell

Your body began with a single cell and a single genetic code. But it didn't stay that way for long.

By Dan Bier
May 23, 2018

Your body began with a single cell and a single genetic code. But it didn't stay that way for long.

Dispatches
Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?
Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?
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Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?

Forty years later, IVF shows how fears about new technology can fade.

By Patricia Stapleton
August 14, 2018

Forty years later, IVF shows how fears about new technology can fade.

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FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
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FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases

It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."

By Dan Bier
August 15, 2018

It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."

Wrong
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions
Wrong
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions

Some of the predictions might look outlandish now, but at the time they actually seemed quite plausible.

By Michael O'Shea
April 10, 2017

Some of the predictions might look outlandish now, but at the time they actually seemed quite plausible.

Crossing the Divide
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.
Crossing the Divide
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.

Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to…

By Dan Hayes
June 4, 2017

Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to forge connections

Dispatches
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA
Dispatches
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA

We finally have a detailed picture of an enzyme that could play a key role in fighting both aging and…

By Dan Bier
April 25, 2018

We finally have a detailed picture of an enzyme that could play a key role in fighting both aging and cancer

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The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
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The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility

Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.

By Dan Bier
May 16, 2018

Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.

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Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders
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Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders

There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."

By Dan Bier
May 29, 2018

There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."

Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
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Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?

A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.

September 17, 2018

A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.

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Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Dispatches
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body

Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.

By David Pride and Chandrabali Ghose
October 10, 2018

Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.

Longreads
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?
Longreads
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?

The evidence suggests that most murderers get away with it. Here's what we can do about that.

By Dan Bier
October 18, 2018

The evidence suggests that most murderers get away with it. Here's what we can do about that.

Dispatches
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Dispatches
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis

Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?

By Erin Young
October 26, 2018

Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?

Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals

When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.

By Bruce Barry and Thomas Bateman
January 14, 2019

When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.

#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

By Amanda Winkler and Lise Metzger
April 17, 2019

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

Science
The Future of Sports and Human Performance
The Future of Sports and Human Performance
Science
The Future of Sports and Human Performance

Unpacking the science behind human performance with The Sports Gene author David Epstein

By Mike Riggs
September 13, 2016

Unpacking the science behind human performance with The Sports Gene author David Epstein

The New Space Race
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer
The New Space Race
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer

Sending things into space is really expensive. But what if we didn't have to? What if everything in space was…

By Mike Riggs
October 17, 2016

Sending things into space is really expensive. But what if we didn't have to? What if everything in space was made in space?

Science
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?
Science
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?

Research shows people don't take extreme weather predictions seriously. And don't take the necessary precautions as a result.

By Mike Riggs
October 27, 2016

Research shows people don't take extreme weather predictions seriously. And don't take the necessary precautions as a result.

The New Space Race
Who Owns the Moon?
Who Owns the Moon?
The New Space Race
Who Owns the Moon?

Throughout history, different organizations, governments, and even individuals have attempted to establish rules for, and ownership of, outer space.

By Mike Riggs
November 1, 2016

Throughout history, different organizations, governments, and even individuals have attempted to establish rules for, and ownership of, outer space.

Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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November 9, 2017

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?

Superhuman
Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
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Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
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.
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August 14, 2019

Spinal implants hold an incredible promise to help cure paralysis caused by severe spinal cord injuries. Meet the scientists and patients doing the impossible.

A Spinal Cord Research Breakthrough

Dr. Susan Harkema and her team at Kentucky Spinal Cord and Research Center at the University of Louisville believe everything we thought about the spinal cord is wrong. We always thought that it was simply a conduit for messages from the…

Wrong
Did Rats Start the Drug War?
Did Rats Start the Drug War?
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Did Rats Start the Drug War?
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November 16, 2017

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.

Wrong
Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
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Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
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November 23, 2017

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…

Wrong
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
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November 30, 2017

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?

Wrong
Will Robots Take Our Jobs?
Will Robots Take Our Jobs?
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Will Robots Take Our Jobs?
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December 7, 2017

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?

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You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.
You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.
Challengers
You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.

There are a lot of different levels of artificial intelligence being applied in a lot of different ways. Here's a…

By Mike Riggs
December 9, 2016

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.

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Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Challengers
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla

Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could…

By Mike Riggs
December 21, 2016

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.

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Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
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Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix

Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.

By Mike Riggs
December 22, 2016

Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.

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Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
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Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life

Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.

By Mike Riggs
January 4, 2017

Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.

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Let's Talk About Failure
Let's Talk About Failure
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Let's Talk About Failure

Are we fetishizing failure? What are the costs of failing? How do we bounce back after it inevitably happens?

By Mike Riggs
January 12, 2017

Are we fetishizing failure? What are the costs of failing? How do we bounce back after it inevitably happens?

A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking
A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking
A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking

We're living in a golden age of people exploring high and low tech methods to optimize our bodies.

By Mike Riggs
August 26, 2016

We're living in a golden age of people exploring high and low tech methods to optimize our bodies.

What It Takes
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History
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What It Takes
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History

These food scientists are making it possible for us to explore space in ways we haven’t yet as a species.

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June 26, 2019

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…

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How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
Science
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be…

By Mike Riggs
August 23, 2016

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.