Jorge Gonzalez

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The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Learn the Counterintuitive Genius of Laser Cooling In Just Six Minutes

All you need is the right kind of light.<p>We usually see lasers as something that can burn, or making things hot. Or something that can get you arrested if you point one at a plane. But contrary to what you might think, lasers can be used to cool things down too.<p>The physics can be complicated. Dianna …

How to Stop Hating Yourself and Start Down the Path to Self-Respect

We're all prone to a little self-loathing now and again, and sometimes that's a dark road that can only get worse. Thankfully, it's not too difficult …

A first look at Hexo+ -- the slick-looking drone that follows you

If you're in the market for a drone, you won't be short of choices in 2015, if CES is anything to go by. Even if it's one that follows you. Hexo+ is no new kid on the block, though. We actually saw it back in the summer when it launched on Kickstarter the same week as that other follow-you drone, …

Drones

FLIR's second-generation thermal camera now works with (almost) any smartphone

When FLIR launched its first smartphone-based thermal camera at last year's CES, the biggest annoyance people had was that the hardware was baked into an iPhone 5 case. Anyone who wasn't toting Apple's newest two smartphones was understandably aggrieved about that decision. That's why, as a …

The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

A bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. Here’s your comprehensive, always up-to-date guide on the …

Shopping

Programmers: What Does It Take to Be a Developer (Other than Coding)?

Coding is the biggest focus for most aspiring developers, but the truth is it takes a lot more to be a professional in the field. So we want to know: …

Source Code

All I want for Christmas is Science: Two

Around this time last year I wrote about my favourite science books of the year, as a Christmas present guide for the scientist or sci-curious person in your life. This year I’ve mainly been writing up my PhD, so haven’t been reading anything other than that, for the most part. However, there are a …

The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)

Everyone’s favorite emoji began in Japan. But without Google, it may have stayed there.<p>If the story of the poop emoji’s rise were told in emojis, it would look like this:<p>…which is to say, it is an international tale of drama, cultural differences, and near-disasters. This is that tale, told for the …

Language

These Are the Highest Paying Programming Skills to Have on Your Resume

Programming in general is a valuable skill when it comes to searching for jobs, but employers will pay more for some of them. If you're wondering …

Programming

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

How to Keep Going When You're Demotivated at Work

Sometimes, you get to a point at work where your motivation is completely depleted. But circumstances dictate that you can't quit. So how do you keep …

Self-help

The women with superhuman vision

A tiny group of people can see ‘invisible’ colours that no-one else can perceive, discovers David Robson. How do they do it?<p>As Concetta Antico took her pupils to the park for an art lesson, she would often question them about the many shades she saw flashing before her eyes. “I’d say, ‘Look at the …

University of California

9 Minutes a Day is the Magic Number for Better Personal Branding

Professionals know it's important to promote yourself to step up the corporate ladder. But if you think you don't have the time for that, think …

Avoid a "Fast Food" Approach to Clothing by Buying for Life

Most of us probably buy too much stuff. When we think of reducing our disposable approach to consumerism, we might think of buying better gadgets or …

Personal Finance

Get a College-Level Computer Science Education with These Free Courses

We're lucky to have access to so many excellent free online courses for just about anything you want to study, including computer science. Here's a …

Education

Plan to "Buy Your Time" in the Future, Instead of "Saving Money"

Many of us have some kind of plan in place to save money. With all the names and schemes we give them—401(k), Roth IRA, retirement fund, etc.—it's …

Six Easy Ways to Help Your Crappy Memory

When lost car keys, missed appointments, and forgotten passwords are every day occurrences, it gets frustrating. If your memory isn't as good as it …

Social Security

Think of Life as a Video Game to Make the Most of Your Time on Earth

Life is a game that we're all playing (whether we think of it as a game or not). It's time to level up by knowing the rules so we can "win."<p>Author, …

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means …

In The Brain, Distances In Space, Time, And Social Relationships Look The Same

A brain-scanning study finds a small region of the brain that treats "far from me," "distant acquaintance," and "later" as similar concepts.<p><i>The coffeeshop is nearby.<br>We're close friends.<br>My birthday seems so far away.</i><p>In English, at least, we use the same words to describe spatial, social and temporal …

Learning New and Unfamiliar Skills Can Improve Memory

It's no secret that if you want to improve your memory (or any brain function), you have to work at it. A new study, however, shows that specifically …

The gentle art of cracking passwords

<b>On the internet, the most popular colour is blue, at least when it comes to passwords.</b><p>If you are wondering why, it is largely because so many popular websites and services (Facebook, Twitter and Google to name but three) use the colour in their logo. That has a subtle impact on the choices people …

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it's true—but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

How to Break the Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

<i>We talk a lot about personal finance here at Lifehacker. But if you're living paycheck to paycheck, getting out of debt and starting a successful</i> …

Why Confidence Is So Important (and How to Improve Yours)

"Have confidence!" is one of the most essential pieces of advice you'll receive in life that makes no sense if you've never done it. You know what …

Self-improvement

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open and a suited man standing in the middle of the room, peering around and scribbling on a clipboard. He told me he …

Twitter founder reveals secret formula for getting rich online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …