Ruth Huban

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Hanging With The Girl-Kings Of One Of The World's Only Matriarchies

Mawlynnong isn't like the rest of India, or the rest of the world for that matter. Tucked into the jungle of the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, on the border of Bangladesh, the village is home to the indigenous Khasi people. Theirs is a matrilineal society, where women inherit land, children …

7 Outstanding Language-Learning Apps and Websites

Speaking the local language--or at least knowing some basic phrases--is one of the best ways for travelers to tap into foreign cultures. In countries where English isn't widely spoken, it's essential to learn some key words and phrases, but even in places with an abundance of English speakers, …

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The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here's How To Tell

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our <i>emotional</i> intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …

The real promise of big data: It’s changing the whole way humans will solve problems

Current “big data” and “API-ification” trends can trace their roots to a definition Kant first coined in the 18th century. In his <i>Critique of Pure Reason</i>, Kant drew a dichotomy between analytic and synthetic truths.<p>An analytic truth was one that could be derived from a logical argument, given an …

Diving deep into Python

Some while ago, I started to collect some of the not-so-obvious things I encountered when I was coding in Python. I thought that it was worthwhile …

Naked Statistics

Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan promises a fun, non-boring introduction to statistics that doesn’t leave you drifting off into space, thinking …

A more visual world data portal

One of the most annoying parts of downloading data from large portals is that you never quite know what you’re gonna get. It’s a box of chocolates. …

Interactive tool shows impact of terrorism

The Global Terrorism Database, maintained by the University of Maryland, is an open source database that catalogs terrorism events since 1970 through …

Data Science 101: Definitions You Need to Know

Our 7th Annual Media Technology Summit is just a few weeks away, and the subject of data science is going to be front and center. Each and every one of us creates a wealth of data every day, but... information is not knowledge. The data must be wrangled and put in context to make it actionable. …

Corn Is Not The Only Food You Should Be Popping

It's time you gave other grains a chance.<p>There's a whole world of grains to be popping, and we've all been stuck on corn. Sure, popped corn is great, but so is sorghum and quinoa and even barley. That's right friends, you can pop pretty much any grain that's sitting in your pantry -- and you should.<p>…

How Sleeping Too Little Is Ruining Your Cognitive and Emotional Performance

The impact of 'burning the midnight oil' is more far-reaching than you think.<p><i>Firas Kittaneh is the CEO and co-founder of One Mall Group, a group of specialty e-commerce brands including Amerisleep, an eco-friendly luxury mattress company. His award-winning team is focused on bringing housewares</i> …

What 21 Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25

Others are driven enough to reinvent themselves, changing careers and industries, and continuously push until they find the thing that works.<p>Billionaire Mark Cuban, for example, faced hardship when he first started, writing in "How To Win At The Sport Of Business" that "when I got to Dallas, I was …

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

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 intentionally cause them to flow.<p><i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>We might not have a money tree, but …

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Help Scientists By Marking Penguins In Pictures

All while simultaneously training an AI program<p>Check out this latest citizen-science project. It's a site where you can look at photos gathered by an Antarctic network of wildlife cameras and mark if there are penguins in the photos. In other words you get to look at cute animals online and help …

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The Keyboard’s Strange Impact On Your Baby’s Name

Parenthood is filled with emotional, semi-rational decisions, and none of these is more visceral than naming a baby.<p>Today’s most popular names have a weird commonality – they’re mostly written with the right hand on a typical keyboard.<p>For the past few years, researchers have been developing …

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Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth)

<i>We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here.</i><p><b>Part 1: Meet Your Mammoth</b><p>The first day I was in second grade, I came …

Unique Engagement Ring Box Pirouettes the Ring Like a Blooming Flower

Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you'll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it'd be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called <i>Clifton</i> solves this potential …

The Scientifically Best Way To Get Through A Day On No Sleep

Sure, boss, I'll get—*yawn*—right to it.<p>Science is an endeavor by a bunch of flawed people, and the institution can be problematic—hey, we're all human—so I'm not usually one to say things like, "I love science!" This time, however, I'm grateful. <i>New York</i> Magazine talked with sleep researchers about …

7 Ways to Validate Your Startup Idea

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to save people the hassle and the headache of doing extensive research before buying a product.</i><p>I don’t know if you ever experienced a eureka moment – a second when everything comes together and an amazing idea pops into your head. As …

Bullying's Long-Term Effects Seen in Both the Bullied and the Bully

While bullied kids can have depression and anxiety in adulthood, the bullies may have less chronic stress.<p>The effects of bullying in childhood can last a lifetime, both for the child who's bullied and for his or her tormenter.<p>But according to a Duke University study published today in the</i> …

Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Sebastian Errazuriz is no stranger to creating unique cabinetry that catches your attention instantly, but with the Explosion cabinet, the intensity …

Business cards grow a brain with SwivelCard

Most business cards end up in the recycle bin or tucked away in a drawer, discarded and forgotten. That's why there have been some creative attempts at making business cards more interesting, like the playable Tetris business card. The latest shot at a smart business card has appeared on …

Free Things to Do in Prague

TravelFree Things to Do<p>Not long ago, Prague was hailed—in hushed tones—as one of the greatest European cities vacationers had yet to discover. Those days are gone, and the city is now well known as a major destination for art, history, and culture. Naturally, its prices have grown along with its …

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Writing Null and Alternative Hypotheses

Is an associate’s degree the new bachelor’s degree?

More parents are sending their children to two-year colleges, but will this negatively impact their children’s future earning power?<p>According to …

Infant Possibilities

Babies’ genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?<p>When Kira Walker was born, on June 13, 2013, her parents and doctors knew she might have health issues. Her mother, a recovering heroin addict, had …

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