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The Solution to Technology Overload Is So Incredibly Simple

New research combines what we know about the mental health benefits of walking with avoiding family dysfunction and saving our minds from technological distraction.

Will Philadelphia's Soda Tax Solve Obesity?

The City of Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to pass a tax on sodas. What does that mean for the average consumer, and how effective are soda bans anyway?

You Don’t Have to Be an Artist to Benefit from Art Therapy

Research suggests that people, especially young individuals, see a reduction in stress levels through doing art therapy. And being a good artist isn't a qualification.

Downsides of Teamwork Deter Women from Engineering Careers

For years we've wondered if educational programs are the reason for the disparity between women and men in engineering, but what if there's another reason?

How U.S. Commuters Differ from Commuters in Other Countries

American commuters have different habits and spend a different portion of their income on car commuting than their counterparts in other developed nations.

STEM Crisis: Teens Love Science, Just Not Their Science Classes

STEM employers say they are looking for more qualified applicants than they can find, but teens are growing less and less interested in science. What if the way we teach science is the issue?

We Can Now Turn Carbon Dioxide into Rock

A new carbon capture technique could help us take carbon dioxide out of the air... for good.

Not Everyone is Happy About Apps Like Waze

Traffic navigation apps like Waze are loved by some and hated by others. But why?

Understanding Domestic Violence: The When and Why

Domestic violence might seem random, but it can actually correlate with what's going on in the broader world.

Prepare Students for College to Lower Inequality

When it comes to preparing first generation college students to succeed, it's about tuition assistance, but also much more than that.

U.S. Takes on African Elephant Poaching with Big Policy Move

Poaching of African elephants has been a huge problem for decades, and the U.S. just took a major step toward addressing the issue.

Airbnb, Nextdoor Looking to Crack Down on Racial Bias

Racial bias has been around forever it seems, but it can show up in ugly ways on apps like Airbnb and Nextdoor. Here's what they're planning to do about it.

Health Systems Rely on a Big Source of Unpaid Labor

All those hours spent trying to get the doctor to fill a prescription should count for something, right?

Move to Restrict Payday Lending Makes Many Happy But Not All

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced new proposed rules to protect individuals from predatory lending services. And Google's taking part as well.

We Cheat for Certain People In Our Lives

Researchers have new evidence showing preference and "cheating" for those who are most like us, even when we don't directly benefit.

Women Spend More Time in Traffic than Men

The statistics on commuting and driving show that women spend more overall time in the car than men for a few different reasons.

ReGen Village in Amsterdam will Have Zero Waste

A new community planned for Amsterdam will provide all of its own food and energy, without negatively impacting the environment.

Young Adults Live With Parents More Often than Romantic Partner

For the first time in 130 years, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse. Find out why that is and what it could mean for the economy.

Father's Commute Time Tied to Child Behavior

Kids who have dads that commute long distances to work don't have the same behavior as those who don't.

San Francisco Explores Transportation Credits to Reduce Parking

The Parkmerced housing development in San Francisco will be offering credit for either Uber or public transportation for residents who promise not to have a car on the premises.

Could Floating Solar Panels Become the New Normal?

Floating solar panels may look strange, but there's a lot of reasons for why Japan is about to build a huge set of them.

Healthy Eating App Teaches Students Climate Change

The Food for Thought app from the University of Illinois teaches students about climate change through the lens of eating healthy.

DC Taxis to Start On-Demand Lunch Service

DC taxi drivers will be collaborating with company Delivery.com to provide on-demand lunch service in DC. Could this been a new model for the "sharing economy?"

New Report Claims GMOs are Safe, But Not Magical

The National Academy of Sciences ruled GMOs safe to eat, but with a lot of caveats about their social and economic impact. Plus, how do we define a GMO anyway?

Autistic Kids Can Thrive in Integrated Classrooms

The solution might not be easy, but researchers have identified strategies that help all children thrive in the classroom.

Children in Cities Experience More Psychosis

Children who grow up in cities have higher rates of psychosis than others. Researchers find that social cohesion and crime rates are important to these differences.

A Robot Just Got Hired at a Bankruptcy Law Firm

Robots have reached the field of law in an age where jobs are disappearing to technology advances every year.

How Do You Clean Up an Oil Spill?

Shell has had an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. We can compare it to BP, but the magnitude is much different. Cleanup strategies could be different too.

Reducing the Prison Population Doesn’t Increase Crime

Many were afraid of California's Public Safety Realignment policy, but research shows that reductions in the prison population haven't increased crime. Here's how perceptions play a big role in what we think about criminal justice.

These Cities Are Ready to Handle the Digital Economy

Venture capitalists 1776 and other partners have created a ranking of the top 25 cities that are ready for the digital economy. Some are straightforward, while others are surprising.

