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  • Report: 46% of social casino gaming revenue is mobile

    IAB SmartBrief
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Nearly half of all social casino game revenues globally now originate from mobile devices, according to a report by market an -More- 
  • 18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island

    WIRED » Science
    Greg Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Glen McLaughlin wandered into a London map shop in 1971 and discovered something strange. On a map from 1663 he noticed something he'd never seen before: California was floating like a big green carrot, untethered to the west coast of North America. He bought the map and hung it in his entryway, where it quickly became a conversation piece. It soon grew into an obsession. McLaughlin began to collect other maps showing California as an island.
  • Week of observances

    The Big Picture
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Religious ceremonies, some solemn, some joyous, took place around the world this week. Holy Week is observed by many different Christians before Easter. The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated for a week, and the New Year festivals of Vaisakhi and Thinhyan were also observed. --Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total) An Indian Sikh pilgrim parades on April 13 in Bobigny, near Paris, during celebrations for Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa (Sikh community) by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty…
  • Smiley Face Screws

    Toxel.com
    Toxel.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Creative screws designed by Japanese studio Yuma Kano spread joy and bring smiles to the faces of anyone who sees them. Manufactured by Komuro Seisakusho screw factory in East Osaka, Japan. Screw :) Also check out: Facepots and 3D Portraits Made of Screws
  • Biker Offers Getaway Ride To Thief, Drops Him Off At Police Station

    BuzzFeed - Latest
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    A story in two GIFs. Step one: bike drives into police station. Via youtube.com Step two: man gets off bike, is arrested. Via youtube.com According to Guangxi News Network, the suspect snatched a woman's purse in a town near Beihai on 12 April. The 29-year-old biker heard about the theft and followed the suspect into a parking lot, where he offered him a ride. Upon arrival at the station he quickly warned the policemen, who closed the gates on the culprit. youtube.com
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    The Big Picture

  • Week of observances

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Religious ceremonies, some solemn, some joyous, took place around the world this week. Holy Week is observed by many different Christians before Easter. The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated for a week, and the New Year festivals of Vaisakhi and Thinhyan were also observed. --Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total) An Indian Sikh pilgrim parades on April 13 in Bobigny, near Paris, during celebrations for Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa (Sikh community) by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty…
  • Boston Marathon bombings: One year later

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    On a windy and rainy day in Boston, the city marked a year since the attack at the Marathon. Two homemade bombs killed three and injured more than 250 people near the finish line last year. Symbolic events took place today culminating with a flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence. --Lloyd Young (20 photos total) Meaghan Melly, center, was not able to finish the Boston Marathon last year due to the bombings, she plans to run and finish it next week with her father. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)
  • Scenes from the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    The 78th Masters Tournament started on April 10 among the colorful flora of the Augusta National Golf Club. The well-kept grounds of the course make a great backdrop for photographing the sport, and the good weather helps with interesting shadows and warm sunlight. --Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total) Stewart Cink of the United States hits his second shot on the second hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10 in Augusta, Georgia. (Harry How/Getty Images)
  • Survival in the Amazon

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Many indigenous groups, including the Huni Kui, Ashaninka, and Madija, live in villages in the Brazilian rainforest near the border with Peru. Over the past three years, the Ashaninka and Madija say that they have seen more and more incursions on their territory from uncontacted tribes, defined by Survival International as groups who have no peaceful contact with mainstream society. The "Bravos," or "Braves," as uncontacted Indians are called in the region, carry out raids on other villages, putting the communities along the Envira River on permanent alert. Leaders of the Ashaninka tribe have…
  • The Rwandan Genocide: 20 years later

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where at least 800,000 people - mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus - died at the hands of Hutu extremists. As survivors of the genocide recounted their memories of the killings and of survival, several people were overcome with grief, screaming and crying uncontrollably with medical staff helping to carry them out and to provide counseling. Official mourning, which began three months ago with a flame of remembrance touring towns and villages across the nation, culminated Monday with the arrival of the torch at the national…
 
