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27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Algorithm Reveals Link Between Sour Cream And Traffic Accidents

Visualizing the unexpected correlations that surround us<p>Data suggest: marriages in Alabama are causing deaths by electrocution, divorces in South Carolina are causing bees to produce more honey, and Nicolas Cage movies are saving thousands of lives each year.<p>Tyler Vigen created a program, …

Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

You don't have to notice, but if you do, it's like a hidden kiss. There have always been popular television shows that sneak bits of arcane learning into their storylines. <i>Star Trek</i> did this. <i>Dr. Who</i> (in Britain) did this. So, back in the day, did Rocky and Bullwinkle, and before them, a cartoon show …

10 of the Maddest Scientists Who Ever Lived

From guzzling bacteria to dueling for mathematics, these scientists pulled some of the craziest stunts in the history of the profession.<p>What would you do for science? These scientists gave everything you had to achieve some of the most important advances we know today. From guzzling bacteria to …

Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

Thinking, Fast and Slow was a global bestseller, and had a profound impact on psychology and economics, as these tributes from other leading figures show<p>'He revolutionised large parts of psychology'<p><b>Steven Pinker</b> <b>is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is frequently named one of the</b> …

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Deceptively small, this engaging book is akin to a collection of informative little blog essays that will appeal to fans of the world's first (and only) consulting detective.<p>My name is Sherlock Homes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."<br>-- Sherlock Homes in "The Adventure of the …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

QUANT e-Sportlimousine teased ahead of Geneva debut

The Quant is back. Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg partnered with German firm NLV Solar AG on the Quant by Koenigsegg, shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. It was a styling buck of a four-passenger sport sedan that used a brand new, proprietary propulsion system invented by NLV called …

Suck It, Polar Vortex: 9 Vehicles for Surviving a Snowpocalypse ¬– Feature

Thanks to the polar vortex—or more accurately, <i>vortices</i>—this winter is the harshest that many parts of the country have seen in decades. As icy doom continues to close schools and turn roadways into skating rinks, it’s only natural that talk in the <i>C/D</i> office turned to the ultimate vehicles to get us …

Ice Age

How to tell you are a good liar in five seconds

A clever trick for testing the truthfulness of your nearest and dearest<p>Ever wondered if you friends, family or work colleagues are telling you little white lies?<p>Here's a handy way to test them. All you need is five seconds and a bit of hand-eye coordination - you can even try it out on …

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Can I increase my brain power?

A billion-dollar industry has grown up around our desire to be more intelligent. But is it really possible to make yourself smarter?<p>What happens when you attach several electrodes to your forehead, connect them via wires to a nine-volt battery and resistor, ramp up the current and send an …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

The business of home automation is enabling the internet of things

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/A-R-T<p>If we think about the homes that have a broadband connection today as the total addressable market …

Making Someone Love You: Science vs. the Supernatural

Michael Busby is a Houston-area lawyer who has just filed a lawsuit against self-described psychic Melena Thorn, alleging that Thorn defrauded him of $2,700, which he gave to her in cash with the promise that the money would be "cleansed" and returned to him, at which point he was to put the money …

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

Turning unwanted carbon dioxide into electricity

SAN FRANCISCO - Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) underground and …

Secret-Sharing App Whisper Adds Search And Topics To Find Other Users Like You

Whisper, the secret sharing startup backed by Sequoia and others, has just pushed a new version of its app into the app store that’s designed to help users search and browse through various topics. The update also adds a new “create flow” that will simplify the process of making and sharing …

The One With The Lexus LFA! - World's Fastest Car Show Ep 3.28

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

Energy

McLaren 12C and Ferrari F12 in a tunnel? Better than coffee.

Which would you choose?<p>One of the oldest rivalries in Formula 1 has been between Ferrari and McLaren, battling it out on tracks worldwide since the Monaco race in 1966 when Bruce McLaren brought out his M2B. Now, with the introduction of the 12C, that battle is now taken to civilian streets. This …

Ferrari

The Last Of The V8’s, Formula One Edition

Last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix marked the end of an era. Since 2006, Formula One has required the “formula” of a 2.4 Liter, 90-degree V8. …

Allow Wu-Tang Clan's GZA To Rap To You About The Big Bang

It's as amazing as you suspect.<p>Rapper GZA, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, is releasing a space-themed album called <i>Dark Matter</i>. He's even been chatting with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the project. Here, as part of a talk at the University of Toronto, he previewed an a cappella version of one …

Killing Tires With a Ferrari F12 -- /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Beer

This electron accelerator is smaller than a grain of rice - Futurity

Researchers have used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than …

Popular Mechanics - How Your World Works

This technology might be the only thing standing between the world and devastating climate change.<p>Air Force Special Operations Command flies some of the most sophisticated planes in the military, and none of them are fighter jets.<p>Even more impressive, the guns disassemble like the real thing.<p>How …

Android Phones

Mobincube, An App Builder That’s Spawned 18K Apps, Raises $946K For U.S., Int’l Push

Spanish startup Mobincube has closed a €700,000/$946,000 seed round for its drag and drop, web-based app builder which lets non-developers build their own mobile apps using a series of templates. The round was led by early stage VC firm Inveready. Others investors include the VC arm of Spanish …

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that passes …

Surveillance

17 Essential Items Every Guy Should Own

We know that many men find shopping challenging, which is why we've whipped up clothing guides for everything from pants to suits to shoes to shorts (yes, we're OK with guys wearing shorts -- sometimes). But at the end of the day, it's easiest to just have a simple, go-to list: What does a guy need …