Why Things Become Unpopular
Improve your selfie: Researcher can predict a photo's popularity
(Phys.org) —Want to rack up more views for your selfie? We can't all take our photos with the president, but a new tool developed by an MIT PhD can help us predict how popular our photos will be.
First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds
Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial ...
Google deals out 'tough love' as it ends security updates for a billion Android users
Google's announcement that it will not provide security updates for older versions of its Android mobile operating system means that more than a billion users face growing security risks to their phones o ...
Artificial intelligence identifies the musical progression of the Beatles
Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn't been a scientific way to measure the progression. That could change now that computer ...
Reading literary fiction improves 'mind-reading' skills, research shows
Heated debates about the quantifiable value of arts and literature are a common feature of American social discourse. Now, two researchers from The New School for Social Research have published a paper in Science demonstrating that r ...
Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say
When Web surfers sign up for a new online service or download a Web application for their smartphone or tablet, the service typically requires them to click a seemingly innocuous box and accept the company's ...
Researchers propose improvements to recommendation engines based on particle physics
Pop music has become louder, less original: study finds
Your mother was right: Pop music has become louder and less original over the years.
Science makes an open book of English evolution
"The United States of America" has become entrenched as one of the most frequently printed phrases in the modern era of written English, a study of 500 years of language evolution has shown.
The old primates' club: Even male monkeys ride their fathers' coattails to success
(Phys.org) -- If you're a male born to a father who's a strong and enduring community leader, you're far more likely than your less fortunate peers to become a leader yourself, due to the wide range of social ...
Apps could fence in free-range Internet: US study
The free-ranging Internet is under assault by mobile applications that connect people exclusively to content kept in "walled gardens" online, according to a US study released Thursday.
Mathematicians use computer to solve minimum Sudoku solution problem
Motorola brings back 'Razr' name for smartphone
Seeking an edge in the world of high-end smartphones, Motorola is bringing back the "Razr" name, once attached to the best-selling phone in the world.