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Neuroscience Reveals The Easy Ritual That Will Make You Happy

You drastically underestimate the power of touch. Actually, I’m wrong…The research says we’re really big on touching — our phones, that is. People …

Johns Hopkins University

3 Mental Habits That Set True Geniuses Apart

What average people regard as 'work,' geniuses tend to regard as play.<p><i>What are some secret things geniuses do to solve problems? originally appeared on Quora -- the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Steve Denton on Quora:</b><p>I …

Genius

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game

By far the best moment of Recode's annual Code Conference was when Elon Musk took the stage and explained that though we <i>think</i> we're flesh-and-blood participants in a physical world, we are almost certainly computer-generated entities living inside a more advanced civilization's video game.<p>Don't …

Singularity

We Asked a Theoretical Physicist How Time Travel in the Terminator Movies Works

We talked about everything from quantum mechanics to why Arnold has to be naked.<p>According to a Hollywood myth, the original <i>Terminator</i> came to James Cameron in a dream. By that I mean, Cameron once said he came down with a fever in the 80s and imagined a killer chrome skeleton-bot. But as for the …

Physics

How Physics Will Change—and Change the World—in 100 Years — NOVA Next

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had only just published his revolutionary new theory of gravity, atomic nuclei were entirely mysterious, and …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Psychology

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius

Skyrim players are taking screenshots to dramatic new heights

One of the most popular RPGs ever released, <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, is on sale right now for $4.99 through Steam. Even though it was released in 2011, the game's graphics still hold up, which has led to a flurry of artistic screenshots scrambling up the ranks on Reddit.<p>While none of them came …

Randy Schekman: first, a breakthrough in cell research. Now for one in publishing

The Nobel laureate who identified how cells transport and secrete proteins now aims to take on the ‘elite’ science journals<p>There is a knock at the door early on in my interview with Nobel prize-winning cell biologist Randy Schekman at his office at the University of California, Berkeley, …

iPhone 6 Review: It’s a Winner

In my view, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens.<p>After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the …

Stephen Hawking: God particle could wipe out the universe

In a preface to a new book, the famed physicist fears the Higgs Boson becoming unstable and causing a "catastrophic vacuum decay." But how likely is that really?<p>Stephen Hawking seems to have turned into the man with the sandwich board that says: "The end is nigh."<p>Not only has he warned us that …

Physics

IBM’s $3 Billion Investment In Synthetic Brains And Quantum Computing

IBM thinks the future belongs to computers that mimic the human brain and use quantum physics…and they’re betting $3 billion on it.<p>IBM is unveiling a massive $3 billion research and development round on Wednesday, investing in weird, science fiction-like technologies–and, in the process, …

Quantum Computing

Nintendo Hosting First-Ever Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Tournament at San Diego Comic-Con

The Year of Smash Bros. continues! Now that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was shown off at this year\’s E3 with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, …

Another 5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good For You

Several more ways video games are making us better.<p>It’s been a while since we’ve touched on the benefits of video games on our health and well-being. …

Can Leehom Wang transcend China and America's pop cultures?

Clad in a red-and-silver outfit that looks part Iron Man, part Michael Jackson, Leehom Wang soars via high wires over a sea of frenzied fans and onto the stage of Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium.<p>For the next 2 1/2 hours, he rocks out on a dragon-shaped guitar, tickles the keys of a white …

Reviewing Digital Storm's Vanquish II Gaming PC -- Better Than DIY?

I’ve been a proponent of do-it-yourself PC building for years. One gets a very tangible sense of accomplishment from the cumulative process of bringing your own PC to life, from the research to the actual assembly of components. It’s rewarding and even cathartic. But I’m also an advocate for …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Paul Dirac on Dimensionless Physical Constants and "Large Number Hypothesis"

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter

The more that scientists stare at it, the more a strange signal from the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be the result of dark matter …

Heating Water To 600 Degrees Celsius In One Trillionth Of A Second

A new trick of science could trigger some interesting chemical reactions.<p>It may only work on tiny amounts of water, but it should be the fastest transfer of energy to water on Earth. Scientists have figured out how to heat about one billionth of a liter of water 600 degrees Celsius in one …

Chemistry

Top 10 Mistakes That Kill Your Strength & Muscle Gains • Zach Even-Esh

Tomorrow I turn 38.<p>It got me thinking about time, training, life and a slew of other things.<p>I thought about the age old adage of "Fail to plan and …

Exercise

Environment: News & features

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment?<p>Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking …

The Brain

Last-minute shopping: 10 gadget gift ideas for under $100

Magpul iPhone cases ($13, $30)<p>If they’re good enough for William Gibson, they’re good enough for us. The author tweeted about the Magpul cases in October, saying they were the “best-engineered/made”, in his opinion. The Field Case is less expensive, but the newer Bump, for the iPhone 5 models, is …

iPhone 5

NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …