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Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule for deliberate practice is wrong: Genes for music, IQ, drawing ability, and other skills. Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud/Reuters A decade ago, Magnus Carlsen, who at the time was only 13 years old, created a sensation in the chess world when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov at a chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the next day played then-top-rated Garry Kasparov—who is widely regarded as the best chess player of all time—to a draw.

Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule for deliberate practice is wrong: Genes for music, IQ, drawing ability, and other skills.

Carlsen’s subsequent rise to chess stardom was meteoric: grandmaster status later in 2004; a share of first place in the Norwegian Chess Championship in 2006; youngest player ever to reach World No. 1 in 2010; and highest-rated player in history in 2012. What explains this sort of spectacular success? What makes someone rise to the top in music, games, sports, business, or science? Colorado teen birthrate drops 40% Women have many choices when it comes to avoiding pregnancy.

Colorado teen birthrate drops 40%

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of sexually active women from 2006 to 2010 used at least one contraceptive method at some point. Here's a look at a variety of birth control methods and how they each work. An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a T-shaped flexible device that's inserted by a doctor into a woman's uterus. The devices blocks sperm and changes the lining of the uterus, which may keep a fertilized egg from attaching. Carl Bass: I’d happily sacrifice all of Autodesk patents if the rest of software would follow. By Sarah Lacy On October 13, 2014.

Carl Bass: I’d happily sacrifice all of Autodesk patents if the rest of software would follow

NSA’s “Core Secrets” suggests agents inside firms in US, abroad. The U.S.

NSA’s “Core Secrets” suggests agents inside firms in US, abroad

National Security Agency has worked with companies to weaken encryption products at the same time it infiltrated firms to gain access to sensitive systems, according to a purportedly leaked classified document outlined in an article on The Intercept. The document, allegedly leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, appears to be a highly classified summary intended for a very small group of vetted national security officials according to details included in The Intercept article, which was published this weekend. The document outlines six programs at the core of the NSA's mission, collected under the name Sentry Eagle. The Intercept claims the document states "The facts contained in [the Sentry Eagle] program constitute a combination of the greatest number of highly sensitive facts related to NSA/CSS’s overall cryptologic mission. " ‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration by Andrew M. Francis, Hugo M. Mialon.

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‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration by Andrew M. Francis, Hugo M. Mialon

Francis Emory University - Department of Economics. What monkeys and the Queen taught me about inequality. When travelling in impoverished regions in galling luxury, as I have done, you have to undergo some high-wire ethical arithmetic to legitimise your position.

What monkeys and the Queen taught me about inequality

If you can’t geographically separate yourself from poverty, then you have to do it ideologically. The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction. EASTERN WASHINGTON—Traveling from the verdant, mossy coastal belt of the Pacific Northwest, one could be forgiven for feeling that the defining characteristic of Eastern Washington is its dryness.

The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction

It's a land seemingly starved of rain in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Tesla’s latest earth-shattering, life-changing, epoch-defining announcement is coming. Here’s what to look for. “D” probably stands for driverless.

Tesla’s latest earth-shattering, life-changing, epoch-defining announcement is coming. Here’s what to look for

Or dual-motor. “Something else” could be either of those—or actually something else completely. Nobody knows for sure, but all will be revealed in a few hours. Of course, I am referring here to Tesla’s big announcement, expected to happen later tonight, which CEO Elon Musk foreshadowed in a cryptic tweet last week. There’s also speculation that Musk, in a frenzy of cross-brand promotion, will strap a Tesla onto a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and demonstrate the vehicle’s zero-G capabilities and solar recharging panel in orbit.

In any case, after some wild initial theories, the balance of opinion among analysts and observers points to dual-motor, or all-wheel-drive version of the Model S being announced. Bionic arm restores sense of feeling. 8 October 2014Last updated at 21:56 ET By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Igor Spetic and his new prosthetic hand Advances in bionic hands have restored a sense of touch to two patients for more than a year, report US scientists.

Bionic arm restores sense of feeling

The men can now delicately pluck the stalks out of cherries. Sensors on the artificial hand are used to send signals directly to the nerves, the study, published in Science Translational Medicine, said. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry. Kids.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for Kids. Chicago from high above. UOdiR5u.jpg (JPEG Image, 1002 × 670 pixels) Alibaba Could Buy Yahoo for Free. Here is a dumb trade: Alibaba acquires Yahoo for a mix of cash and stock.

