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I’d Never Admit That to My Doctor. But to a Computer? Sure

New research finds patients are more likely to respond honestly to personal questions when talking to a virtual human.

Our Machine Overlords

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The Elderly Fear Their Future Robot Friends Will Corrupt Children

Senior citizens’ hesitance about using caretaking robots comes from a fear that their grandchildren will become emotionally dependent on the machines.

 

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The Curious Evolution of the Sign Spinner

Something so simple can tell us so much about who we value and why.

 

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Keeping a Human Finger on the Killer Robot’s Trigger

The U.N. wants to hit pause on autonomous killing machines right now—before the robotic cat is out of the bag.

 

Plan Now for the Robot Apocalypse

 

Optimistic Robot

The Love Bot

The danger of falling for a machine that’s just not that into you

 

Time Machine: Build Your Own ‘Iron Man’

 

Steal Your Face, Disney-style

 

Sex Stereotypes and the Single Robot

German researchers report putting long hair on a robot is sufficient to get people to assign it “feminine” tasks.

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The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been sucked from beneath the Colorado River during the past ten years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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