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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.

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Plan Now for the Robot Apocalypse

The Love Bot

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

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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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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014