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    Toxel.com

  • Smiley Face Screws

    Toxel.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Creative screws designed by Japanese studio Yuma Kano spread joy and bring smiles to the faces of anyone who sees them. Manufactured by Komuro Seisakusho screw factory in East Osaka, Japan. Screw :) Also check out: Facepots and 3D Portraits Made of Screws
  • Mermaids in Real World

    Toxel.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Unique photo series by London based photographer Hana Vojakova shows mermaids living among people in the real world. Beautiful mythical creatures photographed in modern real world locations. Also check out: Real Angry Birds and People Look Like Fish
  • 3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells

    Toxel.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Miniature houses designed and 3D printed by Japanese artist Aki Inomata are occupied by hermit crabs. Transparent shelters for hermit crabs were inspired by architecture from all over the world. The interior resembles the inside of a real seashell. Also check out: 3D Printed Sugar and Birdhouse for your Roof
  • Glass Tree House

    Toxel.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Beautiful house designed by A.Masow will be constructed around a large tree in the mountains of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Transparent house in the forest offers breathtaking views of the landscape. Glass Tree House with spiral staircase, kitchen, and modern bathroom. Tree in the House Also check out: Pyramid House and Modern Office in the Forest
  • Wooden Vespa

    Toxel.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Beautiful scooter handcrafted out of wood by talented Portuguese carpenter Carlos Alberto for his daughter Daniela. Unique wooden scooter looks and functions like the iconic Vespa Scooter. Also check out: Wooden Bicycle and Wooden Watches
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  • Biker Offers Getaway Ride To Thief, Drops Him Off At Police Station

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    A story in two GIFs. Step one: bike drives into police station. Via youtube.com Step two: man gets off bike, is arrested. Via youtube.com According to Guangxi News Network, the suspect snatched a woman's purse in a town near Beihai on 12 April. The 29-year-old biker heard about the theft and followed the suspect into a parking lot, where he offered him a ride. Upon arrival at the station he quickly warned the policemen, who closed the gates on the culprit. youtube.com
  • The 27 Cutest Easter Things To Ever Happen

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Chicks and bunnies and bunnified kittens, oh my! This little dude who is eager to show off his new rabbit buddy with everyone. imgur.com This bunny and kitten who only get closer during Easter festivities. imgur.com This gal who doesn't mind looking a little silly when she can look this cute doin' it. Flickr: 9511824@N05 GAH and this bunny and kitten duo. imgur.com View Entire List ›
  • 18 Curly Girl Hair Care Hacks

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Curl Power. Know Your Curl Type Different patterns and types of curls require different styling and maintenance routines. If you're not sure which type you have, there's a quiz for that! Trivia: These curl classifications were defined by Andre Walker, Emmy-award winning stylist for Oprah! ninafashionlife.wordpress.com mydaily.co.uk Trade your Towel for a T-Shirt Drying your hair with a T-Shirt will greatly reduce frizz and breakage after washing. Since shirts aren't as absorbent, gently squeeze your hair out before drying but never twist it. michellephan.com View Entire List…
  • Dead Body Discovered During Tennessee Easter Egg Hunt

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The homeowner had been complaining of a foul odor for days, but didn’t discover the body until she set up an Easter egg hunt for her 4-year-old. A Knoxville, Tenn., Easter egg hunt turned grisly when a woman discovered a dead body, WBIR reports. wbir.com The woman, who has not been identified, was having an Easter egg hunt with her 4-year-old when she discovered the body of a fully-clothed man under her porch. wbir.com The homeowner had complained for days of a foul odor near her home, she told police, and even tried to find the source of the smell a few times, with no luck. She even…
  • These Elaborate Vines Of A Weed-Smoking Cheeseburger Will Make Every Day Feel Like 4/20

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Everybody must get stoned — even the cheeseburgers. Meet 420 Burger, an awesomely bizarre Vine series that follows the mega chill hijinks of a pot-loving sandwich. vine.co Adult Swim video producer Ellen Burke is the brains behind the operation; the 24-year-old started making the videos in February after being inspired by her own drawing of a cheeseburger on a surfboard. "I really wanted to turn that drawing into a video so I stitched together some felt into a cheeseburger, complete with fake sesame seeds, and started shooting clips," Burke told BuzzFeed. vine.co Popular Viners Nick…
 
