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Really Big Data At Walmart: Real-Time Insights From Their 40+ Petabyte Data Cloud

Walmart – the world’s biggest retailer with over 20,000 stores in 28 countries, is in the process of building the world’ biggest private cloud, to process 2.5 petabytes of data every hour.<p>To make sense of all of this information, and put it to work solving problems, the company has created what it …

Big Data

Why Non-Attachment is One of the Keys to a Happy Life & Relationship

You might be surprised to hear that non-attachment is an important quality for relationships. Isn’t non-attachment something very similar to …

Spirituality

An Insight into 26 Big Data Analytic Techniques: Part 2

Till now in my blogs about Big Data, I have acquainted you with different aspects of Big Data, from What it actually means to facts and do’s and …

Machine Learning

Ask Ethan: Where Did The Big Bang Happen?

Of all the concepts and topics that get tossed around, the Big Bang is one of the most controversial. Sure, it’s a scientific theory that’s quite old — it’s been around since the 1940s — and the evidence in favor of it has been overwhelming since the 1960s. The idea is simple: that the Universe had …

Astrophysics

The momentous advance in artificial intelligence demands a new set of ethics

In a dramatic man versus machine encounter, AlphaGo has secured its third, decisive victory against a renowned Go player. With scientists amazed at how fast AI is developing, it’s vital that humans stay in control<p>Let us all raise a glass to AlphaGo and mark another big moment in the advance of …

Excel Reporting: 5 Reasons Why It Is Bad For Business

We’ve entered the age of big data, in which more and more companies are seeing the value and importance of data in many different areas of their business, from market and customer research, to internal sales figures and HR analytics.<p>But we’ve also entered big data’s awkward teenage years when more …

Data Visualization

Building Your Big Data Infrastructure: 4 Key Components Every Business Needs To Consider

Big data can bring huge benefits to businesses of all sizes. However, as with any business project, proper preparation and planning is essential, especially when it comes to infrastructure. Until recently it was hard for companies to get into big data without making heavy infrastructure investments …

Big Data

10 quotes from ancient philosophers show they figured life out 2,000 years ago

Modern homo sapiens have been around for about 200,000 years.<p>For about 2,500 years, we've had philosophers, sages, and deep thinkers to help us guide (and understand!) our behaviors.<p>Here's a highlight reel of the finest in ancient wisdom. Some names you'll recognize and some might be entirely fresh.<p>…

Wikimedia

The 7 Best Yoga Breathing Exercises, Both On and Off Your Mat

In yoga we call the branch dedicated to our breathing techniques Pranayama, which means breath control. <br>Breathing exercises are a huge part of any …

Yoga

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Self-improvement

Combining these 2 theories could give us an actual 'theory of everything’

In the last few decades, researchers have pursued the problem in two separate programs — string theory and loop quantum gravity — that are widely considered incompatible by their practitioners.<p>But now some scientists argue that joining forces is the way forward.<p>Among the attempts to unify quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

IBM has just open-sourced 44,000 lines of blockchain code on GitHub

Whether transparent, decentralized database technologies like blockchain become a tool for the masses or the few is still yet to be decided. In fact, a UN paper that looks at what blockchain is and what it could do just went live last week.<p>But if you’re as excited as the tech giants are to start …

Blockchain

First materials to be woven at the atomic and molecular levels created

COFs and their cousin materials, metal organic frameworks (MOFs), are porous three-dimensional crystals with extraordinarily large internal surface …

Organic Chemistry

Time flies when you're a subatomic particle – new quantum mechanics turns spacetime on its head

Our ideas about time and the "direction" it moves in may need to go back to the drawing board, says physicist Joan Vaccaro, from Griffith University …

Quantum Mechanics

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

Geography

How to Do 20 Perfect Pullups

Follow these steps to correctly do this feat of upper body strength<p>We don’t do chinups at Gym Jones. We do pullups.<p>Most people say the difference between a pullup and a chinup is the direction that your hands face. (For chinups, your palms face in. For pullups, your palms face out.)<p>But we look at …

Union bosses threaten to use Jeremy Corbyn's victory to cripple UK

The chiefs of Britain's biggest unions threaten to “topple the Government” using “coordinated strikes and demonstrations”<p>Union bosses have threatened to use Jeremy Corbyn’s victory to cripple Britain by holding a wave of strikes and instigating civil unrest.<p>The chiefs of the UK’s biggest trade …

Stephen Hawking's fantastic vision of black holes may solve 40-year paradox

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to know what happens after you pass through a black hole? Just look around you. You might land in another universe that is similar to our own, if Stephen Hawking is right. Or in a very different one.<p>The iconic astrophysicist joked about it this week as he unveiled a proposed solution …

Astrophysics

Q&A: How Do I Prep for Lotus?

Nathasha Rizopoulos answers how to prep for Padmasana.<p>10<p>SHARES<p><i>Q: What preparation asanas do you recommend before attempting Padmasana (Lotus Pose)? I</i> …

Yoga

Pluto mission: NASA's New Horizons 'phones home' after blackout

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind's first flyby of Pluto.<p>Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons "mission control" room anxiously waiting to hear from the …

Solar System

10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines In The World

The low-cost airline business model has only been around for a couple of decades, but it has developed a major presence in the airline business.<p>According to PWC, low-cost airlines account for more than 25% of the world's aviation business.<p>From a pool of 449 carriers around the world, …

Aviation

Dos and don’ts of a January detox

It’s detox season again, but what works and what doesn’t? David Robson hunts for the ways to achieve the greatest gain with the least pain.<p>You ate, drunk, and were merry – but now it’s time to wake up and smell the decaffeinated coffee. Each year hails the latest detox fads, but with so much …

Wellness

Samsung expects fourth-quarter profit to drop 37 percent from year ago

Decline in quarter would mark fifth consecutive quarterly drop for the world's largest maker of smartphones.<p>Samsung Electronics said Wednesday that it expects its fourth-quarter earnings report to show a decline in operating profit, as the company grapples with increased competition in its core …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

12 Big Geopolitical Events We Think Will Happen In 2015

Indeed, who could have expected a year ago that Russia would take over Crimea, ISIS would break out of Al Qaeda and declare a caliphate, the US would start bombing Syria and Iraq while approaching a nuclear deal with Iran,or that Ebola would ravaged three west African countries and scare the …

Geopolitics

Ukraine underplays role of far right in conflict

<b>Ever since Ukraine's February revolution, the Kremlin has characterised the new leaders in Kiev as a "fascist junta" made up of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, set on persecuting, if not eradicating, the Russian-speaking population.</b><p>This is demonstrably false. Far-right parties failed to pass a 5% …

Russia

Rosetta mission: Philae craft may have bounced during comet landing – as it happened

The European Space Agency has landed a spacecraft called Philae on a comet. Stuart Clark was at Esa mission control in Darmstadt<p>Rosetta mission: Philae makes historic landing on comet The ambitious mission to place a landing craft on a speeding comet Rosetta’s success will help illuminate the …