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Some Men Really are as Stupid as They Look

Researchers have found that it's possible to guesstimate how clever or stupid a man may be by looking at his face, with a fairly strong correlation existing between how intelligent a man appears to be and his actual brain power. But the same doesn't work for the more mysterious faces of the ladies. Read More >>

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An Interactive Map of What America's Spies are Worried About

Well, Defense One just made it easy for you with this interactive map of what America's spies are really worried about. It's very simple—just a Google Map of the world with pins dropped on all of the countries that represent national security concerns. But it's not just terrorism that their intelligence agencies are bothered by; it's everything from economic instability in central Africa and homicide rates in Honduras to riots in the streets of Ukraine and secret Iranian efforts to supply weapons to Palestinian groups. Did you know that Azerbaijan is almost ready to blow? Read More >>

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Obama's NSA Reforms Aren't as Sweeping as You'd Hoped

In a major speech this morning, President Obama scaled back the NSA's surveillance operations and redefines how we collect intelligence overseas. In brief, he ordered the end of the bulk telephony metadata program and spying on foreign leaders. Beyond that, though, the future remains murky. Read More >>

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NSA Phone Spying is Useless in Preventing Terrorist Attacks, Study Says

As you probably suspected, the NSA's massive phone record collection "has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism," according to a new study. In fact—and perhaps more interestingly—the agency's real problem isn't a lack of information. It's an excess of secrecy. Read More >>

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Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening folks. On January 17, Barack Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. Read More >>

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Music Doesn't Make Your Child Smarter, So Cancel Those Tuba Lessons

Today's research on the poor brains of lab-children has debunked one of the more popular myths about music, with researchers claiming there's no link between early music lessons and a child's later intelligence. Read More >>

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The CIA's Bizarre Art Collection Memorialises its Greatest Hits

Great victories in intelligence are, by definition, usually destined to remain secret. But inside its headquarters in Virginia, the CIA keeps its own little oil-and-canvas shrine: 16 pieces of art commemorating important moments in intelligence history. Read More >>

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Here's How the NSA Is Actually Set Up

There have been tonnes of revelations about the National Security Agency since Edward Snowden began leaking documents in June. So many, in fact, that it's kind of hard to keep track of all the important stuff we've learned. Read More >>

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NSA Admits That Edward Snowden Stole Up to 200,000 Documents

It's been nearly half a year since the first revelations from Edward Snowden's leak made it into the press, but until now, we've been in the dark about exactly how big that leak was. Well, ladies and gentlemen, NSA Director General Keith Alexander is finally shining a light in that direction. Read More >>

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Russia Reportedly Bugged the Goodie Bags at the G20 Summit

Sometimes, it's fun to play a little prank on your friends. Maybe you cover a doorway with plastic wrap. Maybe you pour laxative in their coffee. Maybe you put their stapler in jelly. Or maybe you invite them to a nice conference and then slip a bunch of spying gadgets into their gift bags. Read More >>

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This Amazing Parrot Can Actually Pick a Lock

Pirates usually come to mind rather than master thieves when we're talking parrots, but this clever bird could break into your house. It's capable of figuring out how a lock works to then pick it -- no human intervention needed. Read More >>

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This Black and White Video Can (Sorta) Predict Your IQ

OK, you want to try it? Then watch the video above — the whole thing, preferably full-screen — before you read any further. Got it? Good. Let's see how smart you (maybe) are. Read More >>

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Why Are Taller People Generally More Intelligent? It's All to Do With Sex and Your Parents

Although there are exceptions to the rule, taller people generally have a higher IQ. It's all in the genes, but both height and intelligence are highly complex traits, which aren't down to just single genes, but a whole raft in combination. So why are they linked? It's all to do with sex and your parents, although hopefully not both at the same time. Read More >>

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UK's Spy Agencies Looking for Next-Gen Nerd Trainees to Help Neutralise Rogue Satellites

The UK government's secret and not-so-secret intelligence services are openly advertising for new blood, claiming the next generation of Q operative might get to work with technology they "never even knew existed." Read More >>

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Nine Ways To Make Yourself Smarter

It often seems like everything you do, touch, or eat can make you smarter or dumber. But that's not quite the case. Read More >>

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Daydreaming Makes You Smarter

At high school, it's invariably the kids that day dream who get told off. But a new study suggests that it's those of us whose minds wander that have the best working memory—and working memory is itself directly associated to intelligence. Read More >>

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