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  • Culture Beaker

    Working together doesn’t always work

    The benefits of working together are so widely recognized that they’re cliché. Two heads are better than one. Many hands make light work. Great minds think alike. None of us is as smart as all of us. Be a team player. If you’ve never said one of these middle management tropes, you’ve probably heard one (or seen one on an inspirational poster near the water cooler).

    These phrases capture...

    05/07/2015 - 12:21 Science & Society, Networks
  • Science Ticker

    Small lies in social networks may keep society running

    Guest post by Chris Riotta

    Trust is often thought to be one of the most crucial building blocks to any relationship. But some lies may be good for society.

    In simulations, small fibs — such as lying to avoid hurting someone’s feelings — appeared to help to build communities and form connections among individuals in a social network. Larger lies — such as lying about stealing or...

    07/28/2014 - 09:44 Networks, Computing, Psychology
  • Feature

    Online causes may attract more clicks than commitments

    The Save Darfur Cause on Facebook had all the makings of a slam dunk cyber success. More than a million people joined the social media site’s digital movement a few years ago to save the people of Sudan’s Darfur region from mass slaughter.    

    There was a hitch in Facebook’s humanitarian giddy-up, though: The vast majority of people who enlisted in the Save Darfur Cause recruited no one...

    06/27/2014 - 14:04 Psychology, Networks, Science & Society
  • Reviews & Previews

    Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans

    As scientists ponder whether the Internet is turning our brains to mush, technology and labor scholar Simon Head worries about the role ofcomputer business systems operating largely without notice from the public. These computer and software systems, often called enterprise systems, drive the decision-making apparatuses of large companies — and not necessarily with the workers’...

    03/31/2014 - 10:05 Networks
  • Feature

    When Networks Network

    Half a dozen times each night, your slumbering body performs a remarkable feat of coordination.

    During the deepest throes of sleep, the body’s support systems run on their own timetables. Nerve cells hum along in your brain, their chitchat generating slow waves that signal sleep’s nether stages. Yet, like buses and trains with...

    09/07/2012 - 10:39 Networks