When the Art Is Watching You


Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts – The Wall Streer Journal - ELLEN GAMERMAN - COMMENTS One morning last week, a team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum ... Read More »

Good job, humans: The oceans now contain 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic

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A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world. The Washington Post – Chris Mooney * With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person. The study, published in the journal PLOS One ... Read More »

High level engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

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Adding a recognizable journalist to the discussion reduced incivility 17 percent Washington, DC (December 8, 2014) – Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether. ... Read More »

Check less to reduce email stress

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Is your inbox burning you out? Then take heart – research from the University of British Columbia suggests that easing up on email checking can help reduce psychological stress. UBC Some of the study’s 124 adults — including students, financial analysts medical professionals and others — were instructed to limit checking email to three times daily for a week. Others ... Read More »

Political Correctness in Diverse Workplace Fosters Creativity

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Being PC helps men and women become more creative colleagues Find Haas’ top business experts. Follow us @Haas4Media UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY’S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS –People may associate political correctness with conformity but new research finds it also correlates with creativity in work settings. Imposing a norm that sets clear expectations of how women and men should interact with ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death


It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Immigration is changing character of UK schools, claims Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith claims non-English-speaking children are changing the character of British schools. Photograph: Alamy

Work and pensions secretary says report setting out the billions of pounds that EU migrants had added to the economy is ‘silly’ Jump to comments Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, has said that non-English-speaking children are changing the character of British schools, as Ukip looks likely to gain its second MP in the Rochester & Strood byelection. ... Read More »

Living in cities makes you look older: Polluted urban air will make you age 10 per cent faster than in the country new research shows

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Women who live in the countryside look younger for longer, a study suggests. Research shows those in cities age up to 10 per cent more This effect is shown despite other lifestyle aspects being the same The 224 pollutants in city air damage proteins in the skin called keratins These are essential in protecting the skin from losing moisture City living makes ... Read More »

Was van Gogh Killed? New Research Says He Was Shot


The troubled life and demise of Vincent van Gogh follows a well-known trajectory: the precocious genius, the art world’s indifference, the onset of angst and madness, and then, tragically, his suicide at age 37. Or so we thought. But according to the groundbreaking research of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the painter didn’t shoot himself: he was ... Read More »

Denying problems when we don’t like the political solutions: Why conservatives, liberals disagree so vehemently

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There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime. Summary: There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime. A new study finds that people ... Read More »