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The Man Who Invented the Calendar

January 1st—Ha! That feels fun to write. I’m excited. I’ve been thinking about doing this for so long—I went through my notes and it turns out I came up with this idea all the way back on Day After Day After Very Cloudy Day.<p>January 2nd—I’m still so excited about this calendar thing. It just makes …

A night at the theatre of science

On the last Friday of October I went to the theatre. Dressed for the occasion in a dinner suit and bow-tie, I chatted with friends and family over drinks before the show. Then the bell rang to warn us of the start of the performance.<p>But rather than take my seat, the bell was my signal to take the …

The Real-Life Neuroscience Behind Zombies

Most of the zombies you see on television and in movies moan and groan, and pull and tear, and lumber and shuffle, and remain highly focused on …

Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them

Anthropologist Lynne Isbell was running through a glade in central Kenya in 1992 when something suddenly caused her to freeze in her tracks. "I stopped just in front of a cobra," she says. "It was raised with its hood spread out."<p>Isbell, who is at the University of California, Davis, says she has …

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World's Most Terrifying Jaws

In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as Jareth the Goblin King, stealing babies and casually punting his subjects during musical numbers. He …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Why People Mistake Good Deals for Rip-Offs

Last Saturday, an elderly man set up a stall near Central Park and sold eight spray-painted canvases for less than one five-hundredth of their true value. The art works were worth more than two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, but the man walked away with just four hundred and twenty …

What's Creepy, Crawly And A Champion Of Neuroscience?

Soon you'll be able to direct the path of a cockroach with a smartphone and the swipe of your finger.<p>Greg Gage and his colleagues at Backyard Brains have developed a device called the RoboRoach that lets you control the path of an insect.<p>It may make you squirm, but Gage says the device could …

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How science goes wrong

A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says

<b>Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.</b><p>Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination<p>She quizzed author Meera Syal and …

Creativity

Tony Fadell on How Nest Protect Aims to Rid the World of the Dreaded Smoke-Detector Beep

Nest Labs’ next product, which it is unveiling today, is indeed a smoke- and carbon-monoxide detector called Protect, as <b>AllThingsD</b> had reported …

Silicon Valley

Basketball and Globalization

Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian businessman who is one of the richest people in the world, is also one of the first non-Americans to own an N.B.A. team. Along with the Brooklyn Nets, he owns almost half of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the Nets play their home games. This season, his roster …

The Human Brain Project Begins

Today in Switzerland, the 135 members of the Human Brain Project gathered to kick off the 10 year global project that will give us a deeper and more meaningful understanding of how the human brain operates. This project is considered the most advanced neuroscience project in the world.<p>The Human …

How to Google like a boss - Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips

Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in …

Tutorials

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

Johnson: When is a rule not a rule?

A FRIEND of Johnson’s recently posted on Facebook a January 2011 article by Farhad Manjoo on <i>Slate</i> that began<p>Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two …

This Is How Your Brain Becomes Addicted to Caffeine

Within 24 hours of quitting the drug, your withdrawal symptoms begin. Initially, they’re subtle: The first thing you notice is that you feel mentally …

A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Designs for Great Architectural Landmarks that Were Never Built

If you're writing an alternate history, these would be the buildings you'd want to include. They're the discarded designs for famous landmarks. …

Tower Bridge

10 Psychological Experiments That Could Never Happen Today

Nowadays, the American Psychological Association has a Code of Conduct in place when it comes to ethics in psychological experiments. Experimenters …

Why Professors Should Be Like Preachers

... or coaches or therapists. The primary importance of motivating students in post-secondary education.<p>At a good teaching school, a professor is expected to run the class and, sometimes, have a small group of students over to his house for dinner. As the former function becomes less important, due …

Why It’s Never Been More Fun to Watch Sports

A discussion with Hank Adams, the CEO of Sportvision, the company that created the glowing hockey puck and football's yellow line<p>In the old days, football offenses were simple. Hand the ball to a strong, fast guy with stronger guys in front of him, evade tacklers. But the game has evolved. Schemes …

A Map for the Future of Neuroscience

On Monday, the National Institutes of Health released a fifty-eight-page report on the future of neuroscience—the first substantive step in developing President Obama’s <i>BRAIN</i> Initiative, which seeks to “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and …