All-knowing, user-generated, online encyclopedia Wikipedia is due for a massive makeover. So fear not, fact-finders, but get ready for a new look, new layout and new features.
All-knowing, user-generated, online encyclopedia Wikipedia is due for a massive makeover. So fear not, fact-finders, but get ready for a new look, new layout and new features. But the news comes less that 24 hours after Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation websites went down for hours on in a "global outage" caused by a series of interconnected technical problems. "The problems started when Wikimedia servers overheated in the organization's European data center and shut themselves off automatically. Wikimedia then switched all its traffic to its server cluster in Florida, but the failover process, which involves changing servers' DNS entries, malfunctioned, knocking the organization's sites offline around the world. "Shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally," wrote Mark Bergsma, Wikimedia's operations engineer in a post on Wikimedia's Technical Blog." Yesterday Google's YouTube video sharing site also suffered downtime. Tut tut.
Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.
- Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
- At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
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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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