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The Big Smoke with Alexandra Tselios

Facebook has started to invest in ‘getting inside your head’ by creating a world where all that you love about Facebook is entirely hands-free. The device could also help those with neurological damage to speak in real time by analysing brain activity. Would you be comfortable letting Facebook analyse your brain?
Researchers have found that optimistic people tend to sleep better and longer, with a study that included over 3,500 young and middle-aged adults. But, if you are that tired, isn’t it harder to be more optimistic? We look at the research.
Have you ever used the coffee machine at an AirBnb? Or a hotel? You may want to think twice, with a woman in the UK’s story going viral where she discusses how she cleans her under garments in coffee machines, leading people to finally check what is going on in these coffee machines. Turns out, it’s more horrific than we thought, with very few being cleaned and with some being found to have bugs living in the water.
It’s no secret many lie on dating apps, but it turns out those lies serve a purpose. Research into why people lie and how on dating apps, has led to the interesting finding that they are usually just about two things – self-presentation or availability management. For example, a lie such as ‘My phone died at the gym’, is often intended to buy time when they aren’t willing or keen to meet up with you yet, but also letting you know they work out.

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Tod Johnston