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Does Drinking Alcohol Kill Your Gut Bacteria?

Bacteria

Windows on Linux moves forward with new Wine 2.0 release

Want to run that one Windows app you can't get rid of on a Linux desktop or a Mac? The latest release of Wine 2.0 may be just what you need.<p>Sick of …

Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study

Landmark research says tackling mental health issues more effective than reducing poverty for increasing happiness rates<p>Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of …

相對論好難?愛因斯坦親自解釋給你聽—《愛因斯坦自選集》

• <i>本文為愛因斯坦應《倫敦時報》邀請撰寫,發表於 1919 年 11 月 28 日。</i><i><br>圖/Sebastian Niedlich@flickr</i>我很高興在此為《倫敦時報》的讀者介紹相對論。由於先前我和學院派的辯論完全徒勞無功,最後卻是靠英國天文學家和物理學家結束爭端,因此我要對他們致上最高的謝意。貴國科學家勞 …

新手必學!Mac 內建強大螢幕截圖只要活用六種快捷鍵

最近在一堂教學課程中,有學員想跟我要目前的 Evernote 分類清單做為觀摩,我現場立即截圖傳給他,結果引發了這位朋友另一個好奇的問題:怎麼好像老師沒開截圖軟體,一秒鐘就完成截圖?<br>那時我使用的是 Mac 筆電,而 Mac 系統確實內建了夠用的截圖功能,我從兩年多前開始使用至今,還真的沒有在 …

三分鐘了解免疫系統怎麼對抗外來敵軍

<b>文/程樹德|陽明大學微生物及免疫學研究所副教授</b><p>生物醫學的知識,攸關每個人的生命及健康,俗話說:「知識就是力量」,缺乏了知識,人就像是被剪了頭髮的大力士參孫,會被欺騙、蒙蔽、剝削及奴役呢!<p>免疫學可以算是基礎生物學的一支,也是基礎醫學裡,極為重要的一個學問。想想看!研究生物怎樣對付外敵入侵?我們一般人, …

世界末日之後,你必須成為會做工具的工具人!——《最後一個知識人》

<b>攸關生存的金屬</b><p>金屬具有完全不見於其他材料的種種特性。有些十分堅硬、強韌,適合用來製造工具,武器或結構零件,好比釘子或完整大梁。不過金屬也具有可塑性,不像陶瓷那麼酥脆——金屬受壓時會變形,不會碎裂,還可以拉成細絲,能用來固定、製造圍籬或傳導電力。多種金屬還能抗拒非常高的溫度,是打造高性能機器的理想材料 …

尋找天下第一辣──《品嘗的科學》

生物學上,辣椒的辣不屬於味覺或嗅覺,而是一種本能和直覺上令人不適的灼熱感。動物不偏好這種感覺,但是人類卻對這樣的刺激躍躍欲試。至於為什麼辣椒會在各種料理中這麼普遍,以及為什麼有些人即使受盡折磨,也要嚐一口那辣死人的滋味,科學上有幾種解釋,不過到目前都還沒找到完全讓人信服的理由。<p>其中一個理論講的是地域 …

台灣人為何怕輻射怕成這樣?「台灣鯛民養殖戶」幕後的醫學物理師出書解惑

提起輻射,台灣人總會聞之色變,但輻射真的那麼可怕嗎?credit:Timo Luege@flickr<p>文/彭琬馨<p>「我希望讓大家知道,輻射沒有這麼可怕。」<p>綽號月月的廖彥朋,長年旅居日本,以自身鑽研醫療物理學的專業經驗,特地選在 311 核災五周年當天出版新書。「大部分的人講到輻射就會很緊張,因為會致癌, …

【Gene思書齋】19 個臉紅心跳的好色醫學問題,是人一定要看!