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  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
  • Five More Freaks Event Opportunities

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time. Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of…
 
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    Discovery News

  • Improbable Resurrections: 5 Real Cases

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    In celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Christ, here are some stories of people being revived against all odds, including from rabies, coma, catatonic states and brain-eating amoebas.
  • DNews: Can We Grow Plants on Mars?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Last year, NASA announced that they had found water on Mars. This posed a question to scientists: Could we grow plants in the soil of Mars? Trace explains what is necessary to grow crops on Earth, and if Mars is able to sustain life.
  • DNews: Why People Believe Jesus Had a Wife

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    It was recently announced that an ancient text claiming that Jesus had a wife was not forged. Ross Everett joins DNews to report on this new finding, and what discuss if it means anything to religion as we know it.
  • Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Apr 20)

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tech does double duty this week, as we look at floating gardens that clean rivers, houses that produce oxygen and drones that create a Wi-Fi network.
  • What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Easter Sunday is a religious holiday to some and a family holiday for others, but how did the bunny get involved?
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • 5 Ways To Cope With Workplace Stress

    Jo Casey
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Workplace stress happens to the best of us. Even if you love your job, there are going to be days where you are likely to feel overwhelmed, overwrought or just plain stressed out. Things won’t always go your way. People won’t always deliver things to you on time, or do things the way that you’d want them to. Deadlines get moved, pressure gets ramped up and clients can be a nightmare. The more importance you put on your work, the more stressful it can become. But that doesn’t mean you should start slacking and not putting so much into what you do – well, not really. Think about it…
  • What’s In Your Web?

    Brad Apling
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Think all spiders are basically slackers just waiting around for home food delivery? Stop and look closer. Sure, some of them may not have any ‘gusto’, but the more industrious ones are driven to succeed. You’ll find not just one web but two, three or even four of them ready for the catch of the day. One might be larger (for the big hauls) and the others will be smaller (hey, snacks can be a meal!), but they are set up and ready. Pretty smart thinking on the spider’s part. Different size webs, kept within a defined area that was manageable. Think about it. You wouldn’t find a crab…
  • How to Stop Black-and-White Thinking from Destroying Your Life

    Adelina Moisan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    “Black” or “white”, “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “smart” or “stupid”, “strong” or “weak”. Do you live your life in black and white terms? Is your mood in constant fluctuation, going from great to depressed in under one minute? Many people suffer from this black-and-white thinking pattern, which is greatly influenced by their childhood and earlier experiences. The all or nothing type of thinking can seriously damage your sense of self, well-being, happiness, and relationships. How do I know? Because I am a recovering black-and-white thinker. I,…
  • Five Tough Spring Cleaning Projects and How to Tackle Them

    Hannah Whittenly
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    When the birds return and the grass starts turning green, we want to fling open windows and set to scrubbing the house down from top to bottom to match the fresh new season outside. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it can be made easy, too! (Permanently) Foggy Glass Shower Doors No, it’s not the remnants of your steamy shower. It’s a winter’s worth of soap scum built up on your once crystal clear doors. There are two solutions that can get those doors looking pristine again. The first is to use white vinegar in a spray bottle or to use a soap scum removal product…
  • Happy and Healthy Marriage – Your Wife Might be More Upset Than You Think

    Erika Remmington
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Marriage isn’t always easy. That’s a fact. Relationships take work. We all know that. What we may not know is how to do the work or when there’s nothing left to be done. There are things you can do to improve your union in an attempt to preserve it, as well as to have a happy and healthy marriage. Start with these suggestions. Be Self-Centered That’s right. Focus on yourself. See what you can do to make things better and to promote change in your relationship. We can’t make other people change. Figure out what tangible steps you can take toward improving…
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    Lifehacker

  • QuickClick Customizes Volume Button Actions, No Root Required

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Android: With touch screen smartphones, volume buttons are among the few physical keys you can press. QuickClick makes it easy to put them to use for more than volume control.Read more...
  • Weekend Deals: Blu-rays, Games, Anime, and David Attenborough

