Archive for August, 2011

Does Money Make You Unhappy?

Our poor intuitions about the pursuit of happiness are a genuine paradox. We could summarize decades of happiness research this way: “It is only a slight exaggeration to say that happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you.” The problem, of course, is that we don’t spend our money in accordance with this psychological principle. Read the rest of this entry »



The End Of Big Agriculture: The Future Of Food Is Local And Sustainable.

Joel Salatin, proprietor of Polyface Farms and highly-visible champion of sustainable farming, thinks modern humans have become so far removed from a natural connection to the food they eat, that we no longer have a true understanding of what “normal” food is.

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The truth about social smoking

Surely just one or two cigarettes a day can’t do us much harm – can they? Jeremy Laurance stubs out some medical myths.

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Kids mimic us …

Chosen as the best video of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

Some scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident, with which it shares a maximum level-7 rating on the sliding scale of nuclear disasters.

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The End of the Middle Manager.

The technology revolution has brought us a lot—dramatic improvement in what we know about customers and how we interact with them, markedly better information for making decisions, the ability to work through virtual teams scattered around the globe. But its unseen legacy might be something much more fundamental: It has changed the very nature of how people work. Read the rest of this entry »


Suffering From Facebook Fatigue?

It started innocently enough: last month a friend sent me a virtual lily plant on Facebook and invited me to create a (Lil) Green Patch, a digital garden that would grow on my profile page, and that any of my friends could help water, weed and plant. Sounds cute, right? Not if you’ve recently suffered through an overwhelming slew of requests to give a grain of rice, send good karma and rate your friends on everything including their hotness, creativity, fashion sense and intelligence. Read the rest of this entry »

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