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Scacchi e matematica: gli algoritmi informatici dei computer scacchistici

Gli scacchi sono da sempre oggetto di interesse da parte del mondo matematico per via della razionalità, della linearità e dell’armonia tipiche del …

Nearby system has 7 Earth-sized planets, several in the habitable zone | Ars Technica

Less than 40 light years away, TRAPPIST-1 hosts a plethora of planets.<p>Less than a year ago, an international team of astronomers put the star …

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5 Simple Math Problems No One Can Solve

Collatz Conjecture<p>Jon McLoone<p>Pick any number. If that number is even, divide it by 2. If it's odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1. Now repeat the process …

Mathematics

Checkmate! A mathematical solution to a life-or-death problem

Maths can be challenging. Maths can be fun. And, on rare occasions, maths can even be life-saving.<p>Last week, we learned how Wonderland was getting …

Mathematics

The beauty of Mathematics is phenomenal, watch the Maths behind some everyday situations! | Magical Educator

This video was originally created by parachutes.tv and shows the The beauty of Mathematics and perhaps even really the science behind these …

The Mind-Bending Mathematics Behind Quantum Computers

And if you've had your coffee, maybe you can even understand half of it.<p>Quantum computing is a lot to wrap your mind around. To put things very simply (as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did recently, with surprising eloquence) regular computers are made up of bits—ones and zeros—which are …

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8 Proven Indicators Someone is Lying To You

There’s a good chance that anyone reading this has told a lie at least once in their life. Whether it was a little white fib or a convoluted, George …

Sharpen Your Emotional Intelligence by Learning the Difference Between These 2 Key Qualities | Inc.com

<i>Before you criticize someone, try walking a mile in his or her shoes.</i><p>Chances are, you've heard that proverbial advice in one form or another. One could say it perfectly illustrates the quality of empathy, a hallmark trait of those with high emotional intelligence(EI or EQ)--the ability that allows …

Emotional Intelligence

The Amazing Chess Illusion

Most people are fascinated by optical illusions. Indeed it is a very strange feeling that what you see with your own eyes is not exactly what it …

Chess

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Humanity

Hate crimes against Muslims and Jews soar in France

Offences against Muslims have tripled - and anti-semitic incidents have doubled - since the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket in January<p>Hate crimes against Muslims in France have tripled since the terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher …

Before Marvel and DC: Superheroes of the ancient world

Comic book tales of masked do-gooders now dominate cinemas, but these stories are not new – in fact, they have their origins in antiquity, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>Over the past few years, even the most ardent comic book nerd might have wondered if there were too many superhero movies playing in the …

Ancient History

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time

Meetings and Emails Kill Hours, but You Can Identify the Worst Offenders<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went.<p>New data-mining tools are helping employers answer that …

Employment

Living Life to The Fullest in Italy

If there is one characteristic that describes Italians, it's their ability to enjoy life.<p>If you are looking for ways to enjoy the sweet life, la dolce vita, take tips from the Italians, or better yet, head to Italy.<p>Photo courtesy of Katja Presnal<p>One of the best things about Italy is actually the …

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10 things Italy does better than anywhere else | CNN Travel

How Not to Look Like a Tourist In Milan

<i>by J.J. Martin</i><p>Milan is more than Italy's business or fashion capital -- it's a city as stubbornly passionate about maintaining its sense of tradition as it is dedicated to innovation. Just make sure to follow these rules on your next visit.<p>A busy coffee bar in Milan | Photo: Courtesy Alamy<p><b>Don't</b> …

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Norway proposes to criminalise beggars and those who give money, shelter or food

The proposal will criminalise beggars but opponents say it will criminalise those ordinary citizens trying to do good deeds<p>Anyone offering a homeless person a cup of coffee or a sandwich on the streets in <b>Norway</b> could soon risk six months to a year in prison, under a proposed new law.<p>The Norwegian …

Mongolian scientists study 200-year-old mummified monk who is 'still alive’

Two-centuries-old body discovered last week, covered in cattle skin, in Ulan Bator is in meditative trance, according to some Buddhist experts<p>Scientists in Mongolia are examining a 200-year mummified monk who some Buddhists believe is still alive because he is in a deep meditative trance.<p>The …

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

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Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

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Leicester will be final burial place of King Richard III, found under a parking lot

It's been a long journey for Richard III, the 15th century king whose skeleton was found under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester. But on Friday, his final destination became clear.<p>The medieval monarch will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral, just a stone's throw away from where his …

British parrot missing for four years returns speaking Spanish

A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner - and the bird now speaks Spanish.<p>The reunion was brought about by a Southern California vet who mistook Nigel, an African grey parrot, for her own missing bird.<p>Teresa …

Doctors Remove Football-Sized Tumor From 17-Year-Old's Face

For the past 10 years, Grace, a 17-year-old girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered with a large growing facial tumor.<p>"It started from a little swelling inside and the gums started growing little by little," she said in the clip of TLC UK's "Body Bizarre," above. "We went to hospital …

Young Italians abandon la dolce vita to move to Britain

UK pushes Germany out of the top spot as the most favoured destination for Italians hoping to find work<p>Britain is the main destination of choice for Italians seeking a new life abroad, as tens of thousands flee the sclerotic economy, dismal growth predictions and lack of meritocracy of the …

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