Thought-Controlled Computer Hands May Aid Stroke Recovery

Thought-Controlled Computer Hands May Aid Stroke Recovery

Virtual reality hands controlled by thought may help stroke patients recover the use of their limbs, according to a study testing whether the brain-computer system could be a new rehabilitation tool. Six stroke patients had as much as 81 percent accuracy in reaching virtual hands to a glass of tea or water viewed on a computer screen, and they improved their skills in as few as three two-hour sessions, according to a report today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Dallas. Read more of this post

You’re So Self-Controlling; Is our sense of time, not our lack of willpower, the real issue?

November 16, 2013

You’re So Self-Controlling

By MARIA KONNIKOVA

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WHAT do you do if, when you get to a subway platform, you see that it is already packed with people? Do you join the throngs to wait for the train, or do you shake your head and seek an alternative way to get where you’re going? If you go the first route, you probably think that the crowd means there must not have been a train for some time and that one is imminent. If you choose the second, you’ve come to the opposite conclusion: It’s crowded, a train hasn’t come in a while, so it’s likely there’s some sort of problem — and who knows how long you’ll end up waiting. Better cut your losses and split. Read more of this post

Real Men Go to Sleep

Real Men Go to Sleep

by Alan Derickson  |   8:00 AM November 11, 2013

The two largest time commitments for most adults on this planet — sleep and work — too often make uneasy bedfellows. The proliferation of nonstandard work schedules and, for many, the outright abandonment of schedules have made traditional daytime-weekday patterns less common. Approximately one in five American workers now functions under some variety of nonstandard schedule. Meanwhile, about half of the nation’s night-shift workers sleep six hours or less per day. The demands of other unconventional arrangements, such as multiple job-holding and independent contracting, have also contributed to the sleep deprivation that plagues much of the workforce. Read more of this post

Alibaba CEO Lu Rises From Holiday Inn Job to Ma Confidant: Tech

Alibaba CEO Lu Rises From Holiday Inn Job to Ma Confidant: Tech

Jonathan Lu’s first job after college wasn’t what he’d envisioned — stuck at the reception desk at a Holiday Inn in Guangzhou, China. He had forgotten to fill out a page of his university entrance exam and instead of architecture school, he ended up in a hotel management program. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s chief executive officer recounts the story to show his ability to overcome hurdles — and how in just 15 years he went from greeting hotel guests to being tapped this February by billionaire Jack Ma to run China’s largest e-commerce company. Read more of this post

What Do Investigative Reporters Do? Exposing truly scandalous conduct can often involve hard digging – in dark holes of digital data and even piles of litter from conference meetings

11.16.2013 13:19

What Do Investigative Reporters Do?

Exposing truly scandalous conduct can often involve hard digging – in dark holes of digital data and even piles of litter from conference meetings

By staff reporter Wang Xiaoqing

With the recent Chen Yongzhou scandal, many have called for an “investigation” into the investigative reporting business. I apply the term investigative reporters to those that often wade into the deeper, uncharted waters in the media terrain. I have a hard time thinking of myself as an investigative reporter and I’ve always felt like a more appropriate description would be a reporter that investigates cases from time to time. The first of my investigations was the Wenzhou high-speed train crash. Read more of this post

Burned once, angel takes on investments with caution

Burned once, angel takes on investments with caution

Armina Ligaya | 17/11/13 7:00 AM ET
Parm Gill can be forgiven for being incredibly particular about the projects he chooses as an angel investor. Why am I willing to jump in on pitches that others often snub? Here are eight principles I follow that can help increase the quality and quantity of angel investing opportunities in Canada. The Ottawa-based entrepreneur was forced to file for bankruptcy with his first startup, an Internet service provider called Cyberus Online. In 1999, he sold Cyberus to Dallas-based online computer manufacturer Eisa.com. But he soon discovered that Eisa.com had falsifed its financial statements during the sale process, and was swimming in debt. Read more of this post

What, me worry? How blind optimism benefits startup founders

What, me worry? How blind optimism benefits startup founders

BY HAYDEN WILLIAMS 
ON NOVEMBER 17, 2013

Building a startup is an emotional roller coaster. Look no further than Paul Graham’s startup curve. If you take as a given the parabolic trajectory, how does a founder handle the ups and more importantly the downs? I’ve developed a systematic strategy that has worked wonders in keeping me upbeat. What’s more, I’ve stumbled across research that shows I might not be (altogether) delusional. Read more of this post

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