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The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Social Media

The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:<p>Spoke …

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Oliver Burkeman<p>Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber …

Parenting

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression

<b>Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not.<p>The study, published in the British …

NHS

No time for leftovers: The astonishing scale of food waste in the UK and around the world

Christmas Charity Appeal banner 2017<p>As Christmas and New Year celebrations come to an end, people often look to their habits in order to improve their lifestyles.<p>There is one statistic in particular that might make us think when it comes to tidying up after the festivities: roughly one third of the …

Agriculture

11 Decadent S’mores Combinations You Need This Summer

Break out of the chocolate and graham cracker rut.<p>We're all for eating well, but we're also for living well: meaning, we believe in the …

Dessert

What North Korean propaganda posters reveal

<b>(CNN) —</b> To the outside world, North Korean propaganda posters are notorious for their militaristic and anti-American messages. Recent topics include Donald Trump being attacked with an axe and missiles pointing at Capitol Hill.<p>But one former Pyongyang resident is hoping that her sizable Korean …

Hong Kong

Urban killings rise in clusters as many areas grow safer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When she started an urban farm in one of Indianapolis' roughest neighborhoods, retired chemist Aster Bekele wanted to teach at-risk kids how to garden, and maybe sneak in a little science.<p>Then the city's homicide rate started soaring, with most of the killings happening around …

Urban Design

Seeking the Lost Art of Growing Old with Intention

Great lives often begin amid tumult and suffering. Seventy years ago, long before Bernd Heinrich became one of history’s fastest ultramarathoners, and ages before his scientific studies on ravens made him a leading naturalist, he was a skinny, impoverished kid living in a hut in the forest of …

Nature

How Apple Will Stop Companies Abusing Facial Recognition on New iPhone X

When Apple’s new iPhone X arrives next month, its Face ID technology will introduce a new era of convenience—but also new risks of broad face-based …

Privacy

The Dad Who Photoshops His Baby Daughter Into Dangerous Situations

Social media can lead to many exciting things, but in my stage of life it mostly leads to pictures of children. The lucky kids of my Instagram feed climb mountains, visit world capitals, and play a lot of soccer. They have picnics, first days of school, and lemonade stands. It’s all very …

The Complete Beginners' Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Ten years ago, if you mentioned the term “artificial intelligence” in a boardroom there’s a good chance you would have been laughed at. For most people it would bring to mind sentient, sci-fi machines such as 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL or Star Trek’s Data.<p>Today it is one of the hottest buzzwords …

Artificial Intelligence

Are heartburn medicines linked to a serious gut infection?

The pills you take to control heartburn and suppress stomach acid may be linked to increased risk of a serious gut infection. A study published late last month in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that people who take commonly used prescription and over-the-counter indigestion medicines such as …

Marathons

Disabled, or just desperate? Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up | The Washington Post

Disability

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.

The Story of Multiple Sclerosis and Its Major Milestones

You each have your own story of how MS has weaved its way into your or your loved one's life and how that has affected your relationships, beliefs, …

Medical Research

Kellyanne’s Alternative Universe

Will the truth ever catch up with Trump’s most skilled spin artist?<p>Even in triumph, Kellyanne Conway nursed a grudge. As she reflected on Donald Trump’s November victory, she made clear that she hadn’t forgotten how people treated her back when they thought she was a sure loser. Their attitude …

A year later, scientists keep listening to gravitational waves, the soundtrack of the cosmos

LIVINGSTON, La. — The speed limit on the LIGO access road is 10 mph, which is preposterously slow, particularly after you’ve spent the last hour hurtling across the bayou country on elevated freeways. You have to creep toward the guard booth. The scientists and engineers don’t actually care how …

LIGO

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. But then so is the long US record of foreign interference<p>As I write, president-elect Donald Trump – soon to become the most powerful individual on Earth – is having a tantrum on his Twitter feed. Losing the popular vote can have …

Russia

These Are the Most Valuable Roadless Areas Left on Earth

A new map reveals the extent to which roads have fragmented wild lands.<p>Wild lands void of roads are among the last relatively undisturbed parts of the planet. Although as much as 80 percent of Earth’s land surface is still roadless, that territory has been fragmented into nearly 600,000 pieces, …

Trump's America Recalls the Dark History of Ideology-Driven Science

With Trump presidency, climate matters are reverting back to eerily science principles.<p><b>By Paul N. Edwards, University of Michigan</b><p>President-elect …

George W. Bush

Are you a top secret cyber-security genius? Take our test

As part of the government’s new national cyber-security programme, 50 people with non-tech backgrounds will be recruited to become hack-breakers. Do you have what it takes?<p>Want to become a government codebreaker, but worried that your profound lack of technological nous will hold you back? Fear no …

Cybersecurity

Alton Brown's Good Eats to get online sequel, Food Network star reveals

Host uses Facebook Live to discuss with fans his plans for internet show: ‘I want freedom to do what I want and say what I want’<p>The cult favorite cooking show Good Eats is coming back. Well, basically.<p>A few weeks ago, the Food Network host Alton Brown teased a new “internet venture” of his. “I call …

Facebook Live

Perimeter Lecture: Bulletproof Custard

Fluids that stop flowing when you push them too hard<p>This month’s public lecture at the Perimeter Institute is by Michael Cates, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, on the weird properties of soft matter.<p>Cates is an expert on the theory of soft matter, such as …

Mathematics

How Contraception Transformed the American Family

The Supreme Court’s Griswold decision fifty years ago raised women’s incomes and expanded opportunities for their children.<p>Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced one of its most important decisions of the 1960s. This landmark decision unleashed an era of new opportunities, …

U.S. Supreme Court

The 'Australian Banksy' Strikes With a Gigantic Optical Illusion

The mural only makes sense from a certain angle.<p>Good street art makes you think. <i>Really</i> good street art, in the case of Fintan Magee’s new piece in Belgium, makes you think you’re about to be stepped on by a giant carrying a weird cube on his back.<p>“Moving the Pointless Monument” is a mural Magee …

7 mistakes companies are making on social right now

Gone are the days when marketing professionals question the value of their company having a presence on social networks. Regardless of if the company is B2B, B2C, or any combination of the two – their customers are on social because EVERYONE is on social.<p>You would think, however, that at this point …

Marketing