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15 science fiction and fantasy books to read this December

Space operas, fairy tales, and a whole bunch of trilogy-enders<p>We’ve reached the end of 2017, and it’s been quite the year for books. December tends to be the slow period of the publishing calendar, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting books hitting stores this month.<p>I’ve been …

The End of Moore's Law Will Change How We Need To Think About Innovation

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challenges<p>In 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which predicted that computing power would double about every two years. For a half century, this process of doubling has proved to be so remarkably consistent …

Innovation

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

Gloomy octopuses—also known as common Sydney octopuses, or <i>octopus tet</i><i>ricus—</i>have long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there’s …

Zoology

Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future

<i>Note: If you want to print this post or read it offline, the PDF is probably the way to go. You can buy it here.</i> <i><br>And here’s a G-rated version of the</i> …

Singularity

AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

This "Smart Drug" Could Hack Your Brain Chemistry to Increase Your Intelligence

The Science of Nootropics<p>Nootropics, broadly speaking, are substances that can safely enhance cognitive performance. They’re a group of (as yet …

10 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Feed your brain at the gym, in the car, or whenever you have a few minutes to spare.<p>Hate your commute? Struggle to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill? Perhaps both these problems (and many more) have the same solution. Why not turn these odds and ends of unpleasant time into opportunities to …

Self-improvement

The One Thing No One Realizes About Happiness

Last year I was reading about a European billionaire who, after losing a good chunk of his wealth in a bad investment, ended his life. The day he …

4 Things the Most Productive People Do Differently

A zone of flow is impossible without these simple habits.<p>When it comes to work, the most rewarding days are undoubtedly the ones during which you make good progress on your to-do list while operating in a zone of flow. But it's a state that's hard to achieve unless you get a few simple things …

Peter Drucker

Understanding Your Gaps: Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't

Within each of us are two competing sides, a polarity of character. Only one leads to greatness<p>Do you ever wonder why some people succeed and others don't? We've all seen deserving people who never quite got things off the ground, and others who made it look easy. It doesn't always seem to make …

Leadership

America's Cult of Ignorance

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we …

Critical Thinking

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 years

“It's not because I overestimate the AI. It's because most people tend to overestimate human beings.”<p>Yuval Noah Harari’s first book, <i>Sapiens</i>, was an international sensation. The Israeli historian’s mind-bending tour through the triumph of <i>Homo sapiens</i>is a favorite of, among others, Bill Gates, Mark …

15 ways to drown out the negative voice in your head that is keeping you from being successful

The prospect of making any of the above adjustments to your life is empowering — that is, until your mind starts to wander.<p>Any time you've thought about making a change or pursuing a passion, you've probably dwelled more on your present state than your potential.<p>Or once you got started, minor …

Self-help

Scientists to begin revolutionary CRISPR trial on humans

CRISPR has been seemingly all over the place and there’s quite a dispute about the fame, glory and the millions of dollars to be made with this …

5 Ways to Know Whether You Have the DNA of an Entrepreneur

Persistent people who seek creative freedom often crave entrepreneurship.<p>It seems that in today’s society, being an entrepreneur makes you some sort of rockstar. The title itself has an appeal that makes anyone and everyone with an idea suddenly want to call themselves an entrepreneur.<p>But being a …

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

Writing Contests - The Writer

Looking for writing contests?<p>Sign up for The Writer e-newsletter to get the inside scoop on our latest contest announcements. You can also download …

Creative Writing

40 Writing Competitions To Inspire You

Writing competitions are a great way to keep you on your writing toes. You may want to enter some of your stories from our Twelve Short Stories …

Creative Writing

Forza Horizon 3 is a shameless thief, and that's the best thing a racing game can be

You’re haring around a field in a million-dollar Ferrari LaFerrari, a car with a ground clearance of 104mm. Its 800HP engine generates 516lb-ft of …

PC Gaming

Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. According to <i>IEEE</i>, Redmond converted a chunk of data …