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A Chess Grandmaster Shares a Remarkably Effective Trick for Solving Any Problem | Inc.com

How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to the U.S. Of course he was eager to teach me, his firstborn son, the rules of the game.<p>This …

New York City

Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes; parents hope for surgery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meet Hong Hong. He's almost 4 months old, lives in China and has 31 fingers and toes.<p>That's not a typo. The boy was born in January with 15 fingers and 16 toes in Pingjiang County in Hunan province. He also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs.<p>Doctors diagnosed Hong Hong with …

Brides

Mom’s weight during pregnancy shapes baby’s health

When Elinor Sullivan was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, she set out to explore the influence of food and …

Monkeys

Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

Kristen Durham Contributor<p>Kristen Durham is the director of Latin America for Silicon Valley Bank.<p>Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet …

Venture Capital

This startup wants to be the Amazon of Wi-Fi access for the Internet of things

If you want to connect your device to the cloud you have to build in some way to access the Internet, and that’s actually not an easy task when …

Internet of Things

Researchers identify gatekeeper neurons that control pain and itch

New research provides direct evidence for an influential model of pain first proposed in 1965.<p>During the 1960s, neuroscientists Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an influential new theory of pain. At the time, researchers were struggling to explain the phenomenon. Some believed that specific …

Neuroscience

There's a weird problem with the new Raspberry Pi computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on February 2 the new Raspberry Pi 2, a more powerful version of the computer that first debuted in 2012.<p>Early customers of the Raspberry Pi 2 have been testing it out - and they've found a pretty strange problem with it.<p>It turns out that if you try and take a …

Raspberry Pi

Large Hadron Collider Quiz: Are you ready for Run 2?

<b>1. The LHC was shut down for 28 months starting in December 2012 because of</b><p>a) A strike by French power workers<p>b) The need for refurbishments before going to higher energies<p>c) Black Holes<p>d) Mayans<p>e) Skiing<p><i>The correct answer is (b). Refurbishments were needed because of problems with the quench</i> …

Physics

Google Maps: a decade of transforming the mapping landscape

Google Maps launched 10 years ago developed by a team of 50, now it has revolutionised the world of digital maps with more than one billion users<p>Ten years ago, a weekend journey to a friend’s wedding was likely to involve typing a postcode into Multimap, printing out step-by-step instructions and …

Maps

Samsung teases 'amazing' camera in new flagship phone

A month ago, I wrote about the iPhone's camera and how instrumental it is to many of the things that make that bestselling device so appealing. Today, Apple's most direct competitor, Samsung, has reiterated its long history of developing cameraphones and promised to deliver nothing less than "the …

Phones

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles: the detrimental power of anti-vaccination rhetoric

A children’s book claiming that measles is good for you and a measles outbreak in Disneyland both highlight the need for clear and accessible information about vaccines<p>Dean Burnett: Terrible books for ruining children’s health<p>You only need to look at the title of the book to know that something’s …

Public Health

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

How Hashtags Can Help Your Magazines on Flipboard

Jenn de la Vega / January 22, 2015<p>The <b>#</b> symbol, known as the “pound” or “hash” key on your phone, is now more popularly known across social media as …

Daniel J Levitin Q&A: ‘We’ve created more information in the past few years than in all of human history before us’

The author of The Organized Mind explains how naps, calendars and periods away from the internet can all help focus our mind<p>The Organized Mind extract<p><b>What inspired you to write The Organized Mind?</b><br>My first two books, <i>This Is Your Brain on Music</i> and <i>The World in Six Songs</i>, aimed to explain neuroscience …

Productivity

Google searches for a way to avoid Microsoft’s fate

A dip in the search behemoth’s market share has encouraged some commentators to compare it to Bill Gates’s company<p>The news that Google’s share of the web-search market in the US has suddenly dropped is interesting. According to an independent analytics firm, StatCounter, last month Google’s market …

Bill Gates

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap

Researchers say they've developed a concept for a fusion reactor that could be built for less money than an equivalent coal-fired plant — but they acknowledge that they still have some questions to answer. For example, will the concept really work?<p>The design concept, known as the "dynomak," is the …

20 ways gigabit-speed internet access might change our lives by 2025

Holodeck entertainment, full video lifestreaming, scientific diets and more 2025 predictions from Pew Internet’s new report<p>If you want to know the future of technology, should you ask a technological futurologist? On the one hand, it’s their job to think about What Comes Next and What It All Means …

This Traffic Generation Strategy Made $100,000 on Indiegogo

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on Crowdfund Insider.</i><p>If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past eight months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about …

"Fantasy" of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Project Liberty is the first of three commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants opening this year.<p>EMMETSBURG, Iowa—Despite its grand scale, the event that marked the opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week at times felt a bit like a homey church function.<p>At a …

Samsung Gear Live Review

For what seems like forever, companies have been telling us that wearables are here to stay and trying to sell them to the public in all types of crazy forms but nothing has really stuck. We’ve seen everything from fitness bands to smartwatches but nobody has managed to convince us that we <i>need</i> to …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

How to go completely paperless with iOS

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>There are some obvious first steps one can take to cut down on the amount of paper used on a day-to-day basis if you’re an …

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

Computer Science

The Best Of The 2014 New York Auto Show

Prefab apartment buildings on the rise

April 21, 2014 | 4:13 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/04/21/business/prefab-apartment-buildings-rise/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

Architecture

Norman Foster On Designing Apple’s $5 Billion “Spaceship” Campus

Take a peek inside the development of Apple’s new spaceship headquarters in this newly released video.<p>Apple is building an amazing new campus with Norman Foster that is estimated to cost $5 billion–a billion dollars more than the new World Trade Center complex. That is due to an Apple-like …

Avant-garde

5 ways companies are using big data to help their customers

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with IDA Singapore.</i><p>Once upon a time, you went to the same neighborhood bakery every time you needed bread. Even before you placed your order, the shopkeeper already had a loaf bagged and ready. As you paid, she would ask what was new with your family. …