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This 'Swiss Army Knife of jackets' is the most highly funded piece of clothing in Kickstarter history


The BauBax jacket isn't your typical piece of outerwear.

Dubbed the "Swiss Army Knife of jackets," the BauBax has 15 features to simplify your life in ways you hadn't imagined.

The jacket has everything from a built-in neck pillow and eye mask to pockets for your iPad, passport, and portable charger. Even the zipper has a purpose: It easily transforms into a pen that can extend up to 4 inches.

The invention is setting records on Kickstarter, where it has raised more than $7.25 million from 36,600 people and counting. The jacket's design team, Chicago-based BauBax LLC, originally set a goal of $20,000, but it has now raised more money than any other clothing item in the short history of Kickstarter.

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It comes in a few different styles: 100% cotton sweatshirt, water-repellent windbreaker, fleece-lined bomber, and wrinkle-free blazer.

Each style has several different color options, though the hoods on the windbreaker and sweatshirt are not detachable.

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People who back the project on Kickstarter should expect to receive their jackets in November.

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7 proven ways to tell if your relationship will last


While each relationship is unique, researchers have found some common, key traits of lasting relationships, such as kindness and generosity.

One of the biggest hurdles we face in any relationship is admitting when it is time for the next big step, whether it is moving in together, getting married, or separating.

So, we took a look at several big studies of lasting relationships and psychology and highlight some of the biggest signs that a relationship will last, keeping in mind that every relationship is different. Check them out in the graphic below:

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13 surprising ways your name affects your success


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What's in a name? Potentially your future.

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

We took a look at the research and have highlighted some of the surprising findings below.

Maggie Zhang contributed to an earlier version of this article.

SEE ALSO: Science says parents of successful kids have these 9 things in common

If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.

In a New York University study, researchers found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists, Adam Alter, explains to Wired, "When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it's easier to comprehend, we come to like it more." In a further study, Alter also found that companies with simpler names and ticker symbols tended to perform better in the stock market. 

If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired.

In a Marquette University study, the researchers found evidence to suggest that names that were viewed as the least unique were more likable. People with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired. That means that the Jameses, Marys, Johns, and Patricias of the world are in luck.

Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency.

A 2009 study at Shippensburg University suggested that there's a strong relationship between the popularity of one's first name and juvenile criminal behavior. Researchers found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. The findings obviously don't show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. And the researchers have some theories about their findings. "Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships," they write in a statement from the journal's publisher. "Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they ... dislike their names."

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Meet the 29-year-old YouTuber who turned her natural hair into a massive career opportunity


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Mainstream hair care brands are scrambling to cater to a market they were previously satisfied to ignore. 

The $2.7 billion industry for black hair products has seen a 7% increase since 2013, according to a 2015 report by market research firm Mintel, and "more robust growth" is predicted in the next five years. 

Understanding how black consumers care for their hair is "more important than ever," says the report. 

But earning the product loyalty of men and women of color is about more than marketing and R&D. It's about brand trust, something many big beauty corporations have very little of when it comes to black hair care.

Enter natural hair vlogger Whitney White, better known on YouTube as Naptural85.

As YouTube rakes in billions of views per day and magazine readership continues to dwindle, vloggers are quickly replacing high-powered beauty editors as a direct route from brand to customer.

With over half a million subscribers, 52 million video views, and endorsement deals with major brands like Carol’s Daughter (owned by beauty juggernaut L'Oréal), 29-year-old White is a driving force behind a drastic shift in black hair.

You might say she