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May 23, 2015

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Emoticons May Signal Better Customer Service ;)

May 21, 2015 — Online customer service agents who use emoticons and who are fast typists may have a better chance of putting smiles on their customers' faces during business-related text chats, according to ... read more

We Have Difficulty Understanding the World Map's Edge

May 20, 2015 — Where do the aircraft pop up again? A new study shows that we have difficulty understanding how the edges of a world map are connected. Both adults and children have great difficulties to accurately ... read more

A Virtual Twin: Can Virtual Drivers Resembling the User Increase Trust in Smart Cars?

May 19, 2015 — Can the use of a virtual drivers programmed to resemble humans increase the level of trust and acceptance in smart ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt -- trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Researchers wanted to know whether the flexibility of the juvenile brain could be restored to the adult brain. Apparently, it can: They've successfully re-created a critical juvenile period in ... read more

Brain Learning Simulated Via Electronic Replica Memory

May 18, 2015 — A new study shows how a new way of controlling electronic systems endowed with a memory can provide insights into the way associative memories are formed by mimicking synapses. Scientists are ... read more

Lower Depression, Better Mental Health During the Great Recession, National Study Finds

May 13, 2015 — Americans had fewer depression diagnoses and better mental health during the Great Recession (2007-09) compared to pre-recession, according to a study. This large, American study also showed that ... read more

Teacherbot: Can Robots Do It Better?

May 15, 2015 — Opinion is often divided over whether digital innovations within education are a value or a threat to ... read more

Three Perspectives on 'The Dress'

May 14, 2015 — When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress? Some see blue and black stripes, others see white and gold stripes. This striking variation took the internet by storm in February; now ... read more

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Support More Harsh Criminal Punishments, Study Finds

May 14, 2015 — People who believe in pure evil are more likely support sentences such as life in prison without parole and the death penalty for criminals, a psychology study finds. The researchers added that ... read more

May 13, 2015 — While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, food scientists found umami-rich foods become your taste bud's best ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Men who wear red clothes send out a signal that they are angry and aggressive, in much the same way as if their face had reddened, new research suggests. This study is believed to be the first into ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success. The study showed greater connectivity among certain brain regions in people who successfully quit smoking compared to those who ... read more

Kissing Cousins, Arranged Marriages and Genetic Diversity

May 12, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, a research team has examined the effects of arranged marriages on genetic diversity. From hemophilia and color blindness amongst British and Russian monarchies, people ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Researchers have mimicked the way the human brain processes information with the development of an electronic long-term memory ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants has been developed by researchers. The scientists say that their method may potentially be used for everything ... read more

E-Skin and Pocket-Sized Diagnostic Devices Give Patients the Power Back

May 12, 2015 — Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new ... read more

Walking Dead Gone Viral: Crisis Communication and Humorous Messages in the Social Media Age

May 12, 2015 — As far as pop culture goes, it is hard to beat the current zombie upsurge; from TV drama like "The Walking Dead" to movies such as "Resident Evil", the devilish figures have ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Fish can produce their own sunscreen, scientists have discovered. Following suit, the researchers have copied the method used by fish for potential use in ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Researchers are working on 3-D bioprinting synthetic tissue that could help regenerate nerve cells in patients with spinal cord ... read more

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