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Facebook Can Predict Your Break Up

Yesterday I went to a confidential presentation of data visualization tools developed by a major media organization in New York. It's scary just how much these organizations (among others) can learn about their "users" using these tools. This CNN story focuses on Facebook, but believe me, everyone in the tech and media space is doing the same thing:
Worried about when you might get dumped? Facebook knows. That's according to a graphic making the rounds online that uses Facebook status updates to chart what time of year people are splitting up. British journalist and graphic designer David McCandless, who specializes in showcasing data in visual ways, compiled the chart. He showed off the graphic at a TED conference last July in Oxford, England.
In the talk, McCandless said he and a colleague scraped 10,000 Facebook status updates for the phrases "breakup" and "broken up." They found two big spikes on the calendar for breakups. The first was after Valentine's Day...
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How To Replace Styrofoam With Mushrooms

Anyone who buys goods online can identify with this post from Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch:
Lately at my house we’ve been getting a lot of packages. And with packages, comes styrofoam. My three-year-old loves styrofoam. Me, not so much. He breaks it up and it makes a huge mess. The little bits get everywhere and they are impossible to clean up. I can only imagine that multiplied by 100 million homes in the U.S. alone. Styrofoam is everywhere, but nobody really thinks about it. It is a $20 billion dollar business in the U.S. and occupies an estimated 25% of the country’s landfill by volume. But Eben Bayer is thinking about it...
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The Psychology Of Oil

Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation Energy Policy discusses the psychology of oil and how it effects both our political policy and individual behavior. Did you know that oil pumps are consciously designed to look like ATMs?
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Jonathan Haidt On the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

VIa TED: Are you a conservative who believes liberals have no moral values? Are you a liberal who believes conservatives have no moral values? Either way, you'd be wrong. Do you believe liberals have an unbiased grasp of reality? Do you believe conservatives have an unbiased grasp of reality? Again, either way, you'd be wrong. Watch as psychologist Jonathan Haidt tries to lead a group of (mostly) liberals out of their "comforting delusions" (his exact phrase) at the 2008 TED conference, and wonder how successful he'd be in front of a group of Tea Partiers.
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