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Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site [Updated]

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and… » 8/26/15 8:05pm Wednesday 8:05pm

AT&T's New Plans Come With a Crap-Ton of Data

AT&T and T-Mobile are in a data pricing war, and the result is good news for you, the customer. Today, AT&T sweetened its data deal to help entice new users over to its Mobile Share Value plans, but even with these plans—which are better priced overall—it seems AT&T is making you choose between a teensy bit of data or… » 8/14/15 10:50am 8/14/15 10:50am

Want to Make Your Commute Feel Shorter? Wait at a Tree-Lined Bus Stop

Trees, what can’t they do? They shelter urban wildlife, improve our mental health, and provide the very air we breathe. And it turns out that just the presence of trees at a public transit stop might be enough to improve riders’ perception of the transit experience—even if the actual service doesn’t improve at all. » 8/13/15 4:20pm 8/13/15 4:20pm

Find Out How Loud Your Neighborhood Is With These Sound Maps

People choose where to live based on all sorts of data: Price, public transit, proximity to pizza chains. But noise is tougher to measure. And since sound is pretty much invisible, you might not know about the nightly clanking from the local concrete recycling plant until you’re all moved in. A new mapping app can… » 7/08/15 10:30am 7/08/15 10:30am

People are Poor Communicators When it Comes to Pain During Sex

Sex should be fun, but for many people pain is not. Nevertheless, sex sometimes surprises us with a side of pain. It might be fleeting–from a lack of lubrication, an unexpected muscle cramp, some chafing or pinched skin, or it could be the result of a more serious medical condition. But whether it’s from shame or… » 7/07/15 10:45am 7/07/15 10:45am