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Sam Kass: Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning?

Friday, November 17, 2017

16 million children face hunger in the U.S., which can prevent them from performing well in school. Chef Sam Kass describes a simple solution with a potentially huge impact: free breakfast.

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Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Friday, November 17, 2017

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

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Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

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Myriam Sidibe: Would Fewer Children Die of Disease If They Just Washed Their Hands?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Washing your hands with soap stops the spread of many lethal diseases. Yet most people don't wash their hands, even after using the bathroom. Dr. Myriam Sidibe wants to reverse this disturbing trend.

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Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For Under $200?

Friday, November 17, 2017

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for a lever-powered all-terrain wheelchair under $200.

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eL Seed: Can The Beauty Of Arabic Calligraphy Shift Perspectives?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Using Arabic calligraphy, eL Seed paints messages of hope on the sides of buildings. He says the beauty of Arabic script — even if you can't read it — can change negative perceptions of Arab culture.

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Benjamin Zander: How Does Music Transform Us?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Years of conducting a world-famous orchestra have shown Benjamin Zander the power of classical music. He says music speaks to our emotions — and has the ability to reach everybody.

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Titus Kaphar: How Can We Address Centuries of Racism In Art?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Western art contains countless paintings and sculptures that reveal a painful history of racism. We can't erase that history, but artist Titus Kaphar has begun the long and hard work of amending it.

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Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

Friday, November 10, 2017

From door handles to double-decker buses, Magda Sayeg "yarn bombs" inanimate objects by wrapping them in handmade knitting. She wants her bright, fuzzy artwork to make the world a little friendlier.

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Dre Urhahn: How Can Public Art Projects Transform Rough Neighborhoods?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Artists Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas strive to change perceptions of "bad neighborhoods" by arming locals with paintbrushes and a vision: to turn their neighborhoods into open-air art galleries.

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Tristan Harris: Do Our Devices Control More Than We Think?

Friday, October 13, 2017

When Tristan Harris worked in Silicon Valley, his job was to direct users online to a particular website or service. Now, he speaks out against tech companies who manipulate their users' attention.

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Elizabeth Loftus: How Can Our Memories Be Manipulated?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Years of research have taught Elizabeth Loftus just how unreliable our memories are. From tweaking a real memory to planting a completely fabricated one, tampering with our minds is surprisingly easy.

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Ali Velshi: In An Age Of "Alternative Facts," How Do We Know What's True?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Journalist Ali Velshi began his career to "speak truth to power." Now he worries that fake news has subverted the meaning of truth.

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Steve Ramirez: If We Could Erase Memories ... Should We?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez used lasers to enter the brains of mice and edit their memories. He imagines a future where this technology might be possible in humans as well.

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Joi Ito: After A Disaster, How Can Everyday Citizens Gather Critical Data?

Friday, September 29, 2017

After a massive earthquake struck Japan in 2011, MIT's Joi Ito assembled a ragtag team of hackers and eager citizens to help assess the damage after the government came up short.

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Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? Not for Sam Harris. He says it's not a question of if but when — with potentially destructive consequences.

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Anab Jain: Can A Glimpse Of Tomorrow, Change Our Decisions Today?

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's hard to imagine how the future might look and feel. Anab Jain wants to change that. She designs prototypes of potentially grim futures to raise awareness of our choices in the present.

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Juan Enriquez: What Can Happen If Humans Control The Future Of Evolution?

Friday, September 15, 2017

From genetically modified animals and crops, we can already manipulate DNA. But futurist Juan Enriquez argues soon we can take full control of human evolution to create a better life for all of us.

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Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing?

Friday, September 15, 2017

New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics.

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Moshe Szyf: How Do Our Experiences Rewire Our Brains And Bodies?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Many think genetic makeup is fixed from the moment we're born. But Moshe Szyf says this understanding is incomplete because our experiences and environment have the power to change our basic biology.

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