Daydreaming Like a Scientist and other Mind Memes

1. Don't Let Math Get in the Way of Big Ideas

"Many of the most successful scientists in the world today are mathematically no more than semiliterate." E.O. Wilson shares this professional secret in The Wall Street Journal. But not to worry: "Pioneers in science only rarely make discoveries by extracting ideas from pure mathematics," Wilson writes. So don't let your deficiencies in high level math keep you from entering a career in science. Discoveries come from daydreaming like a scientist. 

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2. Meet PETMAN

The creepy robot of the day award goes to Boston Dynamics, which released this video of its PETMAN robot testing out a chemical protection suit and gas mask.

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3. To Catch an Asteroid

NASA's asteroid-retrieval project is likely a go, as $100 million is expected to be allocated for the project as part of President Barack Obama's federal budget request for 2014. 

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4. Red Meat + Bacteria = Heart Disease

Bacteria in the human digestive track metabolizes carnitine, a compound that is found in red meat, as well as energy drinks. This promotes atherosclerosis, or the clogging of the arteries. 

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5. The Benefits of Psilocybin

The chemical psilocybin is the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms. Professor David Nutt, a professor at Imperial College London, says psilocybin can be used to treat severe depression, and argues for a change in drug laws. 

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LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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26 ultra-rich people own as much as the world's 3.8 billion poorest

The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."

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  • A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
  • In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
  • The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
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People who constantly complain are harmful to your health

Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

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Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

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  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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