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How people fake their own death — and why

June 14th, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

The Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko who faked his own death isn’t alone. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was recently found lying face down on the floor of his apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, blood seeping through his T-shirt. He was quickly driven away by an ambulance, pronounced dead, and delivered to a morgue. But the three bullet […]



How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention

June 14th, 2018 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The Crisis Text Line uses machine learning to figure out who’s at risk and when to intervene. When horrible news — like the deaths by suicide of chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, or the 2015 Paris attacks — breaks, crisis counseling services often get deluged with calls from […]



This one shocking factor can make you 4600 percent more likely to become an addict

June 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

It was discovered quite by accident – in part of a study of a totally different subject. One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives, and not being able to. As I got older, I understood why. We had addiction in my family. And as I watched some […]



Study: Gen Z craves ‘novelty’ and experience

June 11th, 2018 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

Generation Z shoppers share a love of real-world retail experiences, as long as they are augmented by technology. Gen Z, also called the Instagram generation, lives by visuals and expects retailers to make experiences cool and aesthetic, show how products are used, and feature them in their best light. This requires their favorite brands to […]



Millennials aren’t going out to drink and date, study says – but why?

June 10th, 2018 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Are apps to blame, or are millennials just lazy and poor? As a “younger millennial,” I will admit that any negative news about the millennial generation gets my defensive hackles up. But a new study about millennials and our socializing habits doesn’t seem totally off-base to me. Apparently, younger millennials aren’t going out to drink […]



The world is running out of Japanese people

June 7th, 2018 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Japan is shrinking. Fast. The health ministry recently announced that only 946,060 babies were born in Japan in 2017, the fewest births since official statistics began in 1899. At the same time, 1,340,433 Japanese people died last year. This means that the non-immigrant population declined by nearly 400,000 people. It’s an astonishing shift. The Japanese […]



Employee burnout is a huge problem in the tech industry. This survey shows which companies have it the worst

June 7th, 2018 at 7:39 am » Comments Off

Employee burnout and stress is a big problem in the average American workplace, but it’s especially true among some of the country’s biggest tech companies, many of which have famously rigorous workplace cultures that often encourage long hours, favor young people, and sometimes require unreasonably high levels of productivity. Blind, a message board app created […]



Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

June 6th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’ Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according […]



People are so obsessed with trading cryptocurrencies that a hospital just launched a program to treat addictive behavior

June 2nd, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

Scottish addiction treatment center Castle Craig Hospital has launched a program geared to help people who are addicted to buying and selling cryptocurrencies online. In its online guide, the hospital describes the addictive behavior as similar to that of other online addictions, and offers practical advice as well as longterm therapeutic treatments. Since bitcoin first […]



The historically low birthrate, explained in 3 charts

May 26th, 2018 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

US women are having fewer and fewer babies. In some ways, it’s a sign of progress. The number of births in the US dropped by 2 percent between 2016 and 2017, to 60.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, continuing a general downturn that started with the great recession of 2008. Getty Images/Ikon […]



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