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Greece is the latest battleground in the financial elite’s war on democracy | George Monbiot

From laissez-faire economics in 18th-century India to neoliberalism in today’s Europe the subordination of human welfare to power is a brutal tradition<p>Greece may be financially bankrupt, but the troika is politically bankrupt. Those who persecute this nation wield illegitimate, undemocratic powers, …

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Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

<i>From Quanta Magazine (find original story here).</i><p>In 1978, the mathematician John McKay noticed what seemed like an odd coincidence. He had been …

The Beauty of Math! These 3D Printed Fractals Will Blow Your Mind

When I was in school, I admittedly was not a fan of mathematics. It was just something about numbers that turned me away. While my grades held up, …

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.<p>Creativity Starts in the Brain<p>Recent research in cognitive …

Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution

<b>By Don Willlmott</b><p><i>Don Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites.</i><p>Architects and environmental scientists have been teaming up to address an interesting question: is it possible--and economically …

You Can Increase Your Intelligence: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Cognitive Potential

By Andrea Kuszewski | Nov 11, 2011<p>Synopsis<p>Learn about the principles of fluid intelligence and strengthen your cognitive abilities through exercises …

Creative AI: Algorithms and robot craftsmen open new possibilities in architecture

Computers have transformed architecture in remarkable ways. They've made it possible to visualize designs in fully-rendered 3D graphics and to …

Colliding black holes could warp space-time itself

A team of prominent researchers has discovered what appears to be the start of two massive black holes at the centers of their own galaxies beginning to collide.<p>Such an event should come as no surprise, considering that there are up to 200 billion galaxies in the universe (according to Space.com), …

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

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Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to …

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Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period”

“The great Tao fades away.”<p>So begins one translation of the <i>Tao Te Ching</i>’s 18th Chapter. The sentence captures the frustration that comes with a lost …

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Researchers Have Teleported Light 15 Miles — The Furthest Yet

In a recent experiment, the quantum state (the direction it was spinning) of a light particle instantly traveled 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) across an optical fiber, becoming the farthest successful quantum teleportation feat yet.<p>Advances in quantum teleportation could lead to better Internet and …

How to Build a Secret Army of Innovators

Software company Adobe didn't want innovations, it wanted innovators. Here's how the company figured how to fail fast by funding 1,000 internal projects.<p>Plenty of businesses strive to be innovative by spending millions of dollars launching new products. While new research from Global Innovation …

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

Your brain is complicated. Understanding how it works can help you make better decisions.<p>What role do our emotions play in decision-making? Some might say it’s a fairly contentious one. Acting on emotions without reason can be dangerous. 17th-century French philosopher Descartes would have you …

Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter?

A signal picked up by Dutch and Swiss scientists is thought to be the first phsical evidence of Dark Matter<p>It was first theorised more than 70 years ago, but after decades of searching, scientists believe they have seen the first sign of elusive Dark Matter.<p>Researchers have picked up unexpected …

Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City

Three new mosaics have been uncovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is actually located in today’s Turkey. The incredibly well preserved …