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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

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

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

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 4, 2015 — Bad news, fans of rational political discourse: A study shows that attempts to debunk political rumors may only reinforce their ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers have rated the leadership skills of more than 120 characters featured in 'The Transformers' cartoon in 1984-85 and 'The Transformers: The Movie' in 1986. Their ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Behavioral conformity has been studied extensively and is commonly explained in terms of social pressure or impact. Surprisingly, however, recent research suggests that social factors may not be ... read more

May 1, 2015 — The 20 most popular exoplanets have been made available for naming proposals from registered clubs and non-profit ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of NFL players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest and those arrested ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Since its first use in the 1980s -- a breakthrough dramatized in recent crime-solving dramas -- DNA profiling has been a vital tool for forensic investigators.  Now researchers have solved one of ... read more

Ten More Years of Real Money?

Apr. 21, 2015 — We will still be using "real" money for at least the next 5 to 10 years, but financial transactions carried out using mobile electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers, ... read more

Bioasphalt: From Microalgae to 'Green Roads? '

Apr. 20, 2015 — Microalgae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. They have now been used for the first time to make asphalt. ... read more

Zombie Family Values: The Walking Dead TV Program Analyzed

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers studying the first three seasons of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead found the show and its characters push family as the best hope for the end times, rather than government, science or ... read more

Social Shaming and the Search for Validation

Apr. 16, 2015 — A sociologist professor outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — If you are looking to raise money online for your favorite cause, listen up. A real-world analysis of human behavior shows that men treat online giving as a competitive enterprise. Men will donate ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — A new study assesses how accurately gender representations in online image search results for 45 different occupations -- from CEO to telemarketer to engineer -- match reality. Exposure to skewed ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Philosophers have put forward a new model that explains how humans recognize the emotions of others. According to their theory, humans are capable of perceiving feelings directly via pattern ... read more

Why Are There No Celebrity Accountants? Does It Matter?

Apr. 1, 2015 — The media is littered with celebrity trainers, bakers, nutritionists, even gardeners. But, one profession is always missing from the roster -- the celebrity accountant. The reason is most likely due ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — This is the 18th year that a mathematician has published his model's projections of how the standings should look at the end of the regular ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — The moon does not influence the timing of human births or hospital admissions, a new study finds, confirming what astronomers have known for decades. The study illustrates how intelligent people ... read more

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