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  • <em>Countdown</em> by Alan Weisman Wins <em>LA Times</em> Book Prize Environment | April 16, 2014 Countdown by Alan Weisman Wins LA Times Book Prize

    — We're so pleased to share the news that Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science & Technology. Awarded last Friday night, fellow prize winners included J.K. Rowling (in the Mystery/Thriller...

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  • First Look: <em>Livewired</em>, A New Book by Neuroscientist David Eagleman Science | April 14, 2014 First Look: Livewired, A New Book by Neuroscientist David Eagleman

    David Eagleman is one of a kind—a neuroscientist, Guggenheim Fellow, and bestselling author who connects the science of the brain to literature, advertising, social media, and our justice system. His forthcoming book, Livewired: How the Brain Rewrites its Own Circuitry (October 2014), is a fascinating presentation of his new theory about the brain's capacity to constantly change itself. Here's the publisher's description:

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  • Driving Progress: Lavin Speakers Chosen for GOOD 100 Social Change | April 09, 2014 Driving Progress: Lavin Speakers Chosen for GOOD 100

    — The GOOD 100 is a compendium of people, ideas, and programs changing our planet for the better. We're so pleased to see Lavin speakers Negin Farsad and Cesar Harada on this year's list, alongside Randi Zuckerberg, Barbara Bush, environmental activist Ma Jun, and Moscow journalist Dmitry Aleshkovsky.

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  • Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO] Cities | April 07, 2014 Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO]

    — For those who ignore their surroundings, for those who think cities are simply infrastructural boxes storing people and jobs, Charles Montgomery’s new video (embedded above) will come as a shot in the arm. The urban experimentalist and Happy City author presents the city as a force for good—a force for happiness. How effective a city can be in bringing joy to residents, however, is deeply rooted in how we go...

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  • Rishi Desai: Connections—Not Simply Information—are Key to Learning[VIDEOS] Education | April 03, 2014 Rishi Desai: Connections—Not Simply Information—are Key to Learning[VIDEOS]

    Rishi Desai, whose work at The Khan Academy focuses on medical education, is convinced you don’t need to pay huge amounts to improve your knowledge, nor do you need to know some kind of cipher to comprehend what’s being taught. ...

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  • The "Noble Pursuit" of Going Viral: <em></em>Upworthy's Sara Critchfield in <em>New York Mag</em> Digital and Social Media | March 25, 2014 The "Noble Pursuit" of Going Viral: Upworthy's Sara Critchfield in New York Mag

    Sara Critchfield is the Editorial Director of Upworthy, the massively popular website that curates highly sharable, social-issue driven content. A recent New York Magazine piece profiled the site and its key players, including Critchfield, and the innovative way they have built an enormous, active following. How...

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