By: Joe Libertelli I just finished reading a book called “Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To” by Dr. Sian Beilock, a Ph.D. research psychologist at the University of Chicago. (Simon and Shuster, 2010.) The book presents a number of psychological and brain science studies that [...]
From: The Nomad’s Notepad Matt Sulkis: I have decided that the best way to keep in touch with the people I care about right now is by doing a blog. I have also been trying to motivate myself to write all of these crazy experiences down. So much has been happening and I think there’s [...]
“In 2008, Fermilab particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan made waves with a mind-boggling proposition: The 3D universe in which we appear to live is no more than a hologram. Now he is building the most precise clock of all time to directly measure whether our reality is an illusion. The idea that spacetime may not be [...]
“At its core, Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) is a massive database containing information on the carbon emissions of over 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies worldwide. Power generation accounts for 40% of all carbon emissions in the United States and about one-quarter of global emissions. CARMA is the first global inventory of a [...]
The following comes from GOOD‘s Summer – New Orleans issue. “Every day, thousands of stories are passed around the internet on blogs and via Twitter. A new study by Journalism.org has examined the source of those stories. It turns out, most of them come from old-school media. We may like to share information via Twitter, [...]
The future isn’t going to feel futuristic
It’s simply going to feel weird and out-of-control-ish, the way it does now, because too many things are changing too quickly. The reason the future feels odd is because of its unpredictability. If the future didn’t feel weirdly unexpected, then something would be wrong.
Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities … But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being. In general, CSPI’s three main goals are: To provide useful, objective information to [...]
First of all, have you heard of the orphan train? As America transitioned more and more from an agricultural society to an industrial one, the populations of cities swelled, and so the number of homeless persons swelled too. This was back when there was no such thing as a social safety net (besides the church), [...]