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The mathematically proven winning strategy for 14 of the most popular games

From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in existence, do you ask? …

Mathematics

LightSail to Get a Test Flight

Just don't fly too close to the Sun.<p>Late astronomer Carl Sagan's vision of a solar powered spaceship has come to life and will receive a test flight …

Space Travel

Beautiful geometric animal logos

Making a logo that stands out – and doesn't look like anything rude – is a tricky task as a designer. There's been tried-and-tested methods that have …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

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