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A former surgeon general says loneliness is making people worse at their jobs

"The world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness," Murthy, the former surgeon general wrote recently in Harvard Business Review. "If we cannot rebuild strong, authentic social connections, we will continue to splinter apart — in the workplace and in society."<p>Murthy believes that loneliness …

Public Health

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years?<br>Chances are we'll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years.<p>In 1880 the average American male was 5'7''. Today, he's 5'10''.<p>We may also merge with machines that can enhance our hearing, …

Genetics

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Has science lost its way?

There were many impassioned political orations delivered at Saturday’s so-called March for Science. Sadly, I heard nothing about the truly serious problem plaguing science today.<p>The single greatest threat to science right now comes from within its own ranks. Last year <i>Nature</i>, the prestigious …

Here's 17 Record Stores You Should Visit Before You Die

From Canada to China, our guide to the top destinations for vinyl aficionados.<p><i>This post ran originally on THUMP Canada.</i><p>The smug collector's Christmas—otherwise known as Record Store Day—celebrated its tenth anniversary this past weekend. What started in 2007 as an annual celebration of record store …

What if we’re living in a computer simulation?

Virtual reality technology is making great advances, but it has also helped popularise a theory long debated by philosophers and now gaining supporters in Silicon Valley – that the outside world is itself a simulation<p>Have you ever wondered if life is not exactly what it’s cracked up to be? OK, …

Singularity

This 'Game of Thrones' statue is the stuff nightmares are made of

The penultimate episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 6 — aka "Battle of the Bastards" — was traumatic for a number of reasons: Rickon Stark was murdered …

Eye Expressions Provide Insight Into Emotions

New research suggests we interpret a person’s emotions by analyzing the expression in their eyes.<p>Dr. Adam Anderson, professor of human development at …

Science: College Can Decrease Your Understanding of It. A Harvard Physicist Is Undoing the Damage

Studies show that traditional lectures tend to lower students' understanding of physics. Harvard professor Eric Mazur developed techniques that work, and innovators can learn from them.<p>If we want to improve our world, we need to know science--not just to solve problems, but to understand the …

Physics

This Wonderfully Absurd Museum Features Only Failures (Here's Why That's Brilliant)

Failure is actually an option -- and a really awesome one.<p>It's a given in business that you can't hit it out of the park 100 percent of the time. You're going to have some ideas that flop worse than a fish tossed into a dance party. And innately, you may want to forget those "failures" and …

1 Sales Approach 34 Times More Effective Than Email, According to New Cornell Study

We overestimate email marketing's success rate, says new research.<p>If you can measure it, you can manage it, goes the old adage. Partly, that's why email marketing is so successful. If your success rate is only 2 percent, you just send more. For larger campaigns, you have people who manage the email …

Know-it-alls are worse at evaluating the truth, research says

Being right — or believing we’re always right — can become an addiction. Whether we believe in our superior instincts, logic or intellect, confirming …

Potentially 'undefeatable' ad blocker looks at content, not code

Facebook may have just lost its war on ad blockers. That is, if a new method developed by Princeton and Stanford researchers is implemented into a widely available blocker. Computer scientist Arvind Narayanan and his colleagues detailed unveiled a tool that detects ads the same way humans would, by …

Ad Blocking

Facebook Is Definitely Contributing To Your Misery, According To This Harsh New Study

When it comes to social media, we all face a similar dilemma. “Am I spending too much time gawking at other people’s lives when I could just as easily be living my own?” Are all these videos of six million pound alligators and opera singing golden retrievers really <i>doing</i> anything for me? Although …

Canada: Here's How We're Preparing for the Automation of Human Jobs

Candid Canada<p>As automation continually becomes a larger threat to human jobs, Canada is taking action. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, …

This Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Chicken Is Literally To Die For

Keep it fresh for dinner!<p>2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts<p>Olive oil, to taste<p>Salt, to taste<p>Pepper, to taste<p>Garlic powder, to taste<p>Oregano, to taste<p>1 ball of fresh mozzarella<p>1 medium tomato<p>5 leaves of fresh basil<p>For the balsamic glaze:<p>1 cup inexpensive dark balsamic vinegar<p>⅓ cup honey<p>*Try your …

New Research Shows How ''Fear Memories" Alter the Mind

Memory Formation<p>Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is experienced by 7.8 percent of American adults, according to the National Center for PTSD. …

Android apps secretly steal users' data by colluding with each other, finds research

Android apps are mining smartphone users’ data by secretly colluding with each other, according to a new study.<p>Virginia Tech researchers have found …

Congress will let internet providers sell your data—so rebels devised a way to fool corporations

Last week, the US Congress voted to overturn rules that would have prevented Internet service providers from selling customers’ data without permission. Though the rules had not yet gone into effect, the vote drew considerable attention to the question of how people can better protect their online …

Net Neutrality

I Love You, But You Don’t Know My Name: Personalizing the Customer Experience - Customer Intelligence Platform

As each year ticks by, consumer expectations increase when it comes to the depth of personalization of the brand experience. Many brands are doing …

This Guy Was Fired by Steve Jobs and Is Now a CEO—With Some Advice for Entrepreneurs

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Master the art of presenting: tell a story, keep it brief

Don’t assume an audience will listen, convince them that they must – and have the confidence to lead with your strongest point<p>Poor communication can be disastrous – literally. According to accident investigators it helped lead to the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Colombia as it re-entered the …

Here’s the Strongest Evidence Yet That Belly Fat Is Really Bad for You

Carrying extra weight around your middle could mean more than just too-tight pants: You may have a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, …

Now You Can Do Your Taxes Without Filling Out the Insurance Question

If you want to keep your health insurance status a secret from the I.R.S., the Trump administration just made it a little easier.<p>The policy change, confirmed by the I.R.S. on Wednesday after elements were reported by the libertarian magazine Reason, does not do away with the Affordable Care Act’s …

Astronomers discover 60 new planets including ‘super Earth’

An international team of astronomers has found 60 new planets orbiting stars close to Earth’s solar system, including a rocky “super Earth.”<p>The …

Our genetic makeup makes online dating perfect for men but terrible for women

Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist at Rice University and author of "Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution," explains how online dating and apps are changing generations of evolution. Some of those changes might be benefiting one sex more than the other.<p><b>Follow Tech</b> …

Online Dating

Block adverts, delete Flash, kill Java: ASD

The Australian Signals Directorate's award-winning Top Four cyber threat mitigation strategy has become the Essential Eight. They're based on data, …

What happened when I gave up sugar, alcohol, grains and dairy for 30 days

My clothes were tight-fitting, my skin was flaring up, and I was mentally foggy. Something had to change.

Dairy

How this astronaut overcame failure and rejection to land his dream job

Astronaut and "Spaceman" author Mike Massimino has made two trips to space, one of which was spent servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>He put his odds at achieving his dream career at .0000001. "Remember that things might be improbable, or really difficult, or unlikely. But they're not necessarily …

Hubble Space Telescope

This new at-home fertility test lets you zoom in on your sperm

Men produce an unending supply of sperm, but most of them have never been able to see their swimmers up close and personal — until now.<p>YO is a new …