Science and Creativity from Studio 360

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Science and Creativity from Studio 360: the art of innovation. A sculpture unlocks a secret of cell structure, a tornado forms in a can, and a child's toy gets sent into orbit. Exploring science as a creative act since 2005. Produced by PRI and WNYC, and supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Science and Creativity from Studio 360

41 Want to Be Creative? Try Getting Bored2015-01-26 20:34:56
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Want to Be Creative? Try Getting Bored

When Manoush Zomorodi was eight years old, she walked around her house gathering up all the houseplants. She arranged them in rows, gave them all name tags, and then performed a concert for their benefit. Why? Because she was bored. But Zomorodi — host of WNYC’s podcast New Tech City — says her kids will never do anything so charmingly pointless, because old-fashioned boredom is a thing of the past, for fidgety kids as well as their parents. “When I’m on the subway, I look at my phone,” she tells Kurt Andersen. “When I walk down the street, I look at my phone. Is that bad? Is there a consequence to not having that time when you are literally getting bored?” A growing body of research suggests that there is. Neuroscientists have seen fMRI evidence of organized, spontaneous thinking when the brain is supposedly idle. “When you’re given nothing to do, it certainly seems like your thoughts don’t stop,” says Jonny Smallwood, professor of neuroscience at the University of York. “[You] continue to generate thought even when there’s nothing for you to do with the thought.”…read more

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44 Alan Turing, Man and Myth2014-11-24 18:26:55
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45 Making Memories with a Microchip2014-11-10 18:42:53
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46 They're Made Out of Meat2014-10-27 18:58:05
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48 Spencer Wells: Making Maps From DNA2014-10-06 22:38:11
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49 10,000 Year Clock2014-09-29 21:04:08
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50 Warming Oceans, Threatened Cities2014-09-22 21:52:03
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51 Aha Moment: Star Trek2014-09-15 18:32:43
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52 Method in the Madness2014-09-08 17:20:47
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53 Future Tense2014-08-25 22:58:27
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54 Magic Eye Paintings2014-08-11 19:26:00
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57 Toxic Materials2014-06-02 18:25:47
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58 Drinking and Smoking: Do They Make You More Creative?2014-04-21 18:08:21
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60 Symmetry and Sex Appeal2014-03-24 16:38:58
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