Mohsin Zafar

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10 Paradoxes That Will Boggle Your Mind

A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for …

Civil Rights

Why We Use "X" as the Unknown in Math

For hundreds of years, x has been the go-to symbol for the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. So who started this practice?<p>Algebra was born …

Mathematics

The Simple, Elegant Algorithm That Makes Google Maps Possible

Edsger W. Dijkstra’s short solution to a bottomless complexity.<p>​ Algorithms are a science of cleverness. A natural manifestation of logical reasoning—​mathematical induction, in particular—a good algorithm is like a fleeting, damning snapshot into the very soul of a problem. A jungle of properties …

The habits behind successful, creative, productive people

Gretchen Rubin has a slight frame, a fast mouth and an energetic zeal when talking about her new book, for which she was once again part researcher and part guinea pig. <i>Better Than Before</i> in many respects picks up where her earlier body of advice, <i>The Happiness Project</i>, left off. This time, she …

Reality TV

Brain knows how to stop thinking, start learning

Anyone who's ever learned music probably remembers reaching a point when they just played without "thinking" about the notes.<p>It turns out that a little bit of disconnect goes a long way in learning motor tasks, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.<p>The …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Slaves Forced to Run Marathon Shoeless in Qatar

In Qatar, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they were wearing in order to break a Guinness World Record.<p>In an effort to …

Ordered nanostructures from benzene could pave the way for novel nanotechnology applications

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) A way to link benzene rings together in a highly ordered three-dimensional helical structure using a straightforward polymerization …

Nanotech

The Chemistry of Throat Lozenges

Click to enlarge<p>I’ve been suffering the effects of a sore throat these past few days (the curse of the end of term cold), which inevitably got me …

Anesthesiology

How to Write Chinese Characters Like a Native

For westerners, it’s easy to assume that English or Spanish are the most commonly spoken and written languages in the world. After all, those are the …

How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done

It’s a pattern with which most full-time professionals are familiar–you’re spending increasing amounts of time at your desk, but it feels like you’re getting less done. The hours stretch on, the to-do list grows, and you find yourself facing a future where you might let go of your apartment and …

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Productivity

15 Motivational Quotes From Legends in Sports

Entrepreneur Staff<p>Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio<p>The world of sports is a lot like business. There's training. Competition. Wins and losses. Passion. Hard work. Shall I go on?<p>Just as an aspiring baseball or basketball player could find inspiration from successful business leaders, …

Motivation

My Brain’s Stronger Than Your Brain

In a recent episode of The Tim Ferris Show (my favorite podcast, behind The Productivity Show, of course), Tim Ferris interviews Arnold …

How to Make the Most of Your Momentum When Getting Things Done

Momentum is a key force to your productivity. It's the reason that sometimes you can work effortlessly, and at other times it feels like pulling …

Productivity

Winter Weather Exercise Tips

These tips will help you plow through the cold months.<p>Winter can be a challenging time to stick to an exercise routine, and not just because of the weather. Aside from the ice, slush, snow, and far fewer hours of daylight to get those workouts in, you have to juggle it with holiday and family …

Backpacking