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The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

Learn from the best to become your best.<p>A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might …

Scientists discover nature's algorithm for intelligence - ExtremeTech

Scientists discover nature’s algorithm for intelligence<p>By on December 8, 2016 at 10:33 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Science Explains Why Some Ideas Flop While Others Flourish

High-impact work is the result of mixing conventional ideas with a touch of novel ones.<p>Why do some ideas flourish while others dwindle and fade?<p>Even in creative environments where ideas are touted as being valuable yet volatile and in need of nurturing they are often rejected on a whim. What makes …

Creativity

Santa Barbara oil spill: Crude flowed 'well below' capacity in ruptured pipe

<b>Refugio State Beach, California (CNN) —</b> The onshore pipeline behind this week's Santa Barbara oil spill was operating "well below its maximum operating capacity" when it ruptured and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on coastal lands and into the ocean, the oil company said Thursday.<p>What …

Santa Barbara oil spill: Authorities, environmentalists step up response

<b>Santa Barbara, California (CNN) —</b> Authorities have intensified their response to this week's Santa Barbara oil spill by announcing remedies and additional investigations.<p>The federal government on Friday ordered the firm, Plains All American Pipeline, to suspend operations and make safety …

The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain

<b>Einstein's death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange journey for the most prized part of his anatomy, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspiring awe and scholarly research.</b><p>At 01:15 in the morning of 18 April 1955, Albert Einstein - theoretical physicist, peace …

Albert Einstein

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence - MIT Technology Review

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup. He had just turned 40. His father was ill, his back was sore, and he found himself …

Ominous Supercell Thunderstorms Animated from a Single Photograph by Mike Hollingshead | Colossal

<p>Weather photographer Mike Hollingshead, whose impressive storm photography we first featured around this time last year, has taken his editing a bit …

Scientists make enzymes from scratch

<b>Experts say they have achieved a scientific milestone - creating enzymes out of artificial genetic material that they made in their lab.</b><p>The synthetic enzymes functioned just as well as real ones.<p>The work, in Nature journal, not only provides clues to the building blocks of life but also points to a …

Genetics

Prototype paper test can detect Ebola strains

<b>DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence.</b><p>Researchers have proved the technique works by developing a prototype Ebola test in just 12 hours, and using just $20 of materials.<p>The smart diagnostics …

Duke University

The future is disappearing: How humanity is falling short of its grand technological promise

<b>(Dreamworks)</b><p>Are you waiting for a world in which technology finally makes good on its promise? Don’t hold your breath<p>Christian Cantrell<p>October 26, 2014 7:30pm (UTC)<p>What I find most interesting about typical visions of the future isn’t all the fanciful and borderline magical technology that hasn’t …

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Science Friday made this fascinating video about the Leidenfrost Effect, where water dropped on an extremely hot surface is …

Google's Alan Eustace beats Baumgartner's skydiving record

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1118000/1118718_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534414127_a4c092626308ca6f048a74d45b3f1327<p><b>A senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump set in 2012 by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.</b><p>Mr …

New Mexico

The Eagle has landed: Nasa launches free sound library

<b>Historical audio from Nasa missions has been uploaded to a free sound library.</b><p>More than 60 samples have been added to the agency's new dedicated Soundcloud account, but listeners are unable to leave comments underneath the files.<p>Astronaut communications, including "Houston, we've had a problem" and …

Space Science

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed

<b>Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.</b><p>The team revealed that disordered layers of crystals that are responsible for silvery reflective scales of fish reflect light in the same …

Crystals

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Amazing Water & Sound Experiment #2

Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” - MIT Technology Review

Note from Arthur Obermayer, friend of the author:<p><i>In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT</i> …

Why Inventors Misjudge How We'll Abuse Their Creations

<b>In March 1857,</b> a full two decades before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the French patent office awarded a Parisian printer named …

The Weird, Wonderful Social Network That Puts Your Creativity First

Ello again? Hardly. NewHive is something else.<p>For artists, writers, and other creative types, few things mean as much as a blank white page. Its emptiness serves as a frightening reminder that you have yet to create anything of value. Its indifference is something that even gifted geniuses like …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

<b>(Ollyy via Shutterstock)</b><p>As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions<p>Ian Leslie<p>October 12, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as …

How Did the Nobel Prize Become the Biggest Award on Earth?

The Nobel Prize is a big deal. Want to know how I know? Because the Nobels are constantly invoked to signal the importance of other awards: The …

Beyond the Nobel: What Scientists Are Learning About How Your Brain Navigates

"Can you point to Center City?" neuroscientist Russell Epstein likes to ask visitors to his office at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. …

Nobel Prize for the brain's GPS discovery

<b>The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain's "GPS system".</b><p>UK-based researcher Prof John O'Keefe as well as May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser share the award.<p>They discovered how the brain knows where we are and is able to navigate from one …

Nobel Prize

Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide

(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms …

This Self-Cleaning Cashmere Never Needs To Go To The Dry Cleaner

For most clothing, no matter how it was made or how many thousands of miles it traveled around the world to reach a store, the biggest part of its …

Cleaning