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This simple algebra question is confusing the internet – can you answer it?

Can you answer this seemingly simple algebra question?<p>If you were paying attention during your maths lessons at school then you should have no trouble solving the question.<p>The image has been share and liked by more than 70,000 Facebook users and has attracted a whopping 480,000 …

The best optical illusions of 2016 will give your brain a workout

If the blue-or-gold dress or the giant red dot weren't enough to give your brain a workout, this group of the best optical illusions of 2016 should do the trick.<p>Selected by the Neural Correlate Society every year, the illusions "are perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality,'' …

Snoop Dogg

Researchers create skeleton robot with human-like muscles

If robots that mimic animal or human behavior are your nightmare fuel, turn away now. Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology went one step further with a skeleton robot, giving it human-like muscles to help with movement. The microfilament muscle "tissues" connect to joints and …

This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is a Fairytale for Bookworms

The new bookstore, Zhongshuge Yangzhou, appeals to design and book lovers alike.<p>Once upon a time, we might have considered a bookstore incredible if it included, say, tasty café food and giant beanbags for kids. Now, an incredible bookstore is defined by reflective "tunnels" of books and truly …

Endangered ferrets are being saved by drones that drop vaccine-laced M&Ms

Here’s your weird but interesting technology story for the day. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is using M&M-dispensing drones to save endangered black-footed ferrets in rural Montana.<p>The ferret’s main source of food is prairie dogs, which are being killed by the sylvatic plague, a disease …

Drones

Brain changes wrought by gene linked to Alzheimer’s may begin in childhood, scientists say

The gene that makes some people more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease as adults also affects the brain development and mental abilities of children, a new study shows.<p>Researchers who examined brain scans of 1,187 kids and teens found distinct patterns in the size and structure of the cortex, …

Dementia

16 Habits Extremely Happy People All Share

We all want to live happy lives. Easier said than done. How do we get to our goal?<p><i>The Bucket List</i> is a 2007 movie that starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and focused on living out the list of things they identified that they wanted to do before they died. While the story includes …

Happiness

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about <i>teachers,</i> and learning is about <i>students.</i> In traditional education, teaching is like a teacher giving a student a cup …

Robot Prisoners Trudge to Freedom in This Quick Hit of Scifi Eye Candy

In a dystopian future, a group of robot prisoners break free and are allowed to venture into the unknown, where they meet a strange duo who help them …

Wiping, burping, cajoling ... how much can you learn from parenting?

Andy Murray credits fatherhood for his Wimbledon victory. Andrea Leadsom claimed being a mother would make her a better PM. But is raising a child really the key to self-improvement? Here five writers explain how it changed them<p>I was feeding someone else’s baby with a spoon the other day, a task I …

Is It Time To Ban Computers From Classrooms?

Every semester, college instructors face a choice: whether to restrict the use of laptops and other devices in their classrooms or to, instead, let students decide for themselves.<p>And for classrooms that do allow devices, students face an ongoing set of choices: to take notes electronically or by …

Pedagogy

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

5 Deadly Meeting Mistakes And How To Fix Them

The hot-shot product manager burst into the conference room ten minutes late.<p>“Sorry guys, I’m on ‘marketing time.’”<p>The six of us already in the room had been waiting on him to start the meeting. Six people, times 10 minutes each, equals a full hour of wasted time.<p>There was a standing joke in the …

Time Management

Coming To Market: An Apartment In A Box That Morphs At The Press Of A Button

Ori, a startup born from an MIT Media Lab project, thinks furniture should be a robotic shapeshifter. And it hired Yves Béhar to design it.<p>Space is a luxury, and apartments aren’t getting bigger any time soon (sigh). But a new company called Ori thinks that we don’t necessarily need to think …

Real Estate

What are black holes? WIRED explains

There are many strange things in our universe – from supernovas to neutron stars – but nothing is more mind-blowing than a black hole.<p>Black holes are …

