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Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone's emotions<p>In her new book <i>No One Understands You and What To Do About It</i>, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was …

Can driverless cars be made safe from hackers?

HUGH BOYES<p><b>Cyber security lead at the Institution of Engineering and Technology</b><p>Some would ask if any software system can be truly hack-proof. The bigchallenge will be how do you maintain the software in a state where it’s secure throughout its life. We’re already looking at 100m lines of code, and …

Cybersecurity

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

Psychology

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old gadget that’s taking up space. Usually, nothing is wrong with it. You just don't need it anymore.<p>Or do you? Before you decide to sell it or give it away, there are some very cool things …

Road Trip to Ohio's "The Spot"

A group of Instagrammers came together in Columbus, Ohio, on February 5th for the opening of the Mobile Photo Now exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art (check out all the photos at www.columbusmuseum.org/mobilephotonow). Many of us were friends on the app and just meeting in person for the first …

A new hotel in Australia lets you dine with lions and take a bath next to bears

The brand-new hotel for thrill seekers, located in the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Australia, lets you stay as close to the zoo's numerous animals as possible.<p>At the lodge, guests will almost be directly sharing a room with live animals. You can take a bath next to brown bears, dine with …

DrawAttention Turns Laptop Covers into Whiteboards

Further extending the seemingly infinite capabilities of your trusty laptop is DrawAttention: a creative add-on that requires no internet or batteries, nor does it have operating system compatibility issues. It's in fact, a simple sticker decal that transforms a laptop cover into a …

eReaders

Leaf House Version.3: A tiny house for sub-zero temperatures

Version.3 measures 4.9 m (16 ft) long, and comprises an interior floorspace of 9 sq m (97 sq ft). The towable tiny home is part-built using …

12 Small Ways To Travel More This Year

We often trick ourselves into thinking of travel as a big-time event -- and the truth is, you're not always going to have thousands of dollars to fund a plane ticket, hotel room and dozens of meals out. But you <i>are</i> always going to have wanderlust, and there <i>is</i> a way to cure it without breaking the …

To Uphold Freedom of Speech, Go Listen to One You Don't Like

Knowing that the illustrators and writers of Charlie Hebdo died for freedom of expression, it's only natural to want to do your part to support that noble principle. Here is how you can: Read this, an essay in which a Muslim cleric argues freedom of expression isn't important.<p>I am not suggesting …