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Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today’s highway gridlock.
Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.
Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.
After serving a year in prison, Jeff Smith realized his fellow inmates were just as business savvy as many on the outside. He now works to help inmates harness those skills when they leave prison.
Victor Rios had dropped out of high school. But one teacher helped him turn his life around. Today, he’s a sociologist who studies youth and the factors that nurture their potential.
Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of gang members. Education was her ticket out. She says young people need mentors to push them not to be victims of their own circumstances.
Earth’s rocks and fossils can help us understand our own species. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara explains important moments in Earth’s history that help us recognize our place in the world.
Environmental writer Emma Marris wants us to broaden our definition of nature to one that embraces urban and wild spaces in order learn to protect and care for it.
Biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler explains how the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will prepare humans for the climate change and its effect on our environment and our food supply.
With a never-ending stream of stimulation, we rarely experience boredom. But tech podcast host Manoush Zomorodi says we actually need to feel bored in order to jump-start our creativity.
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says “neo-evolution” is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?
Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says politicians like him have lost the trust of their citizens and it needs to be restored.