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A Mexican Physicist Solved a 2,000-Year Old Problem That Will Lead to Cheaper, Sharper Lenses

It’s a problem that plagues even the priciest of lenses, manufactured to the most exacting specifications: the center of the frame might be razor-sharp, but the corners and edges always look a little soft. It’s a problem that’s existed for thousands of years with optical devices, and one that was assumed to be…Read more… Continue […]

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A Mexican Physicist Solved a 2,000-Year Old Problem That Will Lead to Cheaper, Sharper Lenses

It’s a problem that plagues even the priciest of lenses, manufactured to the most exacting specifications: the center of the frame might be razor-sharp, but the corners and edges always look a little soft. It’s a problem that’s existed for thousands of years with optical devices, and one that was assumed to be…Read more… Continue […]

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If You Want to Feel Happier, Don’t Bother Faking a Smile

For some reason, certain people feel it is their obligation to tell others—usually women—to smile. Clearly, this is problematic for many reasons, but as someone on the receiving end of those comments pretty frequently, I especially hate when people attempt to use science to try and convince me to put on a happy face.Read more… […]

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Google’s DeepMind AI Takes Down Human Players In Quake III’s Capture The Flag Mode

Google’s DeepMind AI lab has been hard at work creating programs to take on human players across a variety of games these last few years. In 2016 its AlphaGo beat the best Go player in the world. Earlier this year, its Alpha Star defeated two middle-tier pros at StarCraft II. Now it’s learning to win […]

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New study reveals LSD could help people overcome alcohol dependency

Research into the beneficial effects of psychedelic drugs continues to reap positive outcomes with the latest study published May 14, linking reduction in alcohol consumption and misuse with psychedelic use. The study suggests that LSD and other classic psychedelics including magic mushrooms have potential anti-addiction effects that could help people overcome their alcohol dependency. The […]

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A Video Game Developed To Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Seems To Be Working

Sea Hero Quest is a video game developed in partnership with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, game studio Glitchers and several European universities and it is designed to identify individuals who might have early and mild symptoms of dementia that medical tests aren’t able to detect. Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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AI Is the New Secret Weapon in the Quest for Better Batteries

Compared to all the electronics that power the tiny computer in your pocket; battery technology is downright disappointing. Not only does your smartphone need charging every day, but in a few years, its battery will be barely able to hold a charge at all. So how long will your device last? Researchers at Standford…Read more… […]

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New Noise-Blocking Material Could Make Jets and Drones Super Quiet

The most effective way to block an annoying sound is to simply build a barrier—the thicker, the better. But instead of everyone living in sound-blocking caves in a few years as noisy drones criss-cross the skies, researchers at Boston University have engineered an acoustic metamaterial that’s designed to silence…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Read New Wikipedia Entries About Women With ‘Women in Red’

Wikipedia, the encyclopedia of everything, is mostly about men. According to Women in Red, an in-house Wikipedia improvement project, less than 18 percent of the site’s 1.5 million biography pages are about women. And that figure actually represents an improvement: in late 2014, the number was 15 percent. A lot of…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Read New Wikipedia Entries About Women With ‘Women in Red’

Wikipedia, the encyclopedia of everything, is mostly about men. According to Women in Red, an in-house Wikipedia improvement project, less than 18 percent of the site’s 1.5 million biography pages are about women. And that figure actually represents an improvement: in late 2014, the number was 15 percent. A lot of…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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New study on MDMA suggests it helps build trust, showcases the drug’s impact on social interactions

The more studies published on the effects of MDMA, the more research indicates that the drug could be a viable aid for disorders such as PTSD and other psychiatric illnesses. A recent study conducted by British scientists Mitul Mehta, a neuroscientist at King’s College London, and Anthony Gabay, a neuroscientist at Oxford University, examined the effect of […]

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Find New Inspiration for Your Half-Finished Paper With This Tool

Have you ever felt stuck when you have something half written? Maybe it’s a school paper, or a short story, or… an article about life hacks. A tool called JSTOR Analyzer can read your draft and suggest new things for you to read, making it a genius way to procrastinate.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Should You Sign Up for the Massive ‘All of Us’ Medical Research Study?

The National Institutes of Health are trying to recruit one million people to share their health data for a long-term, wide-ranging study. “The next great breakthrough will be found in each and every one of us,” gushes an ad aimed at potential participants, “and what we find there will unlock mysteries, heal the sick,…Read more… […]

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This Cheap Painting Technique Turns Walls Into Giant Touch Sensors

The walls of your house keep the roof up, give your family some privacy, and maybe provide a place to hang some art. But researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a way for walls to do more. A cheap paint treatment turns them into giant sensors, creating new ways to […]

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