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What avatars create feelings of friendship?

Mar 04, 15 What avatars create feelings of friendship?

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More and more, we make avatars online. For video games, social media, online dating and chatting, and other reasons, we see the online avatar all over the Internet. But just how do we react to these different avatars?

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The hidden truths of social media posts

Mar 04, 15 The hidden truths of social media posts

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A lot more can be said in 140 characters then you might have previously thought. That tweet you just posted in which you firmly assert you do not care about that ugly dress, but suggest it's blue and black anyway may actually speak volumes about facets of yourself beyond a need to comment on what’s trending.

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Darpa seeks aid monitoring the Arctic

Mar 03, 15 Darpa seeks aid monitoring the Arctic

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Government leaders in Northern Hemisphere countries are mentioning melting ice in the Arctic more than ever in their strategic plans, but the region’s remoteness makes it difficult for any of them to know exactly what their neighbors are doing up there.

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Redefining gender: Is there a spectrum between boy and girl?

Mar 03, 15 Redefining gender: Is there a spectrum between boy and girl?

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The sex designation of your brain and body may not be as black and white as scientists have believed it to be. Instead gender may fall somewhere on a gray scale. Scientists are trying to unravel the complex biological breakdowns of gender, and as they learn more, it’s becoming more apparent there aren’t just men and women among us.

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Vivid molluscs may hold key to virtual reality apps

Mar 03, 15 Vivid molluscs may hold key to virtual reality apps

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A tiny mollusc found on British shores may hold the secret to developing an "augmented version" of reality - a discovery that could potentially revolutionise the fledgling world of wearable apps such as Google Glass.

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Kids aren’t always precious little altruists

Mar 03, 15 Kids aren’t always precious little altruists

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Sharing is a virtue most parents strive to instill in their children, but a recent study from the British Psychological Society has revealed that not all school kids have the same motivation behind their altruistic behavior.

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Getting high on salvia, for science

Mar 02, 15 Getting high on salvia, for science

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Some people literally forgot which way was up, or didn’t know if they owned their bodies anymore. Others felt their internal organs being pulled in directions across all three planes, and through extra dimensions they hadn’t known existed. And a few could “feel” objects by looking at them.

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Exposing the doubt-mongers trying to convince you climate change isn’t real

Mar 02, 15 Exposing the doubt-mongers trying to convince you climate change isn’t real

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In Merchants of Doubt, the authors decried the uneven battle for the popular imagination fought, on one side, by scientists ill-equipped for high-volume cable-TV tussles and, on the other, by the “well-financed contrarians” bent on dismantling whatever settled science might lead to even the most benign corporate regulations.

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The ways animals adapt to humans

Mar 02, 15 The ways animals adapt to humans

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Human encroachment on natural ecosystems has forced animals to adapt. Those that do not adapt struggle to the point of potential extinction. However, there is hope for animals. National Geographic notes several ways in which animals have adapted.

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The mental effects of money

Mar 01, 15 The mental effects of money

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What effect does money really have on us? Researchers are gathered for a symposium today in Long Branch, Calif., in an effort to find out. The papers presented collectively aim to answer the old question of whether or not money can buy happiness.

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