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The Science of Why We Fall for Scams That Are So Obviously Scams

Yes, smart people get scammed. Lots of them.<p>Peter, a retired lawyer, still can’t believe he was scammed out of $2,000, under the premise of keeping …

Why It’s So Hard for Us to Visualize Uncertainty

The U.S. presidential election did not unfold the way so many predicted it would. We now know some of the reasons why—polling failed—but watching the real-time results on Tuesday night wasn’t just surprising, it was confusing. Predictions swung back and forth, and it was hard to process the …

Ask Ethan: What If Gravity Isn't Really Fundamental?

Ever since Newton first put forth his theory of universal gravitation, it’s been accepted that the same forces governing gravitation here on Earth also govern motion and formation of the planets, stars, galaxies and even larger-scale structures in the Universe. As our scientific understanding …

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This online class wants to help you stop procrastinating and become more productive at work

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Klash/FlickrEveryone wants to be more productive. In talks with friends, one of the most common personal frustrations I hear is …

A top psychologist says there's only one way to become the best in your field — but not everyone agrees

As a teenager in Sweden, Anders Ericsson used to play chess against one of his classmates, a boy considerably worse at the game than Ericsson. Every …

This essay from last month about someone 'learning how to take down the internet' explains today's cyberattacks

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier wrote an essay last month warning that someone was "learning how to take down the internet," and it seems especially prescient after a number of major websites were taken offline Friday amid a major cyberattack.<p>"Over the past year or two, someone has been probing …

How a False Vacuum Could Destroy the Universe With Terrifying Efficiency

But don't worry, scientists might be wrong.<p>Tired of worrying about the upcoming election, global war and/or the slow destruction of the Earth through climate change? Never fear! Here's a new, totally hypothetical yet frighteningly well-founded nightmare apocalypse scenario!<p>The theory is explained …

This mesmerizing map shows what cyberattacks look like

The global cyber war is raging on, and this mesmerizing map shows just how serious it has become.<p>Cybersecurity firm Norse Corp developed an …

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9 Ways to Become Mentally Tough According to a Former Marine

You can read every leadership book out there, until you’re an expert in the art of managing other people.<p>But ultimately, this knowledge is useless if …

16 New Must Watch Tutorials, Courses on Machine Learning

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4 Reasons to Get Your Master’s Degree in Cyber Security

As reported by <i>CSO</i>, IBM’s Chairman, CEO and President Ginni Rometty said last year:<p>“We believe that data is the phenomenon of our time. It is the …

Avoid Being Manipulated: 7 Things That Make You An Ideal Target

<i>October 20, 2016</i><p>Anyone and everyone is potentially vulnerable to control or manipulation, but some people are more likely to fall victims of …

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Here's what 8 weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain

What are the neural correlates of these effects? A new systematic review in <i>Brain and Cognition</i> has looked at all studies published prior to July this year that investigated brain changes associated with eight weeks of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.<p>The …