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kotaku, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sorry you didn't find the golden egg in today's hunt. Here are a whole bunch of deals pulled from our five Twitter accounts to cheer you up. While you're here, you may as well follow them too.Read more...
  • Engage in Creative Tasks Outside Work to Boost Job Performance

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Creative work is not only best for bad moods , but doing creative activities outside of the office can boost your on-the-job performance, says a new study by psychologist Kevin Eschleman of San Francisco State University.Read more...
  • Five Best Text Editors

    Alan Henry
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you're a developer or a writer, a good text editor is a must-have on any computer, in any operating system. The humble text editor is great for managing code, writing down quick notes, or just as a distraction-free writing tool. This week, we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Read more...
  • Writebox Is a Minimalistic Notepad That Syncs With Dropbox

    Mihir Patkar
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Web/Chrome/iOS/Android: Looking for a plain text editor that works in your browser and on your phone, while syncing with Dropbox or Google Drive? Meet Writebox!Read more...
 
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    MAKE

  • Underwater ROV at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Martin Evans builds underwater ROV’s and he brought three different type of ROV here to the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire and I took the opportunity to talk to Martin about his builds.Read more on MAKE
  • Making stuff with SplatForm at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    I talked to Evan Lind—the inventor of SplatForm, a new free-form social toy system—about it, and what it's actually supposed to be for, and how he came up with the idea in the first place.Read more on MAKE
  • The Edinburgh Tool Library at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    You can't own every tool, and even if you're lucky enough to be a member of a hackspace or makerspace, you can't take them home if they do. Which is where the Edinburgh Tool Library comes in, it's a new charity that not only wants to lend you tools, but teach you how to use them.Read more on MAKE
  • What should I see at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire?

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    I caught up with Maaroof Fakhri—one of the organisers' of today mini Maker Faire and asked him what you should see if you're coming to the faire.Read more on MAKE
  • Wall-E the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Dale Wood—a maker from Zimbabwe that now lives here in Scotland—has built a life-sized replica of Disney's WALL-E robot and it's on display at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire.Read more on MAKE
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    Mashable

  • Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dead at 76

    Josh Dickey
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer imprisoned 19 years for a crime he did not commit and whose plight became a rallying point for racial inequality — as well as a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington — has died. He was 76. Carter died in Toronto after a long battle with prostate cancer, the Associated Press reported. See also: Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' Interactive Video Mimics TV Surfing Carter was convicted in 1967 of three murders at a bar in his native New Jersey, and again at a 1976 retrial. After years of appeals, court battles and public outcry,…
  • Glenn Greenwald: Pulitzer May Help Change Public Perception of NSA Leaks

    Seth Fiegerman
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Glenn Greenwald was eating lunch on Monday, trying not to focus on the fact that the most high-profile journalism award in the U.S. was moments away from being announced "I didn't want to pay too much attention to it or follow it too closely," Greenwald told Brian Stelter during an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources. "But I had my phone on the table. I knew that the hour was upon us." At 3 p.m. ET, the news broke: The Guardian, Greenwald's previous employer, and The Washington Post had won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on NSA surveillance based…
  • Malaysia Discusses Financial Support for MH370 Family Members

    Chelsea Stark
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    A Malaysian government official met with family members of passengers who were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to discuss ways to offer them financial assistance. Nearly a month and a half has passed since the Boeing 777-200 plane disappeared over the Indian Ocean during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with relatives in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, and asked them to submit a plan for consideration, according to the Associated Press. Zainuddin added that a fund could be set up by Malaysia Airlines or the Malaysian government.
  • Job Searching? 500+ Openings in IT, Web Design and More

    Emily Chow
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking for a new job? The Mashable Job Board is the place to search. With over 3,000 employers, we have a wide variety of top companies seeking talented people to fill their job openings Every week, we highlight recently posted job openings. This week, check out these ten listings in IT, engineering and web design Visit the Mashable Job Board daily for more job openings in different industries, and be sure to read our Job Search Series to find career-changing tips. Position: Web DesignerCompany: CrowdSurgeLocation: New York, N.Y. The Web Designer will join CrowdSurge’s team of…
  • Must Reads: The AIM We Never Knew, Vacation in Chernobyl and More

