"I am more concerned about the ... kind of scenario where we have willingly given away our autonomy in exchange for a little bit of convenience." — Alessandro Acquisti
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January 31, 2014 Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti studies how everyday decisions blur the line between our public and private lives.
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"People like to share, if you give them the opportunity and the choice." — John Wilbanks
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January 31, 2014 Health IT expert John Wilbanks explores whether the desire to protect privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could create a wave of health care innovation.
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Charles, Prince of Wales, smells before tasting some ice cream during a visit to Gloucestershire. Maybe he was sniffing for fat?
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January 30, 2014 Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.
January 30, 2014 There they are, up on the power line, side by side by side by side by side. Starlings, each one like the other — rubber-stamped birds, a mob (or murmuration) of indecipherably similar critters, always the same, sitting or flying. But wait! What if there's such a thing as an Exceptional Starling? I think I've found one (or maybe ... four!), hiding in a video.
January 21, 2014 Alice had this problem when she went through the looking glass: You start in a known place. You advance, step by steady step. Nothing is amiss, nothing misplaced. But when you land, everything has turned totally weird. Nothing makes sense. All you can do is go, "Huh?" Let's "Huh?" together.
Richard Warp uses an Emotiv headset paired with his invention, NeuroDisco, which translates brain electrical patterns into music.
January 21, 2014 "Hands-free" is taking on a new meaning. Games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. It's the stuff of sci-fi movies, but potentially with an added health benefit.
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Bad british NFL commentary.
January 18, 2014 It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?
January 17, 2014 Seth Godin says the Internet has revived the idea of tribes based on shared values and gives ordinary people the power to lead.
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January 17, 2014 Drew Dudley calls on us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives.
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January 17, 2014 Bunker Roy shares stories from a school in India that equips rural women for leadership by training them to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors.
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January 17, 2014 Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.
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Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. — Stanley McChrystal
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January 17, 2014 Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines.
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January 16, 2014 There are no moose in America, said the French count to Thomas Jefferson. They don't exist there. Americans see a reindeer and just call it a new name, saying it's bigger. But the only thing that's big here is your American imagination. Jefferson was incensed. You are an ignoramus, he said tactfully. Then he promised to deliver an American moose to Paris. Here's what happened next.
Dopamine levels change when food becomes boring.
January 16, 2014 Why does sugar leave our brains crying, "More! More! More!"? A neuroscientist and research psychologist who studies sugar addiction breaks it down for us in a clever new TED-Ed video.
A mathematician's sweet dream: For about $10,000, you can print out rainbow sugar dodecahedrons and interlocking cubes.
January 14, 2014 Pizza printed up for dinner? Or how about an edible photograph for your next birthday cake? The first restaurant-grade approved 3-D printer was unveiled last week, and the gadget can churn out candies in any shape imaginable. Other printers in the works make custom-shaped pastas and assemble ravioli and gnocchi.
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