Robert Potts

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My six pack Dadbod challenge: how I got a washboard stomach in 12 weeks

Until recently, the idea of having a six pack was simply pie in the sky. Not only had I never been in possession of such a thing, I was also 36 years old with two kids and a busy job. Hopes of making my stomach resemble a washboard had long since passed. Easier (and a lot more fun) to sit back and …

Fitness

I Spent 15 Years Studying Why People Hate Their Jobs. This Is the Top Reason Why | Inc.com

Finding a career path that makes us feel satisfied and successful isn't easy. It's not something they teach us in school, which makes the journey that much more challenging.<p>For the past 15 years, I've been devoted to studying the deep disconnect people feel between themselves and their jobs, and …

Study Skills

Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.<p>Northern England is set to get a whole lot greener. On Sunday, the U.K. government unveiled plans for a vast new forest spanning the country …

Ecology

Who needs brainstorming? Brainwriting gets way more ideas, this prof says

There’s a better way than a brainstorm to get creative thinking out of your team, says Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She teaches teamwork and negotiation to aspiring company leaders and explains techniques that she says are scientifically …

The Materiality of Research: Dealing with ‘Stuff’ in Design: Thoughts on Materiality in Design Research by Mona Sloane

<i>In this feature essay,</i> <b>Mona Sloane</b> <i>reflects on the importance of material ‘stuff’ when it comes to understanding the practices of design professionals</i> …

UK Universities

You Don't Need to Be a Rocket Scientist to Enjoy These Quantum Physics Visualizations

The universe’s subatomic particle collisions get an artistic spin.<p>For the average person, the principles of quantum physics are a cognitive obstacle course. Even more esoteric is the visualization of the movement of subatomic particles. Hoping to simplify and beautify the phenomenon of quantum …

The Main Limitation On Gaming Is No Longer Technological, It's Budgetary

Back in the day, advances in gaming were conflated with technological improvements. That more powerful hardware resulted in more involved game mechanics. The reality is in fact far more complex and it’s something that this generation of hardware has to re-examine closely.<p>This is because the more …

Gaming

A Comprehensive Color Theory Guide for Photographers

We talk about composition a lot, but have you ever really dived into the subject of color theory and thought about how it applies to your …

Photography

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

A Look at the Creative Work of X-Ray Photographer Nick Veasey

Photographer Nick Veasey has made a name for himself by photographing large objects using X-Rays instead of visible light. The 6-minute video above …

The Orwell Essay That's Even More Pertinent Than '1984' Right Now

Put down that sci-fi novel and pick up "Politics and the English Language."<p>In the three days since Kellyanne Conway described White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” people around the country have been searching for ways to deal with the …

Literature

The 'Big Five' personality traits have been linked to the wrinkles in your brain

Understanding how neurotic people's brains work could lead to better treatments for anxiety in the future.<p>The first large-scale study has found a …

Before photographs, these amazing illustrations showed us what deep space looks like

Meet Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, the French dilettante artist who gave us Jupiter<p>In the 19th century, science was still an amateur’s game. Any …

Art

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Biology

This is the closest-ever photo of a 'wavemaker moon' that hides out in Saturn's rings

While trucks across the northwestern US pushed around snow this week, a Mount Everest-size rock near Saturn continued a multicentury effort of clearing its own lane in the planet's expansive disc of icy rings.<p>On Monday, the nuclear-powered Cassini spacecraft flew by the moonlet, called Daphnis, …

What Apple, Google, And Tesla Get Wrong

In conversation with Co.Design, the eminent design researcher Don Norman offers cutting criticism of Silicon Valley’s brightest.<p>Don Norman is a technological optimist. The author of <i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> and head of UC San Diego’s Design Lab believes that artificial intelligence might only …

When Neurologists Were Also Artists

Before there were CAT scans, there was the amazing artistic work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience.<p>Before there were CAT scans, there was the amazing artistic work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience.

Wabi-Sabi: A Short Film on the Beauty of Traditional Japan

We've featured the work of Spanish filmmaker Cristóbal Vila before: His short film "Inspirations" celebrated the mathematical art of M.C. Escher. …

Humanity Flees to the Forest in this Bleak Sci-Fi Short

Set just before the apocalypse 'The Edge' uses a realistic approach to show humanity's decline.<p>If society starts to crumble—be it from climate change, nukes, zombies, whatever—while some people may retreat to the safety of their underground bunkers, others will probably flee the cities and head to …

How the Cultural Heart of London Died

Camden, the gritty, alternative capital of London, is being gentrified, but it's not like anything good has happened there for decades.<p><i>Photos by the author</i><p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE UK.</i><p>In the Hawley Arms, candles are already flickering at lunchtime, throwing shadows over the signed …

Camden

Review: Lrn is a coding app that doesn’t involve actual coding

Lrn is a mobile app for Apple devices that provides an introduction to coding. Once you’ve signed up for free, you can choose between five …

United Arab Emirates

The artist combines matte painting, collages and photography to create composites with reality of their own

What do you get when you combine matte painting, cutout fragments of old photos and magazine pictures, photography and digital manipulation? British …

Clean Lines Reign Supreme in this Painter’s Appealing Artworks

Artist Mark Bradley-Shoup flattens the American landscape with a few slashes of an x-acto blade.<p>A never-ending horizon and ranch-style buildings make for a calming landscape reflective of rural America. Bringing block colors to life across the face of gas stations and civic buildings, the …

Darling Nikki

In 1984, when I was ten, my father died. He was a small man, five-five tops, jammed with energy. I understood. Energy felt to me then, as it does to so many kids, like an unstoppable force run through a kaleidoscope of affect—at times electric, then liquid, popping, burning. Above all, it felt …

The first sights babies see sculpt the brain's visual circuitry - Futurity

Scientists have found more clues about what happens in the brains of baby mammals as they try to make visual sense of the world.

Neuroscience

Harvard Researchers Have Found the Source of Human Consciousness

What is human consciousness and where does it come from? Throughout the ages, some of our greatest minds have probed this question, and struggled to …

Beyond the Great Wave: Hokusai exhibition grants rare glimpse of a treasure once sold for the price of a bowl of noodles

It is one of the most recognisable and reproduced artworks in the world.<p>Now visitors to the British Museum will be able to view the 19th century Hokusai masterpiece known as ‘The Great Wave’, as it is brought out of storage for an exhibition exploring the later years of the man considered by many …

Art

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