M. Wootton

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Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences

"I'll never agree! That's worse than being a slave in prison," Ella glared as she went out the door.<p>Maybe this is something we can apply to Popular Science posts? A team of computer scientists has developed software that's able to predict whether a book will be popular based on its writing style, …

The Danger of Nigeria's New Miracle River

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes: sometimes it’s a cat wandering home after years away; sometimes it’s an all-powerful deity impregnating a young virgin with a clone of himself.<p>Surprisingly often, though, the miracle involves the magical healing power of water. Consider what’s currently …

Frame Your Goals as Questions to Motivate Accomplishments

There are plenty of tricks to stick to your goals, but what's science got to say about it? Well, apparently, framing your objectives as self-directed …

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100 Years of Rock Visualized

From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years Of Rock in Less Than a Minute is an ambitious design project from ConcertHotels.com. It’s an animated, interactive …

The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an Icon

If you want to dress up like Superman, it is important to understand which Superman your going to be. The Shield of Superman: The Evolution of an …

The Decline Of Facebook Explained

Last week Jaron Schneider posted an inside look at the decline in Facebook engagement. For those of us with Photography pages to promote, this means …

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Humor: Conan O’Brien Debuts Funny New ‘Complete Waste of a GoPro’ Segment

GoPro cameras, or rather action cameras in general, are amazing little devices that have enabled people to capture everything from the exciting to …

Feeling Empty and Needy? 6 Ways to Fill Up and Heal Neediness

"What are you feeling right now?" I often ask my clients.<p>"Empty," is often the answer.<p>Since emptiness is an awful feeling, most people will try to fill the emptiness with various addictions, such as:<p>Food<br>• Alcohol<br>• Nicotine<br>• Drugs<br>• Work<br>• TV<br>• Sex<br>• Porn<br>• Others' approval, attention or love<br>• Over-talking<br>• Shopping and …

The Diagnosis: Social Media Overload

I realized last month just how burnt out and completely overstimulated I was when it came to social media. There were times I would pick up my phone -- out of sheer habit -- and pop on over to Facebook or Twitter, scrolling aimlessly to see what had happened since the last time I had checked in. …

The Art of Listening

In my monologue class the other day, my teacher said something that surprised me: "In order to be a great actress, you need to become a good listener." When I heard that, my eyes lit up. Although I already knew it was important to be a good listener in general, I had never thought about the …

Abortion Rights Group Gives U.S. a ‘D’

Forty-one years after the Supreme Court established a woman’s right to abortion, a leading abortion rights group said Tuesday that the United States …