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Inside the Bizarre, Unsolved Case of the Long Island Serial Killer

How a string of murders became one of America's most infamous crimes, fueling wild conspiracy theories and rumors along the way.<p>Something in Joseph Brewer's house made Shannan Gilbert think she was going to die. Maybe it was the fleeting image of some horrific thing she was not used to seeing in …

The Making A Murderer Theory You Haven't Heard Yet

Nope, we're still not done with <i>Making a Murderer</i> theories — and this may be the most off-the-wall one yet.<p>BuzzFeed tracked down a retired homicide …

Serial Killer Robert Pickton Released a Book From Prison Proclaiming His Innocence and It’s Totally Legal

The writing, from the worst serial killer in Canadian history, is pretty shit.<p>Robert Pickton, the worst serial killer in Canadian history, has released a paperback book proclaiming his innocence from behind bars.<p>In <i>Pickton: In His Own Words</i>, the former Coquitlam, BC pig farmer claims he's "the fall …

Tinder users are swiping right on serial killers

When it comes down to it, matching with a serial killer on a dating app like Tinder isn’t something you can knowingly avoid.<p>That is, unless the serial killer in question is someone as infamous as Charles Manson or Aileen Wuornos. You would think that two of the most well-known criminals in the …

Crime

Here Are The Real Reasons Why Serial Killers Murder

In order to qualify as a serial killer, you have to murder a least three different people in different instances. (This is not a challenge.) Killers can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but mostly, they’re caucasian, adult males. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Helen Morrison has been studying …

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

Psychology

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

Neuroscience

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

Can You Spot a Liar?

Probably not. But here are some techniques grifters use, courtesy of Maria Konnikova and her new book about con artists.<p>In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old consultant named Niall Rice gave $718,000, little by little, to two Manhattan psychics who …

Swallowing this smart nano pill could stop us from making diet mistakes

It's not always talked about in polite company, but your body produces a lot of gases scientists know little about.<p>A new smart pill, designed at …

You Don’t Need More Free Time

AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is one of <i>quantity</i>: We simply do not have enough free time. “If I could just get a …

Work-life Balance

Are your opinions really your own?

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Psychology

Virtual Reality Therapy: Treating The Global Mental Health Crisis

Most of us experience some level of stress and anxiety in our lives. It can be relatively mild or extremely severe and debilitating — or anywhere along the spectrum. Some examples include general stress at work, relationship issues, fears and phobias, depression and other anxiety disorders, …

'We know so little about so much': Robert Newman talks skulls, science and psychology

I discovered Rob Newman’s comedy when I was 16. His shows were relentless: packed full of quotes, arguments, anger, history, philosophy and, above all, bladder-ruining laughs. Oil, urban angst, war, climate change and capitalism – Newman tore into all of these subject and more with verve, wit, and …

Track Down

Marketers: Personalization will become a science this year

It’s 2016, and marketers still have trouble personalizing their outreach to customers. Only five percent of marketers have a predictive understanding of the customer journey, and only 31 percent say they use customer data to provide better experiences.<p>Just 19 percent of marketers personalize their …

Marketing

How are all those screens changing kids' behavior?

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, businessman and author Tony Schwartz offered an honest yet troubling account of what he calls his "addiction" to technology.<p>The medical and research fields have not yet come to a clear consensus on what constitutes technology "addiction" and which factors …

Parenting

Are Poor Neighborhoods Worse for Boys Than Girls?

A new analysis of social mobility by economist Raj Chetty reveals how childhood environment impacts adult gender gaps.<p>How adults in the U.S. fare economically depends, to a large extent, on the quality of the neighborhoods they grew up in. But boys and girls who live right down the street from each …

Demographics

There is now statistical proof that your friends are happier than you

Ever feel jealous of your friends? Do you worry that they're happier, more fulfilled or more successful than you? Bad news: a new equation has found …

How One Doctor Is Waging War On Bulls**t Science

It's about time.<p>We all know science is a fantastic tool for explaining our world. But as medical doctor-turned-editor Ivan Oransky knows all too well, it's not perfect.<p>Oransky, global editorial director of the news site MedPage Today and co-founder of the website Retraction Watch, has made a career …

Failure IS an Option

As summer vacation ends, teachers observe the annual ritual of returning to school days ahead of their students, to be indoctrinated in the school district's goals for the new year. The latest education fad is tossed out and replaced with newer education initiatives, which are usually older …

Does mental illness enhance creativity?

It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say?<p>Everyone can cite famous people from Vincent Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf to Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, who were exceptionally creative and experienced mental health problems. There are so many examples that it seems obvious that …

Mental Health

5 Reasons Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are Happier

On my way to New Orleans last December, I sat next to a man who was a project manager in northern California. Since I was about to embark on writing a speech about business leadership, I asked him what he thought were the best practices for managing a business. He advised me to read a book called,</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

10 emotional intelligence skills that successful people have

A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know …

Emotional Intelligence

Does Having Emotional Intelligence Actually Make You A Better Leader? Or Is It A Myth?

October 8, 2015 In Performance Management, Weekly Insight by Denis Coleman Leave a comment<p>According to Psychology Today, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) …

11 things smart people won't say out loud

There's no taking them back once they slip out, either.<p>I'm not talking about shocking slips of the tongue, off-color jokes, or politically incorrect faux pas. These aren't the only ways to make yourself look bad.<p>Often, it's the subtle remarks--the ones that paint us as incompetent and …

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Education

Emotional Intelligence Is Overrated

Other things equal, smart people should probably rule the world. They get into the best schools, they get the best jobs, they make the best leaders and they live the longest lives. In fact, there's even evidence smart people are the most attractive.<p>Yet, despite their brains and good looks, many of …