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In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos' annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years Amazon has soared from revenues fo $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

Leadership

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

New code offers a 100-fold speed increase

Avoiding Zero Entries<p>We live in the age of big data, but most of that data is “sparse.” Imagine, for instance, a massive table that mapped all of …

The 9 Best Free Online Big Data And Data Science Courses

Demand for skilled data scientists continues to be sky-high, with IBM recently predicting that there will be a 28% increase in the number of employed data scientists in the next two years.<p>Businesses in all industries are beginning to capitalize on the vast increase in data and the new big data …

Meet 'Professor X,' the AI genius who left his lab at Princeton to beat Uber, Google, and Intel at their own game

By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as something of a risk-taker, had moved himself and his family from New Jersey to Silicon Valley, and raised some modest seed funding for his new startup focused on self-driving cars.<p>His startup, dubbed AutoX, has done its best to stay under the radar to …

How to Keep Your Children From Learning Stereotypes

How can modern parents raise the next generation to be free from corrosive gender and racial stereotypes? By the time children start elementary …

The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You

Americans born in the United States are more murderous than undocumented immigrants. Fighting words, I know. But why? After all, that's just what the …

Resisting the Tyranny of Algorithms in the New Year | Inc.com

Thirteenth century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi once said, "Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth."<p>Among Steve Jobs's many entrepreneurial insights was a perspicacious observation that creativity emerges out of a synthesis of "diverse …

Profit

Inside the black box: Understanding AI decision-making

Artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly influential in peoples' lives, but their inner workings are often opaque. We examine why, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Harvard research suggests that an entire global generation has lost faith in democracy

People everywhere are down on democracy. Especially young people. In fact, so rampant is democratic indifference and disengagement among millennials that a shocking share of them are open to trying something new—like, say, government by military coup.<p>That’s according to research by Yascha Mounk, a …

Political Science

Astronomers Observe Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space for the First Time Ever

A Little Less Strange<p>Vacuum birefringence is a weird quantum phenomenon that has only ever been observed on an atomic scale. It occurs when a neutron …

A leading procrastination expert reveals which personality types tend to put stuff off

If you're impulsive, disorganized, or consider yourself a perfectionist, Pychyl says you might not be knocking out tasks in a timely fashion.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor at Carleton University. He has been studying procrastination for the better part of two decades, which makes him perhaps the …

3tags.org

Facebook’s advice to students interested in artificial intelligence

Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math.<p>That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

 who run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively.<p>Tech companies often advocate STEM …

Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

It's Time to Stop Talking About EQ, Because It Doesn't Actually Exist | Inc.com

<i>What is more beneficial in life; a high EQ or IQ? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Jordan B Peterson, psychology professor at the University of Toronto, clinical psychologist, on Quora:</b><p>There …

Psychology

What Happens When You Flush? The Secrets Of Sewage

<i>“Yep, it smells about as bad as I expected.”</i> It’s a weird thing to say about somewhere that’s been on your visit-wishlist for a while, but those were my exact words when I walked into a building affectionately known as the “sludge barn” at Crossness.<p>The site in Thamesmead, South East London, has a …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

How A Former Child Prodigy Is Transforming Mobile Advertising

Brian Wong graduated college at age 18. Since then he’s written a book, been among the youngest entrepreneurs ever to receive venture funding, and become the first (and only) individual to earn a spot on the FORBES 30 Under 30 list in two different categories.<p>And things are only getting …

Entrepreneurship

Scientists Have Identified a Virus With DNA Stolen From a Black Widow Spider

We've never seen anything like this before.<p>A recent effort to sequence the genome of an unusual virus has led to a bizarre discovery: one-third of …

One of The Physicists Behind The Higgs Boson Has Made an Algorithm to Replace The Pill

It's up to 99.5% effective at stopping pregnancy.<p>One of the physicists who helped find the Higgs boson, Elina Berglund, has spent the past three …

Certain carbohydrates do not make you gain weight, research says

Known as resistant starches, they naturally occur in certain carbohydrate-rich foods such as beans and legumes, whole grains and even rice and …

Stanford professors explain their best strategy to figure out whether you should leave your job

You could theoretically deal with this situation by never taking a risk professionally. Or, you could take a calculated risk after you engage in some careful introspection — specifically by figuring out what it is that you detest most and least about your current work.<p>That second option is called …

Bone broth helped my aching joints

Jules Canterbury had become used to condensation dripping from the walls of her galley kitchen in Camberwell, south London. A long-time sufferer of fibromyalgia, a rheumatic condition that causes pain all over the body, she had taken to boiling “vats” of stock after a Sunday roast each week after …

The Lesson from This Year's Nobel Prize in Economics

Behind every partnership lurks an “incomplete contract” — a concept for which Harvard’s Oliver Hart just earned a Nobel prize in economics with MIT’s Bengt Holmstrom, who worked on related topics. This Nobel is the third to go to scholars working on what economists today call contract theory. The …

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Finalists

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 (see 2015 here) came to an end on October 1st, and the shortlisted final 40 entries have finally been …

Wildlife

Czech Republic home to world's deepest known underwater cave

Czech Republic: An underwater cave found by Polish cave divers is called Hranická Propast. It was explored using an underwater robot.<p>Explorers knew …

Scuba Diving

Donald Trump and the Climate-Change Countdown

In August, 2015, when President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan—the centerpiece of his effort to combat climate change—he quoted a speech that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave at Riverside Church, in April, 1967, opposing the Vietnam War. “I believe ‘there is such a thing as …

7 bee species listed as endangered for the first time in U.S.

HONOLULU — Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species …

The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot' | Reuters

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Centuries ago, Indian princes would bathe in the cool Kazhipally lake in Medak. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India’s baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it.<p>A boy prepares to jump off a rock into the …

Super Bug