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Virginia Heffernan: The End of E-Mail As We Know It

Remember the good old days of e-mail? Internet scribe and New York Times' Op-Ed contributor Virginia Heffernan does. Back in the early 1990s you could count users in millions (not billions, like today), but more importantly, you could let loose in a way that wasn't possible through face-to-face... Continue Reading →
leadership | May 29th, 2011

John Maeda Redesigns Leadership: Learn from Artists, Change the World

One of the world’s most respected innovation educators, John Maeda has learned many valuable lessons on leadership from his first few eventful years as president of The Rhode Island School of Design, one of the country’s most prestigious colleges of art and design. Those lessons—part of his process... Continue Reading →
social media | May 29th, 2011

Going Mobile: Amber Mac on the Next Step in Online Engagement

Amber Mac, the consultant, author, and TV host who has chronicled and even enabled the growth of social media, is now co-hosting a new show dedicated to the next step in online and mobile engagement. App Central, airing on BNN and CTV (and, of course, on the web) covers apps for iPads, Blackberries,... Continue Reading →
social media | May 26th, 2011

Alexandra Samuel: Social Media in Three Hours a Week

If you feel like you're drifting aimlessly in a sea of social media—endless Tweets, Facebook status updates, and blog posts to read for work—we have good news: Lavin's latest speaker, Alexandra Samuel, has your social life raft. As the founder of the acclaimed Social Signal, one of the world's first... Continue Reading →
the brain | May 25th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer on Product Placement in Our Minds

Yesterday, Jonah Lehrer, one of our great popular interpreters of neuroscience, wrote a Wired blog post on the way advertising is actually penetrating our minds. So, if you're questioning whether those soft-focus recollections of summers clutching a cool Coke actually happened, you might be onto... Continue Reading →
technology | May 23rd, 2011

Do It Yourself Design: Tom Wujec on What 3D Printers Mean for You

The way we manufacture everything from shoes to homes is about to experience a massive shakeup, says Tom Wujec, an innovation expert and Autodesk Fellow. “We have this insanely cool toolset emerging,” Wujec told attendees at the Ink Conference in India. Thanks to 3D “printers,” we will soon be able... Continue Reading →
the brain | May 18th, 2011

In Defense of Popular Science: Neuroscientist David Eagleman

In a New Statesman interview, neuroscientist David Eagleman talks with incredible candor about a range of subjects relating to popular science—a phrase that he staunchly defends. “I am a believer in the mission of popular science,” said Eagleman, whose new book Incognito is a major—and... Continue Reading →
on screen | May 16th, 2011

30 Rock's Maulik Pancholy on Hollywood's Portrayal of Diversity

In this exclusive Lavin video, Maulik Pancholy discusses how his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock signals a positive change in Hollywood’s depiction of diversity. Though his character is clearly Indian, his Indianess is “not what’s being explored.” Pancholy then discusses his role as Baljeet—on Phineas... Continue Reading →
water | May 15th, 2011

A "Torrential Flow of a Book:" Charles Fishman's The Big Thirst

In a glowing review of Charles Fishman's new book on water, Nature magazine writes: "The Big Thirst  is a delight to read—full of salient and fascinating examples, well-researched and laced with wry humour. It would be wonderful if Fishman's rant against bottled water converted every reader. It... Continue Reading →
science | May 15th, 2011

A Guardian of Evolution, Kenneth Miller Wins Stephen Jay Gould Prize

We are pleased to announce that Kenneth Miller—one of the foremost figures in evolutionary science today—is the recipient of the 2011 Stephen Jay Gould Prize. The Prize recognizes "individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its... Continue Reading →
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