Farewell to the Man who Reframed IT's Frontiers
The man who changed the world: Apple founder Steve Jobs dies weeks after quitting as boss of firm he started in his garage. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg praises his "mentor and friend."
What's the Latest Development?
Apple founder Steve Jobs' death after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer has many reflecting on the mastermind's legacy and his singularity as a tech trailblazer. Apple's board of directors issued a statement saying his brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."
What's the Big Idea?
Jobs succeeded in creating an atmosphere of teamwork and togetherness, while also demanding nothing but the best. "His employees notoriously followed him like a messiah, while also cowering from him in fear." His demand for perfection, however, seems to have inspired the best—with job satisfaction ratings among staff at Apple the highest in the industry.
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Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.
- Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
- Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
- The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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