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Raymond Smullyan, Puzzle-Creating Logician, Dies at 97

Raymond Smullyan, whose merry, agile mind led him to be a musician, a magician, a mathematician and, most cunningly, a puzzle-creating logician, died on Monday in Hudson, N.Y. He was 97.<p>His death was confirmed by Deborah Smullyan, a cousin.<p>Professor Smullyan was a serious mathematician, with the …

Mathematics

mister important design bold and playful W punta de mita resort in mexico

<b>mister important has designed the new W punta de mita resort on the riviera nayarit in mexico.</b> the concept draws upon local bohemian surf culture …

How to Stop Short-Term Thinking at America’s Companies

U.S. companies are hyper-focused on quarterly earnings. What can be done to push them to invest more in the years and decades ahead?<p>There was a time, half a century ago, when what was good for many American corporations tended to also be good for America. Companies invested in their workers and new …

Investing

Hypnotizing Music Video Visualizes Cellular Biology

Motion graphics artist Maxime Causeret takes on Max Cooper’s ‘Order From Chaos.’<p>Multi-colored raindrop ripples morph into dynamic cellular structures, visualizing different biological processes in a hypnotizing new music video for Max Cooper’s <i>Order From Chaos</i>. The video was constructed by motion …

Music Videos

The Top 10 Scientific Discoveries that Renewed Our Faith in Humanity This Year

Not everything this year was shit, we promise.<p>On each of the three NASA Mars rovers, there's a tiny inscription written on the sun dial. It details the mission and what us mere Earthlings hoped to achieve by sending our robots to the planet next door. The last line reads: "To those who visit here, …

The Science of Willpower: 15 Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Last from Dr. Kelly McGonigal

This weekend, millions of New Year's resolutions will go into effect, with the most common ones being lose weight, get fit, quit drinking and …

Learn Anything In Four Steps With The Feynman Technique

With the Feynman Technique, you learn by teaching someone else a topic in simple terms so you can quickly pinpoint the holes in your knowledge. After …

Learning

Don’t make New Year’s resolutions this year. Redesign your life instead, Stanford professor says.

Throughout our lives, there will be moments when we’ll find ourselves stuck or worried that we’ve fallen short of our potential and greatest ambitions. We might find ourselves fantasizing over a different career or another partner, wondering if it is too late to change.<p>In their new book, “Designing …

Phenomenological Approaches to Ethics and Information Technology (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

1. Views on the Nature of Information Technology<p>It seems obvious that a world with information technology is somehow different from a world without …

The 3 Types of Friendships Defined by Aristotle 2400 Years Ago Are Still Valid Today

The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said that there are three types of friendships.<p>One of the greatest assets we have in life is certainly the …

How The Future Is Really Built

What can the past teach us about how tomorrows are constructed?<p>The future, in retrospect, always seems inevitable.<p>When Steve Jobs unveiled a sleek …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The 10 Best Data Visualization Articles of 2016 (and Why They Were Awesome)

2016 was an astounding year for insightful, informative data visualization articles — here were the top 10 I saw all year (in no particular order), …

Airplane designers have a brilliant idea for the middle seat

The days of waiting in a crammed airline aisle while some guy struggles to pull his bag from the overhead could soon be over. Molon Labe Seating has released their design for Side-slip seats — airline seats that compact and slide over each other to add more room to the aisle during boarding and …

Our Favorite Infographics Of 2016 Are A Crash Course In How The World Works

Somehow, there are none about Trump, but Trump would do well to digest them all.<p>Remember, back in those innocent days of the beginning of 2016, when income inequality seemed like an issue we might actually start to confront? Ah, to be living in the timeline where that momentum continued.<p>Next up in …

A Brief Economic History of Time

Capitalism changed how humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks. This made people more productive, but did it make them any happier?<p>What is an economy? You might say it is how people who cannot predict the future deal with it.<p>People save money to protect themselves from calamity. Banks …

Time Travel

Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writing with Style (1882)

salacious speculation and intellectual drama in film and on the page for the amount of romantic attention she attracted from European intellectuals …

Energy firms announce $1bn climate fund

The Paris Climate agreements come into force today, and the bosses of seven big oil companies gathered in London to sign an agreement to work together to cut emissions.<p>The group – including BP, Norway’s Statoil, and the Saudi oil company Aramco – accounts for a fifth of world oil supply, and they …

Two Trends That Are Transforming Venture Capital

There are two macro trends occuring within venture capital (VC) which are combining to have a transformative impact. As has been noted repeatedly over the past several years, the VC landscape has morphed into a barbell structure, with lots of small funds on one end and a handful of large, megafunds …

Crowdsourced algorithmic trading platform Quantopian raises $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz, others

Quantopian, an online platform that strives to turn anyone into a successful quantitative analyst, has raised $25 million in a series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Point72 Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Spark …

Sauce Labs sops up $70 million round

Sauce Labs, a cloud-based software testing service, announced a $70 million round today. The investment is more than double the $31 million the company had raised across four previous rounds and brings the total investment to $101 million.<p>Centerview Capital Technology, IVP, and Adams Street …

Indiegogo’s Equity Crowdfunding Lets Anyone Become A Startup Investor

The crowdfunding platform is looking to capitalize on its followers to take on a new kind of investing

16 key red flags for startup investors

I recently a read a good book called The Art of Startup Fundraising written by Alejandro Cremades, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Onevest, a venture investing community platform.<p>One of the chapters in Alejandro’s book specifically talks about these red flags for investors, and Alejandro …

Many Boom-Time Startups Are Fizzling Out

Declines in the venture capital market are hitting startups of all sizes, but the ones left particularly vulnerable are the thousands of young …

A Silicon Valley startup that flips houses just got valued at $1 billion

Opendoor Labs Inc. has joined the "unicorn" club of startups valued at more than $1 billion (£800 million) after its fourth and latest funding round, led by Norwest Venture Partners, Bloomberg reports.<p>The San Francisco startup, founded in 2014, has a simple business model — it buys houses in cash, …

Blockchain startup R3 expects to close $150M round in first quarter

David Rutter, founder and CEO of the four-year-old, New York-based blockchain startup R3 took the stage at Disrupt London this morning to discuss the progress of his company and underscore Wall Street’s enthusiasm over digital ledger technologies more broadly.<p>While on stage, he also confirmed …

Want to Improve Your Memory? Science Tells Us the Key (and It Can Actually Be Fun)

<b>Do you remember where you were when you had your first kiss?</b><p>It’s funny, the things our memory can dredge up.<p>I remember what I was wearing the day I …

The Brain

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of 2016

Secret Santas, take note<p>Updated:<p>Looking for our 2017 Best of What's New list? Right this way.<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in science and technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. These are the breakthroughs that will shape the future—and some may …

Groundbreaking new seawater battery could replace expensive lithium batteries

Open your smartphone and you’ll probably find a lithium-ion battery inside. They’re rechargeable, which is great – but they’re difficult to dispose …

New diamond harder than a jeweller's diamond, cuts through ultra-solid materials

The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international project to make a diamond that's predicted to be harder than a jeweller's diamond …

A Look Back: “Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language”

<b>Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

The Brain