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For half a century, neuroscientists thought they knew how memory worked. They were wrong

We rely on memory to pass exams and excel at trivia nights, but in fact the stakes are far higher than simply recalling facts, no matter how essential. Memory structures our identity; it’s the foundation of consciousness. Our past and current selves, emotions, and experiences, are linked together …

The Brain

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Study: Microsoft Surface buyers more satisfied than iPad owners

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft just beat Apple in a customer satisfaction survey.<p>According to a study performed by J.D. Power, one of the most prominent marketing research firms around, Microsoft’s Surface tablets edged out Apple’s iPads for the first time ever this year. On a 1,000 point …

Yoga is the key to relieving long-term back pain, new study suggests

With its catalogue of headstands and one-legged contortions, it might be thought yoga was best left only to those in peak physical condition.<p>New research from the US, however, suggests the group of people who could most benefit from adopting the lotus position while locating their spiritual core …

IBM's Blockchain Consortium With The Seam Deploys 'Hyperledger' For Cotton Trading

US commodities trading and agribusiness software provider The Seam, which has cleared or processed over $7 billion through its cloud-based platforms, is forming a blockchain consortium in conjunction with IBM for the billion dollar global cotton industry deployed on the Hyperledger Fabric, with the …

Blockchain

I've used a meditation app loved by Wall Streeters and Olympic athletes daily for the past 8 months and now I can't imagine my life without it

Headspace was founded by Rich Pierson (left) and Andy Puddicombe in 2012. Puddicombe was formally trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk during a 10-year …

Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an Amazon Echo

If rumors are true, Microsoft may be one of the few major consumer tech giants that <i>doesn't</i> have a smart, voice-guided speaker in the works... but that doesn't mean it's sitting on its thumbs. In an expansion of recent code discoveries, <i>Windows Central</i> sources claim that Windows 10 is getting a Home …

Disrupt Hackathon app Notim.press/ed algorithmically detects fake news

Fake news is a moving target. Greedy publishers constantly start new websites of deceit, preventing manual blacklists from keeping up. That’s why one TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon team took an algorithmic approach to detecting fake news.<p>Notim.press/ed (a clever URL that reads “Not Impressed”) …

Shy and Self-Conscious in Group Settings? The Perfect Way to Overcome Your Fear of Small Talk

If it works for me, it will definitely work for you.<p>I went to a conference with a client. Everyone there knew him, because he was <i>the</i> <i>guy</i>.<p>I was just some guy with him at the conference. And that was totally fine, until he got pulled away.<p>Then I was just some guy at the conference who didn't know a …

Self-help

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative …

Charleston’s First Cat Cafe Opens This Friday

Charleston’s first-ever cat cafe <b>Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar</b> opens at 283 Meeting St. this Friday, November 25, per City Paper.<p>Owners Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes, who were able to secure a location for their concept after a successful Kickstarter campaign, will serve coffee shop style fare …

The Next Global Arms Race Aims to Perfect Artificial Intelligence

A country’s dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power.<p>Knowing it would lay the foundation for the future of medicine, IBM captured the world’s imagination in 2011 with Watson, a supercomputer that not only won …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM Develops A Broad-Spectrum Virus Cure That Outsmarts Viral Mutation

If you lined up everything alive on the planet today and counted them one-by-one, you’d find that viruses are the most common creatures by far. …

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creative are focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is an actual job at many companies.<p>But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna …

Creativity

7 Ways You Stress Yourself Out

Experts gave us insight into practices you may think are harmless—but are in fact disrupting your peace of mind.<p>Robin Hilmantel, <i>Life by Daily Burn</i><p>I …

This is what eight weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettPractising mindfulness – spending time paying attention to your current mental experiences in a non-judgmental way – has been …

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Menopause "brain fog" is real, study finds

Those memory lapses many women notice around menopause are real, and they can begin at a relatively young age, researchers report.<p>It’s common for …

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Brain Benefits of Exercise Diminish After Short Rest

Before you skip another workout, you might think about your brain. A provocative new study finds that some of the benefits of exercise for brain health may evaporate if we take to the couch and stop being active, even just for a week or so.<p>I have frequently written about how physical activity, …

The Brain

​Microsoft's SwiftKey brings artificial intelligence to your phone keyboard

Artificial intelligence today can organize your iPhone photos, answer your Gmail, endow drones with vision and decode human speech. And with Microsoft's newest SwiftKey keyboard app, AI will guess what you're about to type next, too.<p>On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of its SwiftKey for …

Artificial Intelligence

Windows 10 computers crash when Amazon Kindles are plugged in

Microsoft’s Anniversary update causes ‘blue screen of death’ and forced reboot when e-readers are connected, users report<p>Dozens of Microsoft Windows 10 users are reporting that their computers crash when plugging in Amazon Kindles.<p>The issue appears to be caused by the recent Windows 10 Anniversary …

Windows 10

ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

I mean anything<p>This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself "I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them." Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which …

Smart Homes

Want to Be More Focused and Happier? Use Your Brain Like This

How to go from "overwhelmed" to "accomplished."<p>Have you ever been in the middle of working on something <i>really</i> important--like a report your boss wants "yesterday" or a presentation you have to give at the next staff meeting--only to have your mind drift away...right in the middle of it?<p>Perhaps you …

Time Management

Temporary Tattoos Become Computer Interfaces in New MIT Project

PhD candidates at the MIT Media Lab have demonstrated a technique for producing customizeable user interfaces in the form of temporary decorative …

The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon? <br>The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more.<p>This tiny board is Arduino-compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and get …

Raspberry Pi

The Effects of Mindfulness on the Adolescent Brain

Mindfulness, an intervention with few to no side effects, may be helpful for children and adolescents who have anxiety and are at risk of developing …

BBC iWonder - Could mindfulness really work for me?

Could mindfulness really work for me?<p>Presented byClaudia HammondWriter & broadcaster<p>FeaturingProf Willem KuykenExternalUniversity of Oxford<p>1. The word on everyone's lips<p>Presented byClaudia HammondWriter & broadcaster<p>FeaturingProf Willem KuykenExternalUniversity of Oxford<p>Mindfulness seems to be …