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Scientists are finding that when it comes to nutrition, the mind and body are linked far more intimately than previously believed. Recent studies have found that eating unhealthy foods, especially those high in sugar and fat, contribute directly to the...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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A trio of new studies contradicts some long-held wisdom about what it means to start the day off right. Everything from popular weight loss regimes to federal "head start" programs, which offer free breakfast to some students, have held that breakfast...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Knitted penguins apparently make the best physics tutors.  While this photo was taken in jest, there is quite the market for introductory math and science texts geared toward 2-year-olds. Check out those linked books if you want your child's first...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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At what point does research and science stall due to the limitations of human capability? Think about how many research papers exist on any one particular subject -- say, the human genome or astrophysics. It would be impossible for one single researcher...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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An early feminist, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is best known as the author of the classic American children's novel, Little Women. The above quote is from her 1870 novel An Old-Fashioned Girl. "Women have been called queens for a long time, but the...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Are you saving enough for retirement? For a large cross-section of workers in their 50s, the answer is "no, not quite." As Walter Updegrave of The Wall Street Journal notes, most financial advisers would stress that at that point in their careers, middle-aged...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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As I’ve said before, technology reduces uncertainty. It does this primarily by speeding up processes, making what used to take days, weeks, or months take hours or minutes. With new methods of agriculture, we can grow crops in off-seasons, allowing...
From: Big Think | By: Jason Hreha | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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The post-Labor Day stretch is typically a busy one for hiring managers tasked with tapping new employees for the end of year. If you're not already on your prospective employer's radar by now, you've got some catching up to do. Karen Burns of The Seattle...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Maxims often beat maximization. Much in life isn’t quantifiable, much less numerically maximizable. It’s unwise to ignore that evolution fitted us for maxims, not math, to manage life’s complexities. 1. Since Galileo reiterated Plato’s faith...
From: Big Think | By: Jag Bhalla | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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You've no doubt heard all about Bitcoin. What do you know about Litecoin? How about Peercoin? Namecoin? Dogecoin? That's a lot of coins to remember. Ethan Lou of The Canadian Press, in an article cross-posted at The Huffington Post, discusses the rise...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Sleazy, ugly, and gross are all words that come to mind when the word sales comes up. The question is, why do we shy away from a process that is at the center of everything we do?  Sales, quite literally, is the economy—more sales equals a bigger...
From: Big Think | By: Vann Alexandra Daly | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Steve Jobs was famous for recognizing the limits of technology despite having the most successful technology company on the planet. In order for technology to inspire rather than solve mundane problems, said Jobs, it must be infused with the liberal...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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This photo was snapped by Walter Callens at Gobustan (sometimes written as "Quobustan") in Azerbaijan. His description: Settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains thousands of rock engravings spread over 100 square km depicting hunting scenes,...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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In what is now known in online poker circles as "Black Friday," the U.S. Department of Justice imposed a heavy crackdown on major online gambling sites on April 11, 2011. Since then, American internet gamblers have gotten creative in how they bypass...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Social networks have allowed billions of individuals to communicate and collaborate in a variety of ways while online technologies have helped business create frictionless purchases at the consumer and business-to-business levels. When these two capabilities...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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"When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don't know you think." -Beyoncé Knowles Photo credit: Noemi NuñezRead More...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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In a new book, two technologists paint a rosy portrait of our future, describing how cutting-edge technology could benefit large industry--as long as humans don't muck it up in the mean time, that is. Called "Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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This is probably the most recognizable map of the latter part of the 20th century. It's certainly the only one guaranteed to provoke outbursts of humming in viewers of a certain age. But where is the Ponderosa exactly?  Screen grab from Bonanza's opening...
From: Big Think | By: Frank Jacobs | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The amount of free stuff on the Internet is staggering. Before its invention, hardly anyone could have predicted so much information and so many services would be available for free. From newspaper content to language translations services, the Internet...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases 99% of which occur in the developing world. To put things in more perspective, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every...
From: Big Think | By: Teodora Zareva | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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We often think of power as a possession rather than a function of the relationship between people.  The problem with this formulation is that it gives the impression that the person with less power is stuck with the raw end of the stick, so to speak. ...
From: Big Think | By: Kathleen Kelley Reardon | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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It has been amusing listening to the religious right’s argument that marriage must be between a man and woman for one simple reason: the institution itself has been crumbling for decades. This is not to discourage monogamy or the attempt at commitment....
From: Big Think | By: Derek Beres | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The above photo was taken by the Stockholm Police on August 26, 1973, the fourth day of a highly televised bank robbery turned hostage crisis. On August 23, Jan-Erik Olsson held up a bank located at Norrmalmstorg in central Stockholm. The resulting police...
From: Big Think | By: Robert Montenegro | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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While money can't ultimately buy happiness, it does provide us with little bursts of good feeling, and the duration of that good feeling can vary depending on what kind of purchases we make. A study out of Cornell University recently concluded that spending...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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"We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat." -Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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To-do lists have long been a tool for keeping track of important tasks and increasing productivity, but in our more fluid lives and workplaces, the to-do list may have outlived its usefulness. Given the number of interruptions we now face--from email...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The technology many of us use to stay in touch with friends is poorly suited to creating meaningful debate and discussion, argues a new study which examined how revelations of widespread NSA media surveillance played out on Twitter and Facebook. Conducted...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Of all the standard myths and accepted truths of the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, the idea of the “Romantic” Beethoven—the embodiment of Germanic sturm und drang and 19th century revolution—clings the most. In a massive new biography,...
From: Big Think | By: Bob Duggan | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Enhancing your brain's cognitive abilities is assumed to mean getting more out of it, like feeding more electricity into a motor so it will run faster. The stereotype has been popularized by films like Lucy, based on the false premise that humans only...
From: Big Think | By: Orion D. Jones | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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