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Interesting way to frame the concept: A recent study... suggests that concentrating on something for a long period of time actually makes it ‘disappear’ from the mind. Professor Alejandro Lleras, one of the study’s authors, likens it to wearing clothes. Over time we get used to the sensation of clothes touching our skin and don’t notice them.
Give your attention a massive boost by understanding why this well-known trick works.
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Most interesting thing I read this week.
Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? Kiruna, Sweden, intends to find out.
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Holy... the post's title isn't hyperbole. Great stuff.
Welcome to a massive list of psychological pricing strategies. You'll learn tips & techniques to choose prices that will maximize your profit.
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So many amazing implications... my mind is whirling. So cool:
Who needs sensors and circuit boards when you have ultrasonic waves?
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Whatever the author of this was paid to write it, it wasn't enough. Kudos.
Apple Watch photo: The Associated Press I was in New York last week, and stopped to have coffee with a friend in the afternoon. I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for more than a week now. We like to look our best.. Righty or lefty, whatever wrist you choose or orientation you desire, Apple Watch has you covered: There are so many things the watch can do.  I’ve worn it on my wrist every day, doing everything possible that I could think of.
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"Timeshifted TV" is a new one to me -- I like the sci-fi-ness of it. Anyway, the stats here caught my attention (as did the tragic brutalization of yet another misused pie chart, but that's another story):
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So this brightened my day a bit, as zombie films are wont to do:
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"We’re not taking the world in; we’re just listening to the stories we tell ourselves about the world, trusting the endless parade of thoughts flitting through our heads instead of actually paying attention to life around us."
The ancient Buddhist idea of mindfulness holds the answer for how to stop worrying. And modern science agrees. Here's how to get started.
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Another quirky, ruminative, and hodge-podgy behvioral-science article that caught my attention...

(BTW, I hadn't heard of “social competition theory" as a way to explain depression, so a description of this here was particularly interesting to me.)
In 1996, a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University began a study of the effects Internet usage on psychological well-being and social involvement. Home Internet use was just becoming prevalent enough to warrant such a study, and multiuser dungeons (MUDs) were still a common enough ...
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Unnerving article (shared with me by +Kurt Loescher); check this out:

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.
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This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I was five years old again:
Inspired by Lego, Tinybop's Robot Factory encourages kids to design robots beyond their wildest imaginations.
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This certainly puts things in perspective (from the article One Nerd to Rule Them All - goo.gl/cWddXg):
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