First idea: What's important isn't the idea, its conveying the idea, articulating the idea, getting it into other people's minds and spirits, selling the idea.  The first move in any collective endeavor, and every endeavor worth its salt is collective, is selling the idea.  Not really having the idea, since they are a dime a dozen.  They're like opinions.  But getting other people sold on the idea, enthusiastic about it, on fire about it, willing to devote their time to it (or to you), that's the first real task.  So this shouldn' be called "create an idea" it should be called "share an idea" (for the touchy feely types) or "pitch an idea" (for the pragmatic business types) since that's the first real challenge and the first step in doing something in the world.

Massive 'Darth Vader' isopod found lurking in the Indian Ocean

The father of all giant sea bugs was recently discovered off the coast of Java.

A close up of Bathynomus raksasa

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Surprising Science
  • A new species of isopod with a resemblance to a certain Sith lord was just discovered.
  • It is the first known giant isopod from the Indian Ocean.
  • The finding extends the list of giant isopods even further.
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Will AI replace mathematicians?

If computers can beat us at chess, maybe they could beat us at math, too.

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Technology & Innovation
  • Most everyone fears that they will be replaced by robots or AI someday.
  • A field like mathematics, which is governed solely by rules that computers thrive on, seems to be ripe for a robot revolution.
  • AI may not replace mathematicians but will instead help us ask better questions.
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"Laughing gas" may offer quick, long-lasting relief from depression

Laughing gas may be far more effective for some than antidepressants.

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Surprising Science
  • Standard antidepressant medications don't work for many people who need them.
  • With ketamine showing potential as an antidepressant, researchers investigate another anesthetic: nitrous oxide, commonly called "laughing gas."
  • Researchers observe that just a light mixture of nitrous oxide for an hour alleviates depression symptoms for two weeks.
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