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Tips And Tricks For Digital Readers - Dot Complicated

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Untangling our wired, wonderful lives ... together. A modern lifestyle community from Randi Zuckerberg.
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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

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It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. The giant Verrückt water slide stands at 168 feet tall.
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The Science Of Brainstorming

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Our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. New research suggests analogies can help your team come up with great new ideas.

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the importance of analogies in creative thinking!

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How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps

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The triangle is an instrument so simple that its name is a description of its shape. It's easy to play, but not so easy to play it well.
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What Is The Good Life? Four Books That Give You Real Answers

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We want success -- but we also want to feel good about ourselves. Here are 4 books brimming with research that answer "What is the good life?"
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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

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"The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself."
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Algorithm-Generated Articles Don't Foretell the End of Journalism

Algorithm-Generated Articles Don't Foretell the End of Journalism | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Earlier today, the Associated Press announced that the bulk of its corporate earnings stories will be, starting in July, written automatically.
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Till Tuesday do us part: One-day divorces gain national attention

Till Tuesday do us part: One-day divorces gain national attention | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
California's controversial one-day divorce allows amicable couples to quickly move on with their lives, and lightens judges' dockets.
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12 Surprising Downsides Of Getting Rich

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Getting rich is not as great as you think it is. Here are some surprising disadvantages to being wealthy.
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8 Delicious International Cuisines You're Probably Missing Out On

8 Delicious International Cuisines You're Probably Missing Out On | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
From Laotian to Bolivian, the international cuisines we're missing out on....
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the author explains: "Certain international cuisines, however, haven't yet hit big in the United States. While we've seen a recent proliferation of certain cuisines that weren't always so popular -- like Filipino and Peruvian food -- some cuisines still haven't caught on.

Here are eight international cuisines that we're missing out on (and hope catch on quickly!)::

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The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: You only use 10% of your brain

The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: You only use 10% of your brain | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

            "You only use 10% of your brain." Heard that before? I have. Loads of times. It’s such a popular idea, it’s even in the movies. A typical plot might be: "Here, Joe Nobody. Take this pill! It will allow you to use the full 100% of your brain! Wow! Now you're psychic and can move things with your mind! Amazing!" ...or.... "That girl is a genius because she had radioactive accident which changed her DNA and now she can use more than 10% of her brain. And she's psychic and can move things with her mind!" According to pop culture, the fast track to superpowers is using the full 100% capacity of your brain. Now, I'm the first person to say that sci-fi/fantasy is awesome, but this is just nonsense! Why? Because we already use 100% of our brains. Last time I checked, I couldn’t move things with my mind. If I could, my breakfast would be cooking itself right now.

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neuroscientist author says, "The myth started because so little of our brain is actually neuron. The rest is glia. But does that mean we only use 10% of our brain? No! We use those glia. They keep the brain healthy and moving quickly. We use 100% of our brains, all the time. And if we increased the percentage of neurons, so that it was more than 10% (which would make glia less than 90%), would that make us smarter? No! Because you needs lots of glia to have a smart brain. So next time someone says to you, "You're interested in the brain, right? Is it true we only use 10%?", feel free to show off just how much of your brain you're using, and tell them all about glia."

   
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10 signs of intellectual honesty

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by Judith Curry

When it comes to just about any topic, it seems as if the public discourse on the internet is dominated by rhetoric and propaganda. People are either selling products or ideology. 

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Intellectual honesty is a tall order! Cognitive biases and fallacies number (together) towards a hundred. And the list is growing. You can't address each single bias or fallacy pragmatically and any shortened list can be arbitrary. Blog post also explores shifts in dialogue types.

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136 variations of Brazilian skin colors

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Brazilians were given a chance to describe their skin color, they came up with 136 shades and variations. The survey was done in 1976 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and was published again in a 2011 Congressional document titled: The Constitutional Commission on Justice and Citizenship.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Brazilians were given a chance to describe their skin color, they came up with 136 shades and variations. The survey was done in 1976 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and was published again in a 2011 Congressional document titled: The Constitutional Commission on Justice and Citizenship.

The list illustrates how Brazilians see themselves, a far more complex color system than simply black or white. English translations are provided.

