Category: FYI

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How to Know if the Universe is a Computer Simulation

The premise stems from philosophy; are the universe and human reality real external phenomena? Mathematician Rene Descartes hypothesized the existence of a demon that presented a complete illusion of the external world to his...

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Brain Math: Monkeys Do Arithmetic Like Us

It’s increasingly harder to deny computers are more logical (at least deductively) than human brains, and math is long considered the epitome of logical reasoning. Having built computers, we understand fairly well how is it they do math....

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What’s it take to be a master juggler?

Featured here is the Vladmir Tsarkov, the “Electric Juggler,” who despite his stage name doesn’t feature electricity in his act. His act is impressive, and when he does mistime a catch, he graciously recovers–quite...

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Walk or run in rain? (Minute) Physics answers!

I remember at some point watching the Mythbusters episode where they “bust” that running in the rain will get you less wet than walking will. From that moment on, I’ve always patiently walked under the nearest...

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Chef Scientist: master umani, the savory taste

Umani described the “savory taste,” joining the ranks of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The taste is considered distinct from saltiness since tongue sensory cells have distinct receptors for L-glutamate, a non-essential amino acid...

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Science of Productivity

ASAPscience feature video. Takeaway points: Willpower is limited (“ego-exhaustion”) Starting a project makes it easier to complete (Zeigarnik effect) Deliberate practice beats longer practice Suggestions: Write down progress Stop multitasking Take small breaks Keep...

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Hangover cures backed by science

  In summary, eat fat/carbs before drinking to slow absorption of alcohol. Drink excess water to counteract the diuretic effects of ethanol (and prevent headaches). Darker drinks have congeners that exacerbate the body’s detox...

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DSM V, mental health rewritten.

The DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is the go-to manual for psychiatric treatment and diagnoses. Since 1994, the DSM-4 governed what types of disorders qualify as mental disease. The revised DSM will...