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The Mathematical Voodoo of Triangles

When you try to build shapes out of too many triangles, some bizarre things start to happen.<p>The five Platonic solids are the foundation for a number of geometric studies, and they encompass the only three-dimensional polyhedrons that are both regular and convex. In other words, they are 3D shapes …

This Devilishly Difficult Online Game Is Scientifically Shown to Improve Brain Function | Inc.com

Brain-improving games have mostly been debunked. But there's still one that may be worth a try.<p>Can playing an online game make your brain work better? Earlier this year, the maker of the Lumosity app, which widely advertised cognitive and memory benefits from playing its games, was fined $2 million …

The Brain

New Research: Australia is the Birthplace of Humankind

Over the last decade, all manner of unexpected archaeological discoveries have led to many experts questioning much of what was assumed to be fact. …

Are Space Aliens Behind The 'Most Mysterious Star In The Universe?'

KIC 8462852 has been called the most mysterious star in the universe, and for good reason.<p>In many ways, the distant sun ― a bit bigger and hotter than our own sun but otherwise pretty similar ― is just another star. But its flickering light is so strange and inexplicable that some people are …

Paranormal

15 Robots That Will Make Your Life Easy

There was a time when the Bicentennial Man looked sci-fi on the big screen. Technology has evolved ever since then and today we aim to own a robot …

What is an API? In English, please.

Before I learned software development, API sounded like a kind of beer.<p>Today I use the term so often that I have in fact recently tried to order an …

Machine Learning Goes Dark And Deep To Find Zero-Day Exploits Before Day Zero

How do you stop someone from exploiting a vulnerability in your software when you don’t know that the vulnerability exists? That’s the problem faced by cyber security experts who try to stop zero-day exploits. If you’re lucky, a friendly spots the vulnerability and tells you about it so you can fix …

Machine Learning

Everything You Can Do With Windows 10’s New Bash Shell

Windows 10’s Anniversary Update brings a “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” environment to Windows 10. But don’t be deceived: This is more than just a Bash …

Ubuntu

How Millionaires Manage Their Email

How can you cut the time spent on emails in half? How can you get to “inbox zero” every single day?<p>I recently interviewed over 200 millionaires, entrepreneurs and highly successful solopreneurs for my new book, <i>15 Secrets Highly Successful People Know About Time Management.</i> I learned that …

Time Management

10 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries In Physics

It can seem like an uphill challenge to try to understand the universe around us. We have found many answers to the mysteries in our world: how …

How to use a Raspberry Pi to browse anonymously

Do you use <i>Tor</i> to prevent Big Brother from tracking you online? Although it is pretty straightforward to use, it can be quite a hassle to configure <i>Tor</i> …

Linux

Quantum Experiments Suggest That the Future Can Affect the Past

In the world that we live in, it is a well-known fact that <b>causality forms sequences of events in nature.</b> Indeed, for every effect there is a cause, …

Why The Smartest Person Isn’t The Most Likely To Get The Job

Showing off how smart you are on your résumé could have a negative effect on recruiters. Attitude trumps IQ when it comes to success.<p><i>Genius</i>. The word has an undeniable cachet and implies capability beyond the ordinary. The pursuit of genius or at least being the smartest person in the room …

Self-improvement

NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

It's the first direct evidence of a long-suspected theory<p>Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in <i>Nature Geosciences</i><i>.</i> This revelation comes from new spectral data gathered by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a …

Georgia Tech

Watch people try virtual reality porn for the first time

Virtual reality porn is here.<p>Over the summer Internet porn purveyor Badoink.com handed out free cardboard virtual reality headsets (modeled on Google’s Cardboard) to help VR enthusiasts get access to equipment and to build an audience for its content. Now it’s ready to start testing its VR porn on …

The best mind mapping app

There are a lot of excellent options for mind mapping software to help you capture and organize your ideas, but we think that MindNode is the best …

Mind Mapping

Not Just Another Discussion About Whether AI Is Going To Destroy Us

An AI roundtable discussion is a staple of the tech journalism circus — usually framed with a preamble about dystopic threats to human existence from the inexorable rise of ‘super intelligence machines’. Just add a movie still from <i>The Terminator</i>.<p>What typically results from such a set-up is a …

Artificial Intelligence

When Robots Hallucinate

What do Google's trippy neural network-generated images tell us about the human mind?<p>When a collection of artificial brains at Google began generating psychedelic images from otherwise ordinary photos, engineers compared what they saw to dreamscapes. They named their image-generation technique …

Computer Science

Major cancer breakthrough: Doctors solve long-standing mystery of how to stop cancer from growing

Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a …

Breakthrough data storage innovation: One DNA molecule can store tons of data for 1M years

Genetic information stored in DNA molecules makes life on Earth possible, but what if humans could use the same kind of technology to store their own …

Genetics