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Tom Nugent
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Fascinating research on how strongly our emotions play into our choices on moral questions, as tested using native and foreign languages.
How we judge right and wrong depends on what language we’re speaking.
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From this article about the importance of "alone" time for productivity: "“Collaboration” has gotten a lot of press lately, and I’d never argue that it’s not useful. However, I do wonder if we’ve gone a bit too far. It’s not about collaborating less, it’s about collaborating at the right times."
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Bill Watterson, the hermit creator of Calvin & Hobbes, actually did a few guest strips for an existing webcomic.  :-O
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Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning. He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence.  Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to...
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I don't thinks Pearls Before Swine is a webcomic.  I think it's a real live syndicated newspaper comic.
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You're in the home stretch--two more days till the weekend.
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I wish this cool-looking book had come out when Dorothy was just a little bit younger...
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"I suppose it says something about me that when I go looking for a funny story, I arrive at multi-megaton yields being juggled by non-engineers who want to protest the way their clunky, stupid government is handling the food shortage."  :-)  Howard Tayler is always funny, both in his comic and in his comments.
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Thanks for the kind words, Tom. That Big Idea piece was fun to write, but not nearly so much fun as writing the book. :-)
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I was uncool as a kid, and now I feel vindicated.  :-)
Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.
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This article overviews a variety of research showing that open offices are not only bad for productivity, but also for health.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve.
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Interesting to see the science behind benefits of fasting.
Fasting isn't just for blood tests and the religious. New animal and human testing has revealed that cycles of fasting for two to four days can trigger regeneration of new immune cells, while clearing out damaged cells. It even helps protect against the toxic effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests.
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On open offices: "He found that, though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission ... they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction." A 2008 meta-analysis in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Management found that open plans are associated with conflict, high blood pressure, and increased turnover. 
You might be an introvert if the idea of working in one of these gorgeous, soundproof boxes appeals to you. Or you might be, you know, just a rational being.
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Here is more research on the health problems from sitting too long (whether or not you exercise).  The interesting question is whether improved health is from taking activity breaks, or simply being vertical.  I have a standing desk, but I do not have a treadmill with it.  I move more than if I were sitting just because it's hard to stand perfectly still for long periods of time.  But I don't know if the standing or the walking around every half hour is what really helps.
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Will the self-driving car push a broader societal conversation about privacy and surveillance?
How self-driving cars--and all the ethical complications they arouse--finally convinced the author's grandmother to care about her digital freedom.
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Physics, 1989 - 1993
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Materials Science & Engineering, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Japanese, 1994 - 1994
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