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March 21, 2019

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Psychology: Robot Saved, People Take the Hit

Feb. 8, 2019 — To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives -- out of concern for ... read more

The Good and Evil of Ghosts, Governments, and Machines

Feb. 6, 2019 — Good and evil may spring from the human mind, but new research reveals how they extend beyond humans to the artificial and ... read more

Stock Market Shows Greater Reaction to Forecasts by Analysts With Favorable Surnames

Feb. 6, 2019 — Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favorable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research has ... read more

Mean Streets: Self-Driving Cars Will 'Cruise' to Avoid Paying to Park

Jan. 31, 2019 — If you think traffic in city centers is bad now, just wait until self-driving cars emerge on the scene, cruising around to avoid paying hefty downtown parking ... read more

Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone to Save Gorilla Populations

Dec. 5, 2018 — The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Nov. 27, 2018 — Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Nov. 1, 2018 — Researchers new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person's arrival in the United States. The study of communities migrating from Southeast ... read more

Empathetic Machines Favored by Skeptics but Might Creep out Believers

Nov. 1, 2018 — Most people would appreciate a chatbot that offers sympathetic or empathetic responses, according to a team of researchers, but they added that reaction may rely on how comfortable the person is with ... read more

Oct. 29, 2018 — The electricity requirements of Bitcoin have created considerable difficulties, and extensive online discussion, about where to put the facilities or rings that compute the proof-of-work of Bitcoin. ... read more

Oct. 26, 2018 — New driverless car technologies could lead to a world without traffic lights and speeding tickets. Researchers also hope the innovations will bring about the development of driverless cars that use ... read more

Oct. 25, 2018 — An examination into the detection of harbour porpoises is helping to give new understanding of effective monitoring of species under threat from anthropogenic activities such as fisheries bycatch and ... read more

Oct. 24, 2018 — A massive new survey reveals some distinct global preferences concerning the ethics of autonomous vehicles, as well as some regional variations in those ... read more

Schadenfreude Sheds Light on Darker Side of Humanity

Oct. 23, 2018 — Psychologists propose a novel framework to systematically explain schadenfreude, a common, yet poorly understood, ... read more

Oct. 22, 2018 — The way we breathe may affect how well our memories are consolidated (i.e. reinforced and stabilized). If we breathe through the nose rather than the mouth after trying to learn a set of smells, we ... read more

To Crash or Swerve? Study Reveals Which Actions Taken by Self-Driving Cars Are Morally Defensible

Oct. 9, 2018 — Researchers asked the public what they believed would be the most morally and ethically sound behavior for an autonomous vehicle (AV) faced with an oncoming collision. Even a perfectly functioning AV ... read more

It's a Beautiful Game, but How You See It Is All in the Mind

Oct. 3, 2018 — Researchers have used MRI scanning to try and find out how people can have such different takes on ... read more

Sep. 25, 2018 — Conspiracy theories have been cooked up throughout history, but they are increasingly visible lately. So what draws people to them? New research suggests that people with certain personality traits ... read more

Facial Hair on Pilots: Study Busts Myth

Sep. 21, 2018 — Do airline pilots need a clean-shaven face to ensure a proper seal on face masks during emergency cabin depressurization? A recent study offers an ... read more

Method for Video Promo Clips Via Facial Expression Tracking

Sep. 14, 2018 — Researchers have developed a method to effectively compress the plot of a feature-length film in just a few, sometimes, silent ... read more

Corruption Is Hard to Hide If You're a Politician Whose Face Is Wide

Sep. 12, 2018 — A new study shows that people can separate corrupt politicians from clean ones by simply looking at portraits of the ... read more

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