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How HP Could Once Again Dominate Silicon Valley. How to Ensure You Get Paid as a Freelancer. The smart mouse with the half-human brain - health - 01 December 2014. What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the animals are smarter than their siblings. The idea is not to mimic fiction, but to advance our understanding of human brain diseases by studying them in whole mouse brains rather than in dishes. The altered mice still have mouse neurons – the "thinking" cells that make up around half of all their brain cells.

"It's still a mouse brain, not a human brain," says Steve Goldman of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Rapid takeover Goldman's team extracted immature glial cells from donated human fetuses. Within a year, the mouse glial cells had been completely usurped by the human interlopers. "We could see the human cells taking over the whole space," says Goldman. Astrocytes are vital for conscious thought, because they help to strengthen the connections between neurons, called synapses.

Intelligence leap Species cross Still a mouse More From New Scientist Promoted Stories. Fiber fight: Broadening broadband Gig City touted as model in broadband debate. EPB Chief Executive Harold DePriest led the $220 million effort to build a fiber optic net- work in Chattanooga. Photo by Logan Foll /Chattanooga Times Free Press. Gig City connections In the past couple of years, delegations from a variety of cities and institutions have visited Chattanooga and EPB to study how high-speed broadband has been implemented and its impact: • Harvard Business School • Pensacola, Fla. • Lakeland, Fla. • Albertville, Ala. • Holland, Mich. • Blacksburg, Va. • Champaign, Ill. • Bristol, Va. • West Valley, Utah • Tallahassee, Fla. • Burlington, Vt. • Fairburn, Ga. • Midland, Tex. • Cleveland, Tenn. • Phoenix, Ariz. • Cleveland, Ohio • Tennessee Fiber Optic Communities • Lakesite • Dalton, Ga. • Owensboro KY Municipal Utilities Foreign delegations • United Kingdom • Embassy of Ireland • Japan • New Zealand (twice) • Danish Energy Association • Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), from Japan (twice) • Taiwan journalist from TVBS News Legal protections and barriers Information highway speed.

Feds want Apple’s help to defeat encrypted phones, new legal case shows. OAKLAND, CA—Newly discovered court documents from two federal criminal cases in New York and California that remain otherwise sealed suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing an unusual legal strategy to compel cellphone makers to assist investigations. In both cases, the seized phones—one of which is an iPhone 5S—are encrypted and cannot be cracked by federal authorities. Prosecutors have now invoked the All Writs Act, an 18th-century federal law that simply allows courts to issue a writ, or order, which compels a person or company to do something. Some legal experts are concerned that these rarely made public examples of the lengths the government is willing to go in defeating encrypted phones raise new questions as to how far the government can compel a private company to aid a criminal investigation.

Two federal judges agree that the phone manufacturer in each case—one of which remains sealed, one of which is definitively Apple—should provide aid to the government. Demis Hassabis, Founder of DeepMind Technologies and Artificial-Intelligence Wunderkind at Google, Wants Machines to Think Like Us. Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy. At age eight, success on the chessboard led him to ponder two questions that have obsessed him ever since: first, how does the brain learn to master complex tasks; and second, could computers ever do the same? Now 38, Hassabis puzzles over those questions for Google, having sold his little-known London-based startup, DeepMind, to the search company earlier this year for a reported 400 million pounds ($650 million at the time). Google snapped up DeepMind shortly after it demonstrated software capable of teaching itself to play classic video games to a super-human level (see “Is Google Cornering the Market on Deep Learning?”).

At the TED conference in Vancouver this year, Google CEO Larry Page gushed about Hassabis and called his company’s technology “one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in a long time.” Renaissance Man But Hassabis soon made a mark. High Score Company Man. New Techniques from Google and Ray Kurzweil Are Taking Artificial Intelligence to Another Level. When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn’t looking for a job. A respected inventor who’s become a machine-intelligence futurist, Kurzweil wanted to discuss his upcoming book How to Create a Mind.

He told Page, who had read an early draft, that he wanted to start a company to develop his ideas about how to build a truly intelligent computer: one that could understand language and then make inferences and decisions on its own. It quickly became obvious that such an effort would require nothing less than Google-scale data and computing power. “I could try to give you some access to it,” Page told Kurzweil.

“But it’s going to be very difficult to do that for an independent company.” So Page suggested that Kurzweil, who had never held a job anywhere but his own companies, join Google instead. It didn’t take Kurzweil long to make up his mind: in January he started working for Google as a director of engineering. Building a Brain Like cats. Big Data What’s Next. Money ≠ Happiness. QED. But the distinguishing feature of our moment is this: Better has flown a few trees over to make her nest. And that changes everything. Now, with the stone of your life or your society gripped in your hand, you have to choose.

