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'Shrinkflation' - are companies shrinking our food items? Robots are getting more like us and famous scientists are concerned. If 1984’s cautionary tale, The Terminator, is anything to go by, humanity should be wary of any more advances in robotics or artificial intelligence.

Robots are getting more like us and famous scientists are concerned

Elon Musk recently pledged $10 million to keep artificial intelligence from running amok, and physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC in December: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Musk and Hawking are backed by other scientists, professors, and security analysts who are worried about the rise of artificial intelligence that doesn’t do what humans ask. Sleep and the Teenage Brain. By Maria Popova How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying.

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. “Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,” Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College commencement address on redefining success. And yet, as German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg argued in his fantastic Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired — one of the best science books of 2012, and undoubtedly among the best you’ll ever read — teenagers have already endured years of institutionally inflicted sleep deprivation by the time they get to college: there is a tragic disconnect between teens’ circadian givens and our social expectations of them, encapsulated in what is known as the disco hypothesis.

Donating = Loving. The Creativity Pill - James Hamblin. Health People taking dopamine for Parkinson's disease sometimes begin to generate a lot of artwork.

The Creativity Pill - James Hamblin

New research differentiates their expressiveness from obsessive or impulsive tendencies. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways. 5 Ways Your Brain Is Messing With Your Head. We accept on a regular basis the premise that our minds are being screwed with.

5 Ways Your Brain Is Messing With Your Head

Advertisers, politicians, magicians; we accept that they know the tricks to pull the wool over our eyes. But as it turns out, the ways in which your head is being truly and royally messed with the most, are coming from inside. Please be advised that your brain does not want you reading the following list, and may kill you to protect its secrets. These include... #5. Beijing's Black Market Egg Trade Targets College Girls. Future transport: 10 inventions that will supercharge your journey. Visit to the World's Fair of 2014 Isaac Asimovin vuonna 1964 kirjoittama ennustus vuodelle 2014. Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years.

Interactive Infographic - 13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics. How Languages and Genes Evolve Together. As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language.

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic lines. It’s an intuitive theory, but difficult to prove. That is, until researchers decided to match large collections of geographic, linguistic, and genetic data on hundreds of human populations worldwide. A new study (PDF), published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, quantifies the complicated relationship between these three factors.

Researchers compared the geographic presence of two things in human populations across the world: alleles (trait-defining stretches of DNA) and phonemes (the distinct units of sound that make up spoken language). This map shows a broad picture of the geographic spread of alleles and phonemes, according to the study’s findings. Hands-on with Pepper the 'friendly robot' in Japan. Ford Model T - 100 Years Later. Lectures: Kaku. The Physics of Everything. MICHIO KAKU, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at CUNY Lesson Overview What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Professor Michio Kaku explores how physics could potentially shrink the science of the big bang into an equation as small as e=mc2. Physics powers every electronic device in your living room, underwrites every technological breakthrough, and thanks to advances in string theory, could allow us to escape the heat death of the universe, explore the multiverse, and unlock the secrets of existence.

In a profoundly informative and deeply optimistic discussion, Professor Kaku delivers a glimpse of where science will take us in the next hundred years, as warp drives, teleportation, inter-dimensional wormholes, and even time travel converge with our scientific understanding of physical reality. Readings Course Pack: Michio Kaku, Hyperspace. Discussion Questions (1. . ) (2. . ) (3.) Explicit cookie consent. 15 English Phrases for the Doctor’s Office. Phrases a doctor might say: “We’ll need to run some tests.”

15 English Phrases for the Doctor’s Office

Tests are used to help diagnose (identify) the health problem. Some common tests are a blood test and a urine test. There are also scans such as an ultrasound (used for seeing internal organs; often used for pregnant women to see the baby) and X-rays (used for seeing the bones). Blood samples ready for testing “The transplant was a success. A transplant is when one person (the donor) gives an organ to another person (the recipient).