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Wanna Innovate? 3 Reasons Why You Should Implement Power-Law Distribution

Statistics uses small samples to predict how phenomena behave in the real world. Many management tools with the aim of maximizing efficiency (ex: Six Sigma) attempt to decrease variances using a statistical analysis method called ANOVA (analysis of variance). The familiar bell shape of the normal …

Innovation

Add a dash of chemistry for the best microwave mug cake of your life

This single-serving dessert takes 60 seconds—and some science.<p>There’s something incredibly neat about a microwave cake. A cake tin full of batter takes 45 minutes or more to bake fully; a few ingredients in a coffee mug transform into a sweet treat in just sixty seconds. How does that magical …

Dessert

The Witness: Clara Ester, the Lorraine Motel and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

MEMPHIS – It’s 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968. In a minute, on a motel balcony, America’s greatest civil rights leader and most famous advocate of non-violence will be shot to death.<p>This story is about what it was like to witness the death of Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. And about how, over …

Black History

The Republican tax bill is a poison pill that kills the New Deal

<b>(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Today’s Republicans would have fit right in to Herbert Hoover’s administration<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>December 11, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>Shortly after President Trump took office, House Speaker Paul Ryan could feel just how close he …

The Bizarre, Lonely Story of the World's Best Soap Shoe Pro

The forgotten sport's most vocal proponent just made a movie, and it's absolutely astounding.<p>Ryan Jaunzemis skipped college to run around the street jumping on handrails and ledges with special plated sneakers called Soap Shoes. The fidget spinners of their day, the footwear had a moment of huge …

Photographer Quietly Captures Museum Goers Who Accidentally Match the Artwork

When Stefan Draschan goes to a museum, he’s looking at more than just the art. The photographer is also people watching for museum visitors whose outfits happen to coordinate with the paintings on the wall. In his ongoing project called <i>People Matching Artworks</i>, he captures the unexpected moments …

People who hear voices in their head can also pick up on hidden speech

The secret to both might lie in how our brains experience the world<p>Serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the “Son of Sam,” famously claimed that he heard voices in the form of a dog telling him to commit murder. But hearing voices isn’t necessarily a sign of psychosis. In fact, according to …

Soul-crushing traffic may plague the total solar eclipse — these maps reveal the worst choke points

In fact, up to 7.4 million people may journey to the 70-mile-wide, 2,800-mile-long track where the moon will block the sun and reveal the star's wispy corona.<p>That's according to Michael Zeiler, a cartographer at Esri, a mapping data and technology company.<p>Zeiler has anticipated this moment since he …

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.<p>For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky …

NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

In many ways, Mars is the most Earth-like planet we’ve ever examined up close, besides our own. With a history of a watery past, copious amounts of erosion, revealed sedimentary rock, volcanoes, clouds, icecaps, sand dunes and features like dried-up riverbeds, there’s an entire geological history …

Astronomy

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.<p>He dropped out of school in …

Pilot Wave Theory Video Will Make You Totally Rethink Quantum Mechanics

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman has been quoted as saying that it’s safe to say “that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” But even …

Lithium battery failure wipes out DARPA robot at NASA

It's not just Samsung that has problems with combusting batteries, as NASA's office of Safety and Mission Assurance has just revealed. The body has announced that NASA centers have seen at least four major explosions and a number of close calls over the last decade. The latest crisis was a fire at …

DARPA

According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

The Brain

22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different …

Scientists Just Developed a Video That Induces The Same Visual Hallucinations in Healthy People

Do you see the grey blobs?<p>Researchers have discovered a way to consistently induce the same visual hallucination in healthy people - without …

The Brain

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Consciousness

Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful

<b>Update: I’m co-authoring a book about the mental models from this post. Get notified when the book comes out</b> <b>here</b><b>.</b><p>Around 2003 I came across Charlie …

Management

10 Attributes Of Fascism In The United States

Fascism is defined as “a political system headed by a dictator, in which the government controls business, and labor and opposition is not …

These Are the 5 Best TED Talks Ever, According to the Guy Who Runs TED

The event's boss names the talks that have taught him the most.<p>If you're a massive TED fan like me, you've probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now. But when it comes to consuming all the insights TED has to offer, even the most dedicated enthusiasts can't hold a candle to Chris …

Public Speaking

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that it’s somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his …

Consciousness

Good Meat: Your Guide to Eating Meat for Fat Loss, Muscle Building, & the Achievement of Perfect Health | Poliquin Article

Foods that come from animals are among the most nutritious on the planet. Meat, eggs, fish and dairy are all jam packed with nutrients that enable …

Why Is It So Hard to Tell If Someone Likes You?

One of the most frustrating things about dating and relationships is trying to figure out whether a person has romantic feelings for you. People …

Can Men and Women Be "Just Friends"?

Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor<p>I have previously published two articles on the "friend zone" - the area of mismatched romantic or sexual …

Hillary Clinton's horrible Venn diagram tweet has sparked a new meme

She was trying to say something smart about gun control, but it backfired.<p>Hillary Clinton intended to convey a message about her support of universal background checks for firearms purchases — perhaps to distinguish her stance from Republican Donald Trump on the day he picked up the endorsement of …

10 epic long-distance walks around the world

Makalu Base Camp, Nepal<p>The trek to the base of the fifth highest mountain in the world leads from dense rain forests over steep passes, to high pastures below glacier-clad peaks. Although only 125 miles long, the trek is tough as it involves an ascent of more than 7,000 metres and remote and rugged …

Hiking

Re-Animators: Giving Birth to Gorillaz

How Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic artist Jamie Hewlett evolved into a cartoon simian rock band<p><b>By David Nolan and Martin Roach</b><p>T<b>here are,</b> of …

Clint Eastwood

26 Awesome TV Shows From Around The World

Great television knows no borders.<p>Note: some responses have been edited and condensed for length or clarity.

Black Hole Tech?

The Theory Works!The equation that Albert Einstein wrote down for the gravitational field in 1915 is simple enough:But working out its consequences …