It's More or Better. Which means, according to new research emerging from many quarters, that our continued devotion to growth above all is, on balance, making our lives worse, both collectively and individually. Growth no longer makes most people wealthier, but instead generates inequality and insecurity. Growth is bumping up against physical limits so profound—like climate change and peak oil—that trying to keep expanding the economy may be not just impossible but also dangerous. And perhaps most surprisingly, growth no longer makes us happier. 1. It was the great economist John Maynard Keynes who pointed out that until very recently, "there was no very great change in the standard of life of the average man living in the civilized centers of the earth.

" 2. Upper St. Clair native styles celebrities' hair for stage, screen, red carpet | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. NEW YORK -- When Courtney Benedetti runs her fingers through Jimmy Fallon’s hair, it’s strictly business. “Jimmy has a great head of hair and surprisingly, I do a lot to it. It’s not like I just go in there and put some wax on it,” said Ms. Benedetti, laughing. As head of the hair department for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the Upper St. Ms. Add in the lovely craziness of welcoming her first child with husband Kevin Tooke, and it’s been quite a year.

It helps they live in a light-filled newer building in Hunters Point South, a reclaimed mixed-income neighborhood. “The location of where we live and the proximity to work is really appealing,” she said. It’s a long way from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, for many reasons. ”My parents were so supportive and really pushed me to go to beauty school, which is so the opposite of what most parents would do,“ she said. ”It was very different. “I kind of grew up there and they taught me so much.” Was she interested? Beyond the show, Ms. Ms. No Such Thing as Racial Profiling.

Coming just two weeks after the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the non-indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner has the feel of a grim serial filled with redundant plot lines—a production that few of us wish to watch but none of us can avoid, and that a great many are complicit in creating. This is not imaginary. Here is the man who aspired to become the first black President counselling calm following the acquittal of the officers who shot and killed Sean Bell, an unarmed black man, on the eve of Bell’s wedding, in New York, in 2006.

Obviously there was a tragedy in New York. I said at the time, without benefit of all the facts before me, that it looked like a possible case of excessive force. The judge has made his ruling, and we’re a nation of laws, so we respect the verdict that came down. The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. Kim Jong Il: 10 weird facts, propaganda - Page 3. Things that happened a while ago that someone caught on camera. Jordan Phoenix's answer to What are some efficient designs for a tiny home?

2048.jpg (JPEG Image, 2048 × 1536 pixels) - Scaled (50%) The Return of Africa’s Strongmen - WSJ. On the same November morning when Boko Haram seized yet another village in Nigeria’s north, police in riot gear surrounded the country’s House of Representatives in the capital city of Abuja. But they weren’t guarding the country’s parliament against an assault by the notorious Islamist insurgency; they were there to block a politician from casting his vote. Nigeria’s Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, had recently defected to the opposition—a risky move in a government dominated by one party. A court had ruled that he could keep his speaker’s chair, but police at the barricades outside said that he couldn’t. They stopped his car at the gate. Nigerian lawmakers were scheduled to vote on whether to renew a bill that allows soldiers to detain suspects without cause in areas threatened by Boko Haram’s gunmen. Mr. Nigeria’s political drama is just one example of a disquieting trend across the continent.

For now, the advance of democracy in Africa appears to have stalled. Mr. DIO1GIy.jpg (JPEG Image, 2448 × 3264 pixels) - Scaled (30%) Blood Line. Gas Laws. Imgur. Folic acid, a B vitamin, lowers stroke risk in people with high blood pressure - Harvard Health Blog - Harvard Health Publications. If you’re among the one in three American adults with high blood pressure, be sure you’re getting plenty of the B vitamin known as folate. Doing so may lower your odds of having a stroke, an often disabling or deadly event linked to high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Folate occurs naturally in many foods, but especially green leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits. Here in the United States, add to the list most grain products, including wheat flour, cornmeal, pasta, and rice. They are fortified with the synthetic version of folate, known as folic acid. That’s not the case in many countries around the world, including China, where the new study was done. The cardiovascular benefits of folate have been known for decades. However, clinical trials in the United States that compared people who took folic acid supplements with those who took placebos showed no benefit from taking folic acid supplements. Truly confident people do these twelve things differently. Thync. The Shadow Commander. Last February, some of Iran’s most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved for officers of the Revolutionary Guard. They had come to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade. Hassan Shateri, a veteran of Iran’s covert wars throughout the Middle East and South Asia, was a senior commander in a powerful, élite branch of the Revolutionary Guard called the Quds Force.

