Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows. Pico Iyer: When I was in my twenties, I had this wonderful 25th-floor office in midtown Manhattan, in Rockefeller Center — and I had a really exhilarating life, I thought, writing on world affairs for Time magazine. And so I left all that behind. Matthieu, in 1972 you were a molecular geneticist in France. Matthieu Ricard: I had a fantastic adolescence.
Superpower: Speed video · The components of air · Human reaction time · Fastest speed ever achieved by a human being At the 2010 NFL draft, NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen was dared to run the 40-yard dash. The 40-something reporter in a suit was no match for the 22 year old NFL draft prospects. Eisen's colleagues put together this segement mocking his inability to outrun even the largest draftees. Disclaimer: Due to time constraints, not all aspects of each superpower can be discussed and the science is sometimes simplified or generalized. Superpower: Invisibility video How our eyes work How does invisibility work? Will invisibility ever be a reality? Here's an article titled: Like Your New Invisibility Cloak? The Chinese Have Already Cracked It Baile Zhang is an electrical engineer at Nanyang Technological University. Disclaimer: Due to time constraints, not all aspects of each superpower can be discussed and the science is sometimes simplified or generalized.
Microscope Imaging Station. Neurons: A Fish-Eye View of the Brain Speed-dating neurons make connections Researchers in the Smith lab have also been able to watch the development of single neurons as they grow and connect to each other to complete the optical system. What they’ve seen helps explain how the brain's enormous complexity emerges. It now appears that brain organization happens in stages. As a developing neuron grows, it sends out tiny exploratory branches called filopodia. These projections search for partners in an effort to make connections and form synapses. Once formed, the synapse becomes a hot spot; the connected neuron sends out new filopodia, thus increasing the number of connections it has with other neurons. The wiring process happens quickly: one filopodium explores for about five minutes, retracting if it doesn’t make any connections. Scientists used to believe that once an animal’s brain was wired up, the resulting network was final and no new connections were possible.
poetry.aplus When you fall in love, the center of your universe shifts. Days and nights, steps and breaths start spinning around one particular person. There's weakness in your knees and a tremor in your voice. Your heart is beating like crazy. Now multiply it by a thousand. That's the kind of love slam poet Neil Hilborn describes in his viral poem "OCD." "The first time I saw her, everything in my head went quiet. Hilborn, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder, wrote this ode to love back in 2011. "I asked her out six times. "She loved that I had to kiss her goodbye 16 times, or 24 times if it was Wednesday." In his Reddit AMA, Hilborn shared that the tics in his performance were intentional, but there were times when they become real. "Now I just think about who else is kissing her. Hilborn also shared the fact that the girl from the poem was indeed present when he performed it in front of a big audience. Listen to Hilborn's full poem below.
21 Best Comic Book Artists from Comic-Con: A Designer Guide The world’s largest comic book convention has some secrets that are practically unknown to lovers of graphic design and illustration. San Diego Comic-Con International is famous, as well as feared and loathed, for its lengthy lines of lemmings endlessly waiting to get into mammoth show biz hype-fests that are usually available to the whole world on YouTube within hours. But what gets all the press is just a piddling part of the Con experience, quality-wise. So here are some suggestions on how to indulge and immerse yourself in visual culture, free of Hollywood hassle: 1. 1b. 2. 3. Stray Toasters © 2015 Bill Sienkiewicz My Print colleague Rich Shivener has already given you a sampling of the wealth of knowledge and experience to be had at Comic-Con: just read his interviews with Mouse Guard’s David Petersen, the Cartoon Network’s Kassandra Heller, super-heroics illustrator Taylor Sterling, and web comics’ Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson. All photos © M Dooley Frank Forte Eliza Frye Ed Luce
