Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve ran into this question. I’ve heard it pop up during dinner small-talk, mostly, and in a few different sitcoms. I’m willing to bet you have as well. You may even have your response on the tip of your tongue.

So, who would you pick?

Most people default to history’s greats — your Orwells, your Washingtons, your Rousseaus. …

…okay, so maybe flying up into the sky and killing God with your own two hands isn’t gonna get that girl to text you back or whatever. I’m not asking y’all to try this specific strategy.

But there has been a change in how we view our own lives. Thanks to all the extra time alone we’ve had recently, most of us have found ourselves lying in bed at night, pondering our purpose until the wee hours of the morning.

Do any of my goals matter when they’re all going to fade in a million years anyways? Am I really…

Don’t tell anybody, but a year ago, I barely even knew what a mindset was.

Sure, I could give you a definition. If you asked, I’d tell you that a mindset was a framework we use to interpret the world — a definition I stand by. I knew they could be positive or negative. But I didn’t realize how many different mindsets we can adopt to use in different contexts, or how utterly life-changing they become when they’re used together.

Ever since joining TKS, a human accelerator for teenagers, I’ve learned to be more proactive in setting my own mindsets.

Oh, 2016.

What an absolute nightmare of a year.

Between one of the most tumultuous presidential elections in American history, the tragic deaths of so many childhood heroes, Brexit, and that one clown scare that still makes me triple-check my doors at night, it was a low point of the last decade.

But, even amidst all the turmoil, one girl still gave us hope. No matter the turmoil, the drama, or the suffering the year threw at us, she inspired us to continue our relentless march towards better times.

And I think we all know who I’m talking about.


There are lots of reasons we judge people, and all of them are stupid.


It might be a dumb little insecurity we have that we reflect onto a coworker of ours. Maybe they’re better at something we’re sensitive about, so we look for every opportunity we can to demonize them the way we demonize those parts of ourselv. We’ll start saying that they’re just looking for attention whenever they get attention we want more.

Or maybe we judge people to fit in. If the culture demands it, we’d rather gossip than be the one that people gossip about. …

It’s America’s number-one killer. Not just that — it’s the world’s number one killer. Chances are you know somebody who battles it every single day. Or perhaps you remember somebody who, despite fighting as hard as they could, lost this very battle.

If you read the title, I’m sure you’ve already guessed what I’m talking about: heart disease.

So far, it’s a landslide.

It’s a painful condition, but it doesn’t have to be lethal. In fact, catching heart disease early can mean the difference between life or death.

The sooner a disease is detected, the more wiggle room both patient and doctor have to do…

A series that covers the fundamentals of artificial intelligence with articles that take you less than five minutes to read.

Meet Alan.

Alan’s a freshman in high school. He’s enjoying his Algebra II and AP Statistics classes because they’re based on rules and logic systems that he understands really well. He wants to expand his horizons, and since he’s a nerd who likes math, he joins the chess club. That’s where he meets Ada.

The other day, one of my teachers wanted to have a discussion about future technologies. I’m into artificial intelligence (AI) and I was excited to hear some fresh perspectives from my classmates.

But then my teacher said this:

“It’s only a matter of time until they’re smarter than us. They’re already taking our jobs. They’re in our cars, they’re in our houses…who knows when they’re finally gonna get together and wipe us all out? As soon as they get the idea we’re done. There’s gonna be an army of robocops in the streets, and then they’re gonna upgrade their bullets…

We’ve all seen the numbers: the UN predicts that there are only eleven years left until the damage done by greenhouse gases is irreversible. And once that happens, the planet is doomed. Mass extinction events will occur around the world, sea level rises will sink entire cities, and after 2030, an additional 250,000 people will die of health risks associated with warming temperatures.

I’m not the first person to tell you that we need to do something about climate change. Chances are, I won’t even be the last one to do it today.

If you’ve sat down in a classroom during the last decade, you’ve already heard that DNA is kind of like blueprint your body uses to build all the stuff that make you unique. And the whole blueprint is written with only four letters! (A, T, G, and C.) Each of these letters represent one of the four nucleotides, or bases, that form the fundamental building blocks of DNA itself — adenine, thiamine, guanine, and cytosine.

Source: Sigma-Aldrich

But the body is far too complex to have one measly running the show alone. If a single piece of DNA is like one blueprint…

Nina Maria Tremblay

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