Talk of the week


adolescence

Not all grown-up yet?
Don’t worry: You’re not supposed to be

Kids are not young adults. Well, we already knew that. And we knew that this is especially true for young children. What we did not know is that not only are kids’ brains different from adult ones, the brains of adolescents are too. So, teenagers don’t just act selfishly and […]


Chicken or the Egg Dilemma
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Learning or Performance

Most of us go through life trying to become better at the things we do. And while focusing on thousands of little different things at a time, at some point we realise that we are not getting better at the things we actually care about. Moreover, it seems that this […]


Math Equasion

Why does ‘X’ mark the unknown?

For centuries we have associated the letter ‘X’ with ‘something’ that is unknown – a ‘thing’ that cannot be named because it has not yet been discovered. The letter ‘X’ has leaked from its origin of representing an unknown quantity in mathematical equations to making shows, movies, and other pop cultural things sound cool […]


Emotional science – researchers in the cloud

How do we view science? What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “science”? Most likely, a lot of people would say that the words “rationality” or “objectivity” are the first terms that they would think of. But softer words, such as “emotional” or […]


Where to share your secret

Creating them, living with them, dying with them: Keeping secrets is hard. Especially in a transitory time where the sacral institution of religious confession undergoes steady erosion, while therapeutic confession has not yet been cured from the social stigma it carries. Artwork by Itsmi All those orphan stories that people host […]


smart tattoo

Smart skin

Everything in the future will be pretty smart. (Hopefully, we will still be too…) The latest trend, after smart watches, smart glasses, smart homes and smart cars, is smart tattoos. So far, they are designed to be a temporary solution. The big difference to all the other smart things that you step […]


How free are you?

This is not a eulogy for wanderlust. Nor for walking away and never looking back, for spectacular escapes and fresh starts. This is not an article accompanied by hipster-images showing a foggy forest in the background or a map of the world with a “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”- […]