Explore, Play, Discover: Websites, Activities & More Search form Search Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious. Science of Cooking • Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and Webcasts.PreviousNext Explore, Play, Discover: Websites, Activities, and More Auroras: Paintings in the Sky Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Feeling Pressured Feel atmospheric pressure changes by stepping into a garbage bag. Camera Obscura Take the Beat Back Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments. The Cold Water Candy Test Science of Baseball What's the science behind a home run? Arctic Seals These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice Plant Hybrids If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers. 2016 Total Solar Eclipse Telescope View Watch the telescope view of the entire 2016 total solar eclipse in Micronesia. Energy from Death Slinky in Hand Make waves without getting wet. Cheshire Cat Pages explore Connect
The Complete Guide To All Those Terrible 'Social Media is Making Us Lonelier' Videos Social media, cell phones and modern technology are destroying our social lives, making us so very lonely and – ironically enough for a “jacked in” generation – disconnected. That’s the line you’re going to keep hearing from a very special kind of pretentious person who likes to lecture you about how they’re not one of those stupid sheeple who stare at their glowing screens like slack-jawed consumerist robots, sacrificing their precious and limited lives on the altar of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. While this message can be shared via any medium – from obnoxious status updates about how they’re “going off the grid” to vaguely-scientific claims about how social media impacts peer-group interaction – it’s at its worst when it comes in the form of a preachy, irony-blind viral video that couldn’t have conceivably succeeded without a swarm of uncritical social media users to share it for them. Can We Auto-Correct Humanity? 1,128,695 Views 1,500 Comments 16,551 Likes Look Up 46,961,007 Views
Superhero Tee Shirts Fråga jourhavande geolog Jourhavande geolog svara också på frågor om Sveriges berggrund och geologiska utveckling, om jordklotets uppbyggnad och utveckling, plattektonik, kontinentaldrift, vulkaner, jordbävningar och bergskedjebildning. Har jag hittat en meteorit? Museet får varje år in många frågor om och bilder på förmodade meteoriter från allmänheten. Riktiga meteoriter är dock väldigt sällsynta, och hittills har ingen av dessa många misstänkta fynd visat sig vara en riktig meteorit, inte ens när någon påstås ha observerat hur den föll ned. Det hindrar inte att man kan höra av sig via e-post till Jourhavande geolog om man har en misstänkt meteorit, den kan ju faktiskt vara äkta. Innan du skickar din fråga, titta gärna på följande sidorna Hur känner man igen en meteorit? Ställ din fråga För att ställa en fråga till Jourhavande geolog fyller du i frågeformuläret här nedan. Frågor markerade med röd asterisk (*) är obligatoriska och måste vara ifyllda.
Animated interview with Tom Waits / Boing Boing Rage Against the Machine bassist apologizes for Limp Bizkit Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford: “I do apologize for Limp Bizkit. I really do. The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" (1964) The beautiful 1964 promotional film for The Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun,” a truly timeless number that the band recorded in just one take. Win free tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco! Want free VIP tickets to Boing Boing’s favorite annual music event, the Treasure Island Music Festival taking place on the San Francisco Bay, October 17-18? Get This Complete Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit For 85% Off Whether you’re already a Pi addict or tempted by what you’ve heard, this bundle has everything you need to get going with the next generation of Raspberry Pi exploration. Receive a Mystery Box of Geek & Gamer Gear Each Month With Loot Crate Loot Crate is the first ever subscription service for those that live and breathe the geek and gaming lifestyle.
My Superhero Tee Shirts projects for Exclusively online Formal Verification is the process of rigorously analyzing software to detect flaws that make programs vulnerable to exploitation. Performing this analysis requires highly skilled engineers with extensive training and experience. This makes the verification process costly and relatively slow. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program is interested in improving and advancing the current processes of formal verification by significantly increasing the number of people working on formal verification projects at any given time through crowd-sourcing. CSFV augments the intensive work done by formal verification experts by greatly decreasing the skill required to do formal verification. Much of the work required in the process of formal verification can be automated. CSFV seeks to add more human expertise to the process of formal verification through fun and engaging video games. The five teams involved in the project include: