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Significant Science of 2013: Brain Mapping Gets a Big Boost — NOVA Next | PBS

One terabyte of data. That’s what it took for scientists to make a comprehensive 3D map of the post-mortem human brain.<p>That, plus ten years of …

Use Neuroscience To Be A Better Manager And Innovator

Want to be become a better leader in your workplace? Not sure how to encourage creativity in your developer team? Research in neuroscience can help …

Read 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the 5th Anniversary of His Death

Let me start with the first lines that appeared in The New York Times five years ago: "David Foster Wallace, whose prodigiously observant, …

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The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

Battlefield 4 dev details the 'most personal weapon customization ever'

<i>Battlefield 4</i>, EA Digital Illusions CE's upcoming first-person shooter, will include the series' "most personal weapon customization ever," according to a post on the franchise's official website.<p>According to the developers, <i>Battlefield 4</i>'s customization options, which includes more than three times …

New Details Emerge On The Surveillance Technology Used To Hunt Osama Bin Laden

All the technology in the world doesn't beat a knock on the door.<p>New documents detail the sophisticated, if only partially successful, surveillance technology used to hunt and kill the most wanted terrorist on earth.<p>Before the Obama administration sent Navy SEALS to raid the Abbottabad, Pakistan, …

4 Networking Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Whether you’re looking for a job or not, you’ve probably been encouraged to “network, network, network!” more times than you can count. Are all those conferences and events you’re attending leading to new connections or opportunities?<p>No? You’re not the only one. Many networking newbies have …

2 Fresh Ideas for Your Makeup This Fall, as Seen on Hollywood's Latest It Girl Lupita Nyong'o

Ladies, meet Lupita Nyong'o, the breakout star of <i>12 Years A Slave</i>, who's not only getting Oscar buzz for her role alongside Brad Pitt but is also looking totally drop-dead while out and about promoting the film. We got the details behind two of her perfect-for-fall makeup schemes from Nick Barose, …

Robo-Maggots Will Munch Through Brain Tumors

Gross, but great for minimally invasive surgery.<p>Creepy, crawly maggots might be making their way into people's brains. Robot maggots, that is. Inspired by a TV show where plastic surgeons use maggots to eat away dead tissue, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard of the University of Maryland School of …

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes: Drunk People Feel Sexy, And More Of The Year's Silliest Science

The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.<p>Last night were the Ig Nobel Prizes, the most important of Nobel Prize ceremonies. The ceremony honors the year's strangest--but also very good!--scientific research, in 10 different categories. Past …

Alarming Satellite GIFs Show Russia's Extreme Flooding

The Russia-China border is practically a lake now.<p><i>LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC</i><p>Since mid-August, floods have plagued the Amur River region, the dividing line between eastern Russia and China. Chinese state media have called it the worst flooding in a century. Here's what the …

Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

<i>Reader Christah wrote to ask, “Why do our voices sound different to us than they do to other people/on recordings?” And Jenny asked on Facebook, "Why</i> …

Star Trek Humor: Worf is Always Wrong

Worf is a character who doesn't get much respect. Despite frequent suggestions for action, he is routinely denied. In fact, frustration is his …

11 Reasons Agatha Christie Was as Interesting as Her Characters

<b>From MI5 investigations to going missing for 11 days, Agatha Christie led a life that was every bit as interesting as her novels.</b><p><b>1.</b> <b>She started</b> …

Mike Bloomberg's fact-free defence of stop-and-frisk

Stop-and-frisk has already been a topic of considerable significance in the New York mayoral primary. Democrat Bill de Blasio's particularly critical stance helped propel him to the front of the pack, and the positions of the contenders in both the Democratic and Republican fields have dominated …

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis • Only official US government communications protected • Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy • Read the NSA and Israel's 'memorandum of understanding'<p>The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence …

US struggles show hazards of chemical weapons destruction

If the Obama administration wants an example of the difficulties involved in destroying chemical weapons, it might reflect upon its own struggles to get rid of cold-war era chemical arsenals stockpiled in tightly controlled storage facilities in Kentucky and Colorado.<p>The United States promised, but …

On Syria, Putin is a modern Machiavelli – and that's a good thing

This week, Vladimir Putin outflanked Barack Obama on his home turf. The Russian president's scathing op-ed in the New York Times did more than simply leave the American president looking "rudderless and outplayed at every turn", as Max Hastings wrote in the Daily Mail. What shot the piece to the …

I'm a college graduate who had to go on food stamps

When I first heard a friend of mine from college was on food stamps, I was shocked. We were both recent graduates of a top liberal arts college, and I could not fathom that someone from my school was in such a "desperate" situation. Not long after, I was on food stamps as well.<p>The past year since I …

Iran's Rouhani may meet Obama at UN after American president reaches out

First meeting of US and Iranian leaders since 1979 revolution could open way to diplomatic end to Iranian nuclear standoff<p>An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what …

After Faltering Weeks For Obama, What Counts Is Winning

Sometimes presidents have to make things up as they go along.<p>President Obama's decisions have had an improvisational air these past three weeks. His course on Syria kept shifting, at times seemingly guided by offhand remarks.<p>But the results are what count.<p>"If it works out in the end, the …

NOW THAT SUMMERS IS OUT: Here Are The 4 People Who Could Get The Nod To Replace Bernanke

So who could get it?<p>The favorite for sure is <b>Janet Yellen</b>. She's the current Fed vice chairwoman, and a clear continuation of the current regime. She's a brilliant economist, who is supported by the vast majority of academic economists. Over 400 top-names signed a letter on her behalf last week. …

Putin's Diplomatic Solution In Syria Could Easily End In Armed Invasion

The world celebrated the brilliance of Putin's political calculus when he jumped on a possible mistake from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to force the U.S. to stand down on cruise missile strikes.<p>Kerry had (some say inadvertently) hypothesized that Syria could avoid strikes by turning over its …

Asian Stocks Rocket Higher, Facebook Still Running

A monster session out of Asia overnight is helping to boost U.S. stocks at the open on Monday. The Shanghai Index is now helping to lead, and the Nikkei finished up 2.5% overnight and is up 5% for September already.<p>We enter this week with lingering question marks about Syria and tapering. Traders …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

Modern neuroscience is based on the discovery of the neuron, but this is only half the story<p>My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a …