background preloader

Unclassified

Facebook Twitter

Uk.businessinsider. To become fitter and healthier, you should add environmental conditioning into your diet and exercise routine — Quartz. What does Donald Trump want for America?

To become fitter and healthier, you should add environmental conditioning into your diet and exercise routine — Quartz

Private university in North Korea seeks Texas A&M academic help. By Jon Herskovitz| COLLEGE STATION, Texas COLLEGE STATION, Texas The leaders of the only private university in North Korea asked Texas A&M University, known for its agricultural economics and public health programs, for help on Monday in teaching subjects such as how to grow food in a land of chronic shortages.

Private university in North Korea seeks Texas A&M academic help

The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) was founded by evangelical Christians and opened in 2010, with students generally the children of the country's elite. A PUST delegation visiting the school said the help is not about politics but about using academics for humanitarian ideals. "There is no school like this in North Korea," Yu-Taik Chon, executive vice president of the university in the North Korean capital, told Texas A&M officials, adding PUST can open a door to the outside world for the future leaders of the reclusive state. 12 Strategies for a Successful Meal Prep Day.

Eight weeks to a better brain. Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

Eight weeks to a better brain

In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

Eight weeks to a better brain. A Counterproductive Immigration Order - The Atlantic. The Orlando nightclub shooter, the worst mass-casualty gunman in US history, was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan.

A Counterproductive Immigration Order - The Atlantic

The San Bernardino shooters were first and second generation immigrants from Pakistan. Quora. Alphabet’s bets beyond search are starting to pay off. Google reported mixed earnings for its fourth quarter today — but we’re starting to see some flashes of improvement in its “other bets” category, which is where it stuffs pretty much everything that lives outside of Google proper.

Alphabet’s bets beyond search are starting to pay off

In the fourth quarter, Alphabet’s other bets recorded $262 million in revenue, a healthy jump from $150 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Uk.businessinsider. If you shop in a supermarket you may well have asked why the fruit and veg you buy there is so tasteless, especially if you’ve also tried homegrown alternatives.

uk.businessinsider

Traditional breeds of tomatoes usually grown in gardens, known as heirloom tomatoes, for example, are often small and strangely shaped and coloured but renowned for their delicious taste. Those in the supermarkets, meanwhile, are often pumped up in size but somewhat insipid to eat. Study reveals that climate change could dramatically alter fragile mountain habitats. Professor Bardgett, based in Mancheser’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, added: "Mountain areas cover a large part of the Earth's land surface and are very vulnerable to climate change. ”Our results, which come from an extensive study of elevation gradients across seven mountain regions of the world - including Japan, British Columbia, New Zealand, Patagonia, Colorado, Australia, and Europe - suggest that future climate warming will substantially alter the way that these sensitive ecosystems function.”

Study reveals that climate change could dramatically alter fragile mountain habitats

Rather than use short-term experiments, the research team used gradients of elevation in each mountain region spanning both above and below the alpine tree line. Professor Bardgett said that elevation was used as a surrogate for climate warming and this helped to make predictions about the potential effects of climate warming. Donald Trump is not the problem – he’s the symptom. The inauguration of Donald Trump is a historic day, not just for the United States, but for human civilization.

Donald Trump is not the problem – he’s the symptom

But it is a mistake to believe that Trump is the problem who must be resisted. Trump is not the problem. Trump is merely one symptom of a deeper systemic crisis. His emergence signals a fundamental and accelerating shift within a global geopolitical and domestic American political order which is breaking down. Uk.businessinsider. The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like.

uk.businessinsider

Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon. Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land. MFW I've hit a wall. Why Trump's Staff Is Lying - Bloomberg View. One of the most striking features of the early Trump administration has been its political uses of lying.

Why Trump's Staff Is Lying - Bloomberg View

The big weekend story was the obviously false claim of Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, that Trump pulled in the largest inauguration crowds in American history. This raises the question of why a leader might find it advantageous to promote such lies from his subordinates. First and most obviously, the leader wishes to mislead the public, and wants to have subordinates doing so, in part because many citizens won’t pursue fact-checking. But that’s the obvious explanation, and the truth runs much deeper.

ELI5: What is happening when your eyes are open, but you're picturing something else in your head. How can you 'see' the thought, while also processing what's in front of you? : explainlikeimfive. Scientists Have Found a Way to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance. The Fight Against the Superbug When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, it was one of the world’s first true antibiotics to ever be successful in eliminating infectious disease. Since then, antibiotics have been essential to preventing avoidable deaths. But a troubling reality faces us all. Throughout all of Earth’s evolutionary history, multicellular organisms have continually changed and adapted. But unicellular bacteria evolve so quickly, that a majority are now resistant to a wide array of antibiotics.

As a response, scientists have taken on the challenge to solving this global pandemic. We Already Grow Enough Food For 10 Billion People. A new a study from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature compared organic and conventional yields from 66 studies and over 300 trials. Researchers found that on average, conventional systems out-yielded organic farms by 25 percent — mostly for grains, and depending on conditions. Embracing the current conventional wisdom, the authors argue for a combination of conventional and organic farming to meet “the twin challenge of feeding a growing population, with rising demand for meat and high-calorie diets, while simultaneously minimizing its global environmental impacts.” Unfortunately, neither the study nor the conventional wisdom addresses the real cause of hunger.

ELI5: What is happening when your eyes are open, but you're picturing something else in your head. How can you 'see' the thought, while also processing what's in front of you? : explainlikeimfive. Study: Millennials really are making less than their parents did. —Generations of Americans have lived by the principle that if you work hard and educate your children, the future will be better than today. It’s the foundation of the American Dream. But is that dream slipping out of reach? The future isn’t looking bright for America’s most educated generation.

