Jose A. Mejia

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The future of front-end development is design

Should we make our kids learn to code? This question was posed to me at a recent dinner party. As one of the only people in our social circle who has worked in and around software development for an entire career, I get this type of question often. My immediate response was a resounding yes, and I …

UX Design

Why Trump scrapping NASA climate funding is bad news for our planet

Advisers to the new US president-elect have promised to slash funding to NASA's Earth division in favor of investing further in space exploration. …

What your brain looks like on God: spiritual experience triggers same areas as sex and gambling

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the same brain reward circuits as love, sex, gambling and drugs, a new study shows.<p>Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine scanned the brains of 19 Mormons when they were reading religious texts and reported feeling 'close to the spirit.'<p>…

Brain Imaging

Muslim hired as British government terror watchdog is extremist who called US ‘vicious world empire’

A British government worker who helped regulate the country’s anti-terror planning was fired after superiors learned of his Islamist sympathies, the Telegraph reported.<p>Abdullah al Andalusi said the brutal exploits of ISIS were “no different to the history of some Western armies” and supported the …

8 Books Warren Buffett Tells Millionaires to Read | Inc.com

I've previously posted reading recommendations from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, all of whom are legendary high tech entrepreneurs. Warren Buffett is a different sort of icon: a true pioneer of investment philosophy.<p>Not surprisingly, Buffett's recommendations are almost entirely about …

Investing

Pope Francis urges Putin to make 'sincere effort' to end Ukraine's war

Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a "sincere effort to achieve peace" in Ukraine when the two leaders met privately Wednesday at the Vatican.<p>During the 50-minute meeting, the pope stressed the importance of adhering to a cease-fire agreement reached in February and also …

Russia

Asian parents: Your kids are not robots

<b>(CNN) —</b> Asian-American kids, desperate to gain admission to elite colleges, are now getting coaches to teach them how to be "less Asian." Put another way, these coaches are supposed to teach young Asian-Americans how to get out of the stereotypes that we know them by.<p>You know how the caricature …

Education

'Sea change' in Catholic sex abuse scandal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis has created a church tribunal to judge bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests, the Vatican announced Wednesday, a move long sought by abuse victims and their advocates.<p>The new court will be part of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the …