Remix culture, revisited

Where do great ideas come from? Often, the answer is “other great ideas, sort of mashed together.” The term “remix culture” was coined...

Bright Lights, Big Ideas

Here’s one way in which all that talk about big-city glamor may be backed up by fact. Statistically, large cities yield a far higher...

Old science and new horizons

The human brain is one of the true wonders of the world; after all, it contained the source material for building each of the seven...

Caffeine, Friend or Foe?

One thing's for sure: Americans love their coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, we drink an average of 3.1 cups a day...

The Lowdown on Luck

“Good luck!” It’s a common expression in our lexicon. Obviously, on a gut level we have some sense of the importance of luck—that is,...

Starbucks and Stephen Hawking

It's settled: the very best hot chocolate in the world comes from the Starbucks just outside of Xian, China. A bold statement? Yes, but I...

Is Thanksgiving Doomed?

How do I know Thanksgiving is over? I simply look out the back window of my home to witness the brilliant array of Christmas lights. To...

Cavemen and the Internet

The problem with you––and by you, I mean me––is that our brains are built on a 40,000 year old platform. Let's not forget, evolution is a...

About Face

I’m writing to you from Shanghai tonight, a city of contradictions where it’s just as likely you’ll find a person on their Macbook Air as...