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Acastanhada: Somewhat chestnut-colored

Agalegada: Somewhat like a Galician

Alva: Snowy white

Alva escura: Dark snowy white

Alvarenta (not in dictionary; poss. dialect): Snowy white

Alvarinta: Snowy white

Alva rosada: Pinkish white

Alvinha: Snowy white

Amarela: Yellow

Amarelada: Yellowish

Amarela-queimada: Burnt yellow

Amarelosa: Yellowy

Amorenada: Somewhat dark-skinned

Avermelhada: Reddish

Azul: Blue

Azul-marinho: Sea blue

Baiano: From Bahia

Bem branca: Very white

Bem clara: Very pale

Bem morena: Very dark-skinned

Branca: White

Branca-avermelhada: White going on for red

Branca-melada: Honey-colored white

Branca-morena: White but dark-skinned

Branca-palida: Pale white

Branca-queimada: Burnt white

Branca-sardenta: Freckled white

Branca-suja: Off-white

Branquica: Whitish

Branquinha: Very white

Bronze: Bronze-colored

Bronzeada: Sun-tanned

Bugrezinha-escura: Dark-skinned India

Burro-quando-foge: Disappearing donkey (i.e. nondescript) humorous

Cabocla: Copper-colored (refers to Indians)

Cabo-verde: From Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)

Cafe: Coffee-colored

Cafe-com-leite: Cafe au lait

Canela: Cinnamon

Canelada: Somewhat like cinnamon

Cardao: Colour of the cardoon, or thistle (blue-violet)

Castanha: Chestnut

Castanha-clara: Light chestnut

Castanha-escura: Dark chestnut

Chocolate: Chocolate-colored

Clara: Light-colored, pale

Clarinha: Light-colored, pale

Cobre: Copper-colored

Corada: With a high color

Cor-de-cafe: Coffee-colored

Cor-de-canela: Cinnamon-colored

Cor-de-cuia: Gourd-colored

Cor-de-leite: Milk-colored (i.e. milk-white)

Cor-de-ouro: Gold-colored (i.e. golden)

Cor-de-rosa: Pink

Cor-firme: Steady-colored

Crioula: Creole

Encerada: Polished

Enxofrada: Pallid

Esbranquecimento: Whitening

Escura: Dark

Escurinha: Very dark

Fogoio: Having fiery-colored hair

Galega: Galician or Portuguese

Galegada: Somewhat like a Galician or Portuguese

Jambo: Light-skinned (the color of a type of apple)

Laranja: Orange

Lilas: Lilac

Loira: Blonde

Loira-clara: Light blonde

Loura: Blonde

Lourinha: Petite blonde

Malaia: Malaysian woman

Marinheira: Sailor-woman

Marrom: Brown

Meio-amarela: Half-yellow

Meio-branca: Half-white

Meio-morena: Half dark-skinned

Meio-preta: Half-black

Melada: Honey-colored

Mestica: Half-caste/mestiza

Miscigenacao: Miscegenation

Mista: Mixed

Morena: Dark-skinned, brunette

Morena-bem-chegada: Very nearly morena

Morena-bronzeada: Sunburnt morena

Morena-canelada: Somewhat cinnamon-colored morena

Morena-castanha: Chestnut-colored morena

Morena-clara: Light-skinned morena

Morena-cor-de-canela: Cinnamon-colored morena

Morena-jambo: Light-skinned morena

Morenada: Somewhat morena

Morena-escura: Dark morena

Morena-fechada: Dark morena

Morenao: Dark-complexioned man

Morena-parda: Dark morena

Morena-roxa: Purplish morena

Morena-ruiva: Red-headed morena

Morena-trigueira: Swarthy, dusky morena

Moreninha: Petite morena

Mulata: Mulatto girl

Mulatinha: Little mulatto girl

Negra: Negress

Negrota: Young negress

Palida: Pale

Paraíba: From Paraíba

Parda: Brown

Parda-clara: Light brown

Parda-morena: Brown morena

Parda-preta: Black-brown

Polaca: Polish woman

Pouco-clara: Not very light

Pouco-morena: Not very dark-complexioned

Pretinha: Black - either young, or small

Puxa-para-branco: Somewhat toward white

Quase-negra: Almost negro

Queimada: Sunburnt

Queimada-de-praia: Beach sunburnt

Queimada-de-sol: Sunburnt

Regular: Regular, normal

Retinta: Deep-dyed, very dark

Rosa: Rose-coloured (or the rose itself)

Rosada: Rosy

Rosa-queimada: Sunburnt-rosy

Roxa: Purple

Ruiva: Redhead

Russo: Russian

Sapecada: Singed

Sarará: Yellow-haired negro

Sarauba (poss. dialect): Untranslatable

Tostada: Toasted

Trigo: Wheat

Trigueira: Brunette

Turva: Murky

Verde: Green

Vermelha: Red

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The 10 Greatest Uses of Trash Talk in the History of War

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History records some badass trash talk that would put Schwarzenegger to shame, some spoken in dire circumstances. Of course, it takes a certain type of badass.
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Immersion journalists discuss their craft

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Immersion journalism is about showing, not telling. Talking about “immersion journalism” rather than relaying stories of its execution equates to writing about the framework of Colombian drug trafficking rather than writing the narrative of one specific drug cartel—and we all know what makes a better story. Panelists Raffi Khatchadourian, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, George Packer, and Sarah Stillman—without attempting to flatten immersion journalism into a box—provided great insight into its philosophy and practice. As immersion journalism is about directly and intimately engaging with its subject, the panelists told personal stories of their immersive journalistic experiences without some stolid, distancing interpretation.

