Paul Edward Thoma

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Google makes the 'Nobel Prize of computing' worth $1 million

The Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award is often called the "Nobel Prize of computing." Every year since 1966 it's been awarded to an accomplished computer scientist or engineer like Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse. But chances are you've never heard of the …

Icelandic Eruption Spews Record-Breaking Amounts of Lava, With No Signs of Slowing

A remote eruption in Iceland continues to send forth copious amounts of lava, monitored closely by the scientific community.<p>A tremendous gush of lava in Iceland that began six weeks ago shows no signs of slowing. The eruption, on a plain of old lava called Holuhraun in the Bárðarbunga volcanic …

What Near-Death Experiences Can Teach Us About Consciousness

In 2008, a group of scientists banded together to explore a question usually left to philosophers and theologians: What happens to the mind during — …

​The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction's Greatest Idea

The matter transmitter is one of science fiction's greatest inventions. It's been in hundreds of SF stories, perhaps most famously in <i>Star Trek</i> as the …

Secret space plane lands at US air force base after unknown two-year mission

A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an air force base on the southern California coast.<p>The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle.<p>It safely touched down at 9.24am Friday, officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base …

John Lydon webchat – as it happened

Jordan Knowles asks:<p>Hi John,I assume you got to see Kate Bush,What did you think?<p>Guardian contributor<p>JohnLydon1<p>No I was away. And she'll always get my support. A seriously interesting individual. I have kind of a Bedknobs and Broomsticks approach to music. Or at least, the term knob, bed, broom, …

Astronomers Create First 3D Map Of Hidden Universe

Mapping the cosmos sounds like a daunting challenge, but now an international team of astronomers has managed to do just that.<p>Using a powerful new computer algorithm and observational data from one of the world's biggest telescopes, the astronomers have created a luminous 3D map of the universe as …

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Scientists Have Identified the First Sex Act Performed on Earth

Scientists from Flinders University in Australia say they have identified the first example of penetrative sex in evolution. And wow, was it ever …

Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century?

A Scanner Darkly is one of Philip K Dick’s most famous but also most divisive novels. Written in 1973 but not published until 1977, it marks the boundary between PKD’s mid-career novels that were clearly works of science fiction, including The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of …

Do We Live in the Matrix?

In the 1999 sci-fi film classic <i>The Matrix</i>, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing …

'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Laura Poitras and Ruby Rich and discuss time exploding through the frame (h/t @twendywendy)<p>I went to the bathroom once during the screening of Citizenfour. It took about a half hour before I felt comfortable leaving to miss what was onscreen, and when I walked back I noticed the room was 10º warmer …

The Surprising Way to Keep Avocados Fresh That Will Blow Your Mind

No saran wrap or plastic bags necessary<p>Avocadoes are packed withhealthy fats and potassium—but who hasn't put an unused avocado half in the fridge, only to find the fruit turned a totally unappetizing brown the next day? It's one of the most frustrating things about loading up on avocadoes—but …

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How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.

Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults -- namely for its de-stressing …

The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind

It's no surprise that when we are curious about something, it makes it easier to learn. But cutting-edge research published in the academic journal <i>Neuron</i> provides startling evidence for how a curious state of mind improves learning and memory for things we are not even interested in.<p>Albert Einstein …

How to Plant Ideas in Someone's Mind

If you've ever been convinced by a salesperson that you truly wanted a product, done something too instinctively, or made choices that seemed …

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A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties

Recently, I had a couple friends from out of town stop in for breakfast as they were passing through Nashville. My friend Carolyn came over early to …

The Simple Trick That Can Boost Your Confidence Immediately

Smile, don't slouch. And don't cross your arms. Your parents probably taught you to use certain body language to appear friendly and polite.<p>But new research shows that your body language does much more than change the way other people see you -- it can change how you see yourself. Psychologists …

Warren Buffett's 'Two-List' Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities

With well over 50 billion dollars to his name, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. Out of all the investors in the 20th century, Buffett was the most successful.<p>Given his success, it stands to reason that Buffett has an excellent understanding of how to …

Meet the World’s First Truly Portable Standing Desk

Okay, okay, you get it: We’re obsessed with standing desks… as we should be. They’re great for your health, your posture and your happiness. What’s not to love? Well for some, that price tag. Not to mention the hassle of setting one of these ergonomic bad boys up might cause a headache or two. But …

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You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

A few years back after one of my more impassioned lectures, a young buck in the back row raised his hand. “Mr. Victore,” he said, “I understand what …

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe | Tasting Table

GEAR<p>VIDEO<p>RECIPE<p>Scrambled Eggs<p><b>Yield:</b> 2 servings<p><b>Prep Time:</b> N/A<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>6 large eggs<p>2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter<p>¼ teaspoon kosher …

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>We might not have a money tree, but we can have a happiness tree. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can …

3 Amazing Mind Tricks That Will Help You Remember Small Details

It’s all in your head. No, really—your capacity to remember the name of a new investment company, which products are going to present the fiercest …