What’s it like to have a song inside your head, itching to get out? A neuroscientist and a songwriter compare notes from the frontier of music and science.


As the head of a non-profit that focuses on “end-of-life” care, BJ Miller thinks about death more than most. He shares his answers to commonly-asked questions.

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Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Siddhartha Mukherjee explains why doctors aren’t so much looking for disease as bias in their work.

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People are obsessed with Mars. But … why? Two confessed super-fans, Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” and Stephen Petranek, author of “How We’ll Live on Mars,” share thoughts on why being Mars-mad is a reasonable state of mind.


“Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity and how to live a meaningful creative life.


Designer and data visualization expert Manuel Lima has been watching with interest as the network has emerged as a powerful way to visualize many of the things going on in the world around us. Here, he shares some of his favorite graphics.

Dustin Yellin ocean lady creature

When Dustin Yellin was eight years old, he buried a dollar bill, a pen and a fork inside a box, with the specific idea that aliens might find it in the future. It’s unclear what would happen then or, indeed, what happened to the box, but it did start Yellin on an artistic journey of discovery, one in which he still merrily makes boxes. Take a spin through the work (and mind) of a singular artist.