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Submission + - Zap your brain into the zone (newscientist.com)

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."

Submission + - Parse.ly Dash Will Make Web Publishers Eat Their V (readwriteweb.com)

Morganth 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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