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How to speak the language of thought

We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?”<p>When he was asked, as a joke, to explain how the mind works in five words, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker didn't hesitate. "Brain cells fire in patterns", he …

The Brain

The amateur geneticist who surprised science

Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning …

Genetics

Intensive care patients still discharged overnight despite greater risk of death

Moving ICU patients out of hours is linked to greater chance of death but rate of such discharges remains unchanged<p>There has been no improvement in tackling the number of patients being discharged from intensive care units (ICUs) overnight, despite research indicating they are at a higher risk of …

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Jack Kerouac

Essential Small-Space Living Tips

Small space living can be a challenge.<p>Multifunctional furniture can make a small space a lot more livable.<p>In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.<p>If you have infants or toddlers in your home—or are about to have a …

Yukon Territory

Former SNC-Lavalin exec signs deal with Swiss on charges

A former SNC-Lavalin executive thought to be the architect of a vast international bribery scheme has reached a deal in Switzerland on charges of money laundering, fraud and corruption, possibly speeding his extradition to Canada where he is wanted for corruption.<p>A spokeswoman for Switzerland's …

Corruption

Missionaries deserved access to untested Ebola drug, expert writes

They were given drugs never before used on humans, and then flown to the United States amid fears that they would spark a new outbreak of the dreaded<p>Ebola virus.<p>Roughly two weeks after a pair of American missionary workers were evacuated from Liberia, debate continues over the decision to treat …

Disease

Forget Passwords. Now Banks Can Track Your Typing Behavior On Phones

Password theft is an ongoing problem. Finger print and voice recognition is still years away. What’s a bank to do if it wants to verify the thousands of customers using its mobile app? One way is their behavior — or at least their typing behavior.<p>Banks in Europe’s Nordic region have begun rolling …

Gritty Black and White Photos Capture the Dynamic Energy of Tokyo's Streets

Japanese photographer Tatsuo Suzuki captures the dynamic energy of Tokyo in his gritty, black and white street photos. With a background in law at the prestigious Waseda University, Suzuki didn't start pursuing photography until 2008, but his striking images showcase his natural talent at …

Street Photography

Millennials Are Renting Instead Of Buying And The Retail Industry Is Freaking Out

Apparel retailers are threatened by rental startups like Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow or Steal, Grace Ehlers writes on industry website The Robin Report.<p>The trend has also spread to the music and hospitality industries with companies like Spotify and Airbnb, Ehlers writes.<p>"Never mind buying a …

Spotify

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

The Gigaom Interview: Max Levchin on data, sensors and building the future of finance

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Max Levchin<p>Stepping into HVF, it seems like any other startup office in San Francisco — though this one is near …

What Aereo Should Do to Stay Alive and Innovate Television

Most great businesses need to go though a moment of snatching victory from the jaw of defeat. Apple lost the PC race, only to innovate and win with portable music players and then phones over the last decade. Intel’s main business was selling RAM chips in the 80s until they rapidly lost …

Will the iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable? Recent Apple patent makes it possible.

The iPhone 6’s packaging might not only include a redesigned smartphone, but a redesigned USB to Lightning cable. While it’s unlikely that Apple will yet-again change the Lightning port introduced with the 2012 iPhone 5 anytime in the near future, a redesigned version of the USB plug could be ready …

Humanizing big data: The everyday impact of crowd science

In my recent VentureBeat post, I explored the emerging field of crowd science, how this sub-niche of data science is at the intersection of analytics and psychology, and how we apply it to our customers’ innovation processes at Mindjet. Since then, I’ve stumbled upon numerous articles and news …

Curry: Better on offense than LeBron

Stephen Curry took a shot at King James' throne Tuesday.<p>The Golden State Warriors point guard picked himself when asked whether he or LeBron James …

Siri’s founders are building a new AI assistant

Viv could become everything that you've always wanted from Siri<p>Siri blew a lot of people away when it was first introduced by Apple in 2011, but just about everyone who used it quickly realized just how limited the AI really was. Not much has changed for Siri in the years since, but now, according …

Jon Stewart is not enough: The curse of centrism, and why the Tea Party keeps rolling “Daily Show” Democrats

It’s easy to take shots and laugh at the know-nothing right. But our smirks let complicit Democrats off the hook<p>I have spent many years deriding the right, and I have to admit, it has been a hoot. The conservative world is an endless shooting gallery of hypocrites, con men, narcissists, and walking …

5 Tips for Getting the Maximum Value from Your Startup

If you're ready to sell your startup, these are the things you'll want to do to get the most out of your hard work.<p>So, you've decided to sell your startup. That's good, as all business relations must come to an end, and if you have an exit strategy planned, that means that your business is doing …

Small Business

In China, British Investigator Hired by Glaxo and His Wife Are Sentenced to Prison

Amazon launches attack on Hachette over e-book pricing

Amazonlaunched a campaign Friday night to counter the 900-plus authors who have signed an open letter supporting publisher Hachette. In a dispute over terms about the wholesale and retail price of e-books, Amazon has blocked pre-orders of Hachette print books, imposed artificial delays and made it …

Books

Everything That's Annoying About Silicon Valley Is Summed Up In This One Photo

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek has a cover story titled, "In Defense Of The Silicon Valley Tech Bro."<p>The cover shot includes all of the usual stereotypes about Silicon Valley. There's a guy wearing Google Glass and a Y Combinator shirt to show off the prestige ous accelerator program he …

Silicon Valley

Barnes & Noble teams up with Google for same-day book delivery

Today, Barnes & Noble and Google unveiled a partnership to provide same-day book delivery to consumers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles, and San Francisco.<p>Barnes & Noble’s strategy may be a counter to Amazon’s ongoing dominance of the book delivery market, the New York Times reported.<p>The partnership …

Texas becomes ground zero for surge in wind power

The winds of change are blowing through Texas—both literally and figuratively.<p>Home to both vast repositories of conventional and shale oil, the Lone Star State is also a major player in wind power, a new twist on the U.S. energy independence narrative. However improbable, the nation's second …

Code/red: Netflix Overtakes HBO in Facebook Gloats

Plus, Supreme Court decision prediction algorithms, Mark Zuckerberg's employee motivation techniques and another dumb drone accident.<p>// HAPPENING TODAY<p>Nvidia and Zynga report earnings.<p><b>Programming Note:</b> Code/red will not publish Friday or Monday August 11. I’m back on the 12th. Stay well.<p>Netflix: …

GOP wimps suddenly fear social issues: How tables turned on religious right

Once upon a time, it was the right that ran on reproductive health issues. Here’s why they’re running scared now<p>Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn't want to talk about equal marriage, at least not so much anymore. "I don't think the Republican Party is fighting it," Walker said last month when asked …

The Kevin Love Trade Makes The Cavaliers Unguardable

The past two No. 1 NBA Draft picks — Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — will go to Minnesota along with a protected first-round pick. Under NBA rookie contract rules, the trade can't be completed until Aug. 23.<p>Assuming the deal isn't derailed in the next 16 days, the Cavaliers are going to be …

NBA