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About time: President Obama thanks Japan for manga, anime, emojis

At a formal half-hour long ambassadorial ceremony yesterday, President Obama thanked the country of Japan for manga, anime, karaoke and emojis.<p>To be fair, there may have been a bit more context than that.<p>Over the course of the full ceremony (which you can watch here), the President mentioned the …

Wife Swapping in the Stone Age

Anthropologists are all too familiar with the violence and bloodshed triggered by marital infidelity. Now they are coming to terms with a more …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

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Psychology's answer to trolling and online abuse

If the 'sleep of reason produces monsters' then psychological science offers the tools to awaken it<p>Do we each harbour a dark passenger? A malevolent psychopath? A fragile narcissist? Contrary to popular belief, decades of psychological research shows that anyone is capable of aggression, cruelty …

Ashton Kutcher wants you to know he's a tech guy at heart

In the lead-up to the debut of the biopic "Jobs," Ashton Kutcher talks the future of mobile apps, wearable technology, and what the next Steve Jobs may look like.<p>"I think there's a huge innovation in software that leverages the tools that Steve Jobs created in various ways."<p>"Google Glass is a lot …

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WhatsApp is growing like crazy — 300 million monthly users and counting

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>WhatsApp has sprouted a new feature: push-to-talk voice messaging. The move, which was first reported by AllThingsD, is useful …

Why 4.7 inches is the perfect screen size for the next iPhone

If Apple makes the jump to a larger screen size for a future iPhone, the Moto X's 4.7-inch display seems optimal.<p>Whenever we do a poll about what new features people would like to see most in a new iPhone, the No. 1 vote getter always seems to be "bigger screen" followed by "better battery …

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8 Terrible Startup Decisions And How To Avoid Them

Failure can be devastating, but business owners who dust themselves off after a decision gone awry are often better for it. Learning the hard way can lead to better processes, stronger hires and improved customer retention, to name a few upsides.<p>We asked several successful entrepreneurs from the …

Samsung Exec Gives First-Hand Account Of San Francisco Plane Crash

Samsung executive David Eun was one of the passengers on board the Boeing 777 aircraft that crash-landed at San Francisco International airport on Saturday afternoon.<p>According to CBS News the crash left two people dead and at least 61 injured on the Asiana Airlines flight 214 which took off from …

How to Escape the Friend Zone

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

Is Television the Key to Academic Success?

Earlier today someone asked me if I’d seen news reports that children who watch 3 or more hours of TV a day are smarter than those who do not. I …

Feds foil $15 million ATM 'cash out' ring

A month after an international plot to steal $45 million from ATMs around the world came tumbling down, a new international "cashing" ring is being charged in a nearly identical caper. Prosecutors revealed that a group of cybercriminals attempted to defraud over a dozen financial institutions of …

9 Top Tech Myths Debunked

Does more bars really mean better mobile service? Are ones really gone forever once you empty the trash? PopMech tackles some of the most frustrating falsehoods of the digital age

A Seemingly Dilapidated Home That Hides A Crisp, Contemporary Interior - The Fox Is Black

Do you like surprises? Architect Raffaello Rosselli probably does, as is evidenced by this surprising piece of architecture. The project, a house in …

If You Like Something, Say Something

A lighthearted look at our serious need for reinforcement from others<p>People just love positive reinforcement. Starting at least as far back as Dale …

Can You Really 'Ban' Google Glass?

Today Google has by most reports no more than 2,000 devices out in the wild, in the hands of carefully selected partners, customers, and reviewers. Which is my way of saying the large majority of the people who are concerned about the device haven’t even seen them or used them. What they are afraid …

WiSee prototype detects gestures from the next room using only Wi-Fi

Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully created a prototype of a system that uses Wi-Fi — and only Wi-Fi — to detect gestures. Called "WiSee," the system cleverly measures the Doppler shifts created by human movement on regular Wi-Fi signals. That means that the system doesn't …

The Science of Hangovers

Psychology Theories: 10 Types You Should Know

The term <i>theory</i> is used with surprising frequency in everyday language. It is often used in to mean a guess, hunch, or supposition. You may even hear …

The Bad Habits of Good Negotiators

For a good part of the past decade, I’ve taught negotiation skills to diverse audiences—Fortune 500 executives, generals in the U.S. Army and Air …

49 Amazing Outdoor Water Walls For Your Backyard

Pebbles are often chosen to fill the base of water walls.<p>A water wall is another water body that is perfect for your garden and has a relaxing sound …

Google: Motorola's tattoos could replace passwords

Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced.<p>The technology, which aims to remove the need to enter passwords and replace them simply with a phone being close to a user’s body, was one of the suggestions Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s …

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Love Hurts: A Breakup Kit To Mend Your Broken Heart

Breakups are hard and even harder to get over. No one could possibly understand what you’re going through, unless their names are Chocolate and Alcohol. Designer Melanie Chernock feels your pain and has produced a readymade breakup kit that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.<p>Love Hurts takes its …

Why Are We so bad at Detecting Lies?

People are pretty lousy lie detectors. In ordinary social interactions, when all we have to go by is what the other persons are saying and how they …

Why the Sky ISN'T Blue

Be Glad for Our Failure to Catch Up with China in Education

For more than 20 years we’ve had national educational goals aimed at emulating the Chinese (and Japanese and Korean) educational system. We’ve been …

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