    Megan Hess
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here). Read more... The Rise and…
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 18-04-2014

    vaughanbell
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired has a fascinating interview with psychopath researcher Kent Kiehl. He of the mobile brain scanner. Scanning brain energy could help predict who will wake from vegetative state. Interesting piece on preliminary research covered by The Conversation Contrary to news stories, a recent study did not tell us that smoking weed damages your brain, reports The Daily Beast. Gay genes? Yeah, but no, well kind of… but, so what? Excellent piece from Wiring the Brain. You guys all read Wiring the Brain right? The Association for Psychological…
  • Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains

    vaughanbell
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could be a bit alarming, especially if you are an artist, because that’s actually a map of a mouse brain. Whether artists have ‘different brains’ or not, in any meaningful sense, is perhaps slightly…
  • It’s your own time you’re wasting

    vaughanbell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) at the union’s annual conference narrowly voted for a motion calling for training materials and policies on applying neuroscience to education and for further research on how…
  • The biases of pop psychology

    vaughanbell
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    I just found this great piece at Scientific American that makes a fascinating point about how pop psychology books that inform us about our biases tend not to inform us about our most important bias – the effect of making things into stories – despite the fact that they rely on it to get their message across The piece starts by quoting economist Tyler Cowen: “There’s the Nudge book, the Sway book, the Blink book… [they are] all about the ways in which we screw up. And there are so many ways, but what I find interesting is that none of these books identify what, to me, is…
  • Spike activity 11-04-2014

    vaughanbell
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Things I’ve learned since being sectioned. Good piece on the appropriately named Sectioned blog. The New York Times covers the latest in rising fads in proposed psychiatric diagnoses: sluggish cognitive tempo. Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon. Neuroskeptic discusses critiques of fMRI. Slate has a eulogy to a man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal through scientific studies where he was known as ‘KC’ – now known to be Kent Cochrane. Suspect in the disturbingly weird ‘selling…
 
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    Neuromarketing

  • The Most Persuasive Website in the World and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    It’s that time again, and we’ve got a diverse set of reading from around the web. Please share your own great find in a comment! Need more exposure? Austen Allred (@AustenAllred) tells you how in The Hacker’s Guide to Getting Press . This is a long, detailed post that could easily be turned into an ebook [...]
  • Why You Are a Complete Idiot If You Don’t Google Yourself

    Roger Dooley
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    The other day, I read a story at Fast Company titled Why You Should Google Yourself And Not Feel Guilty About It. I agreed with the reasoning of the author, Lindsay Lavine (@lindsaylavine), but was slightly puzzled by the “guilty” part. The headline was underscored by the opening sentence, “Admit it. You’ve Googled yourself, and [...]
  • Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal

    Roger Dooley
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Book Review: Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal In these days of heavy business books laden with theory, we still encounter a few that are short, action-oriented, and eminently practical. Andy Beal’s Repped is one such book. Beal offers readers a 30-day program to evaluate a company or individual’s online [...]
  • Killer Headlines: 3 Must-Read Posts, and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Here’s the best content we found this week! Want to help thousands of fellow readers? Share your own great find in a comment! 3 Ways To Create Killer Headlines Email is still the most reliable and effective way to reach your customers or prospects, but most emails don’t get opened. Even when they do get [...]
  • The Popcorn Effect: When Do Brand Ads Fail?

