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8 Moments In Music History That Were Completely Spontaneous

The spontaneous gesture, the offhand remark, the happy accident: These are the reasons why we pay attention to pop culture. These are the things that we remember, that we talk about decades later. After all, why would we see live music that we’ve heard dozens of time before? Why do we watch …

4 Advanced Targeting Tactics to Use on Facebook Ads

4 tips for landing the big fish in the sea of Facebook profiles.<p>With more than 1.35 billion users around the world, there's a good chance that the target audience for any business can be found on Facebook. That's great in principle, but in reality, it's about as helpful as saying, "There are fish …

Social Media

Scientists Think Synaesthesia Is Something You Can Learn

A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words. Researcher David Bor had volunteers read ebooks with 13 letters consistently …

The Brain

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Walter Isaacson on What it Really Takes to Innovate

"It's not enough to have a great idea," says The Innovators author and Steve Jobs biographer.<p>Management gurus who have long touted the value of teamwork and productive--now have new evidence from journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson.<p>In his new book <i>The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors,</i> …

Innovation

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Weighing The Pros And Cons Of A Universal Music Release Day

If you’ve been in the music business for any length of time you know that for a great long while now Tuesday has always been the day that record labels would release their new music. The reason for Tuesday is the same that many PR agents hold their press releases until Tuesday as well – Monday is …

'Mickey Mouse' And Other Costumed Characters Beat Motorist In Bizarre Road Rage Incident

This is either the world's most bizarre road rage incident or one of the craziest staged pranks you'll ever see.<p>The clip, caught on camera in Russia over the weekend, shows a motorist stopping a vehicle with which he's had some kind of problem. But as people dressed as Mickey Mouse, Spongebob …

Yes, This 15-Foot, 8-Paneled Parking Sign Is Real

We thought parking was bad in New York, where finding a good spot on a weeknight is tantamount to winning a lottery ticket after making out with Clark Gable.<p>But California wins this round. LAist reports that the parking signs in Culver City get up to 15 feet tall, with so many panels it'd take a …

How To Know If Your Dumb Idea Will Change The World

Box SVP Sam Schillace shares how he quickly and cheaply experimented on an app no one wanted–that became the basis for Google Docs.<p>In 2005, along with colleagues Steve Newman and Claudia Carpenter, Sam Schillace created a browser-based word processor called Writely. A Silicon Valley darling, it was …

Google Docs

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

ISIS captive's mother: 'He's an innocent journalist'

A mother's plea to the terrorists holding her son hostage: No individual should be punished for events he cannot control.<p>The mother is Shirley Sotloff, and she speaks directly to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video broadcast Wednesday on Al Arabiya Network.<p>Her son, freelance journalist …