|Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world|
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get ...
September 11, 2014 | 20 min
|Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?|
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
September 2, 2014 | 17 min
|Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'|
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
August 29, 2014 | 6 min
|Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree|
At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessib...
August 4, 2014 | 11 min