The force is the sharp instrument of Iranian foreign policy, roughly analogous to a combined C.I.A. and Special Forces; its name comes from the Persian word for Jerusalem, which its fighters have promised to liberate. Since 1979, its goal has been to subvert Iran’s enemies and extend the country’s influence across the Middle East. Shateri had spent much of his career abroad, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, where the Quds Force helped Shiite militias kill American soldiers. 20 Thoughts To Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression. “Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Gandhi For a majority of my life, I struggled with depression and anxiety. I’d sometimes go for weeks without leaving my house or communicating with friends and family. Like most people, my mind would race a mile a minute with depressive and anxious thoughts: “Why couldn’t my life be better?”

“Everyone else has more fun and a better life than me.” “I should be like this or that.” “If only I had a little more money…” Then, my world collapsed. I was on the verge of breakthrough though; I just didn’t know it at the time. One day, I decided I’d had enough. I dissected what was triggering my depression and concluded that a major contributing factor was my inner voice. I had to change it somehow. I tried a bunch of different things: reading books, going to see motivational speakers, talking with friends and family, exercising, taking vitamins, everything except drugs.

And guess what? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 4 secrets to negotiating a salary. At some point during an interview process, the hiring manager will ask you, “How much are you looking for?” And while you want to respond with a competitive, yet reasonable and well-researched number, you end up blurting out a tongue-tied, “Uh, what you’re paying?” And you end up getting paid, well, what they’re paying—which is almost always less than what you want (and often times, less than what is fair).

So, how are you supposed to answer that question? By taking note of these four key lessons in salary negotiation and keeping them in mind as you prepare for the conversation. Lesson 1: You Are Worth Your Market Value, Not Your Individual Merit You are “worth” whatever other people in your field are worth. So, how do you know what that is? Lesson 2: It Doesn’t Matter What You Were Making Before When selling your car or your rusty 24-speed bike, no one asks what you paid for it.

That said, you will still very likely get asked the question of what you are currently making. Wearable technology. Palestine/Israel. Unsorted urban planning. Feed Your Head (Lifelong Learning)

Brillant minds ?! Augmented reality. Learn how to code. A Better Me & You. Industry Tap - Tap Into News. Wake No More — Matter. For most teenagers, getting out of bed in the morning is a drag. But when Lloyd Johnson was 13 years old, he suddenly found waking up not just irritating, but agonizing and confusing. Sometimes he would open his eyes and already be in the car on the way to school — with no memory of showering or getting dressed. Other days, his family would drag him outside and pour water over his head to stir him, but still he’d remain asleep. His toughest mornings began when he woke up in an empty house, realizing that his family had simply given up on waking him. Things started not long after a failed surgery. He’d been having intense pains in his right leg for six months, which the doctors attributed to what they thought was a hip disorder. Still, Lloyd and his parents didn’t pay as much attention to his sleeping patterns as they did to the constant pains in his leg.

Over the next two years, though, Lloyd’s pain inexplicably got better, and his sleeping went back to normal. That was enough. Trabant: Little car's big role in fall of Berlin Wall. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen poses next to a Trabant, before it was painted and signed by thousands. The vehicle has been an icon to Germans ever since the tiny Communist-built cars started rolling across the border between what was then East and West Germany in 1989. Pictured is the Trabant interior. "Slipping behind the wheel of a Trabant is sort of like squeezing into a sleeping bag -- especially when you're 6 feet 5 inches tall, like me," says Pleitgen.

CNN hired the artist Martin Raumberger to give the car a makeover. He focused on three themes: Berlin, CNN, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Raumberger sketched several of Berlin's most famous symbols on CNN's Trabi, including the broadcast tower and the Brandenburg Gate. The Trabant, produced in Communist East Germany by the government-run conglomerate VEB Sachsenring from 1957 till 1990, was flawed from inception.

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Holacracy at Zappos: It’s either the future of management or a social experiment gone awry. Escape a Car Chase Safely with the Bootlegger's K-Turn. US States: Facts, Map and State symbols. A return to oil at $32 a barrel is no longer unthinkable. Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At CISPA 2015. 7WAoE6K. A free community college program could get millions of Americans into skilled jobs. Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app. Bilingualism changes children's beliefs about the world around them.

How Bitcoin’s Blockchain Could Power an Alternate Internet — Backchannel. The psychology of big personalities will determine our global course in 2015. Parents beware: peer pressure can mess with your kids’ choices in education. Shikhar Agarwal's answer to How do you rein in the mind, hold up and move on when you are at the lowest phase of your life? ELI5 - Why does a community need to secure the RIGHT to create its own broadband? Why can't they just do it? : explainlikeimfive. Which Countries Are The Most Corrupt? How to Defeat Bad Breath Once and For All. 2048. Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History of Drunkenness—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix. Wm7rwbz. HzyxWp7. Not just bitcoin anymore: Coinbase allows USD deposits to enable instant bitcoin purchases.

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