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Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Entrepreneurship

Tech firms scrounging for skilled workers training their own

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) — Some information technology companies are growing so concerned about their inability to find enough digital …

Scott Pruitt is dismantling EPA in secret for the same reason the GOP health care bill was secret

Today’s GOP agenda is unpopular and indefensible.<p>The New York Times had a big story on Friday about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s propensity to operate in secret. It offers a detailed and damning review of the evidence, but it stops short of drawing the broader conclusion: namely, that the …

US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

Privacy advocates call warrant for IP addresses of 1.3 million people who visited inauguration protest website an unconstitutional ‘fishing expedition’<p>The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing …

Al Sharpton

Virus scanner -- or malware? Beware app store fakes

In the wake of WannaCry, 27 different apps materialized promising to protect your phone from the global ransomware attack.<p>But wait: WannaCry, which ensnared more than 200,000 computers around the world, doesn't target phones. It used an exploit, discovered by the National Security Agency and leaked …

Hasselhoff-bot stars in AI-scripted film

First the algorithms came for our jobs, then our pickup lines and now they're writing screenplays.<p>An artificial intelligence that named itself Benjamin wrote David Hasselhoff's dialogue for "It's No Game," a science-fiction short film starring Hasselhoff as the Hoffbot (dressed in a gold smoking …

Sorry, English teachers: 'Irregardless' is a word, dictionary writer says

I once got an email from a retired English teacher who corrected a grammatical error that appeared in a column.<p>The teacher was very polite and seemed …

Science Can’t Save the Earth This Time

In the movie <i>The Martian</i>, Matt Damon proves he can “science the shit” out of his situation to survive on a toxic planet. We, unfortunately, will not …

Climate Change

Canadian reporter Ed Ou barred from entering US

<b>A Canadian reporter was barred from entering the US. Is this the beginning of the end of press freedom?</b><p>Ed Ou is used to crossing borders.<p>The award-winning Canadian photojournalist has spent the past decade travelling to the kinds of places where being in the media can be a hazard to your health: …

Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days

By on November 24, 2016 at 9:29 am<p>This week, we saw the first of what will surely be many headlines pitting the incoming Trump administration against …

Europe's Court of Justice rules that hyperlinking can infringe on copyright

The ruling could have widespread consequences<p>On Thursday, the Dutch publisher of <i>Playboy</i> won a major legal victory concerning photographs that had been uploaded to the internet without its permission on a file-sharing site. The ruling handed down by the European Union Court of Justice could have …

Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws

European commission says Apple got illegal help with tax breaks but CEO Tim Cook says ruling threatens investment in Europe<p>Apple has warned that future investment by multinationals in Europe could be hit after it was ordered to pay a record-breaking €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland.<p>The …

The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web

In London’s Epping Forest, a scientist named Merlin eavesdrops on trees’ underground conversations.<p>Epping Forest is a heavily regulated place. First designated as a royal hunting ground by Henry II in the twelfth century, with severe penalties imposed on commoners for poaching, it has since 1878 …

This Windows trojan wants to party like it's 1993

In the early 1990’s, malware was pretty simple. Unsophisticated, even. It was spread primarily through infected floppy drives (<i>remember them?</i>) and dodgy shareware sites. When a machine was infected, the damage that could be done was relatively limited.<p>That changed when criminals realized that they …

You can still get Windows 10 for free with this trick

Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended last week, or did it? The software giant has introduced a "free upgrade offer extension" for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who use assistive technologies. While, technically, the free upgrade offer for the general public has ended, Microsoft has …

How I Got My Ex Back: She Blinded Me with Science!

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.<br>~James Bryce<p>My ex, "Sam," has agreed to meet me at the local coffee shop, in …

Blacks Are Most Likely To Be Arrested By Police—But Not Killed

A new look at data on violent police encounters reveals that the chances of getting killed or injured during a police encounter are mostly the same …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

University of Chicago

Obama tells tech community to solve encryption problem now or pay later

'It will become sloppy and rushed'<p>President Barack Obama called on the tech community to build a safe encryption key to assist in law enforcement investigations, saying that if it failed, it could one day face a more draconian solution passed by a Congress that is less sympathetic to its worldview. …

U.S. Department of Justice

US Air Force Develops Real-Life Lightsaber That Lets Soldiers Slice Through Steel Doors in Seconds

• Submit to:<br>• Del.icio.us<br>• Digg<br>• Slashdot<p>This entry was posted on 11/19/2015 02:30am and is filed under Gadgets, Military , Picdump, Technology .<br>You can …

Doctor dubbed 'the father of cyborgs' tested implants in his own brain

How far would you go to create a brain-controlled speech decoder? Doctor Philip Kennedy already helped blaze a trail in brain-computer interfaces back in the 80s. Now, a report in <i>MIT Technology Review</i> explains how the neurosurgeon decided to crank his research up a notch. Well, several notches, …

Tim Cook warns of 'dire consequences' for UK privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned the UK faces "dire consequences" if it passes the government's recently revealed draft surveillance bill.<p>The …

Opinion: Apple’s real cash pile is 99% smaller than you think

You’re one of millions of loyal Apple stockholders. And if there’s anything you love more than your new iPhone 6s, it’s the huge $203 billion in …

Rephone lets you hack a cellular radio into anything

Give a dog a phone<p>Yesterday at the Maker Faire in New York, we had a chance to check out the Rephone, a clever little project that comprises a bunch of modules that let you cobble together your own tiny little cell phone. Actually, making a cute little cardboard-encased phone is the least …

Blue moods may be connected to our perception of the colour

Dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure centre in the brain, is also involved in transmitting visual information<p>“Feeling blue” might be more than just a metaphor. Indeed, how we feel about the world can play a huge role in how we see it, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science. …

Dopamine

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, and in a few short years he made it the most profitable corporation in the world. It’s tempting to think that he must be one of the smartest people who ever lived.<p>Gates is undoubtedly …

Bill Gates

Facebook Could Check Your Loan Applications Against Your Friends' Credit

Just call it “friendlining”<p>Facebook friend lists are a weird collection of your classmates, coworkers, distant relatives, former roommates, and other people you may have known at one point in your life. A new patent granted to Facebook would let lenders check those same friends' credit scores and …

The mobile web sucks

It's going to get worse before it gets better<p>I hate browsing the web on my phone.<p>I do it all the time, of course — we all do. Just looking at the stats for <i>The Verge</i>, our mobile traffic is up 70 percent from last year, while desktop traffic is up only 11 percent. That trend isn't going back; phones …

Windows 10

How To Build A Flashlight That Runs On Dead Batteries

The dead shall shine again<p>Don’t throw out that seemingly lifeless battery—it’s not dead yet. A brand-new alkaline battery cell has an electric potential of about 1.5 volts, which drops as the juice runs out. The voltage eventually becomes too low to power most devices, but there’s still energy …