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15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

A Slob's Guide to Critical Theory

How to think in complicated ways if you're a lazy and stupid person.<p><i>Illustrations by Jenny Hirons</i><p>If you decide to get any kind of arts or humanities degree at college you will probably have to read postmodern, neo-Marxist, social and literary critics who write in the kind of language that makes …

Swimming Pools

America dumbs down: a rising tide of anti-intellectual thinking

The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind?<p>South Carolina’s …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Is Anti-Gravity Possible? Brian Greene's WSU Has The Answer

By now you've probably heard about Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of <i>Cosmos</i>, running every Sunday night on FOX (yes, that FOX) for the last few weeks. It was a controversial step to take Carl Sagan's beloved early 1980s-era tour of the universe and revamp it for the modern era. According to most …

Rumor, gossip, nonsense: How the news became a nightmare

The road to Fox News and the commercialization of information begins with the amazing history of mass media<p>In 1704 the English writer Daniel Defoe embarked on the publication of a political journal: the <i>Weekly Review of the Affairs of France</i>. This was not yet the Defoe made famous by his great novel</i> …

An Unexpected Discovery in the Brains of Autistic Children

Nobody knows what causes autism, a condition that varies so widely in severity that some people on the spectrum achieve enviable fame and success …

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix<p>In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los …

The 46 Second Steve Jobs Video Of That Will Change Your Life

Stories are mixed about the late Apple CEO’s public and private personas. Regardless of your take on Steve Jobs, his message in the video above is …

21 How It’s Made GIFs Bound To Blow Your Mind

We benefit from and enjoy the following products on a regular basis, and yet we seldom see the engineering-heavy processes that bring our beloved …

Machine Learning in Javascript: Introduction

I love machine learning algorithms. I’ve taught classes and seminars and given talks on ML. The subject is fascinating to me, but like all skills …

Machine Learning

A Brief History of Mind-Bending Ideas About Black Holes

Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines recently by saying that black holes – the incredibly massive astronomical objects that made him famous – do …

US bans students from “blacklisted” countries from getting a free education

I’m following a Coursera course entitled “Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World” and just received a rather odd email. All students from …

Her Is the Smartest Movie About Artificial Intelligence In Years

Either Spike Jonze is intentionally coy, or he really doesn’t care, one way or another, about science fiction cliches. That his new movie <i>Her</i> is the smartest, most thoughtful on-screen exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) in years appears to be a happy accident. Jonze didn’t consult with …

Artificial Intelligence

Tom Chatfield on video games: difficulty is the point, not the problem

Difficulty is built into video games in a different way than for any other medium.<p>A movie may be difficult, conceptually or in terms of subject …

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13 Fake Public Transit Systems We Wish Existed

If you live in a city and take public transit, you've probably looked at the system map and thought to yourself, "I wish this thing went …

Snowden Leaks: NSA and British Agency is Spying on You via Angry Birds Game App

According to the latest revelations based on the documents leaked by <b>Edward Snowden</b>, the former <b>NSA</b> contractor and the whistleblower, smartphone …

Hvorfor sover vi?

Ny forskning tyder på at skadelige stoffskifteprodukter «vaskes vekk» fra hjernen når vi sover.<p>Alle virveldyr sover. Hvis ikke, dør de. Men vi vet …

FBI Appears To Have Collected Tormail's Entire Email Database... And It's Using It

We've mentioned in the past that, for all the focus on the NSA lately, the FBI may be equally, if not more, worrisome for its willingness to collect …

Surveillance

Almost Everything in “Dr. Strangelove” Was True

This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about nuclear weapons, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Released on January 29, 1964, the film caused a good deal of controversy. Its plot suggested that a mentally deranged American …

The Maker King

How Carl Bass, the CEO of Autodesk, is shaping the maker movement—from his garage.<p>When you first meet him, Carl Bass comes off like any other weekend carpenter. Dressed in a worn T-shirt and jeans, he shakes hands with a wooden grip and has a big, brassy laugh. His workshop is a warren of lumber …

Autodesk

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Discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness | Kurzweil

Structure of a microtubule. The ring shape depicts a microtubule in cross-section, showing the 13 protofilaments surrounding a hollow center. …

Neuroscience

ConvNetJS

Deep Learning in your browser<p>ConvNetJS is a Javascript library for training Deep Learning models (Neural Networks) entirely in your browser. Open a …