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Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit) | Wired Science | Wired.com "For a long time, talent seemed to be about inheritance, about the blessed set of genes that gave rise to some particular skill. Einstein had the physics gene, Beethoven had the symphony gene, and Tiger Woods (at…
What Watson Can Learn From the Human Brain | Wired Science | Wired.com "Watson won. That set of microchips will soon join the pantheon of machines that have defeated humans, from the steam-powered hammer that killed John Henry to the Deep Blue supercomputer that battled Kasparov. Predictably…
NYU Carter Journalism Institute, ProPublica Team Up to Enhance an Essential Form of News Coverage-- "The Explainer" "New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and ProPublica, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalism non-profit, have formed a joint project to enhance…
Why Making Dinner Is A Good Idea | Wired Science | Wired.com "Why does the microwave and frozen dinner inexorably lead to obesity? According to the economists, the cheapness of calories (both in terms of price and time) has led us to dramatically boost consumption. Food stops being something we…