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Using design patterns responsibly

Understand what patterns are appropriate to the problem you’re trying to solve.<p>Design patterns greatly speed up the design process. They give …

UI Design

Here’s How to Scientifically Train Your Mind to Be Happy

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that …

Silicon Valley

What's So Special About the Human Brain?

Why do we study other animals and they don't study us?<p>What is it about the human brain that allows the cognitive ability for abstract reasoning and creativeness?<p>What is it that makes the human brain so special?<p>It comes down to one thing humans do that no other living creature does.<p>I just watched a …

Did the Kepler telescope just find the first signs of alien life?

A recent paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society describes a star more than 1,400 light years away that dims and glows in a strange flickering pattern. A number of theories have been suggested to explain why this might be happening, but one of them has gained outsized …

Telescopes

Ancient Martian civilization was nuked by alien invaders, argues physicist at Secret Space Conference

According to Dr. John Brandenburg’s theory, which he presented at this year’s Secret Space Conference, a primitive Martian civilization had been …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Self-help

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

This man will live the life of someone else through a virtual reality headset for 28 days

"Seeing-I" is a social-artistic experiment that questions how much of the individual is an inherent personality and how large a portion of the individual is a cultural identity.<p>For 24 hours a day for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear a Virtual Reality Headset through which he will experience …