If you’re good at games, you might also be good at everything else

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If you’re good at games, you might also be good at everything else.

That’s according to a new study that found two of the world’s most popular video games act like IQ tests. Those who are the best at them also get the highest scores on traditional intelligence tests, suggesting that video games might actually make you smarter.

Both games – League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) – combine strategic thinking with quick reactions, and so could both reward and train up particular kinds of thinking.

That seemed to be confirmed by the study, which compared people’s levels of skill in the games with their IQ. The better people were at playing, the more their intelligence score, it found.

A similar study that looked at chess suggested that more conventional games are good markers of intelligence, too.

Professor Alex Wade, from the University of York, said: “Games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 are complex, socially-interactive and intellectually demanding.

“Our research would suggest that your performance in these games can be a measure of intelligence.

“Research in the past has pointed to the fact that people who are good at strategy games such as chess tend to score highly at IQ tests.

“Our research has extended this to games that millions of people across the planet play every day.”

League of Legends and DOTA 2 are both Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or Mobas, action strategy war games typically involving two opposing teams of five individuals.

In one study, the York team matched performance in League of Legends with scores from standard pen-and-paper intelligence tests. Another part of the research analysed data from large groups of thousands of people playing the games.

The researchers found that First Person Shooter games in which players view the action through the eyes of characters they control did not demonstrate the same link with IQ.

York PhD student Athanasios Kokkinakis, the study‘s lead author, said: “Unlike First Person Shooter (FPS) games where speed and target accuracy are a priority, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas rely more on memory and the ability to make strategic decisions taking into account multiple factors.”

The findings appear in the journal Public Library of Science ONE.

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Lose is the real wealth for you

Lose is the real wealth for you

A “loser” is someone who doesn’t know what they have and fucks it up. They are always making bad choices and fuck up their and everyone’s lives around them.

Have you ever failed? (in English)
你曾经失败过吗?(in Chinese)

If you haven’t, I suggest you try some.

I have failed, many times.

And some of these failures were even painful.

But I cherish them more than I cherish my success.

Success sometimes makes you numb .

But failures make you awake. Failures are cleansing.

Failing is not necessarily losing. Neither does a failure make you a loser.

Failing is just the name we give to the state you stay in until you succeed.

A failure is a precious opportunity to learn new things.

And trust me. You always rememeber what you learn in failures better than those you learn in success.

Failing doesn’t mean you lost something forever. It only means that you didn’t get it yet and you have to find another way to get it.

And isn’t that a treature? A new direction to think.

Don’t pray for easy success. That’ a curse.

Pray for hard failure.

As long as it doesn’t kill you, it will definitely make you stronger.



change the world

English Language:

Chinese Language:

“Come writers and critics who prophecise with your pen.

And keep your eyes wide.

The chance won’t come again.

And don’t speak too soon, for the wheel is still in spin.

And there’s no telling who that it’s naming, for the loser now will be later to win.

For, the times, they are changing.”

This is the lyrics of one of Bob Dylan’s song – The Times They Are a-Changin’

And this was what Steve Jobs read to the board of Apple in 1984 when he presented Mac to them for the first time.

And what happened after that are well known by us all.

Apple achieved great success and changed our life.

But in those years, few people believed in Jobs.

They saw him as an idealistic young man without any experience or common sense.

But what do we see now?

You don’t know who those men are. But you know Jobs.

The world has never been built by common minds.

It is built by generation after generation of crazy minds.

So if you ever find yourself not seeing the world in the ways that your friends see it in, don’t panic.

A different point of view is powerful.

Don’t just look away.

Find your inner strength in it.

You may be the next one to make a difference.

Hutong Culture and the Change of Siheyuan 胡同文化與四合院的變遷

Tell you something you don’t know about Pizza

Tell you something you don't know about Pizza


Just hearing the word “pizza” brings a smile to the face of just about every American. Whatever style or variety — from thick, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza stuffed with gobs of cheese, sausage, and pepperoni to a thin-as-a-cracker crust topped with veggies — pizza invariably makes it to the top of “favorite food” lists.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of fun and interesting facts about this American food icon. See how many you knew!

