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Why small talk is so excruciating

I hate small talk. <i>Hate</i> it.<p>And when I say I hate it, what I really mean is I'm abysmal at it. Just a total failure.<p>Here's how I experience small talk. Say I find myself interacting with a sales clerk, meeting someone at a party or conference, bumping into a neighbor on the street, any situation that …

10 Tech Startups Valued Higher Than AOL's $4.4 Billion

By now you’ve heard that Verizon is scooping up AOL for $4.4 billion in a bid to beef up its content smorgasbord and its mobile and video advertising reach.<p>Yes, you read the purchase price right. And, no, it’s <i>not</i> an <i>Antiques Roadshow</i> record.<p>Today’s top telecom giant is indeed buying the dial-up …

Startups

Four Ways to Figure Out What You Really Want to Do with Your Life

We've all hit that point where we can't figure out exactly what we really want to do with our lives. It can come when you're 18 or when you're 50, …

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own …

Emotional Intelligence

Think the poor don’t pay taxes? This chart proves you very wrong.

One of the stranger conservative tax talking points is the claim that the tax code is somehow unfair to rich people, who are unduly burdened by the progressive income tax. "The top 10 percent pay two-thirds of the income tax," the Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore notes in a representative piece. …

The Republican Congress Votes for Dynasty Over Democracy

Next week as Congress returns, House Republicans will address what they consider one of the nation's most pressing problems: relieving the tax burdens on multimillionaires -- not the 1 percent but the wealthiest 0.2 percent, two of 1000 -- by eliminating the estate tax. Its repeal will cost $269 …

Positive Thinking Is an Obstacle to Achieving Your Goals

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article was originally published on April 9, 2015.</i><p>Think positive and success will come.<p>The power of positive thinking is often heralded as the secret to success, or so says the famous book <i>The Secret</i>. Not so, says New York University …

Positive Thinking

Why You Should Start a Brain Technology Company

<i>The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of</i> IEEE Spectrum <i>or the IEEE.</i><p>Scientists have spent decades …

A Series of Illustrations Depicting How Dogs See the World Differently

A series of illustrations by artist Robert Brown depict how dogs see the world differently. The art takes everyday objects and situations and …

Video games don't want to be movies, they want to be steak

Video games and movies are often compared to each other in derisive ways. Some video games, like the recently released PlayStation 4 game <i>The Order: 1886</i>, are criticized for being too much like a movie. That game was knocked for its supposedly short length and reliance on cinematic storytelling and …

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …

How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …

Get Payday The Heist for free on Steam

Today only, Overkill's co-op crime caper action game, <i>Payday The Heist</i> is free for download on Steam. The game riffs off of classic heist films, putting players in four person teams and tasking them with pulling off high-stakes crimes.<p><i>Payday The Heist</i> was originally released in Oct. 2011, to …

Lone Survivor: Director's Cut Is Creeping to PS4 and Wii U This Week

You would never think that a 2D sidescroller would create such a chilling atmosphere to the point where your palms sweat and anxiety ensues. I mean, …

Vessyl is the smart cup that knows exactly what you're drinking

Can more transparency help you drink more water?<p>As a biomedical computing student at Queen’s University seven years ago, Justin Lee knew he wanted to build his own "internet of things" device — but he didn’t want it to be any old "smart" lamp, toaster, or light switch. "I wanted to put a computer …

Thync's neurosignalling wearable will change your mind — literally

Wearable devices are everywhere. Most use sensor technology to measure things your body is or isn’t doing. Another class of devices, like insulin pumps, takes action on the measurement data to change some condition in the body.<p>One Los Gatos, Calif.-based company, Thync, is developing wearable …

Final Fantasy XIII release day deal on PC Steam version

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Dealzon.</i><p><i>If the coupon listed below for FFXIII is expired, you can always find the latest deal here at Dealzon.</i><p>Way back in 2010, <i>Final Fantasy XIII</i> released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for $59.99. Fast forward to October 9th, 2014 (that’s uh, today), and it’s finally …

Destiny's Next Loot Cave Is a Heavenly Stairway

Since Bungie removed a loot cave in Destiny that could be plundered for rare items, players have been searching for other locations that could be exploited in a similar manner.<p>Now one group of fans have revealed what they feel is a worthy alternative, which they are calling Loot Cave 2.0. The …

How to enter 'The Terminus,' a secret area Destiny is saving for DLC next year

There's a way into "The Terminus" on Venus in <i>Destiny</i>, and YouTuber Nowise10 shows you how to get there. The Terminus is an area being held out for DLC coming in 2015 called <i>The House of Wolves.</i><p>There's nothing to do in this area yet except roam around and explore it — although there are three dead …

Microsoft formally launches Project Spark so players can create their own games

Microsoft has officially launched Project Spark, a game world with tools that make it easy for players to create their own games.<p>Oddly enough, Microsoft is releasing Project Spark as its answer to Minecraft, the pixelated user-generated content game from Mojang. But Microsoft also now owns …

9 Books Bill Gates Thinks Everyone Should Read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books

The Next Wave Of Pharmaceutical Innovation: An Interview With Bernard Munos

<i>Bernard Munos is a Senior Fellow at FasterCures and the founder of the InnoThink Center for Research in Biomedical Innovation, a consultancy that focuses on pharmaceutical innovation. He previously served as an advisor for corporate strategy at Eli Lilly & Co., where he focused on disruptive</i> …

Alien: Isolation is the most merciless game of 2014 (review)

<i>Check out our</i> <i>Reviews Vault</i> <i>for past game reviews.</i><p>Alien: Isolation is the best merciless game of 2014.<p>Even in a year that includes the punishing Dark Souls II, this is an Alien game that tests the limits of your patience and makes you pay dearly for the slightest mistakes. At least you can study the …

Talking Paradigm: A Surreal New Adventure Game

Indie developer Jacob Janerka on his quirky post-apocalyptic, retro Soviet sci-fi world.<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s the near …

First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin

The treatment will make use of a biology breakthrough that occurred just eight years ago.<p>A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, <i>Nature News</i> reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future …

Cell Biology

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in Eurasia. Small, hobbit-like humans in Indonesia. The mysterious Denisovans in the Ural mountains.<p>But our time alone may be nearing its end. Through the power of technology, humans …

Meet The Inventor Who Is Finally Making Virtual Reality Real

<b>For the first time, Forbes is bringing together 1,000+ members of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list with some of the globe’s top leaders and mentors to create partnerships that will change the world over the next 50 years. The Under 30 Summit will take place in Philadelphia from Oct. 19 – 22.</b><p>Last weekend …