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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 →
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 →
foreign policy | May 11th, 2011

Reza Aslan: With Osama bin Laden Dead, Four Key Questions Emerge

Here’s a guest blog post by Reza Aslan, on the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Among the things to consider, as news continues to circulate, is this: Just how relevant is Bin Laden's death in "ending" the "War on Terror" and to the region as a whole? Aslan is an acclaimed Middle East expert, a... Continue Reading →
marketing | May 8th, 2011

Rob Walker: Are Brands Telling Us the Stories We Want to Hear?

What makes an object valuable to us isn't really the thing itself, says Rob Walker. It's the thing's story. In his provocative talks, Walker—a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine—charts the intersection where storytelling meets value. The stories that most brands tell (“We are the... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurs | May 5th, 2011

Two Major Business Awards Honor Trendhunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche

When they need to know about the next big thing, companies like Google, Microsoft, eBay and Pepsi read trend reports from Jeremy Gutsche—whose website, Trendhunter.com, has just passed half a billion views. In the last three years, Gutsche has blazed an incredible entrepreneurial trail, growing... Continue Reading →
economy | May 3rd, 2011

Charles Fishman on Water: "The Best News is the Big Picture."

In a Q&A with The New York Times today, Charles Fishman talked about his new book—The Big Thirst—and the turbulent future of our most valuable commodity, water. A Fast Company writer who spent years researching the book, Fishman discussed water as it relates to everything from economics to corporate... Continue Reading →
politics | May 2nd, 2011

John Ibbitson: Canada's New Natural Governing Party? It's The Conservatives

In The Globe and Mail today, political correspondent John Ibbitson gives a candid overview of the most memorable federal election in recent years—and, with three in the last five years, there have been many to choose from. Despite rumblings about the closed nature of Stephen Harper’s campaign,... Continue Reading →
religion | May 1st, 2011

Burying Osama bin Laden: Stephen Prothero on America's Elegant Solution

Responding to news of Osama bin Laden’s death, which spread late Sunday night, world religions expert Stephen Prothero posted a short article on why the U.S.’s decision to bury bin Laden’s body at sea is a tactful and elegant solution. At CNN’s Belief Blog, where he’s a regular contributor, Prothero... Continue Reading →
foreign affairs | May 1st, 2011

James Fallows: With bin Laden Dead, Will an Unending War Finally End?

The great significance of Osama bin Laden’s death, according to James Fallows, is that “it holds the potential of marking an end to the otherwise un-endable ‘Global War on Terror.’” Blogging at the Atlantic.com just after President Obama announced bin Laden’s death, Fallows, the author of Blind Into... Continue Reading →
greenwash | Apr 27th, 2011

Adria Vasil: Marketers Can Label Virtually Any Product "Organic"

Bestselling author Adria Vasil recently appeared on Marketplace to discuss the aggravating lack of regulation over green marketing. Vasil told the consumer watchdog show that labels like “non-toxic,” “bio-friendly,” and—most dubiously—“organic” are not held to any standards in Canada. They are... Continue Reading →
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