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Ellen Ruppel Shell
Ellen Ruppel Shell
Ellen Ruppel Shell is the co-director of the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.

In Praise of Downtime

Americans work more hours than any other group in the Western world, but we're not necessarily more productive. This has to change. Ellen Ruppel Shell Jun 30, 2012

From Rust Belt to Drone Belt

Out of the ashes of automotive manufacturing, Dayton, Ohio, is hoping to "re-skill" its workforce with continuing technical education. Ellen Ruppel Shell Jun 20, 2012

Eschewing Bananas Is Not the Cure to America's Health Woes

Low-carb diets are effective when they reduce your overall calorie intake. But loyalty to a diet for its own sake defeats the point. Ellen Ruppel Shell Jun 18, 2012

Time to Retire the Low-Carb Diet Fad

A 25-year Swedish study suggests we refocus our dieting efforts on good, old-fashioned animal fat. Ellen Ruppel Shell Jun 11, 2012

Reality Check: Not All Elite College Grads Want to Work in Finance or Consulting

David Brooks writes that ivy grads are singularly focused on elite careers. But does any data back this up? Ellen Ruppel Shell May 25, 2012

Can One Chef Take Finnish Food From 'Worst in the World' to Gourmet?

Sasu Laukkonen is trying to revolutionize a food culture that has long emphasized sour rye bread, root vegetables, and gruel. Ellen Ruppel Shell May 17, 2012

She's Cashing In, but Does Paula Deen Really Get the Last Laugh?

The Food Network personality and food mogul said she has no plans to change her lifestyle or the way that she cooks. Who is she kidding? Ellen Ruppel Shell Jan 19, 2012

Should We Expect Work to Be Meaningful?

Do young people increasingly believe that work -- or at least work for pay -- is not a source of meaning in their lives? Ellen Ruppel Shell Jan 17, 2012

Why Subsidies Are Bad for Wages

As a case from 18th century Britain shows, subsidizing the working poor with entitlements, makes it all but impossible for them to work their way out of poverty. Ellen Ruppel Shell Jan 12, 2012

Is Work Still Meaningful?

With jobs scarce, what's become of the concept of finding purpose in employment? Ellen Ruppel Shell Dec 17, 2011

What's Really Killing Us

The New York Times Magazine returned to over-the-hill theories about sugar this weekend, but when it came to the risks of inactivity, it got things right Ellen Ruppel Shell Apr 20, 2011

'The Last Train Home': Documenting China's Race to the Bottom

A shocking portrayal of the high cost of class ascendancy in industrialized China Ellen Ruppel Shell Oct 27, 2010

Fat and the Farm

Subsidizing the high cost of healthy eating would allow more people to make the right choices Ellen Ruppel Shell Jul 23, 2010

Hearts and Wandering Minds

Contrary to a New York Times article, there is little reliable data proving that ADHD has any effect on marriages Ellen Ruppel Shell Jul 22, 2010

Cheap Spills

Americans are willing to do almost anything to prevent a repeat of the BP oil fiasco -- anything, it seems, but pay more at the pump Ellen Ruppel Shell Jun 22, 2010

Cheap Chickens and Industry Fat Cats

Food engineering has helped make chicken profitable, but it's immigrant labor that has kept cheap chicken possible Ellen Ruppel Shell May 26, 2010

Who Made My Bed?

A new Web-based tool from MIT's Media Lab traces supply chains to reveal the terrifyingly high cost of all our stuff Ellen Ruppel Shell May 20, 2010

The True Cost of Outsourcing

Management consultant Charlie Barnhart deconstructs the myth of outsourcing as a silver bullet. Ellen Ruppel Shell May 11, 2010

Off the Grid: The New Frontier of Cool?

What it means to abstain from Blackberries, iPhones, laptops, Kindles -- even just for a few hours. Ellen Ruppel Shell May 7, 2010

Fat Chance in a Wired World

The food system hasn't changed all that much over the past decade, but the obesity problem has soared. What has changed is how much and how often most Americans move. Ellen Ruppel Shell Apr 23, 2010 More Stories
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