Using Federal Reserve data to compare 25- to 34-year-olds in 2013 with their counterparts from 1989, the advocacy group Young Invincibles found that, after adjusting for inflation, Millennials earn 20 percent less than baby boomers did at the same stage in life. They are also hampered by far higher rates of student debt and are less likely to own homes than previous generations were at their age. Put simply, the old formula of hard work and education doesn’t seem to be working as consistently as it once did.

Murderous Manila: On the Night Shift. One night in December, I was standing in heavy rain, under an umbrella, in a dark Manila alleyway, outside a house known to be a drug den, waiting with “the night shift,” the photographers and reporters on the crime beat, on the off chance of being shown upstairs to the scene of the killings. We knew the story in outline only: four men had been getting ready for a pot-smoking session on the second floor when a masked intruder burst in and shot them all dead. There was one witness, a sixteen-year-old boy, but he was said to be too shocked to speak.

Now the police were examining the upstairs room, while we examined the alleyway. There wasn’t much to it. Four Questions For: Geoff Hinton. Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich. Nim language draws from best of Python, Rust, Go, and Lisp. Quora. Xiaomi's Plan to Rule the World: Build Every Gadget Imaginable. Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online. Utility-value intervention with parents increases students’ STEM preparation and career pursuit. Author Affiliations. The Best Pizza Sauce Requires One Ingredient and No Cooking. Why is it when I binge watch a TV series, I have a hard time remembering it later? - Quora.

Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging? There are some 200 different types of cells in the body, but they can all be traced back to stem cells. Before they differentiated into heart, liver, blood, immune cells, and more, they were called pluripotent, meaning they could become anything. Back in 2006, Shinya Yamanaka discovered four genes that, when forced to express themselves, knocked cells back to their pre-differentiated state. Google RAISR Intelligently Makes Low-Res Images High Quality. With unlimited data plans becoming increasingly expensive, or subscribers being forced to ditch their unlimited data due to overuse, anything that can reduce the amount of data we download is welcome. This is especially true for media including images or video, and Google just delivered a major gain when it comes to viewing images online. The clever scientists at Google Research have come up with a new technique for keeping image size to an absolute minimum without sacrificing quality.

What Oxfam’s misleading stat gets wrong about inequality. Cloudflare and CREDO are still gagged from talking about national security letters. For more than a decade, CEOs of major tech companies have opened innocuous envelopes to find letters from the FBI inside, letters that demand these CEOs share information about their customers without telling anyone — except their lawyers — about it. Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners.

Andy Rubin Nears His Comeback, Complete With an ‘Essential’ Phone - Bloomberg. Quora. How To Buy Plants And Keep Them Alive. Learn Eight Field Photography Tricks In 90 Seconds. “OK Facebook”—Why stop at assistants? Facebook has grander ambitions for modern AI. Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons — Quartz. How Kompromat Works - The Atlantic. Alain de Botton is wrong about love: Why you will marry the right person — Quartz. The Secret Source of Putin’s Evil. One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes. Filter bubbles and Facebook: Why so many people hate "the liberal elite" — Quartz. The moon may have been formed by a few small collisions between Earth and asteroids, and not because of a large protoplanet — Quartz.

Libertarian socialism - Wikipedia. The Easiest Way to Break Down the Fearsome Dragon Fruit. Make a Phone Charging Stand With a Pair of Binder Clips. Commentary: Gun-Free Zones Don't Attract Mass Shootings. Donald Trump, American Oligarch. The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics. Why read old philosophy? – Meteuphoric. The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers. Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love. Radical Efforts to End Homelessness: A Sober Utopia. Trump Transition Lags Obama Pace - The Atlantic.

Japanese white collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence — Quartz. Israeli settlements, explained in 8 minutes. iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots - The Verge. The Average 29-Year-Old. Mining 24 Hours a Day with Robots. Technical report on DNC hack [pdf] As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More. Americans and Japanese Read Faces Differently. 1930s Flour Sacks Were Printed In Colorful Patterns. The Reason? This Is Fascinating! Genghis Khan, Feminist. Kerry’s bombshell Israel speech is one of the most puzzling things I have seen in politics. Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit. A possible explanation for why people find it hard to maintain eye contact when talking.

The Feynman Technique Helps You Study Faster and Retain More Information. Elkhart's Economic Recovery - The Atlantic. The Real Genius of Steve Jobs. Why Your Annoying Boss Micromanages You. How Do You Keep From Getting Bored? Researchers Have An Answer. If Only AI Could Save Us from Ourselves. Unlimited Internet Plans To Become Standard Under New CRTC Rules. President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden. Eton and the making of a modern elite.

PIXEL for PC and Mac. How One Cougar Can Plant 94,000 Seeds a Year. Sugar is a toxic agent that creates conditions for disease. Turkey Jailed Record Number of Journalists in 2016, CPJ Says - Law Street (TM) Those Harrowing Ankara Assassination Photos. ELI5: Why do many doctors work in crazy 24-36 hours shifts? : explainlikeimfive. The Baby in the Plastic Bag - A true story in 9 parts - Dagbladet Magasinet. How Cereal Marketers Invented the Modern Version of Breakfast. Ataraxia. The Vampire Squid Occupies Trump's White House - Rolling Stone. Quora. This Mostly White City Wants To Leave Its Mostly Black School District : NPR Ed. Stoicism: Silicon Valley tech workers are reading Ryan Holiday to use an ancient philosophy as a life hack — Quartz.