Sharing is caring: Studies reveal how our brains turn content into viral gold

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PHILADELPHIA — As more companies allocate larger budgets for digital marketing and social media promotions, exploring how content becomes viral is a pressing inquiry in many fields. Two new studies reveal that thinking about ourselves and others while reading content drives our choices of what to read and share. Elisa Baek and Christin Scholz, Ph.D. students at …

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48 million twitter users may actually be robots, study finds

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and Indiana University found that as many as 15 percent of active users on Twitter — or 48 million accounts — are actually robots. Twitter “bots” are essentially accounts that are run remotely by software to send out automated messages and tweets. They exist …

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Nearly 4 in 10 Americans fear robots will take their jobs, study finds

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WACO, Texas — If you’re afraid of losing your job to robots or artificial intelligence programs, you’re not alone, a new study finds. In fact, the very thought is causing a large segment of Americans enough anxiety to impact sleep and mental hygiene. Researchers at Baylor University looked at data from The Chapman Survey of …

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Study: People remain calm, make most of time left during apocalypse

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The world’s destruction has been played out in science fiction movies over the years, but a new study finds that if the end really was near, most people wouldn’t resort to senseless violence. Instead, they’re more likely to stay calm and make the most of time left with friends and family during an …

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Drones have saved dozens of lives in last year, study finds

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LOS ANGELES — Despite their use in conflicts abroad and a general skepticism among the public when it comes to safety and privacy, drones have actually helped save a several dozen lives, a new study finds. DJI, the world’s leading drone manufacturer, published its first-ever report examining the lifesaving ability of unmanned aerial vehicles. The company …

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Your YouTube viewing history may not be so safe after all, study finds

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LONDON — Intelligence agencies, online advertising companies and hackers can still figure out which YouTube videos a person watches despite the site’s efforts to keep users anonymous, according to a new study from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The research was presented at the Black Hat Europe meeting in London by Ran Dubin, a …

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Study: No link between violent video games, lowered empathy

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HANNOVER, Germany — Despite questions in recent years about whether there’s a correlation between crime and people who play violent, combat-driven video games, a new study finds that long term play of these types of games does not lower empathy. The study — published in Frontiers in Psychology — used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to conclude …

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