How California’s Immigrants Are Bringing Innovation—and Heart—to Health Care

From Biotech to Behavioral Apps, Newcomers Are Reimagining How We Heal Our Bodies

Immigrants are already essential to health care in California. But they will become even more important in the future.

Today’s health system is a giant mess—timely care is hard to find, drugs and treatments are ruinously expensive, and lethal mistakes are all too common. But things would be even worse without the immigrants who serve as doctors, nurses, and aides, often in places and in roles for which our clinics and hospitals can find no one else. In America, one in six medical professionals, and nearly one-third of physicians, are foreign-born; …

Forget Girls and Guns, We Love James Bond Because He Always Triumphs Over Machine | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Forget Girls and Guns, We Love James Bond Because He Always Triumphs Over Machines

The Suave Character Soothes Our Anxieties About the Power of Humans in an Increasingly Technological World

Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels have been enjoyed by a global audience since the 1950s, and the films constitute the longest running and most profitable franchise in the history of …

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Civilization Has Always Been Collapsing for Somebody

While the Apocalypse Is Relative, Humanity’s Pursuit of Technology Perpetually Creates and Defuses Existential Threats

The question of whether civilization is on the verge of collapse may be as old as civilization itself.

This enduring query brought together a group of panelists that moderator Edan …

How Idealistic, High-Tech Schools Often Fail to Help Poor Kids Get Ahead | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Idealistic High-Tech Schools Often Fail to Help Poor Kids Get Ahead

The Benefits of Computers and Special Instruction Are Eclipsed by Economic Disadvantage

About a decade ago, as the global economy shuddered, an 11-year-old boy sat at a desk with a laptop computer in the hallway of an experimental school in New York …

The Digital Age Was Going to Kill Museums. Then It Saved Them.

The Ubiquity of the Online World Has Made the Shared Physical Space and Real Objects of Museums Even More Valuable

The digital age, once seen as a threat to museums, has actually revitalized such institutions by making the experience of sharing physical space with others and touching actual real objects …