悠遊卡公司為了一張波多野結衣的悠遊卡就弄得灰頭土臉,新聞爆出那幾天,臉書動態充滿波多野結衣文,想不認識這位日本 AV 女優還真難,想必當時一定有啥政商醜聞要掩蓋吧。<p>以下文字相當不清新,小正太、小蘿莉請在父母陪同下閱讀。<p>_________________________________________ …

【Gene思書齋】改變帶賽局勢的賽局意識

賽局理論(Game theory),又譯為對策論,或者博弈論,應用數學的一個分支,是研究具有鬥爭或競爭性質現象的數學理論和方法,在生物學、經濟學、國際關係、資訊科學、政治學、軍事戰略和其他很多學科都有廣泛的應用。<p>自從諾貝爾經濟學獎得主約翰‧納許(John F. Nash Jr.,1928-2015) …

How to set up your Raspberry Pi in Mac OS X

Despite its air of point-and-click friendliness, and Apple's tendency to precede its own applications with the letter 'i', its OS X operating system …

Ancient board game found in looted China tomb

Pieces from a mysterious board game that hasn't been played for 1,500 years were discovered in a heavily looted 2,300-year-old tomb near Qingzhou City in China.<p>There, archaeologists found a 14-face die made of animal tooth, 21 rectangular game pieces with numbers painted on them and a broken tile …

Archaeology

Are 'Treescrapers' the Future of Dense Urban Living?

A vertical garden tower just won a significant award for architecture. Is it time to start taking these designs seriously?<p>Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that <i>Dune</i>’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the …

This Inception-Style Singapore Apartment Complex Is The Best Building In The World

Tired of cramped apartments? Looking for a view of more than a brick wall? Hoping for something more up-to-date than a pre-war building? Well, maybe …

16 otherworldly images of a Parisian community you probably didn't know existed

If you ever find yourself traveling outside of Paris, you may be surprised to encounter a series of high-rise buildings looming in the distance.<p>These large housing projects, known as the "Grand Ensembles," were constructed by the French government from the 1950s through the 1980s to help ease the …

Urbanism
Web Design

Streamline the "Interface" of Your Life to Get More Done

Whenever you use a smart phone or a website, you’re using a user interface. It has been designed to help you do what you want: check your messages, …

The First Mathematical Theory on Why There Are So Many Fricking Men

Men, am I right? They’re <i>everywhere</i>. But why are there so many of them?<p>Because strictly in terms of reproductive quantity, we don’t need as many as we …

一个16岁的高二理科生去了趟西藏,拍回来的照片震惊所有人!

Here are the 5 things that stress people out the most at work

Wrike, a project management software provider, decided to find out by asking 1,500 knowledge workers in various positions and companies to rank a list of common work hurdles from the most to the least stressful.<p>Below are the top five stressors at work based on this 2015 work survey management …

Project Management

Swift + Javascript

Unlikely Friends<p>I had a hunch, you might call it, that this last week would be filled with new experiences for me. A new job, new friends, going 100% …

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Mac App Store

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一張圖就懂艱澀的藝術名詞是什麼風格 - 癮科技

如果去一趟藝術博物館,看到畫下面的說明寫著 “pointillism”(點畫)、“fauvism”(野獸派)這類艱澀的名詞,能夠立即聯想到該流派的特殊元素的人,除了藝術學院的學生、特別有研究的專家之外,幾乎對常人來說都是距離很遠的詞彙,不過有一名插畫家 John Atkinson,將所有藝術流派都畫 …

The 12 Fashion Trends You'll Be Wearing This Fall

It's not hard to guess at what will be the big trends for any Fall season. You can put money on the fact that colors will be toned down, that some cozy fabric will be on every runway, that at least one — if not several — decades will be referenced, and that there will be coats. Lots of coats.<p>Lo and …

It's not an elaborate treehouse — it's a new affordable housing concept.

This Dutch architect's big idea makes even our "greenest" cities look …

Housing

Can you solve it? Professor Povey's perplexing problem

To solve the puzzle of the coin and the chessboard you need to throw money at the problem<p>Hello guzzlers,<p>This week’s puzzle is purloined (with permission) from the recently-published prime paperback, <i>Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems</i>.<p>The book is a collection of pre-university maths and physics …

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