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How to beat anyone at rock-paper-scissors, according to a Chinese mathematician

While they previously had devised a theoretical answer to the question, an experiment by Zhijian Wang at Zhejiang University in China that used real players has revealed an interesting wrinkle to the original theory.<p>In the experiment, Zhijian noticed that winning players tended to stick with their …

Mathematics
Diabetes

In Supreme Court case, university defends race-based policy giving middle-class minorities an edge

With the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action hanging by a thread at the Supreme Court,<p>University of Texasofficials are struggling to explain a policy that gives an extra edge to Latino and African American students from middle-class households and top-performing high schools.<p>It is …

Scientists Analyzed Spiderweb DNA, and the Results Are Super Creepy

Walking into a spiderweb just got creepy. Those sticky strands clinging to your hair and face? They’re smeared with traces of the spider’s last meal, …

Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents. Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Harvard Business School

Shia LaBeouf’s Self-Indulgent Movie Marathon Turns Out to Be Surprisingly Poignant

It started as performance art. It ended as Boyhood.<p>It started as just another “crazy <b>Shia LaBeouf</b> art project,” as weird and self-indulgent as the time he sat in a Los Angeles art gallery and cried from behind a paper bag. But as #AllMyMovies, the LaBeouf movie marathon with LaBeouf in attendance, …

Shia LaBeouf

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

Consciousness

16 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.<p>To help you get into your interviewer's head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, …

Employment

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

Anger Management

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

Sexual harassment: Another roadblock for women in science

Earlier this month, news broke that astronomy professor Geoff Marcy, who discovered some of the first planets beyond our solar system, was formally investigated by UC Berkeley and found guilty of repeated sexual harassment and sexual assault of female students from 2001 to 2010. Despite these …

'Minecraft: Story Mode's' adventures have familiar plots but characters worth rooting for

"Minecraft," the video game that can essentially be anything you want it to be, is everywhere.<p>Everywhere, that is, except in my home. It's on laptop computers, mobile phones and video game consoles, and it's in toy stores, bookstores and even baseball stadiums. A Chicago Cubs-branded spongy bat, …

25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.<p>From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.<p><i>An earlier version of this post was written by</i> …

Hiking

Facebook just fixed the battery draining issue in its iPhone app

After complaints that its app was causing significant battery drain for iPhone users, Facebook has released an update that it says fixes the issue.<p>The social network also explained the issues that led to excessive battery usage.<p>"We recently heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues …

Facebook

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

Psychology

Woman Shopping At Target With Her Kids Shocked To Hear Porn Playing Over Store PA System

When you hear heavy breathing and moaning over the PA system at the store, either an employee is really excited to announce there’s a sale on …

Corporate Wellness Programs Lose Money

Evidence that wellness programs lose money has been accumulating. This evidence has come not just from critics such as ourselves, but even from members of the wellness industry. In total, the evidence is compelling enough that companies planning or currently running their own programs may want to …

Health Care
Advertising

A unicorn takes a beating

A high-flying unicorn has been brought closer to earth this morning by a deeply reported story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.<p>The story …

Venture Capital

Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

In the rat race that is modern life, it's sort of the only drug that makes sense. How awful is that?<p><i>More on Nootroprics:</i><p>Will 'Smart Drugs' Really Make Us Smarter, or Just Ruin Our Lives?<p>A Campus Dealer Explains How the College Drug Economy Works<p>Can the Pills That Claim to Make You Clever Also Make …

Medicine

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.<p>The drugs – cyclosporine A (also known as CsA) and FK506 (also known as tacrolimus) – are given to transplant recipients to reduce the …

Your Audience Rules - How Facebook's News Feed Algorithm Really Works

I recently attended an education session on Facebook's News Feed algorithm, conducted by a social media lecturer of relatively high standing in the …

New York Times

How Your Brain Ages Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on October 1, 2015<p>How your brain ages is a complex topic. While it is true that everyone’s brain ages differently (that’s why one grandfather …

Acupuncture

Birth of the bloody moon