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Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

Venus is not a placid paradise — that much we know. In addition to searing surface temperatures, wind in the upper atmosphere howls at up to 250 miles per hour, carrying clouds around the planet once every four days.<p>Yet Venus itself spins very slowly: one rotation every 243 Earth days — in the …

Astronomy

Check out DARPA's new podcast -- so far, no insane killer robots

The government agency that brings you new military tech, now brings you its first podcast: "Voices from DARPA."<p>You might know the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from such exciting projects as Atlas the Terminator-like robot, the DARPA Grand Challenge that brought us driverless …

Robots

Scariest Movies Set in Space

Grab your blanket, a partner, and some popcorn and settle in for some horror in the silence of space. These titles range to include the absurd to the …

Horror

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Quantum Mechanics

35 Things You Should Know Before Becoming “SUCCESSFUL”

<b>1. It’s Never As Good As You Think It Will Be</b><p><i>“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,”</i> says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at …

How Small Companies Can Innovate Like Big Enterprises

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to business, speed is a weapon that separates certain organizations from the competition -- but, its speed can also be harmful if not handled correctly. In the age of digital innovation and transformation, small companies …

Small Business

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Mechanics

Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine Takes on Deep Learning

Thanks to a UK computer scientist and a simulated Analytical Engine.<p>Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine was never completed, but that's not really the point. It was the idea: a machine capable of computing anything that could possibly be computed. That's more or less the definition of Turing …

Deep Learning

Just How Much Is That 300 TB of Large Hadron Collider Data CERN Released?

That's a lot of Gmail attachments.<p>The most complex machine in mankind's history just put a gargantuan data trove online for anyone to parse. You think you've got the analytical chops to glean insights about the nature of the cosmos or God or simply the tendencies of muons? Go ahead, man, dig …

Cern makes 300TB of data available to download

Physics enthusiasts will now have the chance to take a look at data from the Large Hadron Collider.<p>Cern has released 300TB of data from the collider …

High School

25 Years Ago, A Documentary Called 'Trump: What's The Deal?' Told The Truth About Trump. Trump Threatened To Sue. It Was Never Shown. You Can See It Now.

Twenty-seven years ago, when Donald Trump was riding high, some filmmakers started to make a documentary film about him.<p>Twenty-five years ago, when Trump was on the ropes, they finished "Trump: What's the Deal?"<p>No one saw it.<p>Donald Trump went after the very rich --- much richer than Trump --- mogul …

Donald Trump

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Books

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Psychology

This Is the Entire Universe Squeezed into One Image

An enterprising artist has taken on one of the biggest concepts known to man: the universe.<p>Pablo Carlos Budassi is drawing eyes across the Internet …

Extremely Patient and Incredibly Careful

Related Books:<p>It looks like <b>Jonathan Safran Foer</b> will be publishing his first novel in eleven years next fall. The book, tentatively titled <i>Here I Am</i>, …

Amazon Book Review

You might have noticed our new address: amazonbookreview.com. When we launched this modest blog with an immodest name in 2007, "omnivoracious" …

VC Bill Gurley says this story is a must-read

<i>On Tuesday, noted venture capitalist Bill Gurley tweeted that the following article by Reuters' Paul Carsten is a "must read." Check out why below:</i><p>In China's hottest tech sector, today's 'unicorns' risk becoming tomorrow's 'unicorpses'<p>Nearly 400 former employees, of a workforce that in March topped …

Venture Capital

Google's algorithm for happiness

Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and the world more peaceful.<p>A few years ago, Chade-Meng Tan, one of the company's first engineering employees in Mountain View, noticed many of his colleagues were stressed out and …

Happiness

The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said

Would you vote for this man?<p>1. “… don’t let the brevity of these passages prevent you from savoring the profundity of the advice you are about to receive.” (<i>How to Get Rich</i>, 2004)<p>2. “I am a really smart guy.” (<i>TIME</i>, April 14, 2011)<p>3. “I’m intelligent. Some people would say I’m very, very, very …

Donald Trump

Some quick advice on content marketing for startups

Creating a content marketing strategy for a startup that’s just getting off the ground is no easy task. After spending the last 6 months developing …

Marketing

How Two Brothers Goosed Google And Turned A Dorm-Room Lark Into $15 Million Per Year

Who knew ugly Christmas sweaters and powerful search engine optimization could create a booming business? Fred and Mark Hajjar, that’s who.<p>Brothers Fred and Mark Hajjar own a clothing company. And it’s pretty successful, generating about $3.5 million in revenue last year. So it’s reasonable to …

Customer Service

12 psychological tricks to winning people over

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Self-help

'Shark Tank' investor Robert Herjavec explains the 4 most common mistakes people make in a pitch

Each "Shark Tank" segment lasts about 10 minutes, but the footage is edited from typically an hour-long presentation by an entrepreneur or team of them trying to sell a piece of their company for capital that will allow them to grow.<p>The show may be entertaining, but it involves real money and …

Entrepreneurship

Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this sci-fi novel, which is also a favorite of Elon Musk's

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 13th pick, he's gone with "The Player of Games" by the late Iain M. Banks.<p>It's a sci-fi novel that's part of Banks' "Culture" series, which takes place in a futuristic utopian society …

Science Fiction

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Incredible Bodypainting of a Chameleon Consists of Two Women

You must watch this video! Artist Johannes Sttter just came out with another incredible bodypainting. This human chameleon consists of, not just one person, but two people lying on top of each other. While it's easy to spot the first woman, the second one will leave you scratching your head. As you …

Amazing

Bill Gates recommended these 6 books for TED 2015

He recently wrote a list of recommended reads in honor of the TED 2015 conference on his blog, and they include thoroughly Gatesian themes: business, history, and public health.<p>They are:<p>1. "Business Adventures" by John Brooks<p>A collection of John Brooks' writings for the New Yorker published in …

Self-improvement

Implementing Genetic Algorithms in C#

Genetic Algorithms (GAs) are the nearest thing a software developer can get to magic.

Algorithms