Category: Type-Article

Holding on to unrealised ideas blocks creativity: downsize your “idea debt”

ARTICLE/ VIDEO: Idea debt is the pile of ideas you keep revisiting but never finish, or even never begin. It can be a book, an app, a business, any project that grows in your mind but not in reality. It feels much more impressive than the projects you’re actually carrying out, with all their disappointments and compromises. Like financial debt, a little well-managed idea debt is healthy. It’s good to mull over ideas, to file them for later, to give yourself more creative options than you use. But sometimes you need to pay that debt down. Luckily you’re your own debtor, so you have plenty of options.

SOURCE: Lifehacker & Medium

How open minded are you? A simple eye test will tell you

ARTICLE/ UTILITY: Researchers administered a “big five” personality test to participants: measuring their extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. They were then given a test for binocular rivalry. Participants were shown a patch of red in one eye and a patch of green in the other. Those who scored higher for openness were able to merge both images into one unified red-green patch. Those who scored lower for openness tended to switch back and forth between the incompatible images.

SOURCE: Good/ Journal of Research in Personality

For the illiterate adult, learning to read produces enormous brain changes

ARTICLE: The brain did not evolve to read. It uses the neural muscle of pre-existing visual and language processing areas to enable us to take in works of literature. Reading, usually, begins in the first years of schooling, a time when these brain regions are still in development. What happens, though, when an adult starts learning after the age of 30?

SOURCE: Scientific American

Are humans getting smarter or less intelligent?

VIDEO: Never before have we been more productive, better educated, or more technologically savvy. At different times and in different ways, we get competing impressions as to whether humanity collectively is getting smarter or less intelligent than before.If you look at IQ as the most vital metric, it’s been rising globally over time; global IQ has risen 20 points since 1950.. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, there’s an interesting trend. IQ has been rising in developing countries, while it may be slowing in developed ones.

SOURCE: Big Think

The Earth isn’t as hospitable to us as we believe — we have made it so

ARTICLE: “You Are Already an Astronaut”. People are mistaken when they think the biosphere is “wonderfully hospitable” to mankind. Earth, no more provides us with a life-support system than it supplies us with radio telescopes. This article takes a counter-inuitive point of view and points out that mankind has, in a way, acted like astronauts colonising another planet when it spread all over the globe, often to areas that are extremely hostile and need considerable ingenuity to live in. Traveling to Mars to set up colonies may not be as far-fetched as we think.

SOURCE: BigThink

Squeezing water from dry air: this device performs the impossible

ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC:There are an estimated 13 trillion liters of water floating in the atmosphere at any one time, equivalent to 10% of all of the freshwater in our planet’s lakes and rivers. Over the years, researchers have developed ways to grab a few trickles, such as using fine nets to wick water from fog banks, or power-hungry dehumidifiers to condense it out of the air. But both approaches require either very humid air or far too much electricity to be broadly useful.

Researchers from MIT, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley, and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology published a paper in Science describing a solar-powered device that uses a new type of metal organic framework (MOF) to extract up to three litres of water per day from even the most arid desert air in extreme low-humidity environments. Run continuously, it “pulls” 2.8l of water out of desert air per 24-hour cycle.

SOURCE: Science

WikiTribune: Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, hits back at the scourge of fake news

WEBSITE: As traditional print journalism declined with the growth of the Internet, we have been watching the explosion and pervasive nature of a concomitant evil: fake news. As a response to this urgent need, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has launched WikiTribune. It is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together with a manifesto that states:

– We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events.
– We’re developing a living, breathing tool that’ll present accurate information with real evidence, so that you can confidently make up your own mind.
– In most news sites, the community tends to hang at the bottom of articles in comments that serve little purpose. We believe the community can play a more important role in news. Wikitribune puts community at the top, literally.
– WikiTribune is 100% ad-free, no one’s relying on clicks to appease advertisers; no one’s got a vested interest in anything other than giving you real news.
– There’s no paywall, so anyone can read Wikitribune.
– Anyone can flag or fix an article and submit it for review.

SOURCE: WikiTribune

Life is good: we are living in the best time in all history

ARTICLE:We’re fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history. It’s been decades since the last war between major powers. More people live in democracies. We’re wealthier and healthier and better educated, with a global economy that has lifted up more than a billion people from extreme poverty.

SOURCE: Business Insider

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