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Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have documented the first study to show how meditation produces long-term structural changes and growth in the brain. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the scientists discovered increases in the 16 participants’ grey matter density after only 8-weeks of meditating about 30 minutes per day. Gray matter contains the highest concentration of neuronal cell bodies and has […]
California: Land of Lingo, Nexus of Neologisms and soon-to-be hack-kneed expressions (see what I did there?), where the chronically insecure seek to upgrade their social status with verbal affectations to demonstrate their, like, awesome hipnicity (I just made that up). Naturally, Silicon Valley’s developed its own style of talkin ish: TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm offers a brief course in Startup Speak, which, I […]
We so-called modern humans walk less than ever. But, my most creative moments come when I’m walking, running or even just moving through terrain, as on a train. Is it change of scenery or rhythmic body movement that is most conducive towards moving the mental machinery? Ferris Jabr of The New Yorker writes, “The way we move our bodies further changes […]
If you want to be a great artist, you don’t need to go to school: practice and experience are what count most. As creative problem solvers, technologists are not unlike artists. Unsurprisingly, a debate is raging about how vital a degree is for tech developers (e.g., see my recent post on Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel’s anti-college vendetta). In Mashable’s Warning: A […]
Some more future in your face: Seawater as a fuel for motoring. A few months ago, the hot-looking, saltwater-powered Quant e-Sportslimousine was cleared for road-testing in Europe. Its briny engine “generates a staggering 920 horsepower, goes 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, and propels the car to a top speed of 217.5 mph”. Read more about the $1.7M Quant sportscar here, […]
“The Future” has taken on a figurative meaning, referring to the phenomenon of so much technological innovation having appeared a quantum leap ahead of expectations. In 22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future, Buzzfeed shares its best photographic signs of the times (many of them animated .gifs), including bionic hands that can tie shoes, transparent cars and video-from-memory. A great starting point for further geekin-n-googlin