Feb 28

These two rules let movies trick your brain

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.futurity.org/movies-film-brain-861402/

movie clapper board and yellow flowers "There are a bunch of things that films can do that take the natural parameters that we experience in our everyday life and crank them up to 11," says Jeffrey M. Zacks, "and that has the opportunity to make films that are more powerful, more engaging, more responsive than what we've seen before."

A new book looks at what science call tell us about movies, including why we cry, flinch, duck, and tap our toes according to the action on the screen.

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Feb 28

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/23/reading-writing-on-paper-better-for-brain-concentration

Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention.

Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

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Feb 28

Check insurance before offering your home as a short-term rental

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/Check-insurance-before-offering-your-home-as-a-short-term-rental-292823531.html

Thousands of people make extra cash by renting all or part of their homes to out-of- town visitors. But be careful. The NW Insurance Council cautions those money-making plans can backfire. "If you're currently using your personal property for business purposes, it's important to know that you don't have coverage under your personal auto or homeowners policy, " explained council President Karl Newman.He says the insurance industry applauds the innovation, but regards sharing your home or car for profit as more than just sharing. It's business. While you're posting pictures and promoting your property, make sure you're protected just in case.

 

Feb 28

What exactly is 'game theory'?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31503875

The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis - currently negotiating over the fate of his country's debt - is a student of "game theory". But what is it, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

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"Some commentators rushed to presume that as Greece's new finance minister I was busily devising bluffs, stratagems and outside options, struggling to improve upon a weak hand," wrote Varoufakis in the New York Times this week. "If anything, my game-theory background convinced me that it would be pure folly to think of the current deliberations between Greece and our partners as a bargaining game to be won or lost via bluffs and tactical subterfuge."

Game theory can be described as the mathematical study of decision-making, of conflict and strategy in social situations.

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Feb 27

How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_chalmers_how_do_you_explain_consciousness

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness. David Chalmers is a philosopher at the Australian National University and New York University. He studies the philosophy of mind and related areas of cognitive science. One of his areas of interest is the "extended mind," the idea that the mind is not confined to skin or skull, but may extend beyond them. Consciousness also is what makes life worth living. If we weren't conscious, nothing in our lives would have meaning or value. Some people say a science of consciousness is impossible. Science, by its nature, is objective. Consciousness, by its nature, is subjective. So there can never be a science of consciousness. For much of the 20th century, that view held sway. Psychologists studied behavior objectively, neuroscientists studied the brain objectively, and nobody even mentioned consciousness.

 

Feb 27

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150217-how-smart-is-your-subconscious

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds

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It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking and talking, I experience myself thinking thoughts. "What shall I have for lunch?", I ask myself. Or I think, "I wonder why she did that?" and try and figure it out. It is natural to assume that this experience of myself is a complete report of my mind. It is natural, but wrong.

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Feb 27

How To Sing: Practice Is More Important Than Natural Ability, Science Says

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-sing-practice-more-important-natural-ability-science-says-322320

Singing is not easy. Then again neither is playing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano. Only difference is that the ability to sing is thought to be the result of good genes, while mastering the piano is associated with hard work and dedication. A recent study from Northwestern University has provided evidence to dispel this long-held belief by showing that singing, too, is more about practice than natural talent.

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Feb 27

Do you have the right face for these jobs?

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.futurity.org/jobs-faces-stereotypes-855212/

Having a face that fits a stereotype might be an advantage in certain fields, such as business and sports, a new study suggests.

three masks against a mirrorThe findings are based on a series of experiments designed to find out how well people could match a face to a profession.

The results: participants could successfully categorize leaders in business, sports, and the military based solely on their faces. The same was not true for politicians, which participants found more challenging.

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Feb 26

Consumer Reports: Why coffee is good for you

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/Why-coffee-is-good-for-you-292259131.html

If you're a coffee lover, you can perk up. Experts at Consumer Reports have reviewed the latest research and say drinking coffee has several health benefits. In fact, it may even lengthen your life, because of the antioxidants in coffee that protect against disease. Coffee, both caffeinated and decaf, is packed with these good-for-you compounds. In fact, some research shows that for most coffee drinkers, java supplies more antioxidants than any other food. In other studies, coffee has been linked to a lower risk of depression and a lower risk of suicide. Research also associates drinking caffeinated coffee with a decreased risk of type-two diabetes. And it may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. But it's not all good news. Coffee is a top source of acrylamide, a chemical whose link to cancer continues to be investigated. And there's another concern. There's a compound in coffee grounds called cafestol that's been found to increase levels of LDL or 'bad' cholesterol. Brewing with a paper filter helps remove cafestol from the coffee.

 

Feb 26

Can finger ratio predict who’s a nice guy?

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.futurity.org/men-finger-ratio-859722/

New research links men’s finger length ratios with their behavior, especially while interacting with women.

finger length

 Men’s index fingers are generally shorter than their ring fingers. The difference is less pronounced in women. Previous research has found that digit ratio—defined as the second digit length divided by the fourth digit length—is an indication of the amount of male hormones, chiefly testosterone, someone has been exposed to in the womb: the smaller the ratio, the more male hormones.

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