There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but we humans tend to get overwhelmed by too many possibilities—whether in choosing potential mates or choosing between brands of jam at the grocery store. Columbia University Business School professor Sheena Iyengar has spent a lot of time thinking about the concept of choice, and why we make the choices we do.
Growing up in a strict Sikh-American home, Iyengar's ability to control her destiny was limited, and her options were narrowed further when she later lost her sight. As a result, she ended up focusing her studies on the very thing she believed she lacked: choice. In her Big Think interview, Iyengar says that even animals feel that it's important to have a say in what is going on around them. And while different cultures have different choice preferences, ultimately, once we master something our choices become infinite.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
The phenomenon that makes our favourite drinks bubbly is, alarmingly, the same one that causes decompression sickness in divers. Why do we still love it?
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning.
- For centuries cultures have personified death to give this terrifying mystery a familiar face.
- Modern science has demystified death by divulging its biological processes, yet many questions remain.
- Studying death is not meant to be a morbid reminder of a cruel fate, but a way to improve the lives of the living.
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