Full story - December 06, 2018
A child stands in a store looking at an array of plastic toys in colorful boxes.
Plastics. You may love them. You may hate them. But you can’t live without them.
Full story - November 09, 2018
personality type
There’s an assessment tool that promises to reveal more about your personality than you already know. Lots of us have used it. But is it accurate?
Full story - September 15, 2018
a premature baby in an incubator
It sounds weird to put babies on display at a fair. But Martin Couney did, and he saved thousands of lives in the process.
Full story - July 16, 2018
a machine makes a medal in brazil for olympic winners
Precision engineering makes the modern world go round. Author Simon Winchester explains why that wasn’t always the case.
Full story - July 16, 2018
a corporate headquarters building and an american flag
Big business is good for employees and good for the environment. That’s not a marketing ploy— it’s what the data say.
Full story - June 22, 2018
Sketch of an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty. 1887. Credit: The Library of Congress
It might seem like America’s massive immigration system has always been around. But it hasn’t. Indeed, up until the early 20th century, America’s immigration system would be unrecognizable from a modern perspective.
Full story - June 15, 2018
a man looks at an algorithm on a computer screen
There are four million referrals to child welfare services in America every year. How should cities and states decide which ones to respond to?
Full story - June 12, 2018
a tightrope walker in France
You might be the smartest person in the room. But at the end of the day, are you the most rational?
Full story - May 18, 2018
A desk full of food, keyboard, coffee and other stuff.
Our jobs can have a major impact on our health. Toxic management causes 120,000 excess deaths a year in the United States, according to one scholar.
Full story - April 23, 2018
Kara Miller meets with Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services patient Louisa Solano to talk about what’s on her iPod.
It pumps us up when we’re at the gym, we dance to it at weddings and we sing along with it at concerts. But can music surround us with positive memories in our old age?