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You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

Scientists just restored breathing after paralysis

Breakthrough Treatment<p>Medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University have developed a treatment that could herald a breakthrough for …

Case Western Reserve University

Scientists And Surgeons Team Up To Create Virtual Human Brain Cells

Scientists in Seattle have created three-dimensional computer reconstructions of living human brain cells by studying tissue that is usually discarded during surgery.<p>The virtual cells, unveiled Wednesday by The Allen Institute for Brain Science, capture not only the shape and anatomy of living …

The Brain

Buildings of the future might be constructed by swarms of robots

It's not just possible—it might actually be better.<p><i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Soonish <i>by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith.</i><p>Thanks to recent advances in robotics, computing, and other technologies, a small but growing number of scientists and engineers think robot-made housing might finally be …

Robotics

Getting to and living on Mars will be hell on your body

While NASA and SpaceX figure out how to get to Mars, they're also thinking about how the 200-day journey and life on the red planet will affect humans. Astronauts will be dealing with nasty things like muscle atrophy and bone loss, intra-cranial pressure, psychological issues, lack of resources and …

Grand Canyon

Saudi Arabia to invest $1bn in Virgin space companies

Investment of £760m into Richard Branson’s space companies will enable ‘next generation of human spaceflight’<p>Saudi Arabia will plough around $1bn (£760m) into Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin space companies.<p>The cash injection will be made to Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit – …

Space Travel

C.D.C. Panel Recommends a New Shingles Vaccine

WASHINGTON — In an unusually close vote, an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday recommended the use of a new vaccine to prevent shingles over an older one that was considered less effective.<p>The decision was made just days after the Food and Drug …

Public Health

A paralyzed man can stand again after an experimental epidural treatment

It’s been almost a decade since the motorcycle accident that left Andrew Meas paralyzed from the chest down. He was wearing a helmet, but a driver trying to cross four lanes at once t-boned Meas, breaking his spine at the sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae. These nerves are close to the neck and …

Spinal Cords

NVIDIA CEO says we're 4 years away from fully autonomous cars

The Road to Full Autonomy<p>Earlier this month, computer systems developer and chip manufacturer NVIDIA announced a new artificially intelligent (AI) …

Nerds rejoice: Google just released its internal tool to collaborate on AI

As if giving the world its AI framework wasn’t enough, Google is now letting others work with a once-internal development tool, Colaboratory.<p>The software works a lot like Google Docs, its document collaboration tool, but with the ability to run code and show that code’s output within the document. …

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

U.S. Department of Defense

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Junk Food

Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain

For middle-aged women struggling with their weight, a recent spate of scientific findings sounds too good to be true. And they may be, researchers caution.<p>Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for a characteristic redistribution of weight …

Diabetes

Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World?

Last fall, when I visited Kawangware, a densely populated slum outside Nairobi, Kenya, the morning was bright, and a breeze provided a welcome respite from the smell of the open sewers that run like septic capillaries through the back streets and alleys. Extreme poverty makes life difficult here, …

Bill Gates

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

While she was a primary care doctor in Oakland,Calif., Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man who had been living with kidney disease since he was a teenager.<p>Their relationship brought Grubbs face to face with the dilemmas of kidney transplantation — and the racial biases she found to be …

Medicine

How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

Aquaponics

Prepare for the Digital Health Revolution

The business of medicine is inefficient, expensive, and ripe for disruption. Here are 21 companies that are using technology to reinvent it—and to …

Digital Health

How to Build a Culture Where Employees Actually Reach Their Potential | Inc.com

Show of hands: Are you doing a second job no one is paying you to do? Namely, are you always trying to mask your weaknesses and manage others' impressions of you?<p>Your hand is likely in the air, if you work for an organization (like most) that doesn't exactly make it easy for employees to admit when …

Leadership

Why the calorie is broken

There’s a serious problem with the way we measure food – and it may mean you’re consuming much more than you realise. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod report.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, …

Nutrition

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Mental Health

Fixing Health Care Will Require More than a New Payment System

Many have argued that healthcare systems need to move away from the fee-for-service model. What these arguments often overlook is the challenge of actually managing that change. Even if a new payment system is put in place, there is no guarantee that healthcare providers will change their behavior …

Project Management

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

Stanford University

Why Becoming Successful Is The Most Spiritual Thing I've Ever Done

Success is such a loaded word, especially for us spiritual and wellness types. Immediately, we're inundated with images of burned out, sleep-deprived …

The Top 20 Start-Up Accelerators in the U.S.

Start-up accelerators have become a prominent feature of the entrepreneurship landscape in recent years. New programs appear nearly every month, and in many ways, accelerator participation has become a rite of passage for budding entrepreneurs. Yet, with the proliferation of programs, the newness …

Startups

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Medicine

Why Personality Is A Better Predictor Of Success Than Intelligence

When it comes to academic achievement, intelligence is an important factor -- but it is certainly not the only, or even the most important, factor.<p>According to a new Australian study, <i>personality</i> is a better predictor of success in school than intelligence as measured by traditional standardized …

Psychology

The First Rule Of Success And Happiness

Every morning, as you open your eyes to see the light of another day, you should ask two simple questions: What am I doing today? Why am I doing it?<p>If you are happy with the answers you come up to both questions, get off the bed and enjoy the day. If you are struggling to find the right answers, …

Happiness

Flip Down Memory Lane: The Year in Review

In 2014, we saw countries unite to fight mass disease and terror. Ebola ravaged African countries and spread to the United States. ISIS attacked …