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Empty Your Mind: Here's How

Do you want to be more effective and attract desired outcomes? The ancient Chinese did, too. They devoted themselves to understanding <i>wu …

Who says blogging is dead? 50 ideas to inspire great content

Well-written, company specific content can be a great way to build brand-awareness and search engine ranking for your company website. One of the best ways to incorporate content into your website is with a business blog.<p>I know what you are thinking: every report out there states that “blogging is …

Marketing

Driverless cars will make your city vast and boring

If driverless cars have taught us anything, it’s that we are all very bad drivers. In a world of robocars, scientists predict that driving will be a much safer and more efficient way of getting around due to a dramatic reduction in traffic jams, Sunday drivers and road rage. But more than how we …

Traffic

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

Out of Space

Why there won’t be any big new bank laws in the US, in three quotes

Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the IMF, is ruffling feathers in the economic world with his article arguing that it’s only a matter of time before the largest banks in the US are broken up.<p>He points to a number of trends: A bipartisan Senate vote last week urging regulators to end …

Regulation

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

3D Printing

Today’s Quartz Chartbook: A visual look at economic data worth noting

Japanese factory output slips<p>Industrial production declined 0.1% in February, though survey data show manufacturers are optimistic that efforts to weaken the yen will soon boost business. Meanwhile, in nearby Korea, factory output tumbled, suggesting that Japan’s effort to whip deflation by …

Economic Data

What Happens to Our Brains When We Exercise and How It Makes Us Happier

Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At …

The Programmers Before Us Were Better

Gather round young coders while I tell you a little story. Way back when, far before you were born, we were building programs just like you are. …

The Question All Smart Visualizations Should Ask

“A picture is worth a thousand words” may be a lovely cliché, but it’s exactly the wrong way to view visualization. As admirable as the craft, message, and data-driven artistry of the Edward Tuftes and Stephen Fews may be, successful visualization is less about effectively conveying complex …

In a Pinch, This Coca-Cola Ad Doubles As An iPod Dock

If MacGyver were trapped on a desert island, he would probably be able to figure out a way to turn his rolled up magazine into an amplifier for the iPod that he would definitely have on him. Most of us probably would not be able to do the same; that is, not unless we had the right magazine.<p>Inside …

25-Mar-2013 ~ eMini Algo Disaster on 14-Jan-2008

On January 14, 2008, in the early hours of trading, prices of the March 2008 eMini (ES) futures contract began oscillating rapidly. After about 4 …

Dow Jones

Astronomers Create a Black Hole in a Bathtub

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Since it's impossible to run a controlled experiment on a distant star the way terrestrial scientists work with lab …

The biggest cyber attack in the history of the Internet is happening right now

At this very moment, the largest cyber attack ever declared is emanating from a decommissioned, nuclear-war proof NATO bunker with five foot-thick concrete walls and a reputation for harboring spammers and cybercriminals. It’s all part of a dustup between CyberBunker—so named for the building just …

Cyber-attacks

The Machines Are Talking: New O’Reilly Report Says the IndustrialInternet Turns Machines into Vast, Intelligent Systems, BoostsEfficiency and Innovation

A new generation of jet engines, locomotives, MRIs and other big machines loaded with sensors generating gigabytes of data and linked in networks …

Will Drones Over Manhattan Lead to Privacy Speakeasies?

In a radio interview last week, controversial New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg all but conceded that unmanned NYPD spy drones would one day be …

Are We Ready for an Internet Cold War?

As the threat of a cyber war with the Chinese becomes more imminent, it's fascinating to consider how much the early stage of this cyber war actually …

The Farm of The Future: Crowdfunding a Revolution

“<i>The possibilities that lie in the future are infinite. When I say ‘It is our duty to remain optimists,’ this includes not only the openness of the</i> …

Die Hard

Attention Ray Kurzweil: We Can't Even Build an Artificial Worm Brain

Further, we've been working on simulations of the <i>C. elegans</i> brain for at least 10 years. Can we use this to model or predict the actions of the worm? …

A Year of Praxis: What Philosophy Teaches Us About Politics, Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness

“The owl of Minerva,” Hegel wrote, “takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering.” A year ago I launched Praxis as a forum for …

Affordable Care Act

Progress or Pessimism: How Should We Think about the Future?

Over the past couple of years, my thinking has been greatly influenced by the "Prophets of Progress"—people like Stephen Pinker, Matt Ridley, Stephen …

Meet the New Boss: Your Customer

Why did you start a business? To pursue your passion? To make money? That's all fine, but your passion will go unrealized and you'll never get rich …

Procter & Gamble

Mind Memes for Spring: The Universe is Older and Extreme is the New Normal

<b>1. Extreme Weather is the New Normal</b><p>Happy Spring! That means it's time to expect winter storms. That's the new normal, according to National Weather …

Physics

Have We Begun to Lose the War Against Superbugs?

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Last week, England's chief medical officer compared the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the threat of …

Microbiology

Coral Reefs: Nature's Underwater Pharmacies

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Biologists have begun to discover just what a treasure trove the oceans' coral reefs are in terms of finding potential …

Renewable Energy in 50 Years: 3 Predictions

Humans have the unique talent to imagine the prospective in rich, complete detail. Futurists from past generations foretold a global paradigm shift, …

Renewable Energy

Pentagon to Build Machines that Teach Themselves

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>The experimental research wing of the Pentagon, called DARPA for short, has just undertaken a four-year project to …

After Quantum Computers, Quark-Scale Computers

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Seth Lloyd, professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, has devoted his professional career to making smaller …

Computer Simulations Reveal Benefits of Random Investment Strategies Over Traditional Ones, shared by Leo Jia

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Scientific Method