'Losing Yourself' In A Fictional Character Can Affect Your Real Life - Ohio State Research and Innovation Communications COLUMBUS, Ohio - When you “lose yourself” inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests. Researchers at Ohio State University examined what happened to people who, while reading a fictional story, found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own - a phenomenon the researchers call “experience-taking.” They found that, in the right situations, experience-taking may lead to real changes, if only temporary, in the lives of readers. In one experiment, for example, the researchers found that people who strongly identified with a fictional character who overcame obstacles to vote were significantly more likely to vote in a real election several days later. There are many ways experience-taking can affect readers. Experience-taking doesn’t happen all the time.
Lincoln Laboratory: Spin-offs One measure of the Laboratory's contribution to the nation's economy is its success in transferring technology to spin-off companies. The partial list that follows indicates the range of industrial activities that have been generated and supported by ideas and techniques developed at the Laboratory. Air Traffic Software Architecture, Inc. Redefining Reality: Psychology, Science and Solipsism The Zen teacher Chuang Tzu dreamed he was a butterfly. When he woke, he wondered, "Am I a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I really a butterfly who now dreams about being a man?" The fundamental question regarding the nature of reality is partly philosophical, partly spiritual, part psychological, and partly scientific in nature. But it is not merely academic. This discussion started explicitly with my piece on "Truth, Lies, and Self-Deception," stimulated by the psychologically complex Casey Anthony case. As with the difficult task of defining reality in any relationship, Freud's interpretation of what went wrong between he and Carl Jung and why was radically different than Jung's own perception. For me, reality is something both subjective and objective. In our culture, when this boundary between interior and exterior reality becomes blurred or lost completely, we typically tend to view it as severe psychopathology.
Social Media Monitoring Tools | Brandwatch Experimental Error: Most Likely to Secede I don't mean to brag, but in sixth grade I won the Science Award for Mrs. Lukoff's class. Lest you think the prize frivolous, I should stress that this honor -- accompanied, of course, by a certificate printed using the ultramodern Brøderbund Print Shop -- brought me legitimate notoriety among my classmates. They all paid close attention at the awards ceremony because, according to time-honored tradition, the recipient of the Science Award gets beaten up. Someday, I thought while being stuffed into a trash can, I'll be a big, bad scientist. I'll stand at a podium to receive my Nobel Prize. "Yes, O Wise Scientist!" That's when I'll smile. Growing up, we were the smart ones. We thought we were the only ones taking this education thing seriously. We thought we would rule the world. I realized recently that if I examine it in a day-to-day sense, I have one job in science. That's it? Most of us can't boast about the accomplishments for which we dreamed of being revered.
Top 15 U.S. Startup Accelerators and Incubators Ranked; TechStars and Y Combinator Top The Rankings UPDATE: Check out the 2012 Startup Accelerators and Incubator Rankings released on August 22, 2012. There are a number of startup accelerator and incubator programs in the United States. We are fans of these programs (not to be confused with pure co-working spaces) as they offer entrepreneurs a way to spend a few months laser focused on a single idea. Through the accelerator or incubator they receive mentoring, guidance and a small amount of funding in return for a small stake in the company. As a part of his field work for the Kauffman Fellows Program (not to be confused with Kauffman Foundation), Aziz Gilani from DFJ Mercury, working in partnership with Tech Cocktail and the Kellogg School of Management, set out to determine the best startup accelerator programs in America and rank them. High-level Methodology First, a list of startup accelerator programs across the country was compiled. 2011 U.S.A.
