Nick Roberts

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How To Stop Your Mind From Racing At Night

Some nights, you get into bed and your mind starts going over every single thing you've done, ever, since you've been alive. Or, it goes through …

One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech

Ruth Nall is a talented talker. Always has been. When she was a child, her mother taught her to enunciate her words when she spoke, which she did …

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp isn’t here yet. Still, his presence is all around the 10,500-square-foot rented mansion at 16 Bishopswood Road in London’s Highgate …

Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

<i>“If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”</i> —Albert Einstein<p>In June 2018, a time when “Agile at Scale” is emblazoned on the front cover of Harvard Business Review, the management journal with quasi-papal status, the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management …

Innovation

The Surprising Reason Why Neutron Stars Don't All Collapse To Form Black Holes

There are few things in the Universe that are as easy to form, in theory, as black holes are. Bring enough mass into a compact volume and it gets more and more difficult to gravitationally escape from it. If you were to gather enough matter in a single spot and let gravitation do its thing, you’d …

Physics

Europe has a democracy problem

In Italy, the people went to the polls – and were deemed to have the ‘wrong’ answer<p>This week the EU revealed its true nature. Rather than hand power to a Eurosceptic, the Italian President Sergio Mattarella defied the democratic process, and the wishes of most Italians, and put a puppet in place. …

Why you should deploy on Friday afternoon

Don't deploy on Friday afternoons!<p>This expression is taken as programmer wisdom but I hate it. I'm going to try and kill it, with words and …

Reddit's List of the Most Disturbing Movies of All Time Will Freak You the F*ck Out

In early May, Reddit user Ladyberries posed an interesting question for other people on the site: "What are movies that genuinely disturbed you that don't have rape, violence, cannibalism, or gross images?" Sure, it's easy to get scares out of audiences when blood is being splashed all over the …

Google Knows Literally Everything About You - Here's How To Delete That Data

Take back control of your information with these easy steps.<p>Google, just like Facebook, collects a lot of personal data about its users. While many …

Google Maps

'Right now, people need JoCo:' How Jonathan Coulton and company created a massive floating safe space

With a plate of smoked salmon in one hand and a mimosa in the other, surrounded by people alternately in resort-wear, <i>Star Wars</i> shirts, and truly …

10 things that people don’t understand about introverts

Being an introvert can be a tough thing to accept at first.<p>Your parents might tell you that ‘you’ll grow out of it’ but here I am, 20 years later …

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world

When you are the first person to arrive in a meeting room, do you think of it as being empty or full?<p>If you were raised in the West, a meeting room is made for people to meet. Therefore, if there are no people in that room, then of course it must be empty. As philosopher Henk Oosterling remarks, in …

Japan

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

Astronomy

New technology allows for computer-generated photos that are undetectable fakes

Artificial Intelligence and other related technologies have advanced to the point that computers are now able to produce nearly indiscernible fake …

Artificial Intelligence

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

8 Things You Need to Know Before You Start a New Job

Before you set foot inside the building, make sure you do your homework.<p><i>What are the most important career tips people should know before starting their first real job? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand</i> …

Videos: Sci-Fi Short Film Interview With A Time Traveler

This is the sci-fi short film <i>Interview With a Time Traveler</i>.<p>It was written and directed by James Cooper, and stars Eric Johnson, and Elias Toufexis. …

Time Travel

Sigourney Weaver Stars in a New Experimental Sci-Fi Film: Watch “Rakka” Free Online

South African–Canadian film director Neill Blomkamp recently launched Oats Studios, a new film project devoted to creating experimental short films. …

Science Fiction

Director Neill Blomkamp breaks down his new sci-fi short Rakka

The film is now streaming on Steam and YouTube<p>A couple of weeks ago, <i>District</i> <i>9</i>and <i>Chappie</i> director Neill Blomkamp unveiled Oats Studios, his new project focusing on experimental short films. At the time, Blomkamp described the studio as an attempt to remain creative in a film industry that rewards …

Science Fiction

A Neat, Eye-Catching, Grid-Based Résumé Template That You Can Use For Free

<b>Previously</b>, we have featured very minimal résumé templates that offer potential employers and clients essential information about the applicant but …

These Ant-Man animated shorts have the feel of an old-school comic

Ant-Man is easily one of the weirdest Marvel superheroes, thanks to his ability to grow, shrink, and, of course, communicate telepathically with ants. Those gifts usually lead to wacky hijinks. Disney XD is set to air six shorts starring the superhero this weekend, and the ones we’ve seen capture …

A New Kind of Science: A 15-Year View

<i>Starting now, in celebration of its 15th anniversary,</i> <i>A New Kind of Science will be freely available</i> <i>in its entirety, with high-resolution images, on</i> …

Mathematics

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in

The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times?<p>Half a century ago, in the great hippie year of 1967, an acclaimed young American science fiction writer, Roger Zelazny, published his third …

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

A 'Digital Alchemist' Unravels the Mysteries of Complexity

Sharon Glotzer has made a number of career-shifting discoveries, each one the kind “that completely changes the way you look at the world,” she said, …

5 Cooperative Games to Play With Kids Who Hate to Lose

Losing graciously is a tough skill to master for children–and, let’s be honest, for some adults as well. Cooperative board games with everyone …

Russia Is Already Winning

If you understand what the Kremlin is up to, the news is grim. But it also gives us a clear path to fight back.<p>The whirlwind of Russian spy news over the past few weeks has forced Americans to confront questions that previously would only have seemed possible in fiction: Did a foreign power …

HANOI

We started talking internally about the possibility of shooting a scene with the President of the United States a long way out — nearly a year before …