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A psychologist who's spent decades studying the science of persuasion explains why it's so hard to resist a sales pitch

Case in point: If you've got a likable salesperson, you're more likely to buy their product. If that salesperson tells you there's only one of that product left, you're even more likely to wind up purchasing it.<p>Yet if these are really such <i>duh</i> ideas, why can't we apply them in our daily lives? As …

Psychology

Five books to fire my passion for science

Is there a book that can find the answers to life, the universe and everything? Well, probably not! But there are a lot of books out there that can shed some light on our existence, from the smallest atoms to the secrets of the universe. And they can make it fun, too! Here secret site member <b>Secret</b> …

New Naked Bikes for 2016 and 2017 That We Want to Ride

Our man in the motorcycle industry breaks down the newest two-wheeled offerings.<p>Here are the 15 newest naked bikes you need to know about.

Why does the brain use so much energy?

We know more about what the brain does when it's active than we do when it's at rest. It makes sense -- much neuroscientific research has looked to …

The Number One Neuroscience Game-Changing Tool All Leaders Need For The New Year

Who do you work with that just drives you bonkers? Do you wish there was a way to wave a magic wand and instantly remove the immediate irritation, angst and frustration you associate with them?<p>While I don’t have a magic wand, thanks to neuroscience, I do have a practical tool that you can start …

Stanford University

What Are Quantum Gravity's Alternatives To String Theory?

The Universe we know and love — with Einstein’s General Relativity as our theory of gravity and quantum field theories of the other three forces — has a problem that we don’t often talk about: it’s incomplete, <i>and we know it</i>. Einstein’s theory on its own is just fine, describing how …

The Bible Doesn't Say Anything

The Bible says...<p>This is a powerful statement. We've all heard it before, from a pulpit or politician, friend or foe. These three words conjure an absolutist stance and the highest authority, but the fact is, the Bible doesn't say anything.<p>Here's an experiment. Go find a Bible. Place it on the …

Faith

Computing with time travel

Why send a message back in time, but lock it so that no one can ever read the contents? Because it may be the key to solving currently intractable …

An FBI Agent Shares 9 Secrets to Reading People

23 years in the FBI taught this entrepreneur the remarkable power of observation.<p>The ability to read others will greatly affect how you deal with them. When you understand how another person is feeling, you can adapt your message and communication style to make sure it is received in the best way …

5 (More) Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Back by popular demand: 5 more talks to help broaden your emotional horizons.<p>Emotional intelligence (EQ) describes a person's ability to recognize his or her own and other people's emotions, to understand the powerful effect of these emotions, and to use that information to guide thinking and …

New quantum technology, and the measurement and definition of time

Einstein’s relativity, optical atomic clocks, and November’s Perimeter Institute public lecture from David Wineland. With some added geek nostalgia<p>A while ago the Independent asked me, and others, to share some science books that have excited us. My choice was “Science and the Universe” from the …

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Washington University in St. Louis

Edward Snowden: NSA Spying on Porn Habits, not Terrorists

LOS ANGELES — The first annual Politicon event on Saturday featured a live webcast discussion between NSA rogue informant Edward Snowden and far-left …

Surveillance