Here's What We Know About the Robot Used In the Dallas Shooting

Police used an unusual weapon to kill a man suspected of murdering five officers in Dallas on Thursday: A robot.<p>Dallas Police Chief David Brown told …

This Designer Invented The Ultimate Font Finder

Spector is a pocket-sized gadget that takes the detective work out of identifying fonts and colors.<p>There are certain celebrity fonts that get so much play, they’re instantly recognizable. (Looking at you, Helvetica, Comic Sans, and Times New Roman.) But it can be frustrating to sleuth the true …

Typography

4 Proven Secrets to Easily Improve Your Body Language

What is your body language telling others about you?<p>Last week I wrote about how to read other people (you can check that out here.) But being able to …

Wake Forest University

Top 10 novels about deranged killers

From Norman Bates to Hannibal Lecter, murderous bogeymen exercise an enduring grip on readers’ imaginations. These are some of the best, and most frightening<p>Nearly six decades after its original publication, Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho remains the progenitor and touchstone of all the deranged …

Horror

Meet the world's most high-tech piano

Musical instruments have traditionally been left alone by the high-tech world, letting artisans and luthiers work their magic to produce the finest guitars or violins using ancient techniques and traditional materials.<p>There are a few exceptions, of course, with recent notable examples including …

Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes

Sunbaked southwest US is a prime spot for floatovoltaic projects, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs, reports Environment 360<p>The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic …

Renewable Energy

Suddenly Everybody Is Obsessed with A.I.—Even If Investors Don’t Get It

Many still don’t understand the emerging industry.<p>As Silicon Valley investors and tech giants continue to pour cash into burgeoning artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning and chatbots, the relatively nascent A.I. industry is emerging as the latest mega-hot new ticket in …

Artificial Intelligence

Omega 3 can help 'brain ageing in the over 50s'. And now Waitrose are making it easier to get your intake

As a member of the Slightly-Over-Fifty Club the findings from a recent OnePoll survey of the over 50s commissioned by Equazen, manufacturers of the evidence-based brain health supplements, were no surprise. It found that seven out of 10 over 50's have some degree of memory loss and more than half …

How to Make Yourself Work (When You're Not in the Mood)

How to beat procrastination and get things done even when you don't feel like working.<p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, …

Procrastination

Inside Las Pozas, Edward James' Surrealist Garden in the Mexican Jungle

Edward James, one of the most eccentric and interesting twentieth-century collectors of surrealist art, arrived in Xilitla, Mexico at the end of the …

Six New Medical Technologies Worth Watching

Among them: advances in surgical robots and early cancer screening<p>By<p>Joseph Walker<p>Joseph Walker<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@joewalkerWSJ<p>joseph.walker@wsj.com<p>From growing blood vessels in labs to applying advanced nanotechnology to cancer testing, here are some emerging technologies that could …

Medical Technology

7 Ways the Cops Will Bust You on the Dark Web

The dark web isn’t as dark as some criminals would like.<p>Because users are protected by a veil of technological anonymity, the dark web is often portrayed as a space beyond the reach of law enforcement, where criminals can run amok without fear of prosecution.<p>That couldn't be more wrong.<p>In fact, …

Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

Imaginary animals dance across the panels of artist Hieronymus Bosch's paintings: There are snails with human legs, fish with human arms and at least one spider-legged peacock. Since his death in 1516, Bosch has been called "the devil's painter," and he has been hailed as a psychedelic seer born …

A Giant List Of Epic Destinations For Anyone Who Lives To Travel

Pack your bags.<p>There's a big world out there, and no shortage of incredible destinations to explore. So it's only natural that choosing where to visit can be hugely intimidating. Thankfully, we've got you covered with lists on lists of epic spots to sift through. Check 'em out!<p><i>Note: Some of these</i> …

30 Heartwarming Photos of Cat Dads Around The World

Believe it or not, there are plenty of men out there who are the shattering the “cat lady” stereotype and love spending their time, raising and …