Katherine Jara

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You Should Be Very Skeptical of Nectome's Deadly 'Mind-Uploading Service'

Four things are true: One, a startup called Nectome plans to embalm the living brains of dying people, with the promise that the preserved tissues …

Neuroscience

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

What To Tell Kids Instead of "You're So Smart"

There’s no such thing as a gifted child—Albert Einstein had many failures when starting his work and most Nobel laureates weren’t exceptionally smart …

Kids

Algobrix teaches your child how to code using LEGO compatible bricks

There is definitely not a shortage of robotic toys coming out of the woodworks lately that want to teach your kids how to code. But why is this so important? As it turns out, learning how to code not only prepares your child for future careers in robotics or computer programming but it also teaches …

The 1 Bad Conversational Habit That Will Make You Look Really Unprofessional

This timeless communication skill may just be your secret weapon to better relationships.<p>Billionaire entrepreneurs Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Richard Branson have gone on record to say that communication is the most important skill you need. Yet most people think of communication in the <i>speaking</i> …

Bill Gates

The US Military Unveils $65m Plan To Plug A Human Brain Directly Into A Computer

The Matrix is real.<p>DARPA, the US Military’s ultra-secretive research agency, has unveiled a $65 million dollar plan to plug a human brain directly …

Neurophilosophy

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language

If We Want A More Equal World, We Need To Dispel These 5 Economic Myths

Otherwise, social unrest will continue to escalate, and we'll face a bleak future.<p>HONG KONG ― Many of the economic development ideas the West believed to be long-held truths and major Western contributions to modernity no longer seem so accurate. From the unorthodox rise of China and the increasing …

Rid your shower of bottle clutter

Your shower should be a serene place where you can escape the outside world for a short time each day. You shouldn’t be distracted by a multitude of …

David Villa reaches 50 MLS goals with shining performance in the rain

The Spanish striker scored a pair of goals to help his side shake off a first-half deficit and beat the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.<p>David Villa's first goal may have been a gift, but his second was pure magic, providing the ideal cap to a milestone day for the Spanish star.<p>Villa surpassed the …

'Louie' the 132-year-old lobster freed after spending 20 years in a restaurant

After spending 20 years in a small tank in a restaurant in New York, this crustacean has been freed back into the wild.<p>In honor of National Lobster …

Lobster

Avocado caper: 3 Calif. men charged in $300,000 theft of fruit

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Ventura County sheriff investigators arrested three men on charges of grand theft of fruit and vegetables, specifically the unauthorized sale of up $300,000 worth of avocados.<p>The three suspects were identified as Joseph Valenzuela, 38, of Santa Paula; Carlos Chavez, 28, of …

Coconut oil isn't healthy. It's never been healthy.

<i>Corrections & clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated Marie-Pierre St-Onge’s title.</i><p>The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.<p>The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, …

Coconut

Michael Phelps to race a great white during ‘Shark Week’

We’ve known for nearly two weeks that Michael Phelps would be testing his aquatic prowess against a great white shark during Discovery’s “Shark Week.” Now we know when the Olympic hero will face off against his most dangerous opponent yet.<p>In a trailer released Wednesday and titled “Phelps Vs. …

Swimming

China's new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare

It looks a lot like 'Red October' in real life.<p>In Tom Clancy's book (and, later, the 1990 film) <i>The Hunt For Red October,</i> a Soviet submarine debuts a revolutionary, ultra-quiet engine that uses pumpjets and electrical propulsion technology to elude its foes. Chinese state media has reported that the …

How can I cope with my manipulative mother?

I am doing my best, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed by guilt about not doing enough.Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader<p><b>I am a woman in my 50s looking for advice on how to cope with my needy and manipulative mother, who is in her 80s. Physically, she is in really good shape: she is active, has a</b> …

Retirement

"He was everything I wanted, until the abuse started"

Singer Cat Pierce opens up about the abusive relationship that changed her life forever<p><b>From the outside, Cat Pierce’s life was perfect. She was one half of successful band The Pierces, playing gigs and festivals around the world. She was young, beautiful and had a gorgeous boyfriend. But behind the</b> …

“Very few decisions have to be final”: What I wish I’d known at age 21

When I was 21, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I was headed to law school, so I assumed I would be a lawyer for the rest of my life. I didn’t know that life is long enough to allow for reinvention, do-overs, and big errors—that very few decisions ever have to be final, or …

Student Finance

6 Things You'll Find the Smartest People Doing Every Day

You can be brainy and an intellectual, but that doesn't mean you're smart, like these people are.<p>You can be popular, talented, and brainy, but that doesn't mean you're smart (in an emotionally-intelligent sense). Ultimately, you'll find that smart people have keen insight into situations and …

Self-improvement

Teen pens college essay about loving pizza, gets into Yale

Pizza is our country’s great unifier.<p>Or at least it was the recipe to success for high school senior Carolina Williams, who applied to Yale with an …

College & University

Mental Health, Entrepreneurship, and the Identity Crisis

Being a founder of a startup means you’ll be going through an emotional rollercoaster and having strong mental health can help get through the highs …

Removing the Mask to Experience Real Love

by Kathleen Gaines<p>Somewhere along the way for me, life got a lot more comfortable in a mask. Without my mask, I experienced hardship and brokenness …

Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's Christians

The group has been exporting Iraq-style sectarian tactics to the Arab world’s most populous country.<p>Four months after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 28 Christian worshipers in Cairo, the group struck Egypt’s Christians again—this time with a double church bombing on Palm Sunday that left at …

Islam

A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Humans

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people …

Public Health

Worth the Price: The Actual Cost of Quality vs. Quantity

Last year, I bought a pair of ballet flats. On the surface, there is nothing extraordinary about the purchase of a pair of ballet flats, but for me …

The Trump Administration Warned Russia About the U.S. Missile Attack on Syria

The Trump administration notified Russia in advance of missile strikes on Syria Thursday night, giving time for both Russian and Syrian forces to …

Middle East

Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts

Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness.<p>“Psychology is generally …

How to Use Silence to Help Your Hurting Friend

<b>“Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.” ~Unknown</b><p>There’s a time for words and a time for silence. …

The 25 Best Exercises to Tone Your Abs (and None of Them Are Crunches)

Let's be honest: crunches aren't the most exciting of exercises. And they're not always the most effective way to tone your abs anyway. If you're bored with your sit-up routine, here are 25 fun and effective moves to mix up your workout and tone your midsection!<p><i>— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb</i> …

#ThatsHarassment Video Series Highlights an All-Too-Common Problem for Women Everywhere

Actor David Schwimmer is helping to promote six short films that, sadly, most women can so relate to.<p>Women, raise your hands if you've been sexually harassed by a man at some point in your life. That's what I thought. Sadly, being a woman often means you will face harassment, and more than …

Parenting