Rising inequality means—among other things—that low-income people are pushed further into poverty, and this makes it harder for them to earn their way out.
Focus makes us smarter. In a recent study using mice, when their attention improved, so did their cognitive performance. The same is true for humans.
Using benefit-cost analysis (or its equivalent, cost-benefit analysis) to evaluate projects not only increases the value of government spending, but increases equity as well.
What can math be used for? Here's a wise answer: two basic forms of geometry are used in almost every engineering project and every physics discovery that has ever been made.
Today, predictive analytics' all-encompassing scope already reaches the very heart of a functioning society. Several mounting ingredients promise to spread prediction even more pervasively: bigger data, better computers, wider familiarity, and advancing science.
On February 15th, the people of planet Earth will receive a wake-up call from our Solar System. Asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered just 1 year ago, will narrowly miss hitting the Earth by only 17 thousand miles. That is about the distance the Earth travels in just 15 minutes, so this truly is a close ...
There’s a moment in Keith Richards’ recent memoir when he pauses his tale of addiction and debauchery to reflect that, once a certain number of stories about his excesses had been told and retold in public, his reputation became fixed. No countervailing or complicating evidence of moderation could ...
Experiencing the "overview effect" appears to be transformational. Studies show that feelings of awe make subjects more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer to help others.
It’s strange to think how young the Internet is, considering its enormity and complexity, and yet how powerful it has become as a means to connect people from around the world and influence our everyday lives and society as a whole. In 1992, there was one website. Three years later, there were ...
The 21st century requires a new kind of learner—not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully.
“The Super Bowl shows what million-dollar players and coaches are truly made of when the stakes matter most,” says leadership coach Stephen Miles, founder and CEO of The Miles Group . “The Ravens-49ers game in particular offers business leaders some great lessons – especially since with today’s ...
Due to arduous competition for limited scientific funds, the pie-in-the-sky ideas that may potentially hide brilliance underneath, are often ignored, abandoned, or simply never undertaken in the first place.
The basic inputs of higher education—highly educated instructors, technology, laboratories, for example—are expensive for good economic reasons.
Lance Armstrong simply didn't (or doesn't) grasp the purpose of feelings. He believed that the off feeling in his gut was a sign to wage war. So he did just that -- and you know the rest.
The brilliant Albert Einstein didn't believe in this realm, and yet he won a Nobel Prize for playing in it.