    John Carvalho
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Guest post by John Carvalho Neuromarketing readers are likely to be familiar with the idea of fluency, and its importance in how we target, craft, and deliver marketing messages that resonate with our audiences. Recall that human brains are wired to prefer things that are simple for us to process and we prefer that which [...]
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    Newswise: Latest News

  • Cancer Stem Cells Linked to Drug Resistance

    University of California, San Diego Health Sciences
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a biomarker called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.
  • "Chaperone" Compounds Offer New Approach to Alzheimer's Treatment

    Columbia University Medical Center
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), Weill Cornell Medical College, and Brandeis University has devised a wholly new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease involving the so-called retromer protein complex. Retromer plays a vital role in neurons, steering amyloid precursor protein (APP) away from a region of the cell where APP is cleaved, creating the potentially toxic byproduct amyloid-beta, which is thought to contribute to the development of Alzheimer's.
  • Study of Gut Microbes, Antibiotics Offers Clues to Improving Immunity in Premature Babies

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs--germs that help to kick-start the infant's immune system. But antibiotics, used to fight bacterial infection, may paradoxically interrupt a newborn's own immune responses.
  • University of Chicago Institute of Politics to Host Al Gore, Sens. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum

    University of Chicago
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Rick Santorum will visit the University of Chicago in the coming weeks as part of the Institute of Politics' spring speaker series. Although the talks are sold out, each can be viewed via webcast at UChicago Live.
  • Counterfeit Contraceptives Found in South America

    Georgia Institute of Technology
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.
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  • Scores Dead in Pakistani Bus Accident

    By ZIA ur-REHMAN and SALMAN MASOOD
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    At least 42 people, including 13 children, were killed after a bus collided with a trailer truck in southern Pakistan in one of the nation’s worst traffic accidents in years, officials said.
  • ArtsBeat: Another Faithful Hit for Hollywood: ‘Heaven Is for Real’

    By BROOKS BARNES
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    That film became Hollywood’s fourth overtly faith-based hit of the year over the Easter weekend, taking in an estimated $21.5 million at North American theaters.
  • Fractured State of Pakistani Taliban Calls Peace Deal Into Question

    By DECLAN WALSH
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Infighting between commanders appears to be impeding talks with government negotiators, and recent bombings raise the possibility that the very idea of making peace has divided the Taliban.
  • Two Children Die in Queens Fire

    By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS and J. DAVID GOODMAN
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The house fire late Saturday in Far Rockaway, which killed two 4-year-old half siblings and injured three other people, may have started when a child was playing with a lighter, the police said.
  • Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Boxer Wrongly Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76

    By SELWYN RAAB
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Mr. Carter, a ferocious, crowd-pleasing prizefighter, became an international cause célèbre after being convicted in New Jersey of murder and imprisoned for 19 years before the charges were dismissed.
 
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  • Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

    Josh Constine
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
     Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that's why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn't mean we're comfortable doing it on Facebook. Read More
  • In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?

    Semil Shah
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
     This past week, conflicting reports about Nike leaked, suggesting either big changes or outright abandonment of its high-profile Fuelband line. For those focused on the intersection of digital health, wellness, mobile startups, and wearable technologies, a move by Nike, one of the world’s most iconic brands and visible companies, will be examined under the microscope. With the news swirling… Read More
  • The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

    Anthony Ha
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
     Here's a random tidbit about the Misfit Shine, the activity tracking device from Misfit Wearables. I ran into CEO Sonny Vu about a week ago, and when he pulled a Misfit Shine out of his bag, he pointed out something that no one seems to have noticed. Or if they noticed it, they didn't say anything about it online. Read More
  • The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

    Natasha Lomas
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
     There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own -- rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there's a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it's possible to print a physical object at the click of a button. Read More
  • Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

    Mike Butcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
     What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More
 
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  • NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on moon's surface

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.
  • Immune cells to be tested on the International Space Station

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The human body is fine-tuned to Earth's gravity. Scientists are now conducting an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study whether this also applies to human cells. We know the effect of gravity on muscles, bones and joints inside out; it has been studied extensively in medicine for centuries. For a long time, however, exactly how gravity affects the cells remained a mystery.
  • SpaceX-3 launches science cargo to International Space Station

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft full of NASA cargo, experiments and equipment blazed into orbit Friday, April 18, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station will unload the supplies after the Dragon arrives at the orbiting research laboratory.
  • Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.
  • Treating depression in Parkinson's Disease patients: New research

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Interesting new information has been found from a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease. The study, which assessed cognitive function in depressed and non-depressed patients with PD, found that the dopamine replacement therapy commonly used to treat motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease was associated with a decline in cognitive performance among depressed Parkinson patients.
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  • These Are Some of the Oldest Living Things on Earth

