How practice changes the brain and exceptions to the 10,000 hour rule

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No human being can make the circuit from eyes to brain to muscles fast enough to hit a ball in midflight or avoid an oncoming fist. You can’t change those natural limits with any amount of practice. So how do they do it?

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Essential gadgets while reporting on civil unrest

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We are giving away a Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator to a lucky Gadgets listener! To enter, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes then send an email to gadgets@boingboing.net to let us know that you did.

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Ferguson in pictures

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Photos, videos and messages from the St. Louis suburb where police killed unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

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Star Star Narayan

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A short story by John Biggs, taken from his new anthology, School Police. (Reading time: <5m)

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Inside job: the story of Witold Pileki, leader of the Secret Polish Army

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Unknown to most of the world until the late ’80s, Witold Pilecki was a leader of the Secret Polish Army. Dan Lewis on an all-round badass.

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Why "Drunk Tank Pink" is a poor paint color choice for your baby's bedroom

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Our guest for this episode of You Are Not So Smart is Adam Alter, a psychologist who studies marketing and communication, and his New York Times bestselling book is titled Drunk Tank Pink after the color used to paint the walls of police holding cells after research suggested it lessened the urge to fight.

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Documentary proves girls will play D&D with boys

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A group of boys, aged 9 to 11, plays D&D every other weekend, but their parties never include girls their age. Meredith Jacobson’s DnDnG explores the possibility that their female friends could enjoy the game just as much as they do. By Ethan Gilsdorf.

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Ferguson: Militarized police use force against protesters, arrest journalists

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Police turned violent at protests in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, where an unnamed police officer recently shot an unarmed black teen dead.

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Wear a giant papier-mache head and eliminate your social anxiety

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In the 1980s author Jon Ronson played in a band with Frank Sidebottom, a man who wore a large fake head onstage (and often, offstage). We talked to Jon about the book and movie (called Frank and which opens in NY on Friday) he wrote based on his experience.

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The time Disney duped Robin Williams

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“You realize now when you work for Disney why the mouse has only four fingers — because he can’t pick up a check.” — Robin Williams. Dan Lewis writes about how Disney went back on its word to Williams on Aladdin.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Will Pinocchio, Inc. Ever Become a Real Boy?

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Pinocchio, Inc. is given corporate life… but will he listen to his conscience and become a real boy?

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Bang your eyes: the 13 hardest rocking heavy metal movie posters

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The poster is to Heavy Metal movies what the album cover is to heavy metal music. One glance, and you know where it stands: proudly part of the genre, but boldly rippling with the promise of a one-of-a-kind experience, while also embodying metal aesthetics and expanding hard rock’s most visceral visual vocabulary. Mike “McBeardo” McPadden presents the 13 eyebangingest posters ever.

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Remembering Robin Williams, cinema's Rorschach test

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Kevin McFarland on what remains.
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Brain Rot Comics: The Mysterious Condom

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A Brain-Rot, coming of age tale about a young Ed Piskor.

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NerdFit: Why Techies Love CrossFit

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JC Herz reports on the strange bedfellows to be found when you’re into “measurable, observable, repeatable” benchmarks.

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