Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture

Given all the faces you see glued to computers, tablets, and cell phones, you might think that people watch much less television than they used to. You would be wrong. According to Nielsen, Americans on average consume nearly five hours of TV every day, a number that has actually gone up since the 1990s. ThatContinue reading “Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture”

Advanced ‘artificial skin’ senses touch, humidity, and temperature

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology scientists have discovered how to make a new kind of flexible sensor that one day could be integrated into “electronic skin” (e-skin) — a covering for prosthetic limbs that would allow patients to feel touch, humidity, and temperature. Current kinds of e-skin detect only touch, but the Technion team’s invention “canContinue reading “Advanced ‘artificial skin’ senses touch, humidity, and temperature”

What 3 decades of research tells us about whether brutally violent video games lead to mass shootings

It was one of the most brutal video games imaginable—players used cars to murder people in broad daylight. Parents were outraged, and behavioral experts warned of real-world carnage. “In this game a player takes the first step to creating violence,” a psychologist from the National Safety Council told the New York Times. “And I shudderContinue reading “What 3 decades of research tells us about whether brutally violent video games lead to mass shootings”

Why music makes our brain sing

By ROBERT J. ZATORRE and VALORIE N. SALIMPOOR Published: June 7, 2013 Music is not tangible. You can’t eat it, drink it or mate with it. It doesn’t protect against the rain, wind or cold. It doesn’t vanquish predators or mend broken bones. And yet humans have always prized music — or well beyond prized,Continue reading “Why music makes our brain sing”

How Mom Julie Deane used Google to build a global fashion brand

Julie Deane founded Cambridge Satchel Company in her kitchen in 2008, with her mom at her side. “It’s one of those business that was started out of necessity because I needed to make school fees for my daughter, who was being bullied at school,” says Deane. “I made a promise to her that I wouldContinue reading “How Mom Julie Deane used Google to build a global fashion brand”

Stockbroker Shaun “English Shaun” Attwood: “I used my stock market millions to throw raves and sell drugs.”

Think of drug lords in America, and it’s likely that you’ll think of emotionally erratic men with harems of coked-up megababes on big yachts in Miami. Or, if you watch a lot of DVD box sets, terminally ill chemistry teachers or Idris Elba. One cliche that probably won’t spring to mind is a polite, educatedContinue reading “Stockbroker Shaun “English Shaun” Attwood: “I used my stock market millions to throw raves and sell drugs.””

Origin of the myth that we only use 10% of our brains

The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations. It’s the wellspring of all human feelings, behaviors, experiences as well as the repository of memory and self-awareness. So it’s no surprise that the brain remains a mystery unto itself.Continue reading “Origin of the myth that we only use 10% of our brains”

Peak Phosphorus and Food Production

  Investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO recently published a startlingly depressing outlook for the future of humanity.  Grantham thinks the number of people on Earth has finally and permanently outstripped the planet’s ability to support us. Grantham believes that the planet can only sustainably support about 1.5 billion humans, versus the 7 billion on EarthContinue reading “Peak Phosphorus and Food Production”

Anti-computer virus software pioneer John McAfee wanted for murder in Belize

  Police in Belize want to question U.S. anti-computer virus software pioneer John McAfee in connection with the murder of a neighbor he had been quarrelling with, but they say he remains a person of interest at this time and is not a suspect. McAfee, who invented the anti-virus software that bears his name, hasContinue reading “Anti-computer virus software pioneer John McAfee wanted for murder in Belize”