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Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government. His testimony shows how Beijing’s spies are infiltrating Hong Kong’s democracy movement, manipulating Taiwan’s elections and operating with impunity in Australia.

Meetings at work should be seen as a form of “therapy” rather than about decision-making, say researchers.

Chess players make more mistakes on polluted days. Air pollution effects on cognitive functions. Bonus: The Effect of Traffic Pollution on Academic Performance

Merely 20% of the Tinder users in the sample have had one-night stands following Tinder use

Letting robots kill without human supervision could save lives [2017]

5 Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success

More than a third of Ph.D. students have sought help for anxiety or depression caused by Ph.D. study, according to results of a global survey of 6,300 students from Nature.

Google made algorithmic changes to its search results that favor big businesses over smaller ones

Facebook, Google fund nonprofit think tanks shaping federal privacy debate

There Will Be No Turning Back on Facial Recognition

Jeff Bezos says Amazon is writing its own facial recognition laws to pitch to lawmakers

Faces and licence plates are among the details that can be clearly seen in a 195 billion pixels photograph of Shanghai [photo + read more]

China to take over Kenya’s main port over unpaid huge Chinese Loan [Thanks Tim]

The rise of ‘ghost kitchens’

Salon Kitty was a high-class Berlin brothel used by the Nazi intelligence service for espionage purposes during World War II. The Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service of the Reichsführer-SS, or SD) took over the brothel, had the place wire tapped and all the prostitutes replaced with trained spies in order to gather data on various members of the Nazi party and foreign dignitaries.

Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich portrays Siamese fighting fish (Betta Splendens)

it’s a single shot of herself dancing to a tearful voicemail from her ex-boyfriend, asking her to take him back after he confessed to cheating

Chilean protesters using lasers to take down a drone.

pitfalls can be easily dismissed — like photos of the Earth from space, which flat Earthers believe are photoshopped

The rise of ‘facadism’ in London [Thanks Tim]

See Forever™ from the observatory at One World Trade Center. Choose to skip just the ticket line or all the lines. [Thanks Tim]