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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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NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 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.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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