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How to set life goals when you don’t even know where to start

When beginning a large project or complex task, the problems you’ll run into aren’t always apparent.<p>This can be an issue, because lack of clarity …

How Coke spun the public on its water use

When Coca-Cola announced plans earlier this year to recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030, the company touted the effort as building on its success with sustainable water use. In a 2016 full-page ad published in <i>The</i> <i>New York Times,</i> the company proclaimed, “For every drop we …

Sustainability

7 things I do outside work that double my productivity

So you’ve put aside 60 minutes to do something meaningful. Now the next question is: What are you going to do?<p>4. Pick a hobby<p>Having a passion is …

Zuckerberg denies knowledge of Facebook shadow profiles

The fact that Facebook probably has a profile of you whether you’re a Facebook user or not might come as a surprise to some users, though today even the company’s chief executive denied knowledge of the practice — or at least the term used to describe it.<p>In this morning’s hearing with the House …

Social Media

A New Mourning: Remembrance Day for Lost Species

In this modern age of nature disconnect, can a ritual lamenting extinct animals and lost habitats help people cope with environmental devastation?<p>An …

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Brain

Spring always feels like such a time of renewal and awakening. People often use it as a reason to “spring clean” their homes – to tidy up and make …

3 Tools of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Manage Extreme Stress

I arrive at a job interview. I’m anxious. I really want this role. I was fired a month ago, and rent is due next week.<p>At least the receptionist is …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

University of California

Here's How to Train Your Brain to Be More Creative

In a wellness world where our scope has widened to more than calorie counting and green juices, we’re asking more questions about our mind, its …

Meditation

A Little Exercise Has Big Brain Benefits, New Study Finds

You've probably heard exercise helps your brain work better. But how much is enough to have an effect?<p>The science is incontrovertible: exercise is just as good for your brain as it is for the rest of your body, and just like your heart and your lungs, your brain will work better if you regularly …

The Brain

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

Stephen Hawking explains what happened before Big Bang

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>So there was this chicken, OK? And then there was this egg.<p>No, wait. There was this egg, you see. And then there was this chicken.<p>It's easy to see quite a few scientific theories as relying on a decision as …

Physics

Largest prime number discovered – with more than 23m digits

At more than 23m digits long, the number is something of a beast. But for mathematicians, the latest discovery from a global gang of enthusiasts is a thing of beauty: the largest prime number ever found.<p>Known simply as M77232917, the figure is arrived at by calculating two to the power of …

Mathematics

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

See if you hear a difference between Tacotron 2 and human speech.<p>Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an …

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18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead - MIT Technology Review

<i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter</i> Exponential View<i>, from</i> …

Innovation

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

3 brain technologies to watch in 2018

Technologies to detect brain activity — fine, we’ll come right out and call it mind reading — as well as to change it are moving along so quickly …

Neutron star collision named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2017

The discovery of two neutron stars violently colliding has been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2017 by the journal Science.<p>Scientists from …

Space

It was sex all the time at this 1800s commune, with anyone you wanted and none of the guilt

<b>Life at the Oneida Colony was kind of a like a key party, but no one had cars and everyone was doin’ it for Jesus.</b><p><b>(This article is the first in a</b></b> …

Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

Physicists Demonstrate How to Reverse of the Arrow of Time - MIT Technology Review

One of the more curious challenges in physics is to understand the nature of time. At the microscopic level, the laws of physics are symmetric with …

Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing

<i>This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin …

Bitcoin

Hyperloop One Makes Multiple Big Announcements on Where It's Headed Next

The future of transit could be in two big Asian countries.<p>Hyperloop One made not one, not two, but <i>three</i> announcements Thursday for where the company …

High-speed Rail

A telescope 100X stronger than Hubble will unveil parts of the cosmos we've never seen

A Closer Look<p>The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has detailed the 13 proposals that will comprise the initial set of scientific …

Ancient Ruins Discovered Under Lake in Turkey

Video shows the remains of an ancient fortress sitting hidden beneath the lake's surface.<p>From the surface, Turkey's Lake Van looks like any other large body of water. Turkey's largest, the lake sits in the far eastern region of the country, near Iran. The lake has a striking blue color and is a …

Archaeology

Mysterious Particles Are Slamming Into Earth—But Why?

New observations stir up debate over an abundance of antimatter found in our atmosphere.<p>A cosmic engine is hurling strange particles at Earth—and new observations, published today in the journal <i>Science</i>, are complicating the hunt for the culprit.<p>In 2008, the space-based instrument PAMELA detected an …

A global collaboration to create "artificial organisms" just went live

by Patrick Caughill November 17, 2017 Artificial Intelligence 10154<p>The Brain Code<p>Mindfire, a new foundation with the goal of “decoding the mind” to …

Artificial Intelligence

The new Tesla Roadster just blew our minds

The company we know as Tesla launched with the Roadster, a repurposed, eviscerated Lotus with its guts largely replaced with a freezer-sized battery pack and a repurposed electric motor. It was a ton of fun to drive, it sounded like the future and it kicked us off on this crazy journey that's given …

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