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I Know Who Owned My Ancestors. What Now?

Dear Professor Gates:<p><i>I’ve managed to trace my family ancestry back to an Adalin and Alex Vinson. The records I have state that Adalin (the spellings</i> …

MashReads Podcast: 'Underground Airlines' tackles racism by imaging America where slavery still exists

The Civil War indelibly shaped the course of American history. But what would the United States look like if the war never happened?<p>This week on the</i> …

Why Sex (Really) Matters

There is no more important topic in the social sciences than sex. The truth of this assertion is linked to two indisputable facts: sex often produces …

A philosopher’s 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists

The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal is perhaps best known for Pascal’s Wager which, in the first formal use of decision theory, argued that believing in God is the most pragmatic decision. But it seems the French thinker also had a knack for psychology. As Brain Pickings points out, Pascal …

Pascal

Men without Pants: Masculinity and the Enslaved

Although nearly fifty-seven years have passed since Stanley Elkins’ provocative thesis on the effects of slavery rocked the historical community, …

Secret Teacher: schools are in crisis – parents, we need your help

We’re facing staff shortages, a funding crisis and painful redundancies, but the government just won’t listen to us<p>Teaching is in crisis. There is an enormous shortage of qualified staff in the state system, especially in subjects such as physics and maths. There are also serious budget problems. …

Teaching

Keto diet science: How your body burns fat

By now, you’ve probably heard about the <i>keto diet</i>. You’ve probably heard that it all but bans carbs and sugars, or that it’s been clinically shown to …

Diabetes

7 bedtime rituals that are hard to adopt, but will pay off forever

Bedtime rituals can make or break your success.<p>The last few things you do before bed tend to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level …

Sleep

10 Easy Ways You Can Keep on Learning Things Every Day

Here are a few tips to help you become a constant learner.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>I genuinely enjoy learning, and years ago when I first moved to NYC and intensely believed that there was a serious gap in my …

Marijuana And Motivation - The Alchemist's Quest

My relationship with marijuana started roughly 30 years ago, on a rainy day, in a disused playground. I did not know it then, however that day marked …

Worlds Best 42 Timeless Self-Improvement Quotes

Our life is a continuous process, an interesting book to learn. starting from the birth to death. Every bit of a second is a lesson. Such as, broken …

Motivation

Scientists find Luca, a single-cell, bacterium-like organism that is the common ancestor of all life on Earth

Scientists might have found the common ancestor that unites all life on Earth – and it’s called Luca.<p>Our ultimate relative was a single-cell, …

Microsoft still believes hand tracking is the future of PC input

Microsoft wants to move beyond the keyboard and mouse to power the interfaces of the future. While the software maker has been investing in voice recognition and augmented reality scenarios, Microsoft's research division has made some significant progress with hand tracking. Researchers are working …

How Will Deep Learning Impact the Finance Industry?

By <b>Katie Pollitt</b>, Global Summit Creator - RE•WORK<br>June 22, 2016<p><b>Artificial intelligence (AI) is not a new concept, but thanks to breakthroughs in deep</b> …

Machine Learning

Here Is Google's List of Fears About Artificial Intelligence

Somebody's preparing for the robopocalypse.<p>With the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk warning that killer robots could be on the horizon, it's probably a good idea to take a look at the potential downfalls of artificial intelligence.<p>That's why Google has stepped up to the plate and produced a …

Google researchers tackle AI and robotics safety, prevent future toasters from killing us in our sleep - ExtremeTech

By on June 24, 2016 at 8:24 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Humans have been afraid of the …

AI And The Future Of Food | Articles | Analytics

The relationship between population growth and scarcity of resources is much disputed. Thomas Malthus, in his Essay on the Principle of Population, …

10 Timeless Habits That Will Change Your Life Right Now

Use these as a template for living an awesome life. The first step is to get intentional about one of them. Then the rest will follow.<p>I've had many low points in life, the lowest stemming from a divorce that led to months of recovery from depression and anxiety.<p>It was also the best thing that ever …

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Still Make Big Mistakes | Inc.com

Emotional intelligence is a great gauge of maturity among your potential partners, colleagues and even customers. How you react to something, and how you are able to facilitate a constructive dialog in sticky situations, is essential to growing as an entrepreneur.<p>But what if you don't want to? It …

Emotional Intelligence

I asked 6 top psychologists to tell me what blows their mind — here are their answers

If you're at all inclined to nerd out over the study of human behavior (nope, not me), the convention is one of the coolest places you'll ever find yourself.<p>Dozens of top psychologists were there to present their findings on topics including happiness and well-being, memory, and goal pursuit.<p>Around …

4 Ways to Calm Yourself When You’re Anxious

How to locate the “off” switch to your jitters.<p>The human brain is good at creating anxiety. The good news is that it's possible to undo your anxiety …

Self-improvement

NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”

An asteroid has been by Earth’s side for around 100 years—and it’s here to stay for a while longer.<p>Sized between 120 feet and 300 feet, the quasi-satellite named Asteroid 2016 HO3 was first discovered on April 27, 2016, by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope in Hawaii. Nicknamed “mini moon,” …

Asteroids

The Growing Risk of a War in Space

The prospect of weaponized satellites launching a Pearl Harbor style attack in orbit is more probable than many people realize.<p>In <i>Ghost Fleet</i>, a 2015 novel by security theorists Peter Singer and August Cole, the next world war begins in space.<p>Aboard an apparently civilian space station called the …

We Just Learned A New Secret About The Great Pyramid Of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza is so seemingly well-built that explanations of how the ancient Egyptians constructed it over 4,500 years ago have been …

3 Reasons You Can't Motivate Yourself At Work Anymore -- And How To Overcome Each One

We’ve all faced days at the office where we’re just not feeling motivated. Off days happen to everyone and it’s tough—if not unrealistic—to constantly do your best work. There are bound to be times when you procrastinate too much, lack focus or struggle to start important projects.<p>You may react by …

Motivation

How to Create the Best Version of Yourself

Mark Lack says that by giving and becoming more, the having takes care of itself.<p>Mark Lack is the CEO of Shorten the Gap and is on the Board of Advisers for the Leap Foundation.<p>Lack travels regularly for work and meets a lot of entrepreneurs from around the world. He noticed that countless …