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+ - Zap your brain into the zone->

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Morganth
Morganth writes "According to New Scientist, researchers at DARPA are investing efforts in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machines to cut the time it takes to train snipers.

From the article: "a 2-milliamp current will run through the part of my brain associated with object recognition — an important skill when visually combing a scene for assailants."

The story also serves as a nice explainer on the psychology of "flow" — the state that experts tend to enter (e.g. programmers, tennis players, pianists) when focusing on their work."

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+ - Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their V->

Submitted by Morganth
Morganth (137341) writes "ReadWriteWeb is reporting about a new analytics tool launched by the company Parse.ly that helps publishers plan their content using content/traffic analysis and natural language processing.

The tool is called Dash, and the author is hopeful for its future:

"Hopefully, in the long term, this will lead to a new generation of content sites that all have these abilities. If every publisher could know its audience this well, there would be no more spaghetti-against-the-wall, side-boob-heavy, all-caps-headlines blogging tactics."

-- or, so we hope?"

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