How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect the Developing Brain

Researchers like Dr. Nadine Burke Harris have recognized the negative impacts that adverse childhood experiences can have on health. But now we understand more about the resiliency factors as well.

Which States Are Best for Working Moms?

You might already have the lived experience of how difficult it can be to work and be a mom at the same time. But you might not have thought about how where you live plays a role.

India Could Achieve 33% Tree Cover with New Plan

The Indian government has a new and ambitious plan for reforestation. Learn about the energy and economic benefits of trees, and whether or not it's likely the plan will ever come to fruition.

Comparing Sleep Habits Across The World

How much sleep you get and the quality of your sleep is important. Also, take a look at how your sleep stacks up against other countries.

Groupthink Can Help Us... And Hold Us Back

For a long time we've tried to polarize teamwork as either 100% positive or negative. But in truth there are ways it can be both.

The Company Roam Wants to Change How We Work and Travel

Roam is one of a new subset of companies aimed at cultivating the coworking and coliving movements. Only now the horizon is abroad.

Flexible Work Schedules Aren’t Just for Coders

Flexible work schedules aren't the rarity that they used to be. Some of the biggest companies now allow their employees to set their own schedules, with pretty interesting results.

Mindfulness Training Changes Teacher Behavior in the Classroom

A program called Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education helps teachers deal with stress. It also helps them better handle everyday situations in the classroom.

Bikeshare Could Be Safer Than Your Own Bike

Bikeshare has been around for almost 10 years now, but there have never been any deaths. Researchers look into the reasons why.

Science Says You Can Only Have a Few Best Friends

New research on social relationships looks at how our many friends are divided. It turns out the closest circle of acquaintances is pretty small.

Think Positive: Proven Tools for Lifting Out of a Bad Mood

Broad Minded Affective Coping technique is one of many tools for coping with low mood. Affirmations and mindfulness help too.

Uber, Ford, and Google Teaming Up to Radically Change Driving Laws

With a new lobby, driverless cars could gain some legitimacy and legislation for the road. The question is whether they are good for the environment or not.

Does Your Neighborhood Have Enough Trees?

Why you might want to find ways to get more greenery onto your block.

Race Relations Need Big and Small Solutions

An innovative idea from a Knight Foundation challenge might have kernels of wisdom for race relations policy.

Eco-Friendly Products Make More Money

Find out how eco-friendly and humane products can be popular and pricier at the same time.

Asia Dominates High-Speed Train Rankings

Find out where the U.S. and Europe are ranked when it comes to high-speed rail, and what they are planning to do about it.

Is Risk-Taking Biological… or Social?

What led Steve Jobs to create the iPod and the iPhone? The latest brain research on risk-taking.

Gender Pay Gap Not Solved by Education Alone

What could be causing the gender pay gap if education isn't the only problem?

How Your iPhone Can Become a Better Doctor

Is it about to get easier to trust our health to an app?

Is Donor-Driven Funding Haiti’s Solution?

Did Haiti just get the help it needs from an innovative startup?

Empathy Is the Key to World Peace

New research suggests that positive interactions between strangers create empathy where it wasn't before.

‘Tis the Season... for Presidential Pardons

President Barack Obama is giving away a special holiday gift to inmates.

When Fog Becomes a Toxic Killer

What's in California's morning dew?

Will the Hyperloop Change How We Commute?

Elon Musk wants to shoot us back and forth from work at 750 miles per hour.

Why Are So Many 2-Year-Olds on Antipsychotic Drugs?

It's not just doctors armed with prescription pads and itchy trigger fingers.

This Country Is Paying People to Live There

A beautiful Scandinavian country might be paying its residents more than $800 a month, with no strings attached.

Should Gun Laws Be Decided State by State?

If we can't reach a national consensus and the Supreme Court can't agree, it might be for each state to decide.  

The Northern Lights are Creeping Farther South

Get in the know about one of the world's most gorgeous natural events.

It’s Time to Lift Up Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Women's entrepreneurship is a big key to solving global poverty. How can we make it easier for women to start their own businesses?

What If the Rosa Parks We Know Is a Complete Myth?

It's been 60 years since Rosa Parks stood up for equality on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. What would she have to say today?

The NSA Just Got More Limited in What It Knows About You

The NSA's ability to get records from telecommunications companies just changed, and that's a good thing.

Why Don’t We Just Give Jobs to Homeless People?

In Albuquerque and London, organizations are using small-scale employment to give homeless people another chance.

Google Wants to Change the Way We Shop For Mortgages

Google has a new tool out to help you compare mortgages. Will it be setting trends for a new market in the upcoming years?

Where Does Happiness Come From: Nature or Nurture?

Nature versus nurture is back, and this time it's about happiness. Do our behaviors make us happy, or does our brain?

Climate Change Is Going to Wreak Havoc on World Agriculture

Climate change will hurt farmers, although not all equally. American farmers won't have it nearly as bad as African ones.

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