Jan 30

Can a 3D-printed car change the auto industry?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/can-a-3d-printed-car-change-the-auto-industry/

If you believe the hype, the 3D-printed car may play a role in the auto industry's future. Julianna Goldman took the thermoplastic car for a spin and asked its creator what challenges remain before the vehicle can go mainstream. The big advantage for car buyers is being able to order a custom built car right down to the exact number of seats. The challenge though is convincing people that the vehicles with plastic materials are safe.

 

Jan 30

Lying Eyes, Or Something Else? How Blink Rate, Pupil Dilation Give Insight To Honesty And Attraction

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.medicaldaily.com/lying-eyes-or-something-else-how-blink-rate-pupil-dilation-give-insight-honesty-and-319164

It takes seven seconds. You walk in, smile, shake hands. In those brief moments of nonverbal communication, experts say, most people form their first impression. And what we don't express verbally, we communicate with the most powerful type of body language: our eyes. So, try as we might to say what we feel, they'll give us away. 

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Our eye language often expresses what we fail to verbalize. 

"The eyes, chico. They never lie." If you're a Scarface fan you'll recognize that line from when Tony Montana tells his best friend Manny he's sure his boss's wife Elvira likes him.

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Jan 30

People Who Are Great at Reading Social Cues Are Also Great With the Internet

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http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/01/23/cocktail_parties_and_the_internet_a_carnegie_mellon_study_found_that_people.html

Some people are better at navigating cocktail parties, family gatherings, and office meetings. And, as it turns out, they are better at the Internet, too.

483636977-man-has-a-cocktail-during-the-mix-shake-congress-at-elDrink up! Practice reading social cues at cocktail parties if you want to get better at reading cues from emoticon-less texts. Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Image

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Jan 30

Could you be a ‘super-forecaster’?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150120-are-you-a-super-forecaster

Most intelligence agencies rely on the informed hunches of trained specialists. But there are people from ordinary walks of life who routinely do far better at predicting events than the experts. Tara Isabella Burton meets some of them. 

Political forecasting is among the most vital roles played by the intelligence services: determining which country's government is most likely to collapse in the next few months, or whether a given nation has weapons of mass destruction that render them a threat. But what happens when there's no way to assess the quality of those forecasts – or the people making them?

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Jan 29

Who Predicted Patriots-Seahawks Before The Season?

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

http://blog.pundittracker.com/who-predicted-patriots-seahawks-before-the-season/

It's that time of year - to dig through the archives to see how all those high-conviction preseason NFL predictions turned out. We tracked 81 pundits this season: 64 from ESPN (yes, 64), 11 from NFL.com, and 6 from SI, including their division, conference, Super Bowl, and player award picks.

Before we get to the individual predictions, let's look at the collective predictions for each category:

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Jan 29

Do short words predict college success?

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http://theweek.com/articles/534531/short-words-predict-college-success

For those of you writing college application essays right now, it turns out that how you write might be more important than what you write about, at least when it comes to your success in college. Applicants who used more pronouns, conjunctions, and adverbs generally received lower grades, while those who relied more on articles and prepositions got higher grades. That's likely because their writing reflected more categorical, formal thinking than others, whose style tended more toward personal narrative.

How to get the most from MOOCs There's little shortage of debate on what constitutes great writing, though James Pennebaker and colleagues at the University of Texas-Austin weren't interested in how application essays held up against Ulysses or Blood Meridian. "The ways we use words reflect how we think," the researchers write in PLoS One. "In trying to assess people's intellectual potential, common sense might dictate that we should pay attention to their use of long words or obscure references." In fact, they report, short words reveal more, in part because they reflect an author's writing style. In turn, past research suggests that there's a connection between writing, psychological states, and thinking style - not a surprise to anyone who's compared scientific journal articles to James Joyce - and thinking style is likely to have something to do with grades in college.

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Jan 29

Anxiety Leads To Egocentrism: Feeling Uncertain We Turn Inward To Consult Our Own Feelings

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http://www.medicaldaily.com/anxiety-leads-egocentrism-feeling-uncertain-we-turn-inward-consult-our-own-feelings-319074

More than anger or a neutral feeling, anxiety may shift your perspective from the outer to the inner, producing greater egocentricity.

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Jan 29

Do your buddies know how long you’ll live?

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http://www.futurity.org/friends-personality-longevity-842432/

A new study shows that your personality in your 20s can predict your lifespan. In addition, your close friends can probably recognize the relevant personality traits better than you can.

Circle of friends having fun together “You expect your friends to be inclined to see you in a positive manner, but they also are keen observers of the personality traits that could send you to an early grave,” says Joshua Jackson, assistant professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Male participants seen by their friends as more open and conscientious ended up living longer. Female participants whose friends rated them as high on emotional stability and agreeableness also enjoyed longer lifespans, the study finds.

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Jan 29

Robot caregivers aim to improve seniors' quality of life

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2649277543/

Engineering Prof. Goldie Nejat at the University of Toronto says health-care robots represent the biggest source of funding for her lab from government and industry. Nejat says robot caregivers can help health-care providers with simple repetitive tasks like meal preparation. But they can also assist the elderly with social and cognitive skills. "The idea is looking towards robots as a type of technology, which we can use in our homes, in long-term care facilities and hospitals," says Nejat, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society. "They can help us to improve quality of life." In addition to Tangy, Nejat’s team created Brian, a robotic dinner companion for seniors who live in nursing homes, as well as Casper, designed for those who are more independent.

 

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Jan 28

Prediction Machine Picks Seahawks Over Patriots In Super Bowl XLIX

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/01/27/prediction-machine-picks-seahawks-over-patriots-in-super-bowl-xlix/

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 27: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Betting on the Super Bowl is undeniably an uncertainty and a risk. A much less risky bet would be that Paul Bessire's PredictionMachine.com has the most thorough and sound reasoning for why the Seattle Seahawks will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

PredictionMachine.com uses some of the most advanced analytics available today and analyzes them through a machine they call "The Predictalator," which is, "the most in-depth, state-of-the-art sports prediction software ever created."

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