Alibaba Could Buy Yahoo for Free

Specifically, 0.39 Alibaba shares and $7.25 in cash per Yahoo share. By my math, that's worth about $42 per Yahoo share, about an 8 percent premium to the current price. Common “Debt Traps” That Keep You Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck. Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryers (and Which is Actually More Hygienic) Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change? How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything. cNLoTtd.gif (GIF Image, 499 × 352 pixels) 5850032167_51b0436772_o.jpg (JPEG Image, 2000 × 1330 pixels) - Scaled (51%)

Out in the Open: The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job. Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation. This Man Has 100 Orgasms A Day. Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city. Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering. In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri Mouhot, sailed from London to south-east Asia. Meet the man who built the awesome online attendance system for India’s government officials. Ram Sewak Sharma is a silver-haired, straight-talking bureaucrat who spent much of the last five years working out of an office near New Delhi’s Connaught Place. Next door to him sat Nandan Nilekani, the former Infosys CEO. Together, the two men built the world’s largest biometric identification programme, Aadhaar.

Nilekani was chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) till he left to join politics, while Sharma served as director general and mission director. Now, 59-year old Sharma is building an attendance system for India’s central government employees that is inexpensive, publicly available on the internet—and potentially, a simple tool that could revolutionise governance in the country. Judith Meyer's answer to Are Germans proud to be German? Marc Hoag's answer to Why doesn't the U.S. have freeways, like the German Autobahn, with no general speed limit? Antikythera wreck yields new treasures. PlexiDrone - Control a Swarm & Capture Stunning Aerial Film! CsYpxzU. Jackie Chan sharing about his first experience working with Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. 10 Most Reliable Ways to Fund a Startup. U.S. Stocks Rally After Fed Minutes - WSJ.

The Voice of a Generation. Don't like trucks? Online.wsj. The Underground Secret Battlestation Workspace. Justices Will Decide Whether Workers Must Endure Unpaid Inconvenience. Employees pack copies of the new book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for shipment in July 2007 at an Amazon fulfillment center in Fernley, Nev. Workers at the center filed a suit in 2013, seeking compensation for time spent in a mandatory security line after their shifts. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Newyorker. The simple image sharer. The Mermaid's Tale: The height of folly: are the causes of stature numerous but at least 'finite'? Smartphone Assistants Go Head to Head, Google Now Comes Out On Top. 8HGQnhw. 11 Differences Between Being In A Relationship At 18, 25, And 30.

Jeremy Renner here, AMAA. : IAmA. Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos wows Canada’s Senate Committee on Banking. By Michael Carney On October 9, 2014 As regulators around the world attempt to get a handle on the emerging virtual- and crypto-currency phenomenon, today, Canada’s Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce is meeting in a session called “Study on the use of digital currency.” In one of the more illuminating discussions, the senators heard from prominent bitcoin developer, Blockchain.info Chief Security Officer, and former financial services network security technician Andreas Antonopoulos.

Walter Mischel, The Marshallow Test, and Self-Control. QpZ2TZb. Drop in jobless claims points to labor market strength. How a massive avalanche changed B.C.’s backcountry culture — and shattered one guide’s life. On Jan. 20, 2003, a massive avalanche killed seven people in B.C. Lyft Office Tour - Business Insider. Lyft Lyft moved into a new, three-floor headquarters on 2300 Harrison Street in San Francisco. A Troubled American Moment. 5kbRzGY. How A One-Word Email To 29,000 UCL Students Led To The Funniest Reply-All Thread Ever. Electronista Mobile. Careful with that Buffer… Is the App Ecosystem Sustainable?

The focus on mobility and mobile platforms as the growth engines for the tech industry’s future is now so engrained into most people’s heads that it seems nearly blasphemous to suggest there could be faults in that thinking. But there’s a question that keeps popping into my mind—is the mobile app ecosystem really sustainable at its size and rate of growth? e5ly4oZ.jpg (JPEG Image, 1200 × 900 pixels) - Scaled (85%) Secret Service officers struggle behind the scenes. Makes its Products Free for Students. Hello everyone, Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors? Nature group walks linked to improved mental health. A lip-smacking look at the day that drinking straws got bigger. On America’s Front Lines by Christopher Jencks. 33 Pictures That Will Take All Brits Right Back To Their Childhoods.

Are all the ants as heavy as all the humans? Germany to impose rent-rise caps on inner-city properties. Ed Miliband promises £2.5bn funding boost 'to save NHS' 30 Awkward Moments Every Short Girl Understands. The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes : Monkey See. X8yt3MC.jpg (GIF Image, 409 × 230 pixels) Obama: 'There’s A Sense ... The World Is Spinning So Fast and Nobody Is Able To Control It' Astrologer Susan Miller On Why You Should Pay Attention to the Lunar Eclipse. Scrap Metal Hulk. Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All. n0BuQep. Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated] Will today’s allies become, yet again, tomorrow’s enemies? U.S. markets jump, dollar falls on Fed minutes. Facebook’s Josh Miller Confirms He’s Built Something, But It’s Not Just About Anonymity. Wal-Mart to End Health Insurance for Some Part-Time Employees - WSJ.

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