Being Bored Could Be Bad For Your Health (Salon)

Boredom, bored womanCan you really be bored to death? In a commentary to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in April, experts say there’s a possibility that the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early. Read more.

Obama’s CTO Provides Insight On Learning Outside the Classroom (Tech Crunch)

In our ever-changing social landscape, economy and technological world, it is becoming increasingly apparent that we learn a lot of valuable knowledge outside of the traditional classroom and President Obama’s CTO, Harper Reed, agrees. In an interview responding to Kio Stark’s newly released book Don’t Go Back to School: a handbook for learning everything, Reed provides his perspective on how his most satisfying learning, particularly with computer programming, occurred outside of school where he could engage in experiential, hands-on learning.

The 10 Best Companies For Employees (Fortune)

Fortune magazine reveals the 10 companies that are not only America’s largest corporations but also great employers. Once again, Internet juggernaut Google tops the charts at #1, with notoriously great benefits such as free haircuts, gourmet sushi and fitness centers galore. Indicators for the ranking include work-life balance, training, pay and turnover.

Emotion in Music: An Ideological Debate

It’s Okay To Be Smart’s Joe Hanson provides his perspective on the linkages between emotion and music, discussing new neurological research showing that similar sounds evoke similar emotions despite cultural differences. The Smithsonian allows an alternative viewpoint, pointing to PBS Idea Channel’s Mike Rugnetta’s argument that the association between noise and emotion is merely due to socialization.