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The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

The timeline of America post-WWII can be divided into two eras, according to author and law professor Ganesh Sitaraman: the liberal era which ran through the 1970s, and the current neoliberal era which began in the early 1980s. The latter promised a "more free society," but what we got instead was more inequality, less opportunity, and greater market...

10 ways to prepare for rise of intelligent machines – MIT study

A new report by MIT experts proposes what humans should do to prepare for the age of automation.The rise of intelligent machines is coming but it's important to resolve human issues first.Improving economic inequality, skills training, and investment in innovation are necessary steps. Does the coming age of intelligent machines mean billions of humans...

What the Greek classics tell us about grief and the importance of mourning the dead

As the coronavirus pandemic hit New York in March, the death toll quickly went up with few chances for families and communities to perform traditional rites for their loved ones.A reporter for Time magazine described how bodies were put on a ramp, then onto a loading dock and stacked on wooden racks. Emergency morgues were set up to handle the large...

Bruce Lee: How to live successfully in a world with no rules

Bruce Lee would have turned 80 years old on November 27, 2020. The legendary actor and martial artist's daughter, Shannon Lee, shares some of his wisdom and his philosophy on self help in a new book titled "Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee."In this video, Shannon shares a story of the fight that led to her father beginning a deeper philosophical...

Diamonds have been created at room temperature in a lab

Diamonds aren't just beautiful, they're also excellent at cutting through most anything.Researchers have worked out how to create the gems without the high temperatures that accompany their natural formation.The researchers were able to create two different types of diamonds that also occur naturally.It may not always be cool to admit you were a fan...

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a sensational headline or wrong information about the spread of the coronavirus. It could even be a call from a relative wanting to talk about a political issue. All this information may leave many of us feeling as though we have no energy...

We get hungry for social contact, just like we crave food

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, many people have only seen their close friends and loved ones during video calls, if at all. A new study from MIT finds that the longings we feel during this kind of social isolation share a neural basis with the food cravings we feel when hungry.The researchers found that after one day of total isolation,...

Top 5 theories on the enigmatic monolith found in Utah desert

A monolithic object found in a remote part of Utah caused worldwide speculation about its origins.The object is very similar to the famous monolith from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: Space Odyssey".The object could be work of an artist or even have extraterrestrial origins.An enigmatic "monolith" found in a Utah desert on November 18th has become the source...

Lonely? Hungry? The same part of the brain worries about both

A new study demonstrates that our brains crave social interaction with the same areas used to crave food. Hungry test subjects also reported a lack of desire to socialize, proving the existence of "hanger." Other studies have suggested that failure to socialize can lead to stress eating in rodents. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started, an epidemic...

A Chinese plant has evolved to hide from humans

A plant coveted in China for its medicinal properties has developed camouflage that makes it less likely to be spotted and pulled up from the ground.In areas where the plant isn't often picked, it's bright green. In harvested areas, it's now a gray that blends into its rocky surroundings.Herbalists in China have been picking the Fritillaria dealvayi...

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