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Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

Sleep

Scientists find switch for people to control their dreams

Have you ever had a dream where you realized you were dreaming? The technical term is a lucid dream. And people who are lucky enough to have them can often control the dreams, as well. This week, researchers showed for the first time that they could use electrical stimulation to switch lucid …

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

Why Do Birds Fly in Vs? Endangered Bird Solves the Mystery — NOVA Next

Reteach an old bird old tricks, and you might learn something.<p>That’s what happened when Johannes Fritz and his colleagues at an Austrian conservation …

A Get-Smart Pill, With Side Effects — NOVA Next

What if there was a pill that helped you learn?<p>A new study, published in <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i>, could change that, though. Researchers …

Flip the Clinic

This morning, I adventured to Phoenix, Arizona for a revisit of one of our first communities at… Read more »<p>Our family at Flip the Clinic never …

A Day In The Fitness-Tracked Life

A completely unscientific sleep study<p>Many of the latest fitness trackers also claim to monitor sleep, so I decided to test a few. I strapped four of them to my arm 24/7 for a week of self-designed experiments. Some nights, I curbed caffeine, exercised early, and got to bed on time. Other nights, I …

Wearable Tech

Do Plants Sleep?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately, mostly because I wrote a story on the topic for the March issue of Popular Science. Sleep, of course, is a key part of our lives as humans. We do it every night (or at least we should). We also see other animals sleep, from our pet dogs snoozing at our …

Botany

How the Heart Is Like a ‘Little Brain’: Which Is Really in Control?

Modern science has verified what the ancients believed about one’s heart—that the heart is a center of higher wisdom. It can actually remember things …

The Brain

Tech and Science

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Science

Persia in New York

Beyond the tragedy of Brooklyn-based band the Yellow Dogs, a vibrant scene of Iranian artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and actors is flourishing in America, centered in New York. If there’s a silver lining to the story, it’s the chance to recognize and celebrate the vital work of Iranians …

Protective Leg Covers For Your Dog Make A Fashion Statement Too: H-Leggings

You may have seen leg warmers for dogs, but these <b>H-Leggings</b> are leg <i>protectors</i> for dogs... and in their sporty royal blue and orange strap, they look …

How location data is fueling the wearable revolution (eBook)

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Skyhook Wireless.</i><p>Every week, a new smartwatch receives funding on Kickstarter, a new connected fitness band emerges from a Fortune 100 tech manufacturer, and an Ivy League dropout in a garage in Southern California takes aim at Google Glass.<p>The wearable market is …

Why Edward Snowden gave a shoutout to the NoScript add-on for Firefox

Now that Edward Snowden, living in asylum and charged with espionage, has endorsed NoScript, the Firefox plugin stands to become hugely popular.<p>Snowden, formerly an NSA contractor, called out the open-source add-on alongside the Tor anonymity network and the Ghostery plugin to show how sites track …

Wolfram Language wants to revolutionize coding

Wolfram Alpha has spawned a new symbolic programming language, Wolfram Language, with Stephen Wolfram revealing what he promises is the “most …

Obama’s Innovation Fellowship is bringing startup folks to the gov’t table

It’s official: the applications for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program are now open for the third round!<p>The program, which pairs fellows ranging from venture capitalists to all kinds of “geek” types with government agencies, launched two years ago and aims to leverage the tech …

The 26 VCs who sit on the most Tech IPO Pipeline Boards

The Venture Capital Partner Social Graph (alpha)<p>Given the importance of networks in VC performance (aka network centrality), we've begun building a …

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

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Letter From The Editor<p>In Defense Of Sleep<p>Features<p>Science Of Sleep<p><b>Science holds the secret to a good night's sleep. Our guide to catching your z's—and why it matters. **By</b> **Brooke Borel<p><b>3 Infographics About Sleep</b><br>• Questions You Should Ask About Your Sleeping Habits<br>• Should You Stay Up Late?<br>• When Sleep …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

How to Drive Team Alignment Through Open-Book Management | Inc.com

When "open-book management" joined the <i>Inc.</i> lexicon 20 years ago, it was heralded as the next business revolution. It hasn't quite worked out that way, but there is little doubt today's management strategies are heavily influenced by a kissing cousin, "transparency."<p>In a recent survey of 146 chief …

Employee Engagement

When Founders And Investors Split Over An Acquisition Offer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tomio Geron is head of content at startup</i> <i>Exitround</i><i>. This is part of a series of posts on the tech M&A market. Follow him on Twitter @tomiogeron.</i><p>For one founder who recently sold his startup, it was the culmination of a long journey. At the same time, the founder, who spoke to me on …

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Cycling

Dim the lights if you need to make a big decision - Futurity

Human emotions, whether they are positive or negative, are felt more intensely under bright lights.

How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

A paw on the leg. A nose nuzzling against your arm. Maybe even a hop onto your lap.<p>Dogs always seem to know when you're upset and need extra love, even though they hardly understand a word of what you say. How can that be?<p>Our four-legged friends have a little patch of their brain devoted to …

Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Autodesk teamed up with designer Joris Laarman to create the system.<p>Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. (Seriously: we've got pizza before small-scale, consumer steel printing.) But software company Autodesk, working …

How to Spur Team Alignment: A Guide to Organizational Health | Inc.com

True or False:<p>1. As a leader, I know that my success hinges on my people.<p>2. I am not <b>entirely</b> sure what it takes to make my people happy and productive.<p>3. I would rather get a root canal than spend time at an offsite working on my team (Hello, kumbaya).<p>Chances are good that you responded true, true, …

Employee Engagement

Where Are The Deals? How VCs Identify The Next Generation Of Startups

You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to raise capital from venture capitalists. However, as a venture capital fund, we have the opposite problem: how do we find companies in which to invest?<p>It might appear that origination is becoming much easier because of new tools like AngelList and …

Roadie Tuner

An automatic tuner for guitars and other string instruments. Roadie Tuner works with iOS and Android devices to quickly and accurately tune your …