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OK, it's time to take a break and look at motivational quote posters

We’re kind of obsessed with those hilarious faux-motivational posters circulating all over the Interwebz lately. But weirdly, they’ve also left us …

Revealed: Bob Dylan's planned slapstick comedy series for HBO

It recently emerged that Bob Dylan once tried to start up a band featuring both the Beatles and the Stones. And now there’s news of an equally half-baked endeavour: an attempt to make a slapstick comedy with celebrated US TV network HBO.<p>According to Larry Charles, a one-time writer on Seinfeld who …

Halo Xbox video game franchise: in numbers

A look at the numbers behind one of the most successful video game franchises ever<p><b>60 million</b> - Since its debut on the original Xbox on April 23 2001, over 60 million copies of Halo games have been sold worldwide, making it one of the most popular video game franchises ever created.<p><b>5.8 billion</b> - …

Games like 'Call of Duty' train brains to learn faster - Futurity

Being a better learner means developing the right templates faster. Playing action video games appears to help people do just that.

Kids Reacting to an ‘Old’ Point-and-Shoot Film Camera is Seven Minutes of Comedic Gold

As Bill Cosby can attest, <i>Kids Say the Darndest Things</i>. To see what kids would say when given a piece of technology from a bit before their time, …

The Neuroscience Of "Harry Potter"

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

Digital Literacy: Important for Young Learners?

<i>As part of a continuous collaboration among educators interested in digital learning, Margaret Simon hosts a weekly Digital Learning round-up on her</i> …

Individual Differences in the Perception of Pain - Jud Biasiotto and Ed Ritter (1981)

The tremendous poundages that are being lifted today by competitive weightlifters are far beyond the comprehension of most men and women who are not …

How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

Getting Started with JAGS, rjags, and Bayesian Modelling

This post provides links to various resources on getting started with Bayesian modelling using JAGS and R. It discusses: (1) what is JAGS; (2) why …

Target is Offering B2G1 Free Game Across All Platforms Until November 15th

Target’s pre-Black Friday deal is officially underway and it’s a nice one. Starting November 9th (today) until November 15th, the retail giant is the …

REVEALED: The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we unpack data from over a dozen sources to understand how social media demographics are still shifting.<p><i>Here are a few of the key takeaways from the BI Intelligence report:</i><p>Facebook still skews significantly female. Women in the U.S. are more likely to use …

Mastering the art of self-control

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

“It's about making the material exciting for someone else,” Yarlagadda said. “When you’re able to do that for someone else really properly, it’s so …

Best Feud Ever? CNN’s Anderson Cooper Versus Billy Corgan

It is the feud you likely never expected: <b>Anderson Cooper</b> vs. <b>Billy Corgan</b>. Buttoned-up cable news star vs. infinitely sad, melancholic rock star. …

Why Is Swedish Pop so Damn Good?

Elliphant, NONONO, and Kate Boy weigh in.<p>Sweden’s storied musical history is one that goes far beyond platinum pixie queens, slick producers, or EDM breakout wunderkinds. It might be small, but the Scandinavian nation has proven for decades that it’s damn good at making pop music. This is a super …

Anderson Cooper Mocks Billy Corgan on TV for Posing With Cats

Anderson Cooper has a recurring puff piece segment on his CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360" where he briefly takes aim at surreal news items. This time, he targeted the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan for posing with his cats on the cover of <i>PAWS Chicago Magazine</i> (the magazine for the no-kill animal …

What Is "Psyphotology" And How Can You Use It To Your Advantage?

Headshot photographer Peter Hurley recently gave a speech at a TEDx event in Cambridge with the psychologist Anna Rowley, explaining why people feel …

Neurocomputational models of time perception.

2014;829:49-71. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1782-2_4.<p>1Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical …

Roving penguin camera gives unprecedented look at life on the ice

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy.<p>It's pretty darn cute, and so convincing that penguins essentially talk to it, as if …

Just some new music we're already completely obsessed with

Am I <i>out of the woods</i> yet? Uh, I mean, am I the only one that loves discovering new and awesome music to fall in love with? Sorry, I’m just obsessed …

Music

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …

What is the most instantly recognisable song?

12,000 people listened to a clip of a song as part of an experiment to find out<p>The Spice Girls' hit Wannabe is the most instantly recognisable song in British music history, scientists claim.<p>People taking part in an experiment recognised the 1996 number one in just 2.29 seconds, compared with an …