    Greg Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Animals sometimes sleep inside the hollows of giant 2,000-year old baobab trees inside Kruger Game Preserve in South Africa. Humans too, sometimes use the trees, for more dubious purposes -- a jail, a toilet, a pop-up bar -- as photographer Rachel Sussman discovered when she toured the park to photograph the trees for her new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World.
  • 18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island

    Greg Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Glen McLaughlin wandered into a London map shop in 1971 and discovered something strange. On a map from 1663 he noticed something he'd never seen before: California was floating like a big green carrot, untethered to the west coast of North America. He bought the map and hung it in his entryway, where it quickly became a conversation piece. It soon grew into an obsession. McLaughlin began to collect other maps showing California as an island.
  • Absurd Creature of the Week: World’s Most Badass Ant Skydives, Uses Own Head as a Shield

    Matt Simon
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.
  • Science Graphic of the Week: 5.3 Million Years of Sea Level Change on One Cliff Face

    Brandon Keim
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    It's not often that we think about deep time. Lucky to live for a century, humans flitter like mayflies across Earth's surface, our own epoch an eyeblink in a planetary history that's largely hidden from everyday consciousness. Every now and then, though, that history punches right through into the present.
  • New Exoplanet Could Be Earth’s Cousin — Or Something Totally Alien

    Adam Mann
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Astronomers are one step closer to discovering Earth Two. They have found an exoplanet slightly larger than our own, orbiting a star at a distance where it could have liquid water on its surface.
 
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  • Is This Mindfulness Thing Working?

    George Hofmann
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    I haven’t been mindful at all lately. I chewed up my daughter’s Elmo fork in the garbage disposal. I keep making trips to the basement for things I forgot to get the last time I was down there. I drove off with my lunch bag containing my phone, wallet, and lunch sitting on the roof of the car. It seems I spend a half hour each day meditating and the rest of the day overlooking things. Meditating is difficult and often boring work. At times it can be very unsettling. So why do I bother? My wife has made me think about this often. I met her years after I began meditating, well after the…
  • Ambush Firing: Is it Illegal?

    Sophie Henshaw, DPsych
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Large corporations have a strategy to get you fired once you’ve been bullied in the workplace. It’s transparent to anyone who cares to look, but the company would rather keep it a secret. It’s called “ambush firing.” What happens first is the target gets bullied. It usually takes several months for him to notice he is being bullied. Thereafter, the target continues to tolerate the bullying for a few months more. Being a resilient, conscientious and competent employee, this time frame could be upwards of six months; 23 months on average according to the research. Once targets have…
  • The Pathological Potential of the Prep Pad

    Katherine Schreiber
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    New York Times health columnist Catherine Saint Louis recently covered the many upsides of a spanking new food analyzing device called the Prep Pad. In addition to weighing just how much food you’re about to consume, this unassuming 9-inch-by-6.25 gadget syncs easily with an iPad (generation 3 or higher) to tabulate the grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat whatever edible hits its scale has to offer — along with the total number of calories these macronutirients add up to. Exciting as this may be for well-meaning dieters and family food planners trying their best to be…
  • 7 Tips to Help Adults with ADHD Stay Organized

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Often the hardest part of organization for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t getting organized, it’s staying organized, write Abigail Levrini, Ph.D, and Frances Prevatt, Ph.D, in their book Succeeding with Adult ADHD: Daily Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life. Staying organized requires daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. That’s because you’ll naturally amass more paperwork, you’ll get more mail every day, your clothes will get dirty, and you’ll need to put away your groceries, among other things. As such,…
  • The Cost & Solutions to Stress and Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Graeme Cowan

    Therese J. Borchard
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The direct cost of depression to the United States in terms of lost time at work is estimated at 172 million days yearly. According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Australian Graeme Cowan, who experienced a horrific five-year mental breakdown, published a report on this topic called, “The Elephant in the Boardroom: Getting Mentally Fit For Work.” A former Joint Managing Director with the management consultancy AT Kearney, Cowan now works with leadership teams to help them create Thriving Tribes that focus…
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