Meditation grows your brain.

Buddhist Tradition Thickens Parts of the Brain Brain imaging of regular working folks who meditate regularly revealed increased thickness in cortical regions related to sensory, auditory and visual perception, as well as internal perception — the automatic monitoring of heart rate or breathing, for example. Encouragingly, the study’s subjects were ordinary folks (not monks) who […]

Meditation grows your brain.

Esperanto for toasters.

My latest story for Technology Review (on their brand spankin’ new web site, which is about 30 times faster than the old one): Esperanto for Toasters The ZigBee wireless standard could teach a common language to your lights, appliances, doors, and even your cell phone.

Esperanto for toasters.

Esperanto for Toasters

In the not-too-distant future, your cell phone might become the key to your home. By transmitting a signal to a sensor, your phone will announce your arrival and the front door will unlock. And that’s just the first step. Transmitters in the door will send signals elsewhere in your house, switching on the lights, turning […]

Esperanto for Toasters

Malevolent design.

Sure, intelligent design is bad science, because its central propositions can’t be tested — more precisely, there is no test that could show them to be false. But doesn’t it give you an extra frisson of schadenfreude to know that ID is also bad religion? J. M. Tyree points out ID’s theological underpinnings, and summarizes […]

Malevolent design.

I rided a bike to school.

by Clara (transcribed, and annotated, by a teacher at preschool) Once upon a time I rided a bike to school. Cause it is hard to get to school on the freeway cause there is traffic. Traffic is so you can’t get through. It never ever lets you. Traffic is cars and they make sure you […]

I rided a bike to school.

Palm Today, Gone Tomorrow

Palm lovers, get out your hankies. Thisstory is a real tearjerker. The company that single-handedly createdthe personal digital assistant with the Pilot 1000in 1996 is at a crossroads. Down one path liesWindows. Down the other path: stagnation,decay, and perhaps death. If you buy a Treo next year, there’s a goodchance that it will be based […]

Palm Today, Gone Tomorrow