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Disclosure: I have a prior professional relationship with Amanda Palmer as an editor for her graphic novel Evelyn, Evelyn. Amanda Palmer is easy to hate . She’s loud.
f all the ideas mentioned in President Obama's State of the Union address last week , one that stood out against the rest was his mention of an ambitious plan to roadmap the entirety of the human brain — the mysterious, messy tangle of neurons and synapses firing between your ears this very second. "Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar," said Obama , referring to the decades-long Human Genome Project , a groundbreaking international effort to map our DNA, which this new project is being silhouetted against. "Today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer's. They're developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation."
Two days after I’d made the New Year’s resolution to quit Facebook, I realized how much the site had been messing with my mind. Holding hands with my son, walking down a gritty urban street in downtown Los Angeles, I suddenly stepped out of myself and observed the way my innocent, sun-kissed 6-year-old contrasted with the steely greys of the streetscape around us. I saw the construction, the hipsters strolling with their hip dogs, and thought, “I need to post this.” Not, “I need to take a picture of this,” but that I needed to share this experience with others. What had been a mother-son excursion to a downtown bookstore became fodder for an audience of hundreds.
Caitlin Moran may not yet be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but if her first book, the autobiographical How to Be a Woman is anywhere near as successful here as it was in Britain, that is sure to change soon.
At the risk of sounding immodest, I get a lot done. On any given day, I work, exercise, send and receive several hundred emails, and drive my kids, it seems, across the country and back.
by Maria Popova
by Maria Popova How to assess the believability of claims without succumbing to cynicism.
Fine-tuning the machinery of distinguishing the valid from the non-valid.
The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it.
Researchers have discovered that the seemingly erratic behavior of the "Rostov Ripper," a prolific serial killer active in the 1980s, conformed to the same mathematical pattern obeyed by earthquakes, avalanches, stock market crashes and many other sporadic events. The finding suggests an explanation for why serial killers kill. Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury, electrical engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles, modeled the behavior of Andrei Chikatilo, a gruesome murderer who took the lives of 53 people in Rostov, Russia between 1978 and 1990.
Include as much as you can on your round-the-world trip, like Victoria's Peak in Hong Kong. Buy a round-the-world ticket that uses one airline alliance Plan to be away for at least two months to make the most of the journey Research the weather conditions for the areas you want to visit the most (Lonely Planet) -- It's the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travelers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business.