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Transcript Stanier: The one thing I want you to take away from this talk is a great model that you can use to improve your communication at work, especially if you're in a hybrid or remote working environment. What ...

The subtle art of language: why artificial general intelligence might be impossible

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Creating Tight Cohesive Tech Teams for Women to Thrive

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Want to build trust? Say, “I don’t know.”

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Partnering up can help you grow as an individual – here’s the psychology of a romantic relationship that expands the self

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An Off-Grid Makeshift Cell Network

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Edtech firm PlanetSpark to hire over 10,000 English ​teachers in 2022

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Why do we “click” with some people in conversations? It may be timing.

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Increasing Collaboration at Ericsson: Hardware and Software Developers Learn Each Other's Language

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Why Teams Connect Changes Everything

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Talking Like a Suit - Communicating the Importance of Engineering Work in Business Terms

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Microsoft Teams' Upcoming Lockbox Feature Is Big News

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Turn On Sarcasm With The Flip Of A Switch

Sarcasm is notoriously difficult to distinguish in online communities. So much, in fact, that a famous internet rule called Poe’s Law is named after the phenomenon. To adapt, users have adopted several methods for indicating implied sarcasm such as ...

Hippos Recognize Each Other’s Voices – And Respond Differently to Calls of Strangers

Hippopotamuses are rather vocal animals. Their “wheeze honk” calls can be heard over long distances, leading researchers to suspect the calls play an important role in maintaining social groups. Now, a study published in the journal Current Biology on January ...

The Latest in Automotive Communication Technology

Here is an overview of automotive communications; ranging from the most basic onboard control systems, down to the future of fully integrated automobile communications with passengers, drivers and the outside world. Basic Wired Technologies and Multimedia Modern cars contain ...

The Tonga volcanic disaster shows we need to rethink telecom infrastructure

In the wake of a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga, much of the communication with residents on the islands remains at a standstill. In our modern, highly-connected world, more than 95% of global data transfer occurs along fibre-optic cables ...

WhatsApp is testing in-app user support on iOS and Android

WhatsApp had introduced the feature to limited testing before in March 2021 before discontinuing it WhatsApp has begun testing a new feature that will allow its users to receive support within the app. Beta testers for iOS and Android ...

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Team IDs Spoken Words and Phrases in Real Time from Brain’s Speech Signals

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Researchers Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Sarcasm in Social Media

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Mental Handwriting Produces Brain Activity Turned Into Text

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Robots that admit mistakes foster better conversation in humans

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How to write like Ernest Hemingway

Today, more than 60 years after his death, Ernest Hemingway is known not just for his moving stories but his technical writing skills. According to E.J. Gleason, professor of Irish and American literature at Saint Anselm College in New ...

Creating Psychological Safety in Your Teams

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Recursive language and modern imagination were acquired simultaneously 70,000 years ago

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Research rules out mental flexibility, attention as advantages for some bilingual children

Summary: While learning a second language has positive benefits for children, there is little evidence that bilingual children have more advanced executive function or improved attention over those who are monolingual. Source: Florida International University For more than 20 years, ...

‘Implicit measures’ better assess vocabulary for those with autism than standard tests

Summary: Eye tracking and EEG may help to assess vocabulary knowledge in those on the autism spectrum. Source: University of Vermont Tests that assess vocabulary among individuals with the severest forms of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, are notoriously inaccurate. ...

Extroverts enjoy four key advantages according to science; here they are

Summary: Being extroverted may be a clear advantage in the workplace. A new study reveals extroverts tend to be more motivated, conscientious, emotionally positive and better communicators than their more introverted peers. Source: University of Toronto A new U of ...

Can Facebook improve your mental health?

Summary: Contrary to popular belief, using social media sites like Facebook can actually help improve mental health in adults. Researchers found adults who use Facebook regularly are 63% less likely to experience psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety, over ...

Screams contain a ‘calling card’ for the vocalizer’s identity

Summary: Listeners can correctly identify whether pairs of screams originate from the same person or two different people. Findings suggest human screams convey a level of individual identity and shed new light on their evolutionary origin. Source: Emory Health Sciences ...

Babbling babies’ behavior changes parents’ speech

Summary: Parents unconsciously modify their speech to include fewer unique words, shorter sentences, and one-word replies when their baby babbles, but not when they are simply speaking to the baby. Source: Cornell University New research shows baby babbling changes the ...

Teenagers less likely to respond to mothers with controlling tone of voice

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