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10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Bots were responsible for bitcoin’s stratospheric ascent, anonymous report claims

An authoritative-looking report has appeared that suggests bitcoin‘s meteoric rise late last year — from $200 to $1,200 in one month — may have at …

‘Outrageous valuations’: Why tech stocks are writhing

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Monday, April 7, 2014</i>.<p><b>Shares hit</b><br>Technology, Internet and social media stocks led a broader market decline today as investors question the "outrageous valuations" of several tech companies.<p>"There is a lot of froth in the market at the moment and …

Scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain

<b>(via Wikipedia)</b><p>Forget the dream that education, scientific evidence or reason can help people make good decisions<p>Marty Kaplan<p>September 17, 2013 12:43pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>Yale law school professor Dan Kahan’s new research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and …

Play It Again And Again, Sam

A couple of years ago, music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis decided to make some alterations to the music of Luciano Berio. Berio was one of the most famous classical composers of the 20th century, a man internationally recognized for the dramatic power of his compositions. But Margulis didn't …

10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

In quantum physics—the scientific study of the nature of physical reality—there is plenty of room for interpretation within the realm of what is …

How the Fed Let the World Blow Up in 2008

High oil prices blinded the Fed to the growing danger before the crash<p>It was the day after Lehman failed, and the Federal Reserve was trying to decide what to do.<p>It had been fighting a credit crunch for over a year, and now the worst-case scenario was playing out. A too-big-to-fail bank had just …

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We're All Doomed: Using Your Smartphone Before Bed Can Cause Cellphone 'Hangover'

So, we already knew that using our smartphones too much alienates us from actual human beings. Here’s another reason we should probably chill out …

Can I increase my brain power?

What happens when you attach several electrodes to your forehead, connect them via wires to a nine-volt battery and resistor, ramp up the current and send an electrical charge directly into your brain? Most people would be content just to guess, but last summer a 33-year-old from Alabama named …

These are the 20 most viral video ads of 2013

We’ve all see them, those eminently shareable video ads that sweep around the Internet like wildfire, inspiring discussion, laughter, amazement, and, of course, memes.<p>Video promotion company Unruly compiled a report on the top 20 most shared video ads of this year. Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” …

Is Choosing Corning Over Facebook Corny?

Clearly, most investors would have been better off in passive ETF strategies, and plenty of money has flowed in that direction. The rise of exchange traded funds has vacuumed up a lot of money that heretofore might have flowed into actively managed domestic equity mutual funds, which the chart …

The 10 Most Important Questions In Science*

I noticed in <i>The Guardian</i> that there's a book coming out this week listing the 20 biggest challenges for modern science. I'd like to go over 10 of them today, perhaps coming back to the other 10 next week.<p>*Every list of "most important questions" comes freighted with a certain amount of …

Zuckerberg: US government 'blew it' on NSA surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.<p>Yahoo and Facebook, along with other tech …

Numerotopy: How quantities are mapped onto the brain

Earlier this week I posted my book chapter about topographic mapping, or how sights, sounds and touch are mapped onto different parts of the brain's surface in an orderly manner. This organization is found in all of the brain's sensory systems – for example, adjacent regions of your visual field …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Android phones are everywhere, and are easier to hack than ever

Security researchers have long maintained that malware is a problem on Android, the Google operating system that's on 80 per cent of the world's smartphones. In extreme cases, hackers with malicious intent can do more than send premium text messages – they can turn a phone into a spying tool too. …

Thanks to smartphones, Amazon is softly killing retail shopping and is better at it than Google

The smartphone revolution has proved to be quite a disruptor. While it has opened new opportuities for many new startups, it has brought whole new …

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

How two grade-school friends created Leap Motion, a company that wants to turn mouse-clicks into waves of the hand.<p>David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual Friday. He wore an …

What makes us extroverts and introverts?

Why do some people prefer adventure and the company of others, while others favour being alone? It’s all to do with how your brain processes rewards.<p>Will you spend Saturday night in a crowded bar, or curled up with a good book? Is your ideal holiday adventure sports with a large group of mates and, …