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Evolution of Windows Logo

Perhaps Microsoft is trying to get its mojo back by turning back the clock, at least when it comes to Windows logo. Vlad Savov of The Verge noticed that the company’s newest Windows 8 logo looks very much like [...]

The Evolution of the Web

The Evolution of the Web is an interactive graphic that plots the timelines of various browsers, codes, and components of the internet, from 1991 to 2012. Click on a stream to get more information about whatever it represents. This screenshot is just a small portion of the large graph. Link -via Simply Left Behind

5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving

When we think of human evolution, our minds wander back to the thousands of years it took natural selection to produce the modern-day man. But are we still changing as a species, even today? New research suggests that, despite modern technology and industrialization, humans continue to evolve. “It is a common misunderstanding that evolution took [...]

Non-Latin Versions of Famous Logos

Can you guess what which companies two logos above belong to? Designer Daily has a neat post showcasing non-latin versions of some of the world’s most famous logos (I really like how they preserve the arrow in the logo on the [...]

What Technology Wants in Battlestar Galactica

Warning: Battlestar Galactica spoilers abound in the following post! If you haven’t watched the ENTIRE series from beginning to end, you should go watch it before reading this. In an insightful essay at Overthinking It, Nathan Hanks explains What Technology Wants in Battlestar Galactica (the new series — though some points are applicable to the original [...]

Miss USA Contestants Debate Math

A while back we posted a video of actual Miss USA contestants being asked “Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools?” Now someone has posed an even greater question to some would be “Miss USA contestants.” Should math be taught in schools? Their answers may shock you. Watch second video at bottom of link post. Link

The Optimism Bias

Is the glass half empty or half full? Well, if you’re anything like the average American, then chances are you’re biased toward optimism. Here’s an interesting article by Tali Sharot of TIME Magazine about science of optimism, and how may just be hardwired by evolution into our brain as a survival mechanism against the knowledge of [...]

10 Variations On Our March of Progress

The March of Progress is the name of a 1965 illustration by Rudolph Zallinger for the Time-Life book series Life Nature Library, specifically for the volume entitled Early Man. The original illustration has 15 figures. In popular usage, the folded-in version (shown) is more familiar. So familiar that it is a classic jumping-off point for [...]

"Slow" Evolution is Better

Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well, at least in Aesop’s fable and now, it seems, also in evolution – at least if you’re a bacterium: Research carried out in Richard Lenski’s lab at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and published today in Science 1, shows that rapidly evolving ‘hare’ bacteria were eventually wiped [...]

Prejudice: Evolution Made Me Do It

Prejudice is terrible, but is it uniquely human? No, according to a new research on rhesus macaques by Yale psychologist Laurie Santos. Blame evolution: “One of the more troubling aspects of human nature is that we evaluate people differently depending on whether they’re a member of our ‘ingroup’ or ‘outgroup,’” Santos said. “Pretty much every conflict [...]