Daniel Li

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How to Work with Colleagues Who Are Less Creative than You

Creative projects that call for collaboration often fail for a surprising reason. Our studies of groups working on design, writing, and R&D projects show they very rarely suffer from a lack of good ideas. Much more commonly, the problem is with incorporating the various ideas into the output. In …

The nudge theory and beyond: how people can play with your mind

The first instalment of our new psychology column looks at how mental manipulation can be backed by good intentions – but when used with stealth, it is deceitful and wrong<p>A couple of decades ago, a class of psychology undergraduates played a mean trick on their lecturer. The students on the right …

Psychology

'80s game designers had to cheat their way to color graphics

We take powerful computer graphics for granted nowadays, to the point where we complain when 4K games won't play at 60fps. But YouTube's iBookGuy showed how tough designers had it back in the 80s just to make color graphics work, period, on 16K machines of the day. They had to use a variety of …

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Students make a working miniature Hyperloop, proves it’s feasible on small scale

Elon Musk’s forward-thinking Hyperloop design for rapid human transport is still a long way from reality, but a group of engineering students from …

Where do trans fats come from, and why are they so bad?

Will somebody please tell me why my cookies are evil?<p>American consumers are finally winding down their love-hate relationship with trans fats. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that manufacturers must stop adding trans fats to foods by 2018. This hard line has been …

Nutrition

Five chemistry inventions that enabled the modern world

Photograph: eye35 /Alamy<p>It’s probably saved your life ...<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/4/1433438875320/b4602d45-1c76-47a3-b882-4eea17cb1b21-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: eye35 /Alamy<p>It’s probably saved your life …

Inventions

The Art of Science Communication: William Zinsser on How to Write Well About Science

How to master the inverse pyramid of transmuting information into wisdom.<p>I have always considered writing a way of organizing reality — of organizing one’s own mind and, in recording that process, decluttering the reader’s understanding of some subtle or staggering aspect of the world.<p>Few writers …

From Dream to Nightmare: John Steinbeck on the Perils of Publicity and the Dark Side of Success

“It is so hard to know anything. So impossible to trust oneself. Even to know what there is to trust.”<p>As much as we may aspire to adopt Thoreau’s luminous definition of success and seek to reap the intrinsic rewards of creative labor rather than its extrinsic material manifestations, we live in an …

Literature

Einstein, Gödel, and Our Strange Experience of Time: Rebecca Goldstein on How Relativity Rattled the Flow of Existence

“Is there anything we know more intimately than the fleetingness of time, the transience of each and every moment?”<p><i>“An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length,”</i> Virginia Woolf marveled at the extraordinary …

How r u? Is it worth my time to appeal my grade?

As I recently updated my <i>curriculum vitae</i>, I noticed that it’s been exactly 20 years since I published my first scientific paper in 1994. I allowed myself the luxury of a little trip down memory lane, revisiting how science was done back then. And how students behaved. Much has changed.<p>As a PhD …