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Thousands of Swedes are choosing to have microchips inserted into their bodies. Here’s why

June 27th, 2018 at 9:09 am » Comments Off

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many people, the idea of […]



WHO classifies ‘gaming disorder’ as mental health condition

June 22nd, 2018 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

(CNN) — Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its […]



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 […]



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