Lawrence Villegas

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Supercomputer provides black hole breakthrough

Black holes are regions of space-time whose gravitational effects are so strong that even electromagnetic radiation such as light cannot escape from …

Astrophysics

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

In 1 Tweet, KFC Gave a Master Class In How To Win The Internet

The brand's deft handling of social media and advertising is a classroom for marketers.<p>Who could mock the possibility of nuclear war in marketing and get away with it? KFC just did in a single tweet that mocked the "bigger button" exchange between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.<p>Stepping into politics …

Kim Jong-un

The 3 Essential Jobs That Most Retention Programs Ignore

For more than a decade, leading human resource strategists have hit on a recurring theme: You want your star players working in the roles that matter most to the business. For example, in 2009 professors Brian Becker, Mark Huselid, and Richard Beatty estimated that in most companies less than 15% …

Management

Scientists Discover The “Master Controller” Neuron of Good and Bad Habits

The discovery of a neuron in the brain that acts as the “master controller” of habits could someday change the way we treat addiction and compulsive …

Neuroscience

​Korean team puts OLED on fibre thinner than hair

A team at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has successfully built an OLED on fibre thinner than hair that will pave the way for new …

OLEDs

The 8 Types of Company Culture

Pros and Cons

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …

Democracy

The Science of Loneliness

When people ask me what my greatest fear is, I lie. I tell them about my fear of snakes. I say I have nightmares of being stuck in Fear Factor, lying …

Psychology

When to Decentralize Decision Making, and When Not To

Rare is the business executive who doubts the importance of responsiveness: to be acutely alert to business opportunities and threats, and to be capable of grabbing the opportunity or fending off the threat fast and effectively. Hence, when (re-)designing the organization structure, they tend to …

Management

Designing for Blockchain

<i>What will the much-hyped technology mean for developers, creatives, and UX designers?</i><p>Blockchain has arrived — not just in the technological sense, …

Bitcoin

Scientists baffled as hundreds get infected by deadly flesh-eating illness in Japan

A deadly flesh-eating infection has been affecting several Japanese people and scientists are baffled not able to understand what is causing such a …

Medicine

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

Genetics

This Is How To Quit Bad Habits Without Willpower: 3 Secrets From Neuroscience

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Mind

A Mathematician Who Decodes the Patterns Stamped Out by Life

Corina Tarnita deciphers bizarre patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms. She’s found that they can reveal whether an ecosystem is …

Biology

A Zero-Math Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

For many of us, Bayesian statistics is voodoo magic at best, or completely subjective nonsense at worst. Among the trademarks of the Bayesian …

Data Science

How to Create Good Blue-Collar Jobs in the Knowledge Economy

Fifty years ago Americans knew exactly what constituted a good job for a blue-collar worker: a position with a large manufacturer such as General Motors or Goodyear or U.S. Steel. Often unionized, it paid well and offered good benefits. It was also secure. Even if you were laid off during a …

The Workplace

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods — and Research Explains Why

Every day, we interact with two kinds of goods. The first kind is acquired and shared instantly, is weightless, impervious to damage, easy to customize, and impossible to lose. Even a child can carry thousands of it at a time. The second kind requires travel to acquire or share, is difficult to …

Psychology

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Neuroscience

Sleek multifunctional 'bedroom box' maximizes this small apartment

Small apartments in old urban centres like Paris or Madrid are cheap, but can be cramped and rundown. To update this old apartment in Paris, Batiik …

Interior Design

Eight predictions for digital advertising in 2018

As we enter the era of mass personalisation, tempered by strict data protection rules, we at iCrossing gaze into our crystal ball to reveal eight …

Advertising

Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

Susumu Tonegawa’s presence announces itself as soon as you walk through the door of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Picower Institute for …

The Brain

Stop Hiring for Culture Fit

I really dislike the term “A player.” It implies a grading system that can determine who will be best for a position. HR people always ask how Netflix, where I served as chief talent officer from 1998 to 2012, managed to hire only A players. I say, “There’s an island populated exclusively by A …

Management

The Culture Factor

Strategy and culture are among the primary levers at top leaders’ disposal in their never-ending quest to maintain organizational viability and effectiveness. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them. Culture expresses goals through values and beliefs …

Leadership

The Importance of Overlapping Work in Agile

A central tenet of agile is to avoid working in phases. On an agile project, There is no analysis phase followed by a design phase followed by a …

Project Management

Why Content Marketing Is The Solution To GDPR | Articles | Digital Publishing

On the 25th May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect after years in the making. The GDPR is the EU's latest …

Digital Marketing

Re-identification possible with Australian de-identified Medicare and PBS open data

Using publicly known information, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne have claimed to re-identify seven prominent Australians in …

University of Melbourne

The multi-dimensional universe hiding inside your head

A fabric of complex structures in our brain could be the key to understanding how the organ works, according to a new study. It could even provide an …

The Brain

Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice

<i>By Kass RE, Caffo BS, Davidian M, Meng X-L, Yu B, Reid N. Originally posted here.</i> IntroductionSeveral months ago, Phil Bourne, the initiator and …

Statistics

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

Mathematics