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Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Mindfulness

Free Encrypted iPhone Comms And 'World First' Private Tablet Unveiled

It’s been a great day for privacy-minded folk, with the launch of free encrypted messaging and calls for Apple’s iPhone, thanks to Open Whisper Systems’ updated Signal application, and what’s being billed by creator Silent Circle as the “world’s first privacy focused tablet”.<p>Signal’s open source …

Privacy

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

How Beer and Coffee Affect Your Brain

Beer and coffee are both great beverages when it comes to getting stuff done, but they each contribute to different stages of a project.

3 Ways to Benefit From Meditation Without Just Sitting There

further: feature<p>The benefits of meditation keep rolling in. The latest findings from researchers at UCLA claim that meditation keeps your brain …

Alan Turing's handwritten notebook reveals his genius (pictures)

Mathematics

Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes

Despite the events depicted in <i>The Imitation Game,</i> Alan Turing did not invent the machine that cracked Germany’s codes during World War II—Poland did. …

Real-time brain feedback reduces attention lapses

Your attention, please.<p>People make mistakes every day because they lose focus. Maybe your car drifts across the center line or an error slips into a …

The Brain

The truth behind those mysteriously cheap gray market game codes

The Steam key for <i>Gravity Ghost</i>, the new release from Ivy Games, cost Polygon $12.44. The indie game is just a few weeks old, and currently the only place to buy it is through the Humble Bundle store or Steam itself. Or rather, those are the official places to buy it. There, the game sells for …

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, <i>Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy</i>, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science.<p>What most people …

Time Management
Neuroscience

Google executives explain why the MBA approach to building things is ‘stupid’

Google’s hiring chief says he doesn’t give much credit to college degrees in the hiring process. So it should come as no surprise that other Google executives also regard staples of traditional business school training at the nation’s elite colleges as downright “stupid.”<p>Former senior vice …

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here’s why<p>The obsessive thoughts of OCD are different to those that tend to dominate other types of mental anguish. Recurring and distressing thoughts are not always an obsession – at least not …

Cognition

Is Lack of Sleep Changing Your Brain?

There are some downsides to being tired that you're already familiar with: A lack of sleep makes most people look and feel like garbage. But there's some other nasty stuff going on in your body when you don't get good rest—and you may not even be aware of it.<p>Poor sleep impacts your brain in a way …

How Your Brain Ignores Distractions

From the feeling of clothes against the skin, to the sounds of cocktail party chatter, the human brain is constantly blocking out information that …

How Did Einstein Think?

What sort of theorist was Einstein? Everyone knows that he brought profound insight in the form of new theories in mathematical physics. If we seek …

Alan Turing’s Universal Computing Machine

A Turing Machine is a not a real machine, it is a theoretical idea which plays an important role in the foundations of mathematics and computer …

Deep Learning in a Nutshell – what it is, how it works, why care?

<b>By Nikhil Buduma (Musings of an MIT student).</b><p>Deep learning. Neural networks. Backpropagation. Over the past year or two, I've heard these buzz words …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Heart Rates

19 Science-Backed Reasons to Meditate

With more and more people touting its life-changing benefits (we’re looking at you, Anderson Cooper!), it’s safe to say that meditation has gone …

Inside What Your Brain Requires To Process New Information

A new study suggests the next time you learn something new, take a few minutes, grab a coffee, and let things percolate.<p>It’s no secret that mental downtime can help your career–a little distance can help you gain perspective and perhaps even solve a problem once you switch focus. But a new study …

The Brain