The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date TEDTalks The 20 most-watched TEDTalks (so far) Today, on the fifth birthday of TEDTalks video, we’re releasing a new list of the 20 most-watched TEDTalks over the past five years — as watched on all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more … What a great, mixed-up group this is! Talks about education and creativity, sex […] Playlist The 20 most popular TED Talks, as of December 2013 UPDATED: To see all these talks at one click, check out our updated Playlist: The 20 Most Popular Talks of All Time. Different topics - explanation
Who do you feel is the most underappreciated person in history? : AskReddit Shader Printer uses heat-sensitive 'paint' that can be erased with low temperatures (hands-on video) Lovin' the bold look of those new Nikes? If you're up to date on the athletic shoe scene, you may notice that sneaker designs can give way long before your soles do. A new decaling technique could enable you to "erase" labels and other artworks overnight without a trace, however, letting you change up your wardrobe without shelling out more cash. A prototype device, called Shader Printer, uses a laser to heat (at 50 degrees Celsius, 120 degrees Fahrenheit) a surface coated with a bi-stable color-changing material. When the laser reaches the "ink," it creates a visible design, that can then be removed by leaving the object in a -10 degree Celsius (14 degree Fahrenheit) freezer overnight. Shader Printer with heat-sensitive 'paint' hands-on See all photos 19 Photos Comments
The Didgeridoo - How To Make A Didgeridoo You might want to try making your own didgeridoo if you're on a tight budget, if you want an inexpensive practice instrument, or if you just have fun making things. Figure 6-1 shows three didgeridoos made by the author -- made of plastic pipe, copper pipe, and bamboo. You can easily make a didgeridoo of your own, tuned to any key you want, with a few basic hand-tools and some inexpensive materials. For example, you can make a plastic pipe didgeridoo in a couple of hours for a total materials cost of less than $10 (US), and without any tools more complex than a hacksaw. Materials You can make a didgeridoo out of any hollow cylinder of sufficient diameter and length, using any of a variety of materials. Whether you use material such as plastic tubing or you hollow out a segment of bamboo, the same minimum and maximum limits apply for the diameter and length of the tubing you can use to make a practical didgeridoo. Bamboo is the second easiest material to make your own didgeridoo with.
Samsung: The next big bet IN 2000 Samsung started making batteries for digital gadgets. Ten years later it sold more of them than any other company in the world. In 2001 it threw resources into flat-panel televisions. The handsome payoffs from these ballsy bets made the South Korean company a colossus; last year its sales passed $135 billion. With these plans Samsung sees itself bringing technologies that are vital for society into much broader use. But the plans are also an ambitious industrial power play, one that challenges some of the world's biggest companies. The 83 firms that are tied together in Samsung's remarkably complex structure provide 13% of South Korea's gross exports. Yet Samsung wants to diversify away from consumer electronics, a market that suffers from falling prices, thin margins, fast product cycles and fickle customers. To survive, he said, the company must not only go into the new businesses it has identified, but open itself up to work with partners and even make acquisitions.
Is science phasing out sleep?" If one can make broad generalizations about humanity based on a single life's view -- and of course one can't -- there appear to be two kinds of people in the world: Those who damn the world for interfering with their nine hours a night, and those who damn the body for being unsatisfied with four. (And then there are those who claim they function perfectly well on two, but according to sleep experts, they're just wrong.) Those who damn the body are in luck: Science is working hard to phase out the need for natural sleep. Human beings have always found ways to ward off the effects of sleep deprivation. When you're getting about half of the sleep your body needs on a regular basis (and most of us need seven to eight hours a night), you need to find ways to function -- to wake yourself up, clear your mind, stop your head from falling into your salad during a business lunch. Caffeine and amphetamines (i.e. speed) are two of the most popular methods, but they're far from ideal.
Envisioning Emerging Technology For 2012 And Beyond: Infographic Predicts Space Elevators, Blood-Powered Computers When can we buy robots that will complete all our household chores for us? When will our gadgets be grafted onto our skin and powered by our blood? And when will transporting items into space be as easy as opening an elevator and pressing the "Up" button? Tech trend forecasting firm Envisioning Technology has put together a beautiful infographic that examines current scientific and technological research and predicts when in the next 28 years possible innovations might become reality. The graphic, titled "Envisioning Emerging Technology For 2012 And Beyond," separates breakthroughs into 11 categories -- artificial intelligence, Internet, robotics and space, to name a few -- and lets users hover over each item to see more information. Emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa, who led the research team that gathered data for the graphic, told The Huffington Post that this mapping of tech's future was more than a purely imaginative exercise. A few more mind-blowing highlights: