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## What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?

### Friday, April 24, 2015

When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.

## Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

### Friday, April 24, 2015

The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no ant is in charge. They communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.

## What Does It Take To Feel Secure?

### Friday, April 17, 2015

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.

## Why Do We Need Sleep?

### Friday, April 17, 2015

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.

## How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

### Friday, April 17, 2015

Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology.

## How Does Play Shape Our Development?

### Friday, March 27, 2015

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.

## Who's That Guy Riding The Subway In His Underwear?

### Friday, March 27, 2015

Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.

## How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

### Friday, March 27, 2015

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

## How Can Video Games Improve Our Real Lives?

### Friday, March 27, 2015

When Jane McGonigal was bedridden after a concussion, she gave herself a prescription: play a game. She says games helped her get better, and for many of us, virtual games can improve our real lives.

## What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

### Friday, March 27, 2015

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

## Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

## Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

## Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

## Can Math Answer Absurd Questions?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math --

*Star Wars.*## What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

## Can Math Make You A Better Musician?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Drummer Clayton Cameron tells a story about how his math skills helped him impress the godfather of soul, James Brown.

## Why Is 3 A Magic Number?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron continues his thoughts about the relationship between math and rhythm and why the number three "feels great."

## How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

### Friday, March 06, 2015

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

## What Makes The Human Brain Unique?

### Friday, February 20, 2015

Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup so she can meticulously count the neurons and determine why human brains are unique.

## How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

### Friday, February 20, 2015

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.