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Neuroscience

Japanese Researchers Want to Row to Taiwan on Rafts to Solve an Ancient Mystery

In the age of high-speed transport, Japanese researchers are turning to some vintage methods to find the origins of the Japanese people.<p>In the age of high-tech bullet trains and speedy air travel, it seems a crazy idea: A team of Japanese researchers are attempting to retrace an ancient sea voyage …

The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power

UK researchers have created a self-sustaining nano-membrane toilet that could provide a safe alternative to open defecation and public lavatories<p>Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s …

Toilets

Why Special Ops Are Doing Yoga—and Why You Should, Too

These warriors swear by it. See what it can do for you<p>I started doing yoga in 2011, when I was shutting down Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn.<p>Eight other Special Forces guys and I were the last American soldiers north of Baghdad, and our job was to represent U.S. support for a sovereign Iraqi …

Get Motivited: Fitness Girls That Will Inspire You Be in Shape.

Fitness experts say it doesn't take much effort or money to design an effective workout program at home. Things like fit balls, dumbbells, exercise …

Learning a Second Language is a Waste of Time

Learning a second language is unproductive and a veritable waste of time. At long last I have come to my senses. After years expounding and arguing about the benefits of learning foreign tongues I have come to realize the truth and seen the light. I intone the mea culpa and offer my apologies. …

24 iconic children's books you should still read, even if you're a grown up

For most of us, there's at least one book we read as children that became ingrained in the make-up of our adult lives. You're probably picturing …

Thinking with your heart: The interaction between rationality and emotions

A breathtaking volume by an Israeli academic on the mutual interaction between rationality and emotions is taking the world by storm.<p>><br>• ><p>An image of …

Psychology

New experiments challenge economic game assumptions

Too much confidence is placed in economic games, according to research by academics at Oxford University.

Yale psychologists have built a mathematical model for selfishness

Ever wonder why some people have a tendency to be nice—even in situations where it costs them—while others are constantly out for themselves? Psychologists from Yale University have built a formal mathematical model, combining game theory with ideas from behavioral economics, to show how humans …

Psychology

A chemist says most people overlook a huge factor when brewing coffee

Tom Smith Photography<p>Christopher H. Hendon, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at MIT, was sitting in a coffee shop near his graduate school in the …

8 Open Source Big Data Mining Tools

A survey of the open source data mining tools gaining adoption in today's growing Big Data market.

The Coolest Infographics of 2015

Don't think data can be beautiful? Check out these creative infographics.<p>Not a "numbers person"? You don't have to be to appreciate a good infographic. In fact, that's kind of the point. The best infographics take data that might be boring in a spreadsheet and turn it into a beautifully visual …

Infographics

Viral video news memes bring fame – but still feel almost racist

Memes like this week’s Tulsa woman being interviewed about a fire and Antoine Dodson’s Bed Intruder aren’t explicitly demeaning but still make you cringe<p>Mercifully, someone won the Powerball lottery on Wednesday night – a mystery man or woman in Chino Hills, California, a town I’ve probably driven …

Wine and Berries Are Nature's Viagra, Says Science

A new study suggests that foods high in flavonoids, like currants and red wine, may help prevent erectile dysfunction and reliance on Viagra.

Research

LEBRON JAMES: How the king of the NBA spends his millions

Off the court, he's equally relentless. On Monday, James signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike— a move that was so big it is more like the merger of two corporations— becoming the first athlete in the company's 44-year history to do so.<p>As a result of his unwavering successes on and off the …

4 unconventional tips on starting a business from Peter Thiel

Certainly, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and now a prominent venture capitalist. He was the first outsider to invest in Facebook, and he manages Founders Fund's $2 billion in assets.<p>We read Thiel's bestselling book, "Zero to One," and …

The 5 most annoying people at every company

But sadly, that's never the case. Because unlike your friends, you don't get to choose your coworkers. And while some will be awesome human beings who turn into lifelong friends, others will drive you crazy because they're just so very horrible.<p>Trust me, I know you've got at least one or two in …

New Year's Eve is your only chance to catch this beautiful comet in your lifetime — here's how to spot it

The visitor is the comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina); most people are just calling it Comet Catalina (the official name has a bit more complicated nomenclature). There are a couple of <i>very</i> cool things about this comet you should know about, but before I get to that part let me tell you how to see …

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

5 Reasons She Hates Your Semen

And how you can change them<p>If your partner isn’t exactly enthusiastic about your semen, there’s not much you can say to change her mind.<p>Sure, you can cite scientific research, like the 2012 study from the State University of New York, which found that seminal fluid contains chemicals that can …

10 Habits of Ultra-Likeable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable …

9 crazy things that could happen after the singularity, when robots become smarter than humans

Futurists say that our destiny will be shaped by the Singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.<p>Scholars don't agree on the details, but they say it will happen between 30 and 1000 years from today, with most predicting it will emerge in the next century.<p>It …

NASA Probes Giant Magnetic Explosions Around Earth

Nine months after launch, NASA’s MMS probes return "promising initial results."<p>We tend to think of space as this totally empty vacuum, although the reality is that it's bubbling over with activity from electrically charged particles and electromagnetic fields.<p>The interplay of these electrically …

Physics

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

Create and protect your Make Time, people.<p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us …

Simple end-to-end TensorFlow examples

I’ve been reading papers about deep learning for several years now, but until recently hadn’t dug in and implemented any models using deep learning …

Deep Learning

Sex Ed in VR Can Prepare Young Women for Actual Sex

If unfurling a dummy digital condom could prevent even a few sexual mishaps, could VR be the answer to poor sex education we’ve been looking for?<p>You're lingering outside your date's dorm room and he's fumbling with his keys. A calculated combination of dialogue options led you to this moment. …

Yemen: "The Situation in Taiz is Devastating"

<i>Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Karline Kleijer recently returned from three weeks in Taiz, a city on</i> …

7 Web design trends for 2016

Examples of the latest trends in creating desktop and mobile digital experiencesIn this article I'm going to review the trends in digital experience …