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One group that definitely faces prejudice in college admissions

<i>Jonathan Zimmerman teaches education and history at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of “Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”</i><p>Do Harvard and other elite universities illegally discriminate against Asian American applicants?<p>I’m not sure. But there’s another group of people …

College & University

Want To Live a Better Life? Use These 8 Life Lessons To Build Your Personal Philosophy

Discover your personal philosophy and then build your life around it.<p>Following a morning hike among the serenity of red rocks, wildflowers, and mountain views, I sat in conversation with an old friend. We had an important topic to discuss. Mainly, my future career.<p>My friend knows that I'm a …

Happiness

Scientists found the spiritual part of our brains—religion not required

Scientists seek to quantify everything—even the ineffable. And so the human search for meaning recently took a physical turn as Columbia and Yale University researchers isolated the place in our brains that processes spiritual experiences.<p>In a new study, published in Cerebral Cortex (paywall) on …

The Brain

It would be awesome if Neil DeGrasse Tyson would shut it

Billions of years ago, within the great cosmic crucible that was the wellspring of all life in the universe, matter and energy danced in a joyous pas …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The No. 1 trait highly charismatic people all share, according to science

William von Hippel, a psychology professor from the University of Queensland in Australia, conducts eccentric experiments to uncover the thought …

A revolution in our sense of self | Nick Chater

In a radical reassessment of how the mind works, a leading behavioural scientist argues the idea of a deep inner life is an illusion. This is cause for celebration, he says, not despair<p>At the climax of <i>Anna Karenina</i>, the heroine throws herself under a train as it moves out of a station on the edge …

Anna Karenina

This is the tech bubble we have been waiting for

The venture capitalist Bill Gurley was recently asked whether he thought cryptocurrency "initial coin offerings" (ICOs) were in a bubble. Billions of dollars have been poured into over 1,000 new digital coins issued by startups so far this year. These coins mimic the construction of bitcoin, …

How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table

You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine.<p>You got this.<p>First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been a banner …

Cryptocurrency

Google Authenticator will add a formidable layer of protection to your e-mail account

Google Authenticator is a free security app that can protect your accounts against password theft. It's easy to set up and can be used in a process …

Information Systems

Here's the Only Horsepower vs. Torque Explanation You'll Ever Need To Read

We use the words a lot, but do you know what they actually mean? You need to learn.<p>Which is better? Here's how you quash that bar-night debate.<p>Yogi Berra, never known to dwell on engine particulars, would have concluded that torque and horsepower are the same thing, only different. Actually, that …

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Let’s say you and I are neighbors. You’re an emergency room doctor, and I don’t work, thanks to a pile of money my grandparents left me.<p>You spend …

An L.A. firefighter choked and seriously injured a man giving out Halloween candy. His sentence? No jail

For nearly six minutes, Samuel Chang gasped in desperate, ragged breaths as four men held him down on a Chatsworth street on Halloween night.<p>"Stop fighting us and I will loosen up," says a man in a He-Man costume, who can be seen restraining Chang in a chokehold, in a video that captured the …

Crime

Does God Exist? Some Scientists Think They Have Proof

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>The question of whether a god exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew …

First Impressions: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series’ new Di2 R9170 disc brake groupset

We had the chance to join Shimano and their development team last week in Calpe on the Valencian coast in Spain for what had promised to be some warm …

Weather

Let a new robotic ball play with your lonely pet when you aren't home

LAS VEGAS — Gosh!'s new easyPlay pet ball is either your dog's new best friend, or its greatest nightmare.<p>The easyPlay is a goofy little robotic ball …

10 things you should do now that you've welcomed Alexa into your life

So you just got an Amazon Echo or an Echo Dot — fantastic, because they're sold out almost everywhere!<p>Welcome to the future, where ordering a pizza …

Smart Homes

A boom in startup investing is breeding conflicts in Silicon Valley boardrooms

Oracle Corp.’s biggest cloud-computing takeover is in peril, partly the result of an investment made by Larry Ellison 18 years ago in what was then a …

Reason In Our Dark Time

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>A great deal of our math, science, philosophy, and everyday behavior presupposes that stability and equilibria are the</i> …

Anthropocene

How to Get a First Class Upgrade Every Time

Until recently, if you had even mid-tier elite status with an airline, you could bet on getting upgraded from economy to business or first class on …

The string theory wars show us how science needs philosophy – Massimo Pigliucci

The general theory of relativity is sound science; ‘theories’ of psychoanalysis, as well as Marxist accounts of the unfolding of historical events, …

Philosophy

The bleak truth about how we spend our time

Paradoxically, time-use studies in recent decades find increased boredom in leisure activities, a finding akin to the ubiquitous complaint of "busyness" in an era of unprecedented technologically driven productivity and automation.<p>Productivity-enhancing technologies don't make us any less busy …

Social Media

Encryption, AI, and the Myth of Incompatibility

Since the end of Google IO 2016, a new narrative has been looming around the messaging industry: <b>“AI is the new black”</b>. Although the hype has been …

Selling software to big companies is a 'baroque tribal ritual bloodletting,' says investor

In 2007, Casado cofounded networking startup Nicira, which raised $41.82 million in venture funding before VMware gobbled it up in 2012 for $1.26 billion.<p>At VMware, Nicira's networking-virtualization technology became a $600 million business, before Casado left for Andreessen Horowitz just a few …

Selling

Millennials are being dot.conned by cult-like tech companies

Tech startups love millennials. Tasty, tasty millennials who get underpaid, overworked, churned up and turned into nourishment for venture …

Don’t Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Don’t Worry, It’s Just Another Fad

Why our giant, bloated cesspool of self-proclaimed experts and unicorn startups is about to go dry<p>As human beings we have the remarkable ability to …

Physicists find extreme violation of local realism in quantum hypergraph states

In the new study, the physicists discovered that quantum hypergraph states have perfect correlations that are highly nonlocal. As the scientists …

Why An Economy For The 1% Is Bad For Business, And Government

The “meek” — that old biblical euphemism for the poor — will one day inherit the earth. If so, it will only be if the world’s one percenters high-tail it to Mars before everything here goes to pot. Because, according to a study on economic inequality by Oxfam, the poor have an uphill climb if they …

Raghuram Rajan on the dangers of the rich getting richer

India’s central banker Raghuram Rajan believes income inequality across the world is stalling demand.<p>“Perhaps the movement of income towards high-income people has in fact reduced demand,” the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor said at an event today (Oct. 19).<p>“After all, poor people consume …

Economics

Awesome Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A curated list of Artificial Intelligence (AI) courses, books, video lectures and papers.<p>Contributions most welcome.<p>Online Courses<p>MIT Artifical …

Artificial Intelligence

Testing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles through Suspension of Disbelief

Autonomous vehicles are generally pretty safe by the time they get to the point that they’re able to drive themselves on public roads. Statistically, …