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The Genius Problem-Solving Method Elon Musk Learned From Aristotle

How do some entrepreneurs manage to come up with solutions for the toughest problems? They borrow this method from an ancient philosopher.<p><i>"All great Acts of Genius began with the same consideration: Do not be constrained by your present reality."</i><p><b>Leonardo Da Vinci</b><p>Obviously, I have never met …

The Late Late Show reveals what happens when a wizard tries to go through airport security

‘Sir, do not make me blow this whistle’<p><i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> hits theaters this weekend, and to promote the film, Eddie Redmayne stopped by <i>The Late Late Show with James Corden,</i> where heappears in a hilarious sketch that reimagined his character Newt Scamander contending with the …

The Late Late Show

Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel

When Cixin Liu's <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> was published in English in 2015, it became the first Chinese sci-fi novel to win a Hugo award. President …

18 Free Exploratory Data Analysis Tools For People who don't code so well

Data Analysis

GoldenEye has been remade for the PC and it's beautiful

Forget Counter-Strike: GO – GoldeneEye is where it’s at.<p>One of the greatest shooters of all time, GoldenEye has been remade for the PC by a group of developers using Valve’s Source engine – it’s called GoldenEye: Source. To be clear, this project started 10 years ago, but today received its first …

Tesla And SolarCity Merge, Making Cars Run By The Sun A Real Possibility

While Elon Musk has been talking like it’s a done deal, it wasn’t until this morning that SolarCity and Tesla, both owned by Musk, officially declared that they were planning to merge. It’s not quite set in stone, though. Musk, as the main player in both companies, had to recuse himself from voting …

SolarCity

Grow vegetables in your kitchen with this easy DIY growing system

Why a British Fight Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Matters to the Rest of Us

<b>Updated | May 1, 2:14 p.m.</b><p>At first glance, the heated argument two members of the British Labour Party conducted in front of reporters’ iPhones on …

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Dead Slow Ahead is a transcendent sci-fi documentary that must be experienced

<i>Dead Slow Ahead</i> is not about zombies, but it is about slow-moving things. There are slow films that seem to position themselves as endurance tests to their audiences, but <i>Dead Slow Ahead</i>'s pace has more in common with Slow TV; it becomes an ecstatic, almost physiological experience once you've …

Artificial intelligence and language

Vasco Pedro Contributor<p>Vasco Pedro is the CEO of Unbabel.<p>The concept of artificial intelligence has been around for a long time.<p>We’re all familiar with HAL 9000 from <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, C-3PO from <i>Star Wars</i> and, more recently, Samantha from <i>Her</i>. In written fiction, AI characters show up in stories …

Trump ‘tells it like it is.’ That’s not necessarily a good thing for democracy.

By Elizabeth Markovits<p>Watching John Oliver’s brutal critique of Donald Trump this past weekend, I was struck by the Nevada caucus-goer who said that Trump “tells it like it is.” It’s one of Trump’s strengths. An exit poll taken during the South Carolina Republican primary, for example, reported …

Inside the Artificial Universe That Creates Itself

A team of programmers has built a self-generating cosmos, and even they don’t know what’s hiding in its vast reaches.<p>Every particle in the universe is accounted for. The precise shape and position of every blade of grass on every planet has been calculated. Every snowflake and every raindrop has …

No Man's Sky

The More You Fidget in This Chair, the More Gadgets it Can Charge

Centuries ago, man’s biggest struggle was survival. Today, it’s finding a way to keep our smartphones charged until bedtime. But instead of having to …

Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

In the summer, when the air is sticky and hot, insects are everywhere: circling your fruit bowl, marching across your picnic, buzzing in your ear, …

Here's the hidden strategy behind Saudi Arabia's oil plan

Or, alternatively, are they targeting specific global competitors and specific national markets?<p>Did they start with a particular strategy in November 2014 when Saudi Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali al-Naimi announced the new market share policy at the OPEC meeting in Vienna and are …

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An Overview of the Six Fried Rice Methodology - Six Fried Rice

When I came to Six Fried Rice as a novice developer, I was essentially a completely blank slate in terms of development style and processes. Luckily, …

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Piecing Together the Tesla Strategy Puzzle

These days, Tesla is the darling of the automotive world. But many of its strategic moves — A factory in Nevada that will crank out many times more batteries than the company can use? Turning over its patents to competitors? — can still seem quixotic, if not self-destructive.<p>As a former owner of …

Can You Predict a Startup’s Success Based on the Concept Alone?

It’s easy to make fun of bad startup ideas – Airbnb for toilets? – but it’s not so easy to pick the good ones ahead of time. Just ask venture capitalists, the vast majority of whom lose money. The difficulty of separating good ideas from bad is part of why angel investors end up investing based …

How Often Should You Upgrade Your iPhone? An Experiment

I’m a gadget nerd. I love having the latest and greatest phone. But my wife is more frugal—she’d rather run her phone into the ground before …

Ferguson’s Formula

Photography: Sean Pollack<p>Some call him the greatest coach in history. Before retiring in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 seasons as the manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club that ranks among the most successful and valuable franchises in sports. During that time the …

Raspberry Pi Internet of Things Smartphone Controlled SmartHome System (video)

Anyone who has built an Internet of Things system using the awesome Raspberry Pi mini computers, and would like to be able to connect to it using …

How to Really Motivate Salespeople

Before I became a business school professor, I worked as a management consultant. One engagement in particular had a profound influence on my career. The project involved working with the Asia-based sales force of a global consumer products company. This company practiced “route sales,” which meant …

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008. The most valuable company in the world places design at the center of everything it does. Designers are on the founding team of countless disruptive startups. Domains such as healthcare, education, and government have begun to …

igSpeedster: an awesome tweak for managing multiple Instagram accounts

<b>igSpeedster</b> is a new jailbreak tweak that’s squarely aimed at social media managers with multiple Instagram accounts. But you don’t need to be a …

Can Tesla Build Its Cars as Efficiently as Detroit and Turn a Profit?

CEO Elon Musk has said his electric car company won't make a profit until 2020.<p>Tesla Motors has achieved something difficult: It has <i>entered</i> the auto …

Water Escapes a Warm Planet — Will Earth Become Like Mars?

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. The publication contributed this article to Space.com's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.<p>We …

Chemistry

The Only Three Heavy Elements In The Universe That Aren't Made In Stars

Immediately after the Big Bang, before the first stars in the Universe ever formed, the Universe consisted of hydrogen (element #1), helium (element #2), and pretty much nothing else. Despite originating from an incredibly hot, dense state, arbitrarily heavy elements weren’t created early on the …

SpaceX’s retro Mars travel posters will seduce you into space

A new series of retro-futuristic space travel posters from SpaceX is designed to seduce earthlings into a trip beyond the stars.<p>The posters, uploaded to Flickr on Friday by Elon Musk’s private space company, channel the classic charm of vintage travel posters for exotic earthly locations like San …

Space Travel