1. Since 1987, October has been officially designated National Pizza Month in the United States.

2. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the United States every year, plus an additional one billion frozen pizzas.

3. Pizza is a $30 billion industry in the United States.

4. Pizzerias represent 17 percent of all US restaurants.

5. Ninety-three percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.

6. Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.

7. About 36 percent of all pizzas contain pepperoni, making it the most popular topping in the United States. (U.S. dollar continued its weakness)

8. The first known pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.

9. More pizza is consumed during the week of the Super Bowl than any other time of the year.

10. On average, each person in the United States eats around 23 pounds of pizza every year.

11. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened by Gennaro Lombardi in 1895 in New York City.

12. The record for the world’s largest pizza depends on how you slice it. According to Guinness World Records, the record for the world’s largest circular pizza was set at Norwood Hypermarket in South Africa in 1990. The gigantic pie measured 122 feet 8 inches across, weighed 26,883 pounds, and contained 9,920 pounds of flour, 3,968 pounds of cheese, and 1,984 pounds of sauce. In 2005, the record for the world’s largest rectangular pizza was set in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Pizza restaurant owner Bill Bahr and a team of 200 helpers created the 129 X 98.6-foot pizza from 4,000 pounds of cheese, 700 pounds of sauce, and 9,500 sections of crust. The enormous pie was enough to feed the town’s 5,200 residents ten slices of pizza each.

Why the brain is so hungry

Amazing Super Blue Blood Moon!

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On January 31, you will be treated to both a visible supermoon—what we call a full moon at its closest orbital point to Earth—and a total lunar eclipse. As the second full moon of the month, it earns the title of a blue moon as well. The celestial coincidence hasn’t happened in more than 150 years. That means there were people who lived and died on this Earth without ever having had a chance to see this phenomenon, which won’t reappear again for another decade.


This supermoon also happens to be the final one in a supermoon trilogy—the first two of which appeared on Dec. 3 and Jan. 1.


A “supermoon” full moon sets over the RT-70 radio telescope in the village of Molochnoye, Crimea January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov


Visible supermoons appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than full moons that occur at the farthest point in the moon’s orbit. During the eclipse, with totality visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific to western North America, the moon will slowly lose its brightness and take on a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, says NASA.


As a result, totally eclipsed moons are sometimes also called “blood moons.”



“蓝月”当然不是形容月亮的颜色。“蓝月”由英语“blue moon”直译而来,意为“罕见的事情”。天文学中,“蓝月”是一个月中的第二次满月,因相对罕见而被叫做“蓝月”。





Total Lunar Eclipse
A NASA graphic showcases a timeline for the upcoming eclipse.

When can I see the supermoon and total lunar eclipse?


The best time to enjoy a supermoon is right after moonrise and before sunrise, when the moon is sitting on the horizon. It will appear its biggest and brightest because of a “moon illusion” effect that’s created when you are able to compare the lunar body to other objects for scale, like buildings and foliage.


For the real highlight of the show, the lunar eclipse will begin at 6:48am ET and reach its maximum at 8:30am ET. Viewers from eastern Asia, the Pacific, and western North America will get the best view, but viewers in eastern North America and Europe will also catch a partial eclipse.


What’s the best way to photograph the lunar eclipse?


To take a picture of the supermoon or the lunar eclipse with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera’s focus. Then adjust the exposure slider that appears next to your finger to get the right balance of light for your shot.


If you’re using a DSLR, NASA’s senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon. He says that it’s important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object: “It’s a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realizing that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster.”


To get an original shot, Ingalls suggests taking a picture that puts the moon in context of a local landmark, something that gives your photo a sense of place. “Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything,” say Ingalls. “Everyone will get that shot.”


Do I need special glasses to watch the supermoon and lunar eclipse?



Unlike the solar eclipse, the supermoon and the lunar eclipse are safe to view with the naked eye. There’s nothing to worry about if you find yourself enthralled and staring up into the sky for a very long time. Except maybe your neck.




火星冲日 错过要等17年








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