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Learn from the best. This section of SmartPlanet details the most innovative discoveries in the research and development laboratory and examines what lessons can be learned from the minds behind them.
What makes things go viral? Six principles drive us to share, says Jonah Berger, and companies such as Apple have used this knowledge to their advantage.
1 | May 17, 2013 5:00am |
Lyubomirsky spoke with us about happiness, work and why dream jobs don't exist. She also revealed a quick way anyone can feel happier instantly.
17 | May 13, 2013 4:22am |
As a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Bennett Simpson helps define contemporary art in America. How has he chosen to use his power?
May 10, 2013 3:00am |
Four Harvard University women created a soccer ball that generates electricity for use in off-grid areas of the world. It is having a powerful impact.
11 | May 6, 2013 3:00am |
She bakes bioplastics, creates magnetic paint and says we can experiment with these smart materials, too.
May 6, 2013 3:00am |
The practice of mindfulness is growing exponentially, with studies showing it cuts negative emotions by almost half -- with just eight weeks of practice.
May 3, 2013 5:00am |
Linda Stone, who spent 16 years as an executive at Apple and Microsoft, talks about the effect technology has on our health and productivity.
15 | April 26, 2013 3:00am |
In a Nairobi slum, newly minted entrepreneurs run more than 160 public toilets and transform their waste into fertilizer -- and someday they'll turn it into electricity.
2 | April 22, 2013 4:00am |
"Crowdshipping" is a new and less expensive way to ship goods through travelers connecting online. But if something goes wrong, who is held responsible?
25 | April 22, 2013 3:00am |
How much can we tell about a person from just looking at their bedroom or office? Psychologist Sam Gosling says quite a lot -- except for one personality trait.
2 | April 19, 2013 5:00am |
An expert on the world of work, Pink spoke with us about his new book, To Sell Is Human, and his years as chief speechwriter for U.S. vice president Al Gore.
7 | April 15, 2013 4:35am |
Built in one week, the organization Safecast pioneered a new kind of citizen science.
3 | April 12, 2013 2:00am |
Most future population growth will occur in cities. To make them more livable, Kent Larson is developing technologies for shared-use vehicles and tiny apartments that feel twice as big.
1 | April 8, 2013 3:00am |
Non-profit news organizations develop new ways to tell a story and play watchdog, while tech gurus now share the bylines. Is the future of news already here?
6 | April 8, 2013 3:00am |
Over 15 percent of Americans are hearing-impaired -- and one big culprit is everyday noise. We spoke with author Katherine Bouton about the causes, the damage and her own progressive deafness.
2 | April 5, 2013 5:00am |
The Boston-based architect will use his new reality television show to showcase some of North America's most provocative public architecture.
2 | April 4, 2013 3:00am |
As people push against the limits of what nature freely offers us in terms of fresh water, climate stability and more, how can we use our resources to achieve the greatest return for society?
3 | April 1, 2013 3:00am |
Getting off Facebook is no small feat for an Internet junkie like Sean Bonner. He gives SmartPlanet his take on the dangers of third party web services.
2 | March 29, 2013 3:00am |
Crowdfunding is providing innovative new urban design projects with the capital they need to get started. But can citizens really dictate future city landscapes?
3 | March 26, 2013 3:00am |
Unorthodox teaching methods such as allowing students to take on real-world projects like lobbying for legislation have earned Big Picture Learning $25 million in Gates Foundation funding and...
2 | March 25, 2013 3:00am |