Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Niu Year...

This greeting is quite popular in China nowadays. Since according to the Chinese Zodiac, 2009 is the "niu" year, where "niu" is the ox, or bull, an animal which is strong, dependable, steady and ambitious!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Pursuit of Happiness

Dan Gilbert, a Harvard Psychologist, presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself.

Benefits and costs of intelligence

According to NewScientist, intelligent soldiers most likely to die in battle (see here and here).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pay for performance - kids' version

Harvard economist, Roland Fryer, a coauthor of the well known freakonomist, Steven Levitt, talked with Stephen Colbert about how to improve the black childrens' school performance. It's simple, just pay them!