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15 Game-Changing Artificial Intelligence Startups

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are just getting started acquiring companies working on A.I. technology.<p>You don't have to be a Go champion to have artificial intelligence change your game. Artificial intelligence touches lives every day. You get in your car, and your Apple iPhone tells you what …

Artificial Intelligence

Know Your Intervals [Lessons]

<b>For Beginners</b>: This article covers the intervals in music and shows how they are played on the guitar. It also looks at both the major and minor …

Claims of 'Lost Email' Are So Dumb

If people don’t reply to your email, it almost certainly didn’t get lost. It’s either you fault or theirs—not the internet’s.<p>[PhD Comics]

Internet

Harvard scientists use 3D printer to create 4D flower

The latest creation from scientists at Harvard marks a new chapter in biology-inspired engineering. Two teams of scientists worked together to …

Scientists find evidence of mathematical structures in classic books

Researchers at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which resemble ‘ideal’ maths seen in nature<p>James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has been described as many things, from a masterpiece to …

Literature

See What 11 Popular Films Look Like With and Without Their Visual Effects

Visual effects can often make or break a film. Recognizing the difference between amazing effects and terrible ones is pretty easy, but most people …

Kristen Bell

Earth - The most beautiful equation is… The Dirac equation

View image of Stylised Dirac Equation (Credit: Stellario Cama)<p>"Aesthetically it is elegant and simple," says Jim Al-Khalili of the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. "This equation is very powerful, mainly because of what it signifies and the role it played in the history of 20th-century …

Scientists just discovered that the same mathematical principal that governs earthquakes also guides cancer's spread — and it could change how we treat it

A typically-sized cancer tumor is made up of more cells than there are people on the planet, and cells from different areas of a single tumor have different alterations in their genetic code.<p>This sounds like complete chaos. How can we expect to treat cancer effectively - even with newer "targeted" …

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it's identified the major trends of the next 10.<p>In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world a decade from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other …

Laser-plasma accelerators ride on Einstein's shoulders

Using Einstein's theory of special relativity to speedup computer simulations, scientists have designed laser-plasma accelerators with energies of 10 …

What does this folded paper say about you?

It sounds so simple, but can you follow the instructions to fold this piece of paper in your mind? Whether you can or not tells much about your ability to visualise<p><b>How good are you at visualising things? And is it true that men are better than women? This test involves imagining what a piece of</b> …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

A Golden Key for governments to bypass cryptography will never work, because math

<i>In the name of protecting us against terrorists, law enforcement agencies want high tech companies to relinquish their Golden Keys—backdoors to their otherwise unbreakable encryption algorithms. It sounds like a reasonable request… until you look more closely.</i><p>Politicians around the globe tell us …

Privacy

How Einstein inspired me to find a magical piece of mathematics

In 1905, a young patent clerk’s four papers shook the world. The world’s most famous equation <i>E = mc2</i> emerged that year. But looking back, it only …

Indestructible Water Bears Have a Genome That Is Seriously Weird

Water bears, known to scientists as tardigrades, are famously adorable microscopic creatures who can survive anything: freezing, total dehydration, …

Dorian Guitar Mode And Scales - Application in Modern Music

Many guitarists simply play pentatonic and blues scales. While there is nothing wrong with that (musicians have actually made millions from it) some …

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special …

Physics

Bono: Paris was first 'direct hit on music'

For Bono, the Parisian attacks by ISIL mark a new low.<p>"If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans," he said in a Saturday phone interview with Irish radio host Dave Fanning. "This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so-called War on Terror. And it’s …

4 strategies for remembering everything you learn

• Knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• Knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kind of skips one of them, which is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Artist Folds a New Paper Crane to Describe Each Day of the Year for an "Origami Journal"

Artist Cristian Marianciuc began 2015 by creating a unique personal journal. While his diary does involve paper, it's definitely not your conventional notebook filled with thoughts, memories, and written words. Instead, this uncommon journal incorporates the art of origami. “Late last year, I made …

The Value of an End of the Week "Brain Dump"

One of my favorite things to do on a lazy Friday afternoon (when I <i>should</i> be working, but I have a few posts already done in advance and my mind is …

Productivity

Gravity Visualized by High School Teacher in an Amazingly Elegant & Simple Way

Just a few miles down the highway from Open Culture's gleaming headquarters you will find Los Gatos High School, where Dan Burns, an AP Physics …

High School

Professor Says ‘Ants Are Like No Living Thing on Earth,’ Then Shows You Exactly Why in New Video

Ants can behave like liquids and solids nearly at the same time — at least, according to Georgia Tech Associate Professor David Hu.<p>“Ants are like no living thing on Earth,” Hu said. “They can both be a solid and a liquid and bounce back and forth between those two states at the same …

No one told me about the loneliness, the emotional roller coaster, and how to stay sane when I could only eat a spoonful of mashed potatoes

I thought bariatric surgery would solve all my problems; 180 pounds later, I realized I was wrong<p>Mollie Hawkins<p>November 2, 2015 12:30am (UTC)<p>Eight years ago, tipping the scale at 314 pounds, I decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. A skilled bariatric surgical team spent a morning in May of …

Weight Loss

The Perfect Password Is Six Words Long And Rhymes

There’s a Catch-22 involved in choosing an online password: it’s either easy to remember and easy to break, or tough to hack and even tougher to …

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

'No one's out there': We're likely alone in the Milky Way, says Shaw Prize astronomy winner as he visits Hong Kong for award ceremony

An internationally-revered Nasa scientist whose work helped discover the first Earth-sized habitable planet outside our solar system said the …

These headphones come with a gimmick that makes a difference

Reid Heath Acoustics is a British headphone company whose products have attracted Apple’s attention and are featured alongside the more familiar Beats, Bose, and Bowers & Wilkins brands in the accessory section of Apple Stores around the world. This particular set, the T20i, comes with the Made for …

Audiophile

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …