Marc Sollinger is an Olympic gold medalist, shark wrestler, and lead cultist of the dread god Cthulhu.
In addition to all this, he’s a total liar. Actually, Marc’s the Associate Producer of Innovation Hub and has previously worked for The PBS NewsHour and Marketplace.
Some fun facts about him: he grew up overseas, created an extremely nerdy radio drama based on War of the World (you can listen to it here), and speaks just enough French to know when French people are making fun of him. He can also bake croissants, though the amount of time this takes means he does so very rarely. And the funnest fact of all is that Marc Sollinger is extremely uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person, so he will stop doing so now.
The Biology Behind Evil, Free Will, And Everything ElseWe are a strange, complicated, and weird species. Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky explains the biological underpinnings of humanity’s quirks.
From Ford To Foxconn: How Factories Helped Shape Modern SocietyLook at the objects around you: your computer, your phone, your water bottle, the books on your desk. Chances are, all of these things came from a factory.
Why Americans Pay More For Solar PanelsLet’s say you want to install some solar panels on your home. For the average homeowner, that will set you back around $16,000, according to Andrew Birch, former CEO of the solar installation company Sungevity. But in Australia, you would pay about $7,000. And solar panels aren’t cheaper only in Australia. Birch says that the U.S. is an outlier when it comes to how much solar installation costs the regular consumer. Why the difference?
With A Little Help From Our Brains, We Can Push Our Physical LimitsAs you watch Shaun White execute a trick on the half-pipe, or Ashley Wagner land a triple axel, or Lindsey Vonn race down the slope, you might ask yourself a question: what, exactly, separates me from these Olympic athletes?
The Life Of Coding Pioneer Grace HopperShe’s been called “the first lady of software.” A conference named after her attracted over 18,000 attendees last year. She had her own Google doodle. She was even on Letterman.
The Extremely Bloody And Unimaginably Gross History Of SurgeryFor most of 1800s, surgery was disgusting, filthy and unsafe. Without anesthesia, speed was of the absolute essence. Robert Liston, one of the most prominent surgeons of the 19th century, accidentally cut off a patient’s testicles trying to quickly perform a leg amputation.