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The tumultuous life and times of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s creative output embodied everything from love poetry to history, fantasy, tragedy, comedy and magic. But little of what he wrote was an explicit commentary on contemporary events at the time he was writing, despite it being a fascinating and turbulent period in history: a time …

William Shakespeare

Five Technologies That Will Disrupt Healthcare By 2020

<i>Frost & Sullivan’s Transformational Health program provides insight on the growth opportunities driven by innovative healthcare technology</i><p>The healthcare landscape is changing exponentially and the following technologies are expected to have far-reaching implications in terms of diagnostics, …

Digital Health

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity

We all experience the borderlands between sleep and wakefulness. Here's how to make the most of it.<p>We're all familiar with the two basic states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness. But what about what happens <i>in between</i> those states?<p>In the borderlands between wakefulness and rest is a strange …

Facebook Says It Has Created The Most Accurate Population Density Models Ever

Facebook analyzed 14.6 billion satellite images to create the models. It plans on making them available to anyone.<p>Leveraging in-house data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence expertise, Facebook has come up with what it says are the most accurate and scalable population density …

Dark, Masochistic Self-Portraits Capture the Agony of Love Lost

Following the breakdown of a seven year romance, New York City-based photographer Hsin Wang re-staged her grief, giving physical presence to the …

Green Slime Can See

Your nearest pond may be covered with a scum of single-celled eyes<p>You don't need eyes to see--at least, not if you're a cyanobacteria.<p>In a paper published in <i>eLife</i>, researchers say that they've figured out how cyanobacteria and other single-celled bacteria can detect and move toward a source of …

That Time a Fake Science Fiction Author Won a Major Novel-Writing Prize

Back in 1953, <i>Galaxy Science Fiction</i> and Simon & Schuster launched a huge contest to find a great new science fiction novel. The prize was $6,500 (a …

7 Simple Ways To Start Reading More

Reading is easily my favorite pastime. I could read all day, every day, if that were an option. It wasn’t always this way though. I hadn’t truly …

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

Multilingual Universe from 'Mitaka'

The door to the digital Universe has been flung open! Mitaka, a free downloadable software program to visualize the Universe based on real …

Language

Clever Crayons Are Labeled Periodic Table to Teach Kids Chemisty

There's more than one way to memorize the elements on the Periodic table. You can turn them into a rousing game of Battleship or brighten up the pages of your favorite coloring book with Calcium, Potassium, and Titanium. Etsy shop Que Interesante adds some educational fun to art supplies by selling …

Kids' Creative Drawings Become Real Inventions We Can Use

Designer Dominic Wilcox asked 450 kids to draw the most imaginative inventions they could think of and later, surprisingly, made their dreams a reality. In collaboration with The Cultural Spring, Wilcox created the Inventors! project, which aims to harness and display the power of childhood …

Adolf Hitler the artist: Watercolours and drawings sold at auction, in pictures - Telegraph

How an Apple employee once stood up to Steve Jobs — and got promoted for it

Dubinsky fought back against the plan - giving an ultimatum that she would quit - and instead of getting fired, she got promoted.<p>That's according to an anecdote about former Apple employee and Palm CEO Dubinsky in the new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, published this …

5 Things to Know About the Chinese New Year

Monday marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest and most ceremonious holiday. Though China officially operates on the …

What Scientists Mean When They Say 'Race' Is Not Genetic

A new paper explains why it can be dangerous to think otherwise.<p>If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research will be forever discontinued.<p>The concept of race in such research is "problematic at best …

This guy created a genius way to get back at telemarketers — listen to his hilarious robot lead them in circles

Roger Anderson was tired of dealing with telemarketers, especially after one of them swore at his son, he writes in a blog post. Since he works on telephone systems for a living, Anderson decided to see if he could beat robocallers at their own game.<p>First, he set up a system that sent humans …

Physicists and Philosophers Hold Peace Talks

If only for three days<p>Physicists typically think they “need philosophers and historians of science like birds need ornithologists,” the Nobel laureate David Gross told a roomful of philosophers, historians, and physicists in Munich, Germany, paraphrasing Richard Feynman.<p>But desperate times call for …

Physics

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

19 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent (And Why It Matters for Your Career)

Uncover 20 signs you're emotionally intelligent and how it has the ability to influence your career.

Careers

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Education

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

The 13 Inspiring Winners Of Our 2015 Innovation By Design Awards

In the eyes of our esteemed judges, these projects represent the year’s best design.<p><b>Entries open for the 2016 Innovation By Design Awards on February 23. Check back soon for details.</b><p>After hundreds of hours mulling over the best design work in the world, <i>Fast Company</i> is proud to announce the winners …

The most useful class you’ll take in college is not science, math or economics

When tuition-paying parents ask themselves what courses at the small liberal arts college where I teach will best prepare their child for the real world, they probably think about classes in math, chemistry, economics and computer science—majors that could land their children jobs at Google, a spot …

Research shows that these 7 hobbies will make you smarter

Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process.<p>We now know that by learning new skills the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better.<p>Here is a list of seven hobbies that make you smarter and why.<p>Playing music …

This Classic Algorithmic Problem Can't Get Any Less Complex (Deal With It)

Researchers offer a new proof that "edit distance" can't be solved any more efficiently.<p>A group of MIT computer scientists has proven—presented a proof for—a vexing and outstanding question in algorithmic complexity related to a rather dry-sounding but also completely fascinating and weird problem …

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

The climate is changing, oil prices are dropping, and the world is in need of a super-battery. John Bannister Goodenough is working on one.<p>The …

At near absolute zero, molecules may start to exhibit exotic states of matter

The air around us is a chaotic superhighway of molecules whizzing through space and constantly colliding with each other at speeds of hundreds of …