The Marvelous, Mysterious Secrets of Our Cells

The Marvelous, Mysterious Secrets of Our Cells

Sondra Barrett is a biochemist whom you are as likely to find meditating or performing a qigong movement to drum music as peering into a microscope. For her, the visible and the invisible are not so much reflections of each other as places along a great continuum. Biological cells are more than the basic constituents of life, she says in her…

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Rewiring the Way We Look at Death

Rewiring the Way We Look at Death

A couple of months ago, the New York Times Styles section profiled Amy Cunningham, a magazine writer and blogger who surprised all her friends—myself included—when she abruptly shifted gears in her mid-50s to enroll at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Now a licensed funeral director, she specializes in eco-friendly burials and do-it-yourself, spiritually attuned ceremonies for people…

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Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World

Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World

John C. Havens is a regular contributor to Mashable.com, where he has written a number of viral articles about online privacy, augmented reality, and the importance of a “happiness” economy that measures the full measure of well-being and not just profits and loss. He is a popular speaker at TED forums and technology expos and a terrific harmonica player (click…

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