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How Hitler went from fringe politician to dictator — and why it's a mistake to think it couldn't happen in the US

Trump supporters argue that Trump's dictatorial rhetoric is a sales pitch and that Trump is more reasonable and less megalomaniacal than he sounds. They also point out that the United States has checks and balances that restrict the power of the president and make it difficult for a would-be …

World History

Database allegedly containing ID numbers of 50m Turks posted online

Half the population of Turkey potentially opened up to identity theft and privacy violations after information posted to server hosted in Romania<p>A database posted online allegedly contains the personal information of 49 million people on the Turkish citizenship database, potentially making more …

The rise of American authoritarianism - Vox

A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.<p>The American media, over the past year, has been trying to work out something of a mystery: Why is the Republican electorate supporting a …

Political Science

You Won't Like It, But Here's the Answer to ISIS

<b>Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to "Do Something"</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>How can we stop the Islamic State?<p>Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: "Come up with a plan for me to do something …

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

The United States of America has arguably done more to advance science in the modern world than any other country on earth. From the nimble ingenuity of Silicon Valley to the ascendency of US military technology, this nation has impeccable high-tech bona fides. Many of the world’s top engineering …

The UK big data project playing Moneyball to build smarter cities

The Future Cities Catapult aims to improve policymaking – be it for better flood defences, banking or medicine<p>When London’s Soho was hit by a cholera outbreak in the summer of 1854 it took a maverick to pinpoint the cause and come up with a way to contain it.<p>Doctor John Snow rejected the …

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

New year, new you – how to be happy

What’s top of your list of new year resolutions for 2016? Do more exercise? Eat better? Spend more time with your children? Find a fulfilling career? How about ticking all your boxes and simply be happy?<p>Sadly, you can’t simply “become” happy. Happiness is often an indirect consequence of our …

Happiness

Project Tango: Google is building it, but will they come?

Google’s Project Tango allows mobile devices to gain awareness of the space around us. Could the technology be as game-changing as the iPhone was, or is it just another shot at the moon?<p>In early 2014, Google made an interesting announcement. The company had a new product in the pipeline, one that …

Here's a simple trick to use at the end of the workday so you can actually relax when you get home

Unfortunately, you can't turn off the part of your brain that's still preoccupied with work issues.<p>Yet a new study suggests that there's a simple strategy for mentally distancing yourself from your job. The trick? Write down exactly how you plan to complete any uncompleted tasks the following …

Time Management

Scientists find link between people impressed by wise-sounding, 'profound' quotes and low intelligence

A new study has shown that people who believe in psuedo-profound, intellectual-sounding quotes are less intelligent<p>Ever get annoyed by people on social media who share 'profound' quotes, or use meaningless, intelligent-sounding soundbites in arguments?<p>A new study has shown that there is a link …

Freedom of Information: why we need transparency from our political elites

Telegraph View: The establishment's attempts to roll back the information revolution must be resisted. Politicians work for us and we have a right to know what they're up to<p>Here is a tale of two political agendas. On the one hand, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is expected to announce next week …

Your Agile Project Needs a Budget, Not an Estimate

Nearly every software development project starts with one question: How much is this going to cost? <b></b>Perhaps it’s a stakeholder who asks the question: a CEO, Board member, VC, or boss. Maybe it’s been asked another way — How long will this take? How many stories can we get into this next sprint? How …

Why we're ready to open our homes to refugees

Photograph: Photoshot<p>A mother and her child walk from Budapest, Hungary, towards the Austrian border.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/4/1441391519793/67506450-f36f-47a7-9728-ec6e13f4279b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Photoshot<p>A mother and her child walk from …

Blinded by technology: has our belief in Silicon Valley led the world astray?

In Geek Heresy, computer expert Kentaro Toyama warns against our over-reliance on technology and explains why people, not smart tools, are the key to social change<p>When Microsoft programmer Kentaro Toyama was sent by his employers to India in 2004, charged with using technology to improve education, …

Silicon Valley

When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide

Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaksWhen it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map. More exciting than a chart, …

This man invented the digital camera in 1975 — and his bosses at Kodak never let it see the light of day

Steven Sasson went to work for Kodak in 1973, The New York Times reports. He was tasked with figuring out whether a "charged coupled device" (C.C.D.) had any practical application. This led him, through a series of steps, not only to invent the first digital camera but also to invent a device to …

Kodak

Huge savings prompt Italian city to dump OpenOffice for Microsoft after four years

According to a study commissioned by the government body - and Microsoft - the costs of using an open source suite far outweigh those of using Office …

‘The only way to fight email scammers is to waste their time. It’s a lot of fun’

After someone tried to scam him, comedian James Veitch decided to hit back by engaging web con artists in conversation… with hilarious results<p><b>How did the book come about?</b> <br>From being targeted myself. I woke up one morning to an email from my friend Alex that said she’d had her bag stolen. Ordinarily …

Big Tech's big problem – its role in rising inequality

More profits need to be redirected away from shareholders and reinvested in plant, process and people if technology is not to exacerbate inequality<p>Look around and it seems pretty obvious that technology has made daily life easier.<p>We can watch almost any film or listen to any song at the press of a …

Dodge

The Art Of Visualization: A Best-Practice Guide

Self-service business intelligence (BI) tools are a big hit and have permanently changed the BI landscape. Their ease of use, performance, and …

Data Visualization

Mint 17.2​: The year's best Linux desktop

Windows 10? Eh. OS X El Capitan? It's OK I guess. Just give me the latest and greatest Linux desktop from Mint and I'll be happy.<p>I currently have …

Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

<i>Note from Beth: I met Matthew Scharpnick, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Elefint Designs, a strategic design studio that works with good</i> …

Data Visualization

Windows 10's Wi-Fi Sense draws security concerns and questions

With Microsoft's Wi-Fi Sense, people connect to open Wi-Fi networks. But does simplifying the connection process increase the peril? Some security …

Mapping The Ever-Increasing Divide Between America’s Rich And Poor

You can see as much from the map accompanying a new report from the Urban Institute. It shows how the top and bottom 10% of neighborhoods, measured …

Demographics

Here's what income inequality looks like around the world

On July 14, 1789, the French stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress-prison in Paris in one of the key moments of the French Revolution.<p>The average people were fed up with the Ancien Régime — aka the monarchy — and they were protesting the vast inequality between themselves and the upper …

#ThisIsACoup: how a hashtag born in Barcelona spread across globe

Twitter hashtag trending globally as activists show support for ‘democratic will of Greek people in the face of extortion by the Eurogroup’<p>The call went out on Sunday afternoon. “Hi guys, this is an important message about Greece,” wrote an activist named Francesca in a text message to 40 people, …

Are you hack-proof? Take our test

With security threats around every digital corner, David Nield examines whether you’re likely to become a target

Why Web Design is Dead

June 8, 2015Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why …

Web Design

Is anti-virus enough? Security professionals say preventative measures are much stronger

As cyber threats become more and more ubiquitous, there is declining confidence in traditional detection-based software like anti-virus. Instead, the …