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MakerBot shows off its Digitizer 3D scanner, with the help of some corn starch

MakerBot's Digitizer is the kind of thing that sounds too good to be true: a desktop scanner that can build perfect 360-degree recreations of almost anything that can fit on its eight-inch-wide platform. After announcing the Digitizer early this year, MakerBot is now showing it off for the first …

Teardown: Apple's Latest iPhones Are Not as Green as the Company Claims

When Apple’s chief marketing maven, Phil Schiller, said the new line of iPhones were designed to be “environmentally friendly,” my interest was …

A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. …

The Science of What Makes an Introvert and an Extrovert

Do you like to make small talk? Do you prefer one-to-one conversations or group activities? These questions and many others often show up in …

Psychology

Top 10 Tricks for a Healthier, High-Energy Workday

Working at an office can be surprisingly unhealthy. Between sitting all day, eating poorly, and enduring never-ending stress, your office can take a …

The Psychology of a Fanboy: Why You Keep Buying the Same Stuff

None of us want to admit it, but chances are we're all fanboys of something. Whether it's a particular brand of software, gadget, or anything else, …

Resurrecting dinosaurs will remain a Jurassic Park dream

Contrary to earlier reports, DNA doesn't survive even decades in tree sap.<p>On the same day that the latest installment of the Jurassic Park film …

Use the Psychology of "Limited Time Only" to Score Important Meetings

As soon as a deal goes up on Groupon, it is listed with the words “Limited Time Remaining.” An hourglass shows how much time is left before the deal …

Can an iPad game teach you about slavery?

With ‘Thralled,’ a team of students is aiming to shed light on a tragedy<p>A lone woman flees into the woods, clinging tightly to a crying baby. She needs to put the child down in order to clear a path, but when she does a shadowy creature slowly make its way toward the baby — if she's too slow she'll …

Black T-Shirts: The Original Invisibility Cloaks

Steve Jobs had his black turtleneck. Slavoj Žižek and Louis CK have their short sleeves. What is it with powerful men and undistinguished clothing? An Object Lesson.<p>Where are black t-shirts made? I assume that there is a factory is southeast Asia where workers break their hands and backs to churn …

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

<i>“The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1946, decades before the internet as we know it …