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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

 

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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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Mysterious Resting State Networks Might Be What Allow Different Brain Therapies to Work

Deep brain stimulation and similar treatments target the hubs of larger resting-state networks in the brain, researchers find.

Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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