Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Uber: The Psychology of Manipulation

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/02/technology/uber-drivers-psychological-tricks.html?_r=1 To keep drivers on the road, the company has exploited some people’s tendency to set earnings goals — alerting them that they are ever so close to hitting a precious target when they try to log off. It has even concocted an algorithm similar to a Netflix feature that automatically

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Intrinsic biological mechanism that compels isolated animals to seek out companionship

https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-evidence-for-the-necessity-of-loneliness-20160510/ But how did these powerful communities come to exist in the first place? Cacioppo proposes that the root of social ties lies in their opposite — loneliness. According to his theory, the pain of being alone motivates us to seek the safety of companionship, which in turn benefits the species

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We evolved to experience social rejection in the same way as physical pain.

http://theconversation.com/loneliness-on-its-way-to-becoming-britains-most-lethal-condition-94775 Analysis of 300,000 people in 148 studies found that loneliness is associated with a 50% increase in mortality from any cause. This makes it comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and more dangerous than obesity. As the lead researcher of the analysis, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, comments: Loneliness significantly increases risk for premature

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Efforts to use the immune system to treat brain cancer

Can #immunotherapy succeed in glioblastoma? A research update on efforts to use the immune system to treat brain cancer: https://t.co/3fmGDif0HA #CancerCurrents pic.twitter.com/MWKqdlGwfv— National Cancer Institute (@theNCI) October 4, 2018 Cancer treatments that work by engaging the immune system to attack tumors have proven to be effective against a growing number of

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Evolution can move at warp speed

If there's one thing to learn from the tuskless elephants of Mozambique, it's that evolution can move at warp speed — The New York Times (@nytimes) September 21, 2018 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/elephants-africa-tusks-ivory-poaching-born-without-a7440706.html An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally

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