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How To Increase Your Creative Metabolism

When your brain is engaged, your creative abilities are heightened. No great writers don’t read. No great artists don’t look. Feed your mind good ideas to make more of your own.<p><b>Step One: Feed your brain more quality stuff.</b> <br>Education isn’t just for diplomas. It’s also how you can keep your neurons …

Creativity

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

<b>In mid-2016</b>, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm. A few weeks before the 2016 election, he presented his concerns to technologists in San Francisco’s Bay Area and warned of an impending crisis of …

Artificial Intelligence

Ray Kurzweil: There's a Blueprint for the Master Algorithm in Our Brains

Today’s artificial intelligence (AI) systems are, no doubt, considerably advanced. There are now intelligent machine learning algorithms capable of …

Artificial Intelligence

Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is

In December, I began a three-month break from Facebook and Twitter. I was on a brief book leave from FiveThirtyEight, and with the election finally …

Research transparency: 5 questions about open science answered

<b>What is “open science”?</b><p>Open science is a set of practices designed to make scientific processes and results more transparent and accessible to people …

Facebook: German bill isn't 'suitable' to fight hate speech

It argues the bill will encourage sites to remove content that may not be illegal to avoid fines.<p>Germany says sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't doing enough to combat hate speech and fake news on their platforms. The country's Ministry of Justice proposed a bill that, if approved, would fine …

Internet

Dreams Might be Warning Us About Our Brain Health

This scientist says dream disorders could be a sign of future disease.<p>What are your dreams trying to tell you? Research suggests they could be …

Apple, Facebook and Google condemn Texas transgender bill

15 tech companies have united to condemn "discriminatory legislation" in Texas.<p>Proposed legislation in Texas has irked some of the biggest names in tech, sparking condemnation from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and 12 other influential tech leaders. If passed, this controversial state law …

Tim Cook

8 Staggering Predictions From Ray Kurzweil

You'll never die, for starters.<p>Want to know what the future’s going to be like? There’s no better person to ask than Ray Kurzweil, the intellectual …

Do children act out because parents check their smartphones too often?

As more and more of us admit to being unable to imagine our lives without a smartphone, a new study investigates the impact of technology on …

Children Act

Are you a fussy eater? Have your meals personalised to your DNA

A chain of cafes in London plans to cater to your body's every whim - right down to its genetic makeup.<p>Vita Mojo is the first in the world to create meals based on the customer's DNA profile.<p>Previously, this had only been available for dogs, or celebrities such as Formula One drivers, said the …

Science Predicts You're Hiding 13 Secrets - And Nearly Half of Those You've Never Told a Soul

They're weighing on you more than you think.<p>A new study has found that the average person is holding onto 13 secrets, five of which they've never …

Stephen Hawking says humans must colonize another planet in 100 years or face extinction

Humans need to colonize another planet within 100 years or face the threat of extinction, high-profile physicist Stephen Hawking has warned.<p>In a new …

Please stop spouting nonsense theories about the meaning of consciousness

Why do humans have consciousness? The arguments surrounding this question make it one of the most animated debates in contemporary philosophy.<p>One …

Consciousness

No, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t running for office—his tour is much bigger than that

Facebook CEO andnoted rich person Mark Zuckerberg has spent a considerable chunk of 2017 taking a surreal tour of all 50 states. In an effort to "get …

Jimmy Wales on Wikitribune’s business model and why it might cover not just politics but also dog breeding

Wikitribune, the crowdfunded news platform from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, was announced last week, but we’ve seen relatively few details about how it will run and the kinds of topics it will cover.<p>On Thursday, I got the chance to talk to Wales about some of his goals for the site. (And for a …

The data prove it: Choosing to go gluten-free is bad for you

For most of us, gluten is more or less synonymous with carbs.<p>This perception isn’t <i>totally</i> false—gluten is a protein found in grains, which include brewer’s yeast, and any kind of wheat (and therefore flour), which is a major component of breads and pastas. So for a lot of people who try to go …

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

Permafrost

The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies

In a thought-provoking new paper, three Yale scientists argue it’s not inequality in life that really bothers us, but unfairness<p>Anyone looking for evidence that people have a natural aversion to inequality will find numerous laboratory studies that seemingly confirm their view. Studies have found …

Google Scholar

A Dangerously Convincing Google Docs Phishing Scam Is Spreading Like Crazy [Updated]

Oh God, a hacker’s on the loose with a new (but familiar) Google Docs phishing scam, and journalists (among many others) are in the crosshairs.<p>On …

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a …

A psychotherapist shares 6 ways to stop overthinking everything

Chronic over-thinkers rehash conversations they had yesterday, second-guess every decision they make, and imagine disastrous outcomes all day every day.<p>Thinking too much about something often involves more than words — over-thinkers conjure up disastrous images too. Their minds resemble a movie …

400 People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science

Drugs! For Science!<p>In late 2015, <i>Rolling Stone</i> wrote about an unlikely "hot new business trip" taking Silicon Valley by storm: microdosing LSD. It was the post that launched a thousand blogs, and in the year and a half since, nary a media outlet hasn't written about microdosing at least once.<p>As its …

Science Says Displaying More of This Trait Improves Your Social Life

Need to lighten your step? Improve your relationships? Have better health? It's a shame so few ever practice this.<p>For 23 years, I have seen the best and worst of workplace behaviors. One of the worst is typified by people (especially leaders) with the knee-jerk reaction of "vengeance is mine!" when …

Science Says This is What Happens to You When You Overthink Everything

Ruminating isn't the same as problem-solving.<p>Whether you beat yourself up for a mistake you made last week, or you fret about how you're going to succeed tomorrow, overthinking everything can be debilitating. Your inability to get out of your head will leave you in a constant state of anguish.<p>Of …

Want to Be Emotionally Resilient? Science Says Do This

Anyone can do it and it doesn't cost a thing.<p>Do you worry a lot? Sometimes over things you absolutely can't control, so that worrying about them serves no practical purpose? Do you think you worry too much? Do you worry that all this worrying may not be good for you?<p>Most of us do at least some of …

Teenage hackers motivated by morality not money, study finds

Young people attack computer networks to impress friends and challenge political system, crime research shows<p>Teenage hackers are motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money, according to a study by the National Crime Agency.<p>The law enforcement organisation interviewed …

National Crime Agency

Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

As the world works to achieve the sustainable development goals, a recent UN report identifies six issues that challenge ambitious targets<p>We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and …

Sustainable Development Goals

We May Be Completely Wrong About How Our Brains Form Memories

One Experience, Two Memories<p>Scientists have long believed the human brain stores memories following a two-step process. Memories are first stored in …