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Americans are spectacularly bad at answering even the most basic math questions

When the OECD tested half-a-million 15-year-old students around the world in a test known as PISA in 2012, US teens came in 27th place in math, below their counterparts in Estonia, Latvia, Vietnam, and Spain.<p>American adults, it turns out, are no more capable. And when it comes to digital …

Mathematicians are geeking out about a bizarre discovery in prime numbers

Prime numbers have both fascinated and boggled mathematicians for millennia. But a new study contends that one aspect of prime numbers’ core usefulness—the ability to appear random—may not be what we suspected it to be.<p>Despite having a simple definition, a whole number that cannot be exactly …

Is Your to-Do List Limiting Your Success?

An author who has interviewed hundreds of high achievers claims none of them use to-do lists.<p>Got lots to do? Then a to-do list seems like the obvious solution. By getting it all down on paper, you can organize your tasks, make sure nothing is missed, and provide yourself the satisfaction of ticking …

7 Netflix Documentaries Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

<i>This piece originally appeared on The Hustle.com.</i><p>Netflix (nflx) is great for Friday nights spent on the couch, long study breaks in the library, and</i> …

NASA Knows How to Land People on Mars Inside a Month

Riding lasers to Alpha Centauri.<p>NASA knows a way to get humans to Mars in about a month, and to land unmanned probes in just three days.<p>In a NASA 360 …

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It seems life really does have a vital spark: quantum mechanics

<b>For centuries philosophers have grappled with the question of what makes life, and thanks to the science of quantum mechanics we might just have the</b> …

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

Einstein: Right and Wrong

<i>Nature, and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night.</i> <i><br>God said,</i> Let Newton be! <i>and All was</i> Light<i>.</i> <i><br>It did not last: the Devil howling “Ho!</i> <i><br>Let Einstein be!”</i> …

Social media mocks DC Comics for note saying Pakistan language is 'Pakistanian'

It’s just another job for Superman and Wonder Woman: a group of shepherds in the Shimshal region of Pakistan are being menaced by a demigod, until the superheroes show up. Blue-faced baddie and innocent pastoral types exchange the usual banter: “You are all crushed by your hubris and ignorance.” …

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Bullet-size LED flashlights, e-lighters, and more

<i>At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or</i> …

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Here’s The Simple Proof That There Must Be Multiple Levels of Infinity

Easy!<p>Infinity is a powerful concept. Philosophers, artists, theologians, scientists, and people from all walks of life have struggled with ideas of …

STAR WARS Fan Spends a Year Building Custom 7,500-piece LEGO Millennium Falcon

Bloody Gaming Gear Innovates PC Gaming

There’s a lot of keyboards on the market. Almost as many gaming keyboards out there. To my mind, a gaming keyboard is something that facilitates home gaming or competitive gaming beyond what a standard keyboard is capable of providing. The could mean macro keys, faster function, portability, or any …