BBC – Future – How liars create the ‘illusion of truth’

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. Among psychologists something like this known as the “illusion of truth” effect. Here’s how a typical experiment on the effect works: participants rate how true trivia items are, things like “A prune is…

How a Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades of English Soccer

Here at FiveThirtyEight, we tend to think statistics can add to our understanding of sports. (What a surprise!) From the more mature sabermetric movements of baseball and basketball to growing ones in soccer and hockey, evidence-based examination has led to new thoughts and ideas about the games we love. But there can also be a…

Scientists have discovered why American honey bees are turning into zombies

A California based group has discovered a growing threat to the American honey bee population that turns them into "zombees." The research by Dr John Hafernik and his team have discovered that the phorid fly has begun to use the honey bee as its host, and could be contributing to colony collapse disorder. These infected "zombees" behave erratically, leaving their nest to die….

Google’s AI creates its own inhuman encryption

What happens when you tell two smart computers to talk to each other in secret and task another AI with breaking that conversation? You get one of the coolest experiments in cryptography I’ve seen in a while. In short, Google Brain researchers have discovered that the AI, when properly tasked, create oddly inhuman cryptographic schemes…

Allan J. Lichtman’s election prediction system

  Professor Allan Lichtman, author of “The Keys to the White House,” explains why his keys still point to a Democratic loss in the 2016 presidential election – and a Donald Trump victory. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) Last month, the man who’s tried to turn vote prediction into a science predicted a Trump win. Allan…

A Parent’s Guide to Playing Minecraft With Your Kids

When your kid shows interest in a popular phenomenon, usually there’s not much to understand—you just help them turn on the videos, and put the toys on their birthday wish list. But it’s a little trickier when your kid comes home and insists that they need to play Minecraft. You have some learning to do….

The Effects of Four Different Types of Meditation

Meditation has real, practical benefits for your body and mind, but there are lots of types to try. Knowing the specific effects of each of these popular types of meditation can help you narrow down which ones may be best for you. A study in the journal Mindfulness tracked 229 participants over a 9 month…

What Is DNS and Why Does It Make the Internet Break?

GIF Today, half of America’s internet shut down when hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s still unclear exactly who carried out the attack and why, but regardless, the event served as a demonstration of how easily large swaths of the web…

Tesla shows off its upgraded self-driving capabilities

Yesterday, Tesla promised that it would equip its entire fleet with self-driving hardware, and it has now showed showed off what that tech can do. It released a video showing a Model X do a fully autonomous drive with "no human input at all," Elon Musk tweeted. During the demo, the car emerges from a…

Multitasking Doesn’t Work. Use This 100-Year-Old Method to Get Stuff Done.

Everyone wants to get more done in the shortest amount of time possible. Unfortunately, multitasking is limited to a small number of tasks. You can’t attend to an urgent phone call while you prepare an equally important report, because both of these tasks require focus. Most people switch between two equally important tasks to get them both…

Ecuador confirms it cut Assange’s internet for US election interference

Last night Wikileaks confirmed Ecuador — whose London embassy its founder has been holed up in since June 2012 — was responsible for cutting off Julian Assange’s internet access. Now the Ecuadorean government has explained why it changed the WiFi password, claiming it’s due to Wikileaks releasing documents meant to interfere with the US presidential…