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Brain Food: Procrastination, Superman, and the Very Obvious

Without further ado, your Brain Food round-up for the week, dear readers. (Hi, Mom.)

An Interactive Scale of the Universe (Discover Magazine)
This beautiful, interactive, sliding tool shows the relative sizes of everything in the universe, from the largest galaxies we know of down to quantum foam. We at Push were immensely disappointed to find out that, in fact, we are not the center of the universe.

30 Conversations on Design
Thirty of the world’s greatest design thinkers were asked what one thing inspires them the most and what one problem design needs to solve next. I’m a fan of Erik Spiekermann’s answer that the invention of the alphabet was the most amazing piece of design ever.

What We Can Learn From Procrastination (The New Yorker)
A great article from James Surowiecki on why we procrastinate even though we really don’t want to. (Fun fact: each year, Americans waste hundreds of millions of dollars because they don’t file their taxes on time.)

MIT Media Lab Medical Mirror (Popular Science)
A graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program recently proved that, by installing a reasonably cheap webcam in a mirror, one could monitor their heart rate simply by standing in front of it. Next steps: respiration, blood pressure … more?

Search for the Obvious
The Search for the Obvious is a global contest that encourages participants to find everyday objects and services that have made life better for people across the world, and then apply the concepts toward eradicating poverty.

Waiting for Superman
If you haven’t watched Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary on the state of the American school system yet, it’s a must-see. Also, by texting “Possible” to 77177, you’ll recieve a $15 credit to donate to a local school. It takes about 10 minutes — at the most — to get online and pick a school and put the code in. (And, really, go see the movie. I only cried approximately eight times during it.)

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Article By: Megan Weisenberger

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