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The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Bitcoin

Microsoft is using Excel as a gateway drug to AI

We all interact with artificial intelligence every day: It builds our Google searches, our Facebook feeds, and predicts the next word we’ll type. In this way we’re consumers of AI, rather than using it ourselves.<p>But many of us use Excel. In an attempt to make it easier to work with machine learning …

Whiteboard Session: How Does Blockchain Work?

Whiteboards

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

16 Unexpected Ways to Add Years to Your Life

The average American’s life expectancy is 78.7 years. Whether you reach that age—or better yet, exceed it—largely depends on your genes, but there …

Holistic Medicine

25 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change

The world is getting warmer and that's already causing disasters that will devastate lives and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.<p>Those problems are only getting worse, as shown by recent reports from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House, among …

Climate Change

Five errors that immediately get your resume rejected at Google

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.<p>I have seen <i>a lot</i> …

Employment

Map Out Cultural Conflicts on Your Team

When you’re on a global team, cultural differences can be complex and can often seem contradictory. The biggest challenge comes when differences are complex in surprising ways.<p>Here’s a letter I received from an executive at automotive supplier Valeo, a French company with big client bases in …

Twitter / Account Suspended

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The End Of Anonymity

Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone?<p><i>Click here to see how a useless photo turns into an identifiable face.</i><p>Detective Jim McClelland clicks a button and the grainy close-up of a suspect—bearded, expressionless, and looking …

Boston Marathon Bombing

A Simple Brain Theory Endorsed By Bill Gates Supposedly Helps You Learn Anything

A small psychological change to how we approach challenges can dramatically change how successful we are at these tasks.<p>That's according to Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University who coined the term "growth mindset" in her 2007 book "Mindset: The New Psychology of …

Self-improvement

VideoDubber Auto-Dubs Your Videos

English may have become the default <i>lingua franca</i> of many facets of the Web, but the fact remains that most people online speak a language other than English as their native tongue.<p>For content producers, the myriad of different languages can be a headache, as it’s costly to reproduce words – spoken …

How to See the Future In Kids’ Drawings

Give a kid a pencil, and she’ll draw a blob – but pretty soon that shape will start to have a face and body. Stick drawings are an easy way to monitor cognitive development, and a new study finds a link between the ability to draw well and intelligence years later.<p>Rosalind Arden, a cognitive …

Drawing

Google Just Added Maps For Mars And The Moon, And The Level Of Detail Is Stunning

No, the company didn't send its Street View cars into outer space, but Google still provides plenty of geographical details about both planetoids you probably weren't expecting.<p>Some of these features were previously available on Google Earth, as 9to5Google's Stephen Hall points out, but this is the …

Google Maps

Here's What Google Teaches Employees In Its 'Search Inside Yourself' Course

The most popular class — titled "Search Inside Yourself" — regularly has a wait list stretching six months.<p>"I know this sounds melodramatic," a Google employee reported on an after-course examination, "but I really think this course changed my life."<p>The class has been taught at Google since 2007 …

Mindfulness

Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects — digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars. It's a company that doesn't shy away from grand plans.<p>But one recent effort, despite its rather lofty scope, has escaped much notice. The …

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

Relax, You Have 168 Hours This Week

There are 168 hours in a week; this is immutable truth. That sounds like a lot, but is it really enough time to cover the demands of a successful career, family involvement, and everything else that makes up a fulfilling life? Let’s do the back-of-the-envelope calculation.<p>Starting with those 168 …

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.<p>Don’t take my word for it. I am not a math professor. I almost …

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

5 Photos Every Photographer Must Know How to Create

Did you know that there are five basic photographs that every photographer must learn how to create? All other camera techniques in photography are …

Landscape Photography

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

Bounce With Me, I’ll Help You Out

Swaying in church or head-nodding at a concert, we humans like to move together – and it’s probably part of our deep group association behavior. Now, researchers have shown that babies as young as 14 months are more likely to help out someone with whom they’ve bounced to a beat.<p>In a series of …

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