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The Invisible Force That Warps What You Read in the News | Backchannel

<b>Things we know to be true:</b> John McCain is a maverick. The New England Patriots are cheaters. Apple can’t innovate without Steve Jobs. But wait a …

Physics

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Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

War

“Write Drunk. Edit Sober.” According To Science, Ernest Hemingway Was Actually Right

College is a time for experimenting with too much alcohol and writing badly about the bad sex you had. It’s the only way to figure out your drinking limitations and to learn to write better on a broader array of topics. Thanks to a famous quote from Ernest Hemingway, though, there will always be …

Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017

Get ready to see an amazing eclipse, a comet encounter, close planetary pairings, and more celestial wonders.<p>Among the many eye-catching astronomical shows coming up, 2017 may be best remembered for the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun that will cross the continental United States in …

15 Powerful Quotes From a Zen Master That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Mooji is a spiritual teacher and Zen master originally from Jamaica. Mooji shares self-inquiry, directing his students to the non-dual Self by …

The Top 9 Baffling, Humbling, Mind-Blowing Science Stories of 2016

2016 was a momentous year for science. Check out how <i>Smithsonian</i> covered a few of this year's biggest science news stories.<p><b>1. Cut the carb(on)</b><p>It's …

How to Get People to Say Yes to What You Want, According to Science | Inc.com

The ability to persuade others is a valuable skill. It can translate into making a huge sale, convincing people to follow your leadership, getting a raise, or countless other successes in the business realm. In your personal life, it can mean winning over a partner, well-behaved children who do as …

Psychology

This impressive tool uses big data to predict your future

Internet users leave combined data trail of over 2.5 billion gigabytes a day. That’s a staggering amount of information, and it’s information that can tell us a lot about our futures.<p>Predictive World is a tool combining big data, demographic information and personalized data to give a creepily …

The Universe Could Be One Giant Alien Claims Scientist

Are we living inside an alien?<p>A scientist has put forward the extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because …

The Beagle 2 Mars Lander Didn't Crash Land After All

'This kind of tantalising result on a long held mystery is the kind of thing that keeps us going.'<p>Britain’s ill-fated Beagle 2 probe didn’t crash …

Space Science

Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

James Clapper

5 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 often skips one of them. This is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Pedagogy

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16 daily habits that are easy to practice and can significantly improve your life

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.<p>The best part is, each one takes only about five minutes to complete.<p>Here are some of our favorites:<p>1. …

Self-help