More than 30 states offer online voting, but experts warn it isn’t secure. More: A ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play
The super-recognisers of Scotland Yard. How an elite police unit is catching some of London’s most prolific criminals.
I trained rats to trade on Wall Street. Their performance was comparable to that of the world’s best fund managers.
A new reason we haven’t found alien life in the universe: We are still waiting for them to be born.
Thousands of fMRI brain studies in doubt due to software flaws which routinely produced false positives, resulting in errors 50 per cent of the time or more.
The big hack (A scenario that could happen based on what already has)
The bloom of our Amorphophallus titanum, known to many as the corpse flower, is a horticultural jewel 10 years in the making. Corpse Flower Cam at NYBG
Cold Does Not Increase Odds of Catching Cold [NY Times]
List of selfie-related injuries and deaths [Thanks GG]
Deutsche Bank is now worth just 17 billion euros ($18 billion). When the biggest bank in Europe’s biggest economy, with annual revenue of about 37 billion euros, is worth about the same as Snapchat — a messaging app that generated just $59 million of revenue last year — you know something’s wrong.
Psychologists have identified the length of eye contact that people find most comfortable (just over three seconds)
Marketing Vegetables in Elementary School Cafeterias to Increase Uptake 90.5% more students took vegetables from the salad bar when exposed to the vinyl banner only, and 239.2% more students visited the salad bar when exposed to both the television segments and vinyl banners.
When the robot approached lone individuals, they helped it enter the building in 19 percent of trials. When approached by the cookie-delivery robot, 76 percent of the time.
LG Electronics sells mosquito-repelling TV in India. The same technology, which was certified as effective by an independent laboratory near Chennai, India, has been used by LG in air conditioners and washing machines, the company said.
Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.
We clearly show that human communication has not reached a number of stars and planets adequate to expect an answer. These analyses both conclude that the Fermi paradox is not, in fact, unexpected.
The writer started watching movies and television in fast forward to make his life more efficient. But acceleration — the latest twist in the millennia-old tradition of technology changing storytelling — also made viewing more pleasurable. Now there is no turning back.
Women cry on average 5.3 times a month, men only 1.3 times a month. Why do we cry? And why might there be differences between men and women?
You Can Soon Buy a Melon With Hello Kitty’s Face Grown Onto The Surface. They don’t come cheap, though.
How the sense of an ending shapes memory Composers, novelists and film directors try to end on a high. Restaurants keen to manipulate their online reviews have found a similar trick.
Visceral states like thirst, hunger, and fatigue can alter motivations, predictions, and even memory. It can also shift moral standards and increase dishonest behavior.
Ticket bots have years of experience beating you to the punch for premium seats. A fan’s guide to why you’re totally screwed.
We are only beginning to understand the recent, mysterious honey bee die offs. And: New study shows bumblebees can sense electric fields generated by flowers, and use that feeling to tell the difference between flowers.