 

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Alexithymia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alexithymia

Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. Furthermore, individuals suffering from alexithymia also have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others, which is thought to lead to unempathic and ineffective emotional responding.

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excerpt: "Alexithymia creates interpersonal problems because these individuals tend to avoid emotionally close relationships, or if they do form relationships with others they usually position themselves as either dependent, dominant, or impersonal, "such that the relationship remains superficial".[35] Inadequate "differentiation" between self and others by alexithymic individuals has also been observed.[36]

 
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The 25 most American things you can do in America

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Because being a True American involves more than drinking canned beer while standing on your furniture.
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Get a Glimpse Into What It’s Really Like in North Korea

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These four books describe everyday life under the Kim family in horrifying, poignant detail.
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What It Means if the Death Penalty Is Dying - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

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As executions become concentrated in fewer and fewer states and racial disparities continue, does the application of capital punishment make it unconstitutionally cruel and unusual?
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What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

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"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything." After tho
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Earth Touch News Network - The Lion King: what really happened

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of Disney's the Lion King. We took this opportunity to think about what might really happen if the characters in this famous fairytale were to meet in real life ...
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5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong

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Prepare to have your mind blown.
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This Is What Space Debris Can Do To Kevlar Shielding

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The hole that you are looking at is the "exit wound" from an aluminum bullet — 0.3 inches in diameter — fired at Kevlar-Nextel fabric that shields the European Space Agency's ATV freighter, which ferries supplies to the International Space Station.
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The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: Nice pheromones. Wanna date?

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A big industry has sprouted up, promising to sell you products guaranteed to make finding the love of your life as easy as making toast. One such product is perfume spiked with pheromones. Squirt on a few pheromones, and the next thing you know, you'll be standing at an altar in a white dress while a handsome tuxedoed gentleman puts a ring on your finger. Supposedly, pheromones bypass all the logic and control centers of the brain and go straight to the areas that control love and attraction. They're a real life love potion! As soon as you smell them, you fall madly in love with someone. That guy/girl is so amazing! You don't know why! There's just something fabulous about him/her! You want to marry him/her now! Or so pheromone perfume ads promise us. And then they charge more money for that perfume, because the pheromones make it super special.

But what are pheromones? And do they work?

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conclusion: "Despite lots of effort, there has never been a scientific study showing that humans can sense pheromones or that pheromones change the way we act and behave. So it doesn't matter if we release them, or how many perfumes we wear. It's like yelling at a fully deaf person and expecting them to respond. It just won't work."

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How Can We Prevent False Confessions From Kids?

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A new study shows that most cops use the same interrogation techniques on both adults and juveniles—and why that needs to change. In fact, that case is just one example of a very frequent phenomenon, especially among adolescents and teenagers. A 2006 article in American Psychologist cited a review of exonerations from 1989 to 2004 and found that 42 percent of exonerations of juveniles involved false confessions at the time of the crime, compared with the 13 percent false confessions involved in adult exonerations. “Among the youngest of these juvenile exonerees (12- to 15-year-olds), 69 percent confessed to homicides and rapes that they did not commit.” Psychological research has found that the younger a teenager is, the more likely he or she is to confessing under pressure to something that he or she didn’t do.
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IBM's Watson Computer Made A BBQ Sauce, And It's Delicious

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IBM's cloud-computing system is making its first foray into food

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Watson, a cognitive computing system that can learn and process natural human language, has been one of IBM's most exciting projects of the last decade. Over the past few years, Watson has learned a variety of tasks, from defeating contestants on "Jeopardy" to diagnosing life-threatening diseases. Now the cloud-based system is making its first foray into an industry we can all enjoy: food. 

IBM calls it "cognitive cooking," a collaboration with New York's Institute of Culinary Education that uses data to create the best-tasting food possible. 

IBM engineers carefully examined flavor compounds in thousands of ingredients, going down to the molecular level to measure the pleasantness of each. Then, using nutritional data from the FDA, they had the chefs at ICE try out the combinations Watson had determined would make for a delicious meal.

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