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Banana Worm Bread (& Other Insect Recipes)

Cricket pies, fried grasshoppers and mealworm quiche: Welcome to the new culinary delights. Or so hopes Arnold van Huis, an entomology professor in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Van Huis is wo…


Could Our Attitude Prevent Heart Disease?

The adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” suddenly has a lot more weight behind it, thanks to the latest medical research. In the first-ever systematic review of happiness and heart health, researchers at t…


The Endless Benefits of Berries

By Joanna Evans Berries have been a major part of our diet for centuries, but only recently have scientists taken an interest in their constituents and potential health benefits. Now, they’re…


How the Mind Affects Surgery

By David Servan-Shreiber, Ode Magazine Surgery, the glory of Western medicine, is ultimately technological. Perfect sterility must preside; every move is calculated, codified and monitored by…


11 Lessons from Nelson Mandela

By David Crane, Ode Magazine Last week we celebrated living legend Nelson Mandela's birthday. Looking back on his 93 years, here are 11 lessons (from many) that I would like to share from his…


11 of the World’s Greatest Dissenters

A brief history of some of the world's great dissenters. Henry David Thoreau, author In 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail for refusing to pay his poll tax. He refused to pay b…


Plastic Companies That Will Make You Happy

Part 2 of 2 of Fantastic Plastic from Ode Magazine “We should be celebrating plastic,” says Anthony Zolezzi, co-founder of Greenopolis and the GreenOps Recycling System, an interactive app…


Love the Earth? Embrace Plastic

By Andrew Tolve, Ode Magazine This is part 1 of 2 in a series: Fantastic Plastic. The final destination for most cars—after they’ve served their time in a scrapyard, that is—is a 10,000-ho…


The Look (and Smell) of Love

By David Servan-Schreiber, Ode Magazine Michael is a well-known New York psychotherapist. He’s 45 and recently divorced. Since he’s a therapist and understands the importance of positive thinking…


In Praise of Pessimism

What's an intelligent optimist to do with a book that glorifies pessimism, a book by a philosopher known for his ultra-conservative views? Certainly, reading The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of…


about Megan, selected from The Intelligent Optimist

Ode, the magazine for Intelligent Optimists, is an international independent journal that publishes positive news, about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better.

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