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How to See Who's On Your Wi-Fi

Is your internet sluggish? If you suspect a neighbor is stealing your Wi-Fi, these two apps can help you identify devices using your connection and …

Wi-Fi

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

Neurophilosophy

New algorithm will allow for simulating neural connections of entire brain on future exascale supercomputers

(credit: iStock)An international team of scientists has developed an algorithm that represents a major step toward simulating neural connections in …

Neuroscience

Physicists Create New Form Of Light

In results published in <i>Science,</i> researchers suggest that this new light could be used to perform highly complex, incredibly fast quantum computations.<p>…

Google's AI made its own AI, and it's better than anything ever created by humans

The Google's Brain team of researchers has been hard at work studying artificial intelligence systems. Back in May they developed AutoML, an AI …

Artificial Intelligence

College of Arts & Letters - Humanities Commons and the Cultivation of Sustainable Communities

Humanities Commons and the Cultivation of Sustainable Communities<p>By Dean Christopher P. Long on December 4, 2017 on Medium<p>As we navigate the intense …

Advice on how to predict the future, from a professor whose job is to predict the future

For a futurist, Richard Watson has funny ideas about time. The British writer and lecturer teaches students, governments, and businesses “disruptive futurology,” or how to think about tomorrow, while rifling through month-old Sunday papers—in print!—skimming dated headlines.<p>When I met him, Watson …

Artificial Intelligence

Are electrons conscious?

For most of the twentieth century a “brain-first” approach dominated the philosophy of consciousness. The idea was that the brain is the thing we …

Consciousness

Grids and Colors Inspire the Renovation of a Graphic Designer's Pink L.A. Bungalow

On a sloped plot in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, an almost 100-year-old anonymous bungalow was rendered in pink, referencing the sun-kissed stucco that's so common in the region.<p>Mexico City-based architecture firm PRODUCTORA completely remodeled and renovated the home of graphic …

Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

16 of the best historical documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

While every moment that leads up to the present could be considered history, there are certain events throughout time that truly stand out among the …

Henry Viii

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide

Such sweet irony.<p>The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has its origins as a bacterial immune system against viruses, a feature which could be …

Microbiology

A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language

The Future of Language<p>A recent Facebook report on the way chatbots converse with each other has given the world a glimpse into the future of language.<p>…

15 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Yoga can help you cope with stress and improve overall health and satisfaction with life. In a national survey, over 85 percent of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or a gym …

Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality

Psychologists have only begun to unravel the concept of “personality,” that all-important but nebulous feature of individual identity. Recent studies suggest that personality traits don’t simply affect your outlook on life, but the way you perceive reality.<p>One study published earlier this year in …

Psychology

Fifty years on, one of Mao’s ‘little generals’ exposes horror of the Cultural Revolution

In the face of silence from the Communist party, a former Red Guard has written a blog about the bloody summer of ’66<p>Thousands of teenage hands rocketed skywards as the Great Helmsman stepped down from the rostrum in Tiananmen Square to greet the shock troops of his revolution. It was the summer of …

Communist Party

Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

It took an explosion and 13 pounds of iron to usher in the modern era of neuroscience.<p>In 1848, a 25-year-old railroad worker named Phineas Gage was blowing up rocks to clear the way for a new rail line in Cavendish, Vt. He would drill a hole, place an explosive charge, then pack in sand using a …

The Brain

DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

If the brain is just a bunch of wires and circuits, it stands to reason that those components can simply be re-wired in order to create a better, …

The Brain

Why do some of us find it easier to forgive? Neuroscience sheds light

Whether we condemn the villain in a movie or feel that somebody has wronged us personally, many of us make moral judgments on a daily basis. From a …

Psychology

The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall in Love With Numbers

Math conferences don’t usually feature standing ovations, but Francis Su received one last month in Atlanta. Su, a mathematician at Harvey Mudd …

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

A new book shows the true financial cost of leading a creative life

In August 2014, Roxane Gay released a series of essays called <i>Bad Feminist</i>. It debuted as a New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller and spent another seven weeks in total on the list. When Gay had negotiated her advance, Harper Perennial paid her only $15,000. That’s about a third of what a …

Books

Stretch Any Body Part With This Chart

If you have trouble figuring out the best way to stretch a particular muscle, try this chart that has a huge range of stretches for each body part. …

The Most Detailed View of Black Holes in the Universe Will Blow Your Mind

Stare into the abyss, my friends. The image above features the highest concentration of black holes humans have ever seen. So dense are the merciless …

Universe

Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for First Time

Digital tools help researchers reconstruct the Neolithic man inside the famed Jericho Skull.<p>Researchers have reverse-engineered the ancient ritual practice that created one of the British Museum's most important artifacts—the Jericho Skull—revealing the face of a man whose remains were decorated …

“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” That very early photographers’ slogan—introduced not long after Louis Daguerre announced his …

World Peace

Anti-surveillance apparel hides your face from facial recognition software

Privacy advocates have long feared the risk facial recognition technologies pose to ethical surveillance practices, but soon there might be a high-tech garment solution that can hide your face from being recognized by computers.<p>The Guardian reports Berlin-bound artist and independent researcher …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA's new Psyche mission will take us to a metal asteroid for the first time

It may be the naked core of an ancient planet<p>Asteroids are some of the last unexplored territories in the solar system. To help fill in some of the blanks, NASA just announced two upcoming missions that will visit new types of asteroids in the 2030s.<p>Launching in 2023, the Psyche spacecraft will fly …

Download 20 Free eBooks on Design from O’Reilly Media

A quick note: Thanks to O'Reilly Media, you can now download 20 free ebooks focused on design--everything from <i>Designing for Cities</i>, to <i>Designing for</i> …