Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

A couple of months ago, NPR reporter Lulu Miller tweeted a question. She knew a 5-year-old who was texting exclusively in emoji, and wondered if were there any studies about kids, too young to read, who used emoji to communicate. People wouldn’t stop tagging me...
To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

Each year, in the weeks before the New Year, the Food and Drug Administration drops a set of statistics with a wonky title and profound relevance to public health. The “Summary Report On Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals” contains...
Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

In Nihonbashi, a business district of Tokyo named for an old, beautiful bridge that has been obscured by an expressway, it is very difficult for a foreigner to get cash. When I was in Tokyo last week to give a talk, the first two ATM machines I tried refused to...
A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

A New Disease Is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic

Last spring, as it does every year, the World Health Organization released a list of infectious diseases that its experts think are especially high-risk—ones that could blow up into epidemics and for which there are no treatments or vaccines. The list has been created...
Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

They saw it coming, the media theorists, book-bound intellectuals, Jesuit priests, classicists, and sociologists who attempted to make sense of what they called “electronic media,” and we now think of as prehistoric radio and TV. With their long-winded tomes from an...