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3 Ways To Think About the Future

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic and Kelly Weinersmith, professor and scientist, explain how to think about the future - a focus of their new illustrated book “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”

The New York Times best-selling book has been praised for its exciting and nuanced looks at ten technologies that could change the world dramatically. In this interview, they explain their approach, what makes certain technologies succeed while others stay dormant, and more.

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The Snake Milk King
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Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man…

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Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man that spent his 42-year career milking King Cobras for anti-venom and saving lives across the globe. He’s a former cop, bounty hunter, and professional kickboxer - but for decades now his main focus has been extracting venom from snakes, or “snake milking.” He and his wife, Kristen Wiley, run the…

Thinking Differently
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Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the Spectrum of Human…
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Rethinking Autism: Interview with NeuroTribes Author Steve Silberman

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The Joy of Being Wrong
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The Joy of Being Wrong

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

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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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How to Hold Police Accountable
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How to Hold Police Accountable

The Invisible Institute is making Chicago police complaints easily available to the public—and is helping hold police accountable.

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Any list of the most influential reporters on criminal justice reform in recent years would have to include Jamie Kalven.

As Julie Bosman of The New York Times put it plainly, "If not for the reporting of Jamie Kalven, an independent journalist in Chicago, the world might never have known the name Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a police officer as he walked…

Education
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How one relentless, unconventional principal rallied an underdog school.

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Hamish Brewer, the unconventional principal of Fred Lynn Middle School, went viral and won praise for his work turning the school around. But can he rally the school to the next huge milestone - regaining accreditation?

Since moving from New Zealand to the United States, tattooed, skateboarding principal Hamish Brewer has helped inspire teachers and students at lower-income schools to smash people’s expectations. After his success at Occoquan Elementary,…

Innovation
An Address for Everywhere on Earth
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Can three simple words change how we find each other?

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He created What3Words, a method of dividing the entire world…

Dispatches
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
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Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

By Adriana Galván

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

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Driverless Cars Go Off-roading

Computer-game simulations can train self-driving cars to navigate in the real world.

By Matthew Doude, Christopher Goodin, and Daniel Carruth

Computer-game simulations can train self-driving cars to navigate in the real world.

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An MIT researcher has turned 30 years of aging research into something you can use right now.

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Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.

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