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One way to see the value of meaning is to share information and cooperate with others. Mario Purisic/Unsplash

What do we mean by meaning? Science can help with that

The self-help books are full of advice on how to get meaning in life, but it helps to understand what meaning actually is. Science may be able to provide some answers.
Distractions at work can take up more time than you think, but doodling may just help you get through that lecture or meeting. (Shutterstock)

The science of multitasking, and why you should doodle in class

Multitasking may not be what you think it is and it might not even help you be more productive if you choose to do the wrong things at the same time.
Why do people constantly ‘move the goalposts’ when making judgments? JoeNattapon/Shutterstock.com

Why your brain never runs out of problems to find

It's a psychological quirk that when something becomes rarer, people may spot it in more places than ever. What is the 'concept creep' that lets context change how we categorize the world around us?
Everyone sees them all, but we don’t all give them the same distinct names. lazyllama/Shutterstock.com

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have a new theory why

People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.
This sign might actually be appealing to treasure hunters in the distant future. Alan English CPA/Flickr

Three problems with the way we think about nuclear power

Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.
Future technology won’t just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock

Tomorrow’s technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

Throughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the…

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