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Nikola Tesla: Maverick, Visionary & Master of Light

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” -Nikola …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Police use smoke grenades, pepper balls during Baltimore protest

A line of police behind riot shields hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at as many as 200 protesters Tuesday night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.<p>Demonstrators threw bottles at police and picked up the canisters and …

Video: Cop shoots man as he's running away

<b>(CNN) —</b> The officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Carolina has been fired as anger continues to build around his case.<p>A video shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott has his back to him and is …

Justice

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Digital Art

Genius and the Brain

Science & InnovationThe Loom<p>The 92nd St. Y in New York is presenting “Seven Days of Genius” this week. As part of the festivities, the video site Big Think invited me to film a conversation with neuroscientist Heather Berlin about the nature of genius and the origin of creativity in the …

ListenUp

Rising singer/songwriter Kelela released a slow-burning but spectacular track from her upcoming EP <i>Hallucinogen</i>, called "A Message," which was co-written with Venezuelan producer Arca (who also co-produced Björk's <i>Vulnicura</i>). The music video depicts a darkly lit Kelela cutting off her dreadlocks …

Music Videos

Video Game Trains Eyes To Work Better Together

Maker of "Assassin's Creed" now fighting lazy eye syndrome<p>My mom always used to say that video games were never good for anything, but a new game developed in part by Ubisoft, creator of Assassin's Creed, may prove her wrong. Dig Rush, which was created in conjunction with Amblyotech Inc. and based …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

Idris Elba's 20 questions on the meaning of life

Is the sky really blue? Why do we believe in God? And is time just an illusion? BBC series hosted by Idris Elba will attempt to answer the questions<p>Idris Elba is to host an interactive BBC series asking 20 questions about the meaning of life.<p>Story of Now will feature scientists, academics and …

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

Rare Earth

Minimalist Poster Series Depicts the Serious Symptoms of Depression with Geometric Designs

In this eye-opening poster series, Nick Barclay depicts the effects of depression with simple geometric designs and solid colors. The six powerful posters highlight individual symptoms of the often-misidentified and often wrongly treated mental illnesses. Barclay tackles the abstract concepts of …

Graphic Design

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014

2014 saw stellar examples of the power of data visualization to shed light on nearly any subject, from politics to dogs.<p>You could sift through piles of dense data sets in an attempt to understand the trends and discoveries that emerged in history, psychology, current events, and even fictional …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Photograph: Keith Vanderlinde<p>Auroras over the 10-metre telescope and Bicep (background imaging of cosmic extragalactic polarisation) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The 10-metre South Pole Telescope and Bicep both collect data on cosmic microwave background radiation and black …

Drug companies shake their rattlebag at the poor

Fay Schopen (Opinion, 12 December) cheerleads what she considers the American ease of pill-popping. Even a casual glance at the medicating patterns in my country reveal that the poor, and people of colour, especially children, are those that are prescribed the most pills. And this is not because …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish<p>One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake …

5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy

A new, free digital archive of his personal papers reveals what we all share with the 20th century's greatest mind.<p>Life isn't always easy, even when you're a genius. But what else do you have in common with Albert Einstein?<p>A free archive of the famed physicist's writings released on Friday might …

Albert Einstein archive reveals the genius, doubts and loves of scientist

The letter from the 22-year-old Albert Einstein revealed his delight at fathering a daughter, Lieserl, with his sweetheart, former classmate and future wife, Mileva Marić. How the new mother took the missive is less than clear.<p>Posted to her from Berne, Switzerland, on 4 February 1902, the letter …

Sauna with Exquisite Curves Has an Amazing View of Lake Huron

The <i>Grotto</i> project by the Partisans Design Group revitalizes the traditional sauna design with beautiful organic curves. The Canadian firm set out to move the sauna away from its usual rigid geometry towards something more natural that better suits the warm, soothing atmosphere of the space. …

Great Lakes

Pond Surface Beautifully Frozen to Resemble a Japanese Rock Garden

Winter temperatures can cause ice to do some unexpected things, and Reddit user odstane can definitely attest to this. He recently shared a series of photos from his frozen backyard pond, and the now-block of ice created some unusually beautiful effects. Concentric circle patterns cover the …

Thai ruler dismisses Hunger Games salute of defiance

Thailand’s military ruler has said he is unfazed by people using a three-fingered protest salute inspired by the blockbuster Hollywood franchise The Hunger Games to express opposition to the country’s junta.<p>But Prayut Chan-O-Cha warned that those who adopted the gesture in public risked …

Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that's known for its breathtaking beauty. It's up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjar flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water …

Adorable Blind Rescued Owl Has Eyes That Look Like Twinkling Stars

Meet Zeus, a blind Western screech owl with eyes that look like windows to another galaxy glittering with stars. The adorable little owl was found lying on a porch one morning after he flew into the side of the house because he was unable to see where he was going. After a visit to the vet, the …

Cute

Lady Gaga’s Lead Keyboard Player Develops Innovative Circular Piano

A regular, linear piano with 88 keys was just not enough for musician Brockett Parsons. So, the Lady Gaga lead keyboard player put together a team of designers to develop The Piano Arc, also playfully known as the Brockettship.<p>The innovative keyboard design is a circular instrument composed of 294 …

Piano

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography — see for example Dronestagram or the <i>National Geographic</i> magazine …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

8 Places That Showcase Atomic Age Archaeology for Tourists

Eight places tell the story of the nuclear era.<p>By some reckonings, the Cold War began in 1945 at Trinity Site, New Mexico, with the explosion of the first atomic bomb, and ended 41 years later at Chernobyl, where the meltdown of a nuclear reactor became a precipitating event of the Soviet Union's …