Body language and national security

The ability to express and perceive emotion is a crucial component of communication — one that can be particularly important for military and national security purposes.

In situations where a U.S. soldier interacts with someone from another country who speaks a different language, cross- cultural communication errors can be disastrous. Hillary Anger Elfenbein of Washington University in St. Louis recognized that in many theaters of war, the military has too few translators, and soldiers must rely heavily on nonverbal communication.

Using data collection and analysis, Elfenbein and her collaborators challenged conventional wisdom, showing that while people may assume that they can accurately read emotions from nonverbal communications, including facial expressions, vocal tones and body language, the average person is only able to do so about 33 percent of the time. She also found that practice, not classroom-style instruction, is essential for people to improve their emotional recognition.

Those findings prompted the Army Research Institute to incorporate education on non-verbal communication into soldier training. Enhancing troops’ interpersonal skills can enable them to anticipate and lessen conflict and facilitate cooperation, negotiation and compromise.

Image Credit: Sebastian McCormack, U.S. Navy

Mama dolphins sing to their babies in the womb. Dolphins use signature whistles to identify themselves, and expecting mothers have been observed performing a new whistle close to the time of birth and for two weeks after. Researchers think it may be a form of imprinting, which could explain why other nearby dolphins grow quieter during this time. Source

The 200 Happiest Words in the English Language

Laughter, happiness, love, happy, laughed, laugh, laughing, excellent, laughs, joy, successful, win, rainbow, smile, won, pleasure, smiled, rainbows, winning, celebration, enjoyed, healthy, music, celebrating, congratulations, weekend, celebrate, comedy, jokes, rich, victory, Christmas, free, friendship, fun, holidays, loved, loves, loving, beach, hahaha, kissing, sunshine, delicious, friends, funny, outstanding, paradise, sweetest, vacation, butterflies, freedom, flower, great, sunlight, sweetheart, sweetness, award, chocolate, hahahaha, heaven, peace, splendid, success, enjoying, kissed, attraction, celebrated, hero, hugs, positive, sun, birthday, blessed, fantastic, winner, delight, beauty, butterfly,entertainment, funniest, honesty, sky, smiles, succeed, wonderful, glorious, kisses, promotion, family, gift, humor, romantic, cupcakes, festival, hahahahaha, honour, relax, weekends, angel, b-day, bonus, brilliant, diamonds, holiday, lucky, mother, super, amazing, angels, enjoy, friend, friendly, mother’s, profit, finest, bday, champion, grandmother, haha, kiss, kitten, miracle, mom, sweet, blessings, bright, cutest, entertaining, excited, excitement, joke, millionaire, prize, succeeded, successfully, winners, shines, awesome, genius, achievement, cake, cheers, exciting, goodness, hug, income, party, puppy, smiling, song, succeeding, tasty, victories, achieved, billion, cakes, easier, flowers, gifts, gold, merry, families, handsome, lovers, affection, candy, cute, diamond, earnings, interesting, peacefully, praise, relaxing, roses, Saturdays, faithful, heavens, cherish, comfort, congrats, cupcake, earn, extraordinary, glory, hilarious, moonlight, optimistic, peaceful, romance, feast, attractive, glad, grandma, internet, pleasant, profits, smart.

Time to start using more of these words in your everyday life!


Emojis were supposed to be the great equalizer: a language all its own capable of transcending borders and cultural differences.

Not so fast, say a group of researchers who found that different people had vastly different interpretations of some popular emojis. The researchers published their findings for GroupLens, a research lab based out of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

“I think some people thought that they could use [emojis] with little risk and what we found is that it actually is at high risk of miscommunication,” Hannah Miller, a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota and one of the authors of the study, said in a phone interview.

Lost In Translation: Study Finds Interpretation Of Emojis Can Vary Widely

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Tattoos don’t have to be big and elaborate to be awesome. Imgur user raingoose shared this photo of a clever tattoo of a tiny muted speaker symbol that she got as a friendly way to indicate that she’s deaf in her left ear.

Shortly after she posted the photo another Imgur user, pawsed, responded with a photo of their own tattoo that they’d gotten for the very same reason:

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One time I told a partner I liked him and it freaked him the fuck out. And so then I stopped dating him. One time I told a partner I liked him and he was like, “Thank god you said something because I like you, too.” And then we kept dating. Saying what you want to say helps weed out real potential partners and the people who can’t handle you.
Science students get better grades when they know Einstein and Marie Curie also struggled
Science is hard - even for geniuses.
By Bec Crew

In a recent experiment, students who learned about the struggles and failed experiments of some of the greatest scientists who ever lived got significantly better grades than those who learned only of their accomplishments.

Showing students that the likes of Einstein and Marie Curie had their own personal and intellectual shortcomings - and that yep, science is actually really hard - was enough to elevate them academically, researchers from Columbia University have found.

“In our culture we always say you don’t want to intimidate kids, you don’t want to tell them how hard the work is. We think kids are so fragile,” lead researcher Xiaodong Lin-Siegler told Jenny Anderson at Quartz, adding that this is the exact opposite approach we should be taking. “Tell them the truth. They are resilient.“

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Microsoft 10′s Emoji Update lets you create diverse couples and family emojis

“So if you’re a single mother with three kids, you’ll be able to create that image. If your husband is dark-toned and you’re light-toned and your two kids are a blend of both, you can apply all of those modifiers to create your own personal family emoji, one that’s sincerely representative. It extends to the couple emoji, where you can join a woman, a heart, and a woman – both with unique skin tones – for a more inclusive emoji. Because they’re created dynamically, there are tens of thousands of permutations.” 

Dear parents who wonder why their kids never talk to them...

Think about what you were saying when they used to talk to you. Think about your choice of words and tone. Think about why they tried to come to you and why they don’t anymore. When you shut them out, belittle them, and blame them for all of their problems, you will lose them. And that will be permanent.
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