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Inside the 50-year-quest to build a mechanical heart

The Heart is<br>Just a Pump<p>Inside the 50-year quest to build a mechanical organ<p>By Joaquin Palomino | Photography by John Francis Peters<p><b>Steve Williams couldn’t breathe</b>. The former athlete had cardiomyopathy, which occasionally choked his lungs with fluid, making him gasp for air. But this felt …

Medicine

Know Your Language: The Slow Flickering Star-Death of Java (Part One)

How and why Java rules object-oriented programming, and why it's the beginning of the once-crucial language's long, long winding down.<p>Java is at a turning point, it seems. According to a source (via InfoWorld) formerly at Oracle, the language's corporate parent, the future of Java is "planned …

Programming

Letter of Recommendation: Mack’s Earplugs

I’m resigned to the fact that there will forever exist some unremarkable sensory experiences that nevertheless overwhelm me: the smell of Coca-Cola, a wet straw wrapper on a diner counter, live music in any place at all. These processing difficulties compound with the pace of technology and city …

Hung Up

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

App Store

You are not your brain or your body

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It’s one of the things you’re cleareston in the whole world—something you’ve understood since you were a year old. You might be working on the question, “Who amI?” but …

Quantum Mechanics

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness | Inc.com

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move …

Emotional Intelligence

Here’s the best way to guess correctly on a multiple choice test

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?<p>Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that …

Psychology

8 Mental Habits the Most Successful People Learn to Break | Inc.com

Sometimes, success comes not from what you learn to do but what you learn to stop doing.<p>That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs. "Once we …

Self-improvement

Habits Successful People Live By And How To Steal Them

Hundreds of articles talk about morning habits, day to night habits, weekend habits, and financial habits of powerful, influential people. They’re …

Will it be possible to upload your mind?

<i>The concept of digital immortality might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the idea of uploading one's mind is gaining traction in the real</i> …

Consciousness

From Fortran to Swift: The world's most important programming languages

From the time when they used to be loaded into gargantuan machines via punchcards and tape to the present day, individual programming languages have …

Programming Languages

7 More Simple Tweaks That Make Your Brain Work Remarkably Well | Inc.com

Sometimes you sit down to a difficult task and find yourself flying through it, solving problems with aplomb, and coming up with new and creative approaches. Other times, you can’t seem to get off square one. You can’t find any solutions to problems. Getting anything done is an impossible chore.<p>If …

Productivity

When Computers Insist They’re Alive

The idea that only humans can have consciousness is anthropomorphic prejudice.<p>Ever since college, where I focused some of my studies on the wacky topic of a brain in a vat, it's troubled me that some people think only humans are capable of consciousness—rationally knowing what they are and that …

Consciousness

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality