Olivia Braley

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Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

My head is spinning after reading the latest letter by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Larimer in <i>Poets & Writers</i> magazine. Larimer makes some fair points in his piece, called "It's All about the Writing," saying that most of us don't write for the money, but because we love writing. Then he takes it one step …

Scientists shed light on creativity by studying pianists' brain activity

Scientists claim to have shed light on the neural basis of creativity by scanning the brains of accomplished pianists while they improvised on a keyboard.<p>Images of the pianists' brains highlighted areas that seemed to underpin their musical creativity, alongside regions that were strongly connected …

6 Buildings That Look Like Vaginas

Yesterday, Zaha Hadid released her design for Qatar’s new World Cup Stadium. Everyone freaked out because it looks like a vagina. What other architects have defied the phallic building norm?<p>Zaha Hadid sent shockwaves over the Internet yesterday when she released her design for Qatar’s new World Cup …

Why Do People Agree To Work In Boring Jobs?

In the essay "The Myth of Sisyphus," philosopher Albert Camus — who would have turned 100 on Thursday — explored the nature of boring work. There's new psychological research into why people end up in boring jobs.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Now, one of Camus' most famous essays, "The Myth of …

Between Pigs And Anchovies: Where Humans Rank On The Food Chain

When it comes to making food yummy and pleasurable, humans clearly outshine their fellow animals on Earth. After all, you don't see rabbits caramelizing carrots or polar bears slow-roasting seal.<p>But in terms of the global food chain, <i>Homo sapiens</i> are definitely not the head honchos.<p>Instead, we sit …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.<p>On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very …

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

New Exoplanet Could Be Earth's Cousin — Or Something Totally Alien

Astronomers are one step closer to discovering Earth Two. They have found an exoplanet slightly larger than our own, orbiting a star at a distance …

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

Electronic artists turn 600 phones into a symphony of light and sound

Forget Prince's "Purple Rules" demanding smartphone-free concerts, one group is actually encouraging fans to wave their handset in the air because it's part of the show. Electronic group Booka Shade recently performed a concert where the audience's phones played coordinated sound and lights via a …

Watch two neutron stars rip each other apart to form a black hole

This supercomputer simulation from NASA shows one of the most violent events in the universe: Two neutron stars ripping each other apart to form …

Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them

Listen to Lord of the Flies, A Clockwork Orange, The Little Prince, and more.<p>If a robot read a novel, how would it feel? You might get a sense from these little jingles. Below are some songs that were automatically created by a series of algorithms that turn the emotions in novels into short pieces …

Can compassion meditation make you '10 Percent Happier?'