May 27

What your profile picture REALLY says about you

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3605456/What-profile-picture-REALLY-says-Experts-say-reveal-conscientious-artistic-neurotic.html

Experts say they can reveal if you are conscientious, artistic or neurotic. Is your profile photo bright and cheery, or is it a brooding work of social media art? According to a new study, these distinctions contain key clues about your personality and can reveal whether you're conscientious, extraverted, or even neurotic. Using thousands of Twitter profile pictures, an international team of researchers found that personality traits can be accurately predicted based on differences in aesthetic and facial presentation.

For conscientious users, the researchers found profile pictures were more colourful, natural, and bright. These users were highly correlated with positive mood expressions, like smiling, and expressed the most emotions out of all the five traits. An example is pictured above, posed by a model For conscientious users, the researchers found profile pictures were more colorful, natural, and bright. These users were highly correlated with positive mood expressions, like smiling, and expressed the most emotions out of all the five traits. An example is pictured above, posed by a model

WHAT THE STUDY FOUND

Each personality trait has a specific type of profile picture.

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May 27

Will Space Elevators Really Be Possible In The Future?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://digg.com/video/space-elevator

Space elevators could drastically reduce long-term costs to space travel, and just sound really cool, but what are the obstacles to their construction? To enter Earth's orbit rockets have to go up and sideways fast. By contrast a space elevator taps into the energy of the  Earth's rotation to get the cargo going fast. The space elevator would be a less expensive way to travel in space versus a rocket, where the cost is immense. Still the biggest challenge for the  space elevator is the material of the tether. 

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May 26

Facebook: The world's front page?

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http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/691115587516/

Accusations of a liberal bias have put Facebook's dominance of news in the spotlight. Facebook maintains that what users see in their news feeds is dictated by impartial algorithms. The company says thousands of inputs go into what gets displayed, so liking a friend's photo or commenting on a story gives the algorithms more information on what specific users might like to see more or less of. But Facebook employees play a major role curating the Trending Topics section. Much like the front page of a newspaper, it's a key piece of Facebook's real estate because it highlights what news other users are talking about or looking at. News organizations also often use those topics to inform or direct their own coverage. Facebook is also changing the way news outlets factor into its algorithm to determine Trending Topics, saying it will "no longer rely on lists of external websites and news outlets to identify, validate or assess the importance of particular topics."

 

May 26

Some Online Bargains May Only Look Like One

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/14/technology/some-online-bargains-may-only-look-like-one.html

 Amazon has some unbelievable bargains on its virtual shelves.

An Amazon fulfillment center in Hemel Hempstead, England. As Internet commerce shifts from being mostly about price to being largely about convenience, it is harder for customers to judge if they are getting a good deal. Credit Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A cat litter pan with a list price of $2,159 can be yours for a mere $28. A bag of doggy treats, normally $822, is only $8. A windshield wiper blade, which the unwary pay $1,504 for, has been knocked down 99 percent.

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May 25

Heartbeats can reveal wisdom level, Waterloo study suggests

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/heart-rate-may-reflect-personal-wisdom-rate-1.3530488

Research links heart rate fluctuations and wise judgement.

 

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May 24

A futuristic vision of the age of holograms

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.ted.com/talks/alex_kipman_the_dawn_of_the_age_of_holograms

Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. He dreams of a reality where technology senses what we see, touch and feel; a reality where technology no longer gets in our way, but instead embraces who we are. A dream of technology on a human path. We have all experienced technology that enables people to act more like people, products that enable natural interactions, voice controls or biometrics.

 

May 23

New study shows finds startling find on colon cancer survival

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http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-study-shows-finds-startling-find-on-colon-cancer-survival/

According to a new study, patients with advanced colon cancer found on the left side survived longer than those with tumors on the right side of the colon. The co-author of the study says there is now evidence to prove doctors should think differently about patients depending on where their cancer grew.  Dr. Richard Goldberg is an oncologist with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and is a co-author of the study. "This data shows that we ought to be thinking differently about patients depending on where their cancer arose," he said. Patients with cancers on the right side tend to have fewer early symptoms and are often diagnosed later. One reason -- benign right-sided polyps can be harder to spot during a colonoscopy.

 

May 22

Do Reviews Predict How Movies Do at the Box Office?

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |
http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/do-reviews-predict-how-movies-do-at-the-box-office-20160412

Metacritic's number-crunching suggests that the supposed divide between audiences' and critics' tastes is largely a myth.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

The supposed conspiracy against "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" notwithstanding, it's not a critic's job to affect box office.  Much as they'd like to steer audiences towards good movies - and, less pressingly, away from bad ones - critics are more concerned with influencing how people think about movies than whether they see them or not. (They also know that, at least for major releases, their collective power is dwarfed by the might of studio marketing budgets.) 

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May 21

Radon is found to pose a risk for blood cancer

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://wivb.com/2016/05/09/radon-is-found-to-pose-a-risk-for-blood-cancer/

A new study links a higher risk for women contracting blood borne cancer from radon in counties with the highest concentrations of the radioactive gas. The study, based on a sampling of 140,000 people was published in the journal Environmental Research. Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs from the decay of uranium in the ground, and as the gas seeps out of the ground, it gets into your home. It has been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Now, as Dr. Philip McCarthy, the Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo said, radon is being linked to a rare form of leukemia, with women at a higher risk. “It could be speculated that women who are homemakers would be at risk for being exposed. Why? Because they are at home more that somebody who works outside the home. That was not looked at in the study, because they did not have that level of detail.”

 

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May 21

With Hollywood's Advanced Digital Face-Lifting, Do We Even Need Actors?

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/10/473703030/with-hollywood-s-advanced-digital-face-lifting-do-we-even-need-actors

You can now digitally replace just about anything on an actor's body — including the actor himself. Journalist Logan Hill explains this practice of often invisible digital retouching in media. Now you can make someone slimmer, stronger, give them bigger muscles, stitch their chest onto somebody else's legs, replace a body part, cover up a pregnant belly - it just goes on. And literally the options are nearly endless. And so now the question is once that software's there, once your body, once your movements, once your intonations are in the machine, who controls how those are used?

 

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