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Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

Science Fiction

Rhetological Fallacies

<b>A complete interactive list of logical fallacies & rhetorical devices with examples.</b><p>Code by @omidpyc<p>The word ‘rhetological’ is made up. A munge of …

Critical Thinking

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Information Systems

Master of Light: A Close Look at the Paintings of Johannes Vermeer Narrated by Meryl Streep

We all thrilled to Johannes Vermeer painting his best-known portrait as dramatized in Peter Webber's 2003 film <i>Girl with a Pearl Earring</i>. But for …

A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe

“Statistics is a way of analyzing data and discovering the inner hidden secrets being concealed by the data,” says Donald Richards, former Member in …

Mathematics

UC Berkeley Is Offering Data Science, Its Fastest-Growing Course Ever, for Free Online

It's worth passing along a message from UC Berkeley. According to its news service, the "fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley’s history — …

Online Education

What Sets the Katana Apart From Other Swords?

When we think of samurai, what is the symbol that comes to mind? For many conjuring thoughts of the warriors of premodern Japan, it's the samurai …

Comic Books

Dickinson, Statistically

In seeking to learn how our words can be mined to uncover who we are, Professor of Statistics Nicholas Horton introduced his students to Emily …

Emily Dickinson

A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home

The jury was out on the productivity effect of working from home. It has returned with a surprising verdict.<p>There has been much debate about working from home and whether or not it's a productivity boost or major productivity drain. Paranoid managers envision employees lying on their couches at …

The Workplace

The programmers behind data analytics have unleashed forces they could never have imagined

On 12 September 1933, Leo Szilard, an unemployed Jewish physicist who had fled Nazi Germany, was walking down a street in Bloomsbury, London. He was brooding on a report in the <i>Times</i> that morning of a lecture given by Ernest Rutherford the previous day, at the annual meeting of the British …

Computer Science

A Shazam for Nature: A New Free App Helps You Identify Plants, Animals & Other Denizens of the Natural World

Do you ever long for those not-so-long-ago days when you skipped through the world, breathless with the anticipation of catching Pokémon on your …

Google Play

What's the key to being a great comic? @JimCarrey dissects the genius of Garry Shandling. #TheZenDiariesOfGarryShandling is streaming now. https://t.co/kbmRh0Xfwn

The Best Books on Introductions to Philosophy

How did you first become interested in philosophy?<p>I can remember as a very young child asking the question, “How does a baby learn to speak?” I …

Books

Mozart’s Diary Where He Composed His Final Masterpieces Is Now Digitized and Available Online

We have a tendency to regard Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music as having emerged fully formed into the world, not least because we hear it performed …

John Cleese Creates Ads for the American Philosophical Association

John Cleese, you say, a spokesman for the American Philosophical Association? Why would such a serious organization, whose stated mission is to …

John Cleese

20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using

You’d probably be surprised by how much Latin you actually already know. Hundreds of words—like <i>memo</i>, <i>alibi</i>, <i>agenda</i>, <i>census</i>, <i>veto</i>, <i>alias</i>, <i>via</i>, <i>alumni</i>,</i> …

Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers

The quest for "quantum supremacy" – unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer – has paradoxically led …

Quantum Computing

Alma Deutscher – Composer, Violinist, Pianist – Canadian Debut

Discover one of the most incredible<br>talents of our time...<p>Her only Canadian performance!<p><b>The musical world is ablaze with talk of the remarkable gifts</b> …

Violin

"Okay, so we invented viable and fully functional jetpacks, what do we do now?" Japan : "SAMOURAI FIGHTS!!!" https://t.co/X8dy5XTN23

Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and says this is his all-time favorite — here are his top highlights

Bill Gates recently called Steven Pinker's new book, "Enlightenment Now," his "favorite book of all time." Pinker — a professor of psychology at Harvard and the author of a number of popular science titles — takes a sweeping look at human history and comes to the optimistic conclusion that we're …

Bill Gates

Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the …

Flat Earth

25+ Genius Ideas We Can’t Believe Are Still Not Implemented Everywhere

While some are trying to take people to Mars or transfer their minds into machines, others are developing ideas that focus on our earthly everyday …

The $5 secret to travelling in Japan

It’s been named the next hot destination for Australian travellers and with cheap flights, amazing food, spectacular snow and beautiful beaches, it’s …

Take the stress out of travel and let someone else deal with the logistics

If you’ve spent years meticulously planning every detail of your holidays, now is the time to stop worrying and choose an escorted tour<p>The popular stars of BBC Two’s <i>The Real Marigold on Tour</i> journey to different parts of the world to discover what growing old is like in other cultures and …

Japan Is Upping Its Tourism Game Before the 2020 Olympics

In anticipation of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan finds itself at a pivotal moment—when an effective strategy to attract international …

These 46 Little-Known Products On Amazon Are Actually Incredible

I'm somebody who roots for the underdog. Maybe it's because I watched <i>Air Bud</i> as a kid. Maybe it's because I'm so short, I always need help reaching …

‘The Power’ Is the Perfect Book for the #MeToo Movement

So why hasn’t it gotten more attention?The perfect novel for the “Me Too” movement was released in the U.S. last October — the month the Weinstein …

Feminism

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

Alan Watts

Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back

Most academic disciplines use a statistical threshold to decide whether a hypothesis is likely to be true. If a test statistic is below this …

The genius at Guinness and his statistical legacy

This St Patrick’s Day, revellers around the world will crowd the streets seeking one of Ireland’s national drinks: a pint of Guinness. But besides …