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Meet the Silicon Valley-ites taking tiny hits of LSD to boost performance

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Consciousness

Do you see it? Optical illusion makes pretty woman appear on blank canvas

An optical illusion makes participants see a woman with brunette hair after simply staring at a person’s nose for 15 seconds<p>A new optical illusion has surfaced online and it’s much creepier than ‘the dress’.<p>A negative image of a woman’s face appears on one side of the image and an off-white blank …

Want to calm down? Listen to Judas Priest or Slipknot, study finds

An Australian study of fans of “extreme” bands such as Judas Priest, Megadeth and Fleshgod Apocalypse found the music had a calming effect<p>An Australian study has found that listening to heavy metal and “extreme music” such as punk and death core has a calming influence on fans and does not make …

Did you solve it? Are you smarter than a Hong Kong six-year-old?

I hope you enjoyed solving today’s odd-one-out problem, because it was meant to be funny, as well as fun.<p>Puzzle maven Tanya Khovanova, who devised it, intended it to be taken that way. Tanya - like many of you who posted comments - does not like odd-one-out puzzles.<p>Let’s see why with another …

Hong Kong

How to solve the maths GCSE question about Hannah's sweets that went viral

Students flooded social media this week to ridicule this tricky maths teaser about a teenage girl and her struggle with a sugary diet. Here’s how to solve it.<p>Earlier this week this question was in the Edexcel Maths GCSE paper:<p><i>There are n sweets in a bag. 6 of the sweets are orange. The rest of the</i> …

Viral

Anthony Bourdain’s 10 Rules to Grilling the Perfect Burger

This is an entirely preventable state of affairs. Any chimpanzee can grill a steak or a burger. All it takes to transform you from a backyard Charlie Manson into a world-class grillmeister is a bit of technique and a trick or two. Incorporate these steps into your grill game and I guarantee you’ll …

NOVOGRATZ: 'We've already seen the beginning of the quake that could be coming'

You want a warning signal.<p>At SALT Las Vegas, the biggest hedge fund conference of the year, we're hearing delegate after delegate talk about the bubble bursting.<p>"I'm going to argue that I think something has fundamentally changed," said Michael Novogratz, the CEO of Fortress Investments, an …

Stock Markets

VoxieBox Displays 3D Images Just Like R2D2’s Message From Princess Leia

Voxon, chosen out of the Hardware Alley to do the ‘wildcard’ pitch during TechCrunch Disrupt NY, demonstrated a truly amazing technology today. Imagine the scene from Star Wars where Princess Leia is projected in 3 dimensions recording a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, Voxon’s VoxieBox product …

Princess Leia

Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Nicola lives in the tartan house, but who owns the fish?<p>Stumped? Here’s how to solve Einstein’s election riddle<p>Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than …

Mathematics

New Attack Helicopter Set To Enter Russian Service

Sky alligators<p>When Russia got two competing designs for an attack helicopter, the country did something very unusual from a U.S. Department of Defense perspective: It adopted one right away. It then sent the other one back with refined requirements, creating two similar but specialized vehicles. …

The Moon May Be The Result Of Earth's Collision With Its Long-Lost Twin

Digging up dirt on our satellite's back story<p>Our beloved Moon, often the staple of a peaceful and tranquil nighttime scene, has a pretty violent origin story.<p>In 1970, researchers proposed the “giant impact” hypothesis, which reasons that the Moon is the result of a huge collision between the Earth …

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Claims about Andreas Lubitz's mental health only serve to stigmatise depression

The media is today reporting that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have been dealing with depression. But claiming a causal link between mental illness and the crash only serves to further stigmatise depression<p>Whenever a major disaster occurs, it’s a perfectly understandable human reaction …

Mental Health

Watch Ford engineers and designers gush over the incredible new GT

It'll be many months before we see the new GT on streets, but Ford's new supercar — which was just announced at NAIAS in Detroit — is going to get plenty of screen time leading up to the launch. That's thanks in part to Microsoft, which has partnered with Ford to make the GT its "cover car" for</i> …

Sports Cars

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement