Drew Birnie

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Army ants’ ‘living’ bridges suggest collective intelligence

Creating “living” bridges, army ants of the species Eciton hamatum automatically assemble with a level of collective intelligence that could provide …

Princeton University

Meditation Helped Me Survive Death Row and 19 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Since I couldn't leave, I had to find a way to change the energy there.<p>I am a magician.<p>I don't pull rabbits out of hats, saw attractive young women in half, or wear a tuxedo. I practice magick, spelled with a "k" in order to differentiate it from slight of hand, and once upon a time I was sentenced …

Spirituality

The Chinese government could use big data to track individual students’ political views

China has data problems. Even for the government, good information about everything from the economy to where people live can be hard to come by. So how does it plan to systematically track the political views of its university students? The answer is big data.<p>One reason China’s data are so bad is …

Big Data

Inequality is bad for everyone – even the rich – and here's the Morgan Stanley report to prove it

And yes, even the rich ought to worry about the way they are taking an ever-increasing share of society's wealth and income, according to a weighty new analysis of inequality in the richest, developed economies from Morgan Stanley.<p>It's not all gloom, according to Morgan Stanley senior economist …

3 Companies That Turn Big Data Into What You Need To Know

We live in an era where it’s so easy to get what you want quickly. Just whip out your mobile phone and use an app to order anything from a taxi to a pizza.<p>But there is a major difference between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. As The Rolling Stones famously sang, “You can’t always get what you want, but if …

Big Data

DNA matching and virtual reality: The world of online dating in 2040

How will technology change the way we date over the next 25 years? From full sensory virtual reality dating to DNA matching, researchers explore the possibilities<p>Technology has already transformed the dating world, with matchmaking websites allowing people to scope out potential partners before …

How Banks Use Machine Learning to Know a Crook's Using Your Credit Card Details

You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made a …

The psychological benefits of gratitude closely mirror those of meditation

Recently, I was watching television with my son when an ad came on for a cell phone company. The tagline for the ad said, “Get ready for Thanksgetting.”<p>“Wow.” My 17-year-old looked at me in disbelief. “It kind of seems like they are missing the point.”<p>I still am not entirely sure how we were …

Mindfulness

15 Suicide-Attempt Survivors Tell Their Stories

<i>National Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 7-13, 2015.</i><p><i>If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, please call the National</i> …

Mental Health

Emotions Directly Influence Learning and Memory Processes

<b>A groundbreaking new study at the University of Haifa has found for the first time that emotions are not only the product of the processing of</b> …

Neuroscience

How Computers Are Changing the Way We Explain the World

Imagine it’s the 1950s and you’re in charge of one of the world’s first electronic computers. A company approaches you and says: “We have 10 million …

Plotting a Map of New York City Using Only Taxi Location Data

Recently, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission released a dataset of all Yellow Taxi and Green Taxi trips in 2014, and year-to-date in …

Data Visualization

3 Ways Email Is Embracing the Trends That Were Supposed to Make It Obsolete

The eulogy for email has been in slow-clap mode for a while. With social app after app after app promising to make communication faster than it …