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Mona Lisa´s smile decoded: science says she´s happy

Mona Lisa´s smile decoded: science says she´s happy PARIS: The subject of centuries of scrutiny and debate, Mona Lisa´s famous smile is routinely described as ambiguous. But is it really that hard to read? Apparently not. In an unusual trial, close to 100 percent of people described her expression as unequivocally “happy”, researchers revealed on Friday. “We really were astonished,” neuroscientist Juergen Kornmeier of the University of Freiburg in Germany, who co-authored the study, told AFP. Kornmeier and a team used what is arguably the most famous artwork in the world in a study of factors that influence how humans judge ...

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Hacked websites on the rise: Google

Hacked websites on the rise: Google WASHINGTON: Google painted a bleak picture of cybersecurity trends Monday, saying the number of websites hacked rose 32 percent last year, with little relief in sight. “We don´t expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more sites,” Google said in a post on its webmaster blog. Google, which inserts security warnings when it detects hacked sites, said most of those warned can clean up their pages, but that 61 percent are not notified because their sites are not ...

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Crazy at the wheel: psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say

Attributes of a psychopath can be good for running a business, says SXSW panel, but weak HR departments and investors can enable bad behavior There is a high proportion of psychopathic CEOs in Silicon Valley, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, according to a panel of experts at SXSW festival. Although the term “psychopath” typically has negative connotations, some of the attributes associated with the disorder can be advantageous in a business setting. “A true psychopath is someone that has a blend of emotional, interpersonal, lifestyle and behavioral deficits but an uncanny ability to mask them. They ...

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South Korea impeachment: Critics urge Park Geun-hye arrest

Image captionAnti-Park protesters in Seoul. The sign reads “Go to prison” Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye is keeping her silence as calls grow for her arrest. Ms Park was forced from office on Friday, after judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Despite the ruling, she remains inside the presidential compound. Thousands turned out for rallies in Seoul on Saturday, a day after three people involved in protests died there. Many were calling for Ms Park’s arrest, although a smaller number of her supporters also gathered ...

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Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little

Organizations are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on employee engagement programs, yet their scores on engagement surveys remain abysmally low. How is that possible? Because most initiatives amount to an adrenaline shot. A perk is introduced to boost scores, but over time the effect wears off and scores go back down. Another perk is introduced, and scores go back up — and then they fall again. The more this cycle repeats itself, the more it feels like manipulation. People begin to recognize the short-term fixes for what they are. When organizations make real gains, it’s because they’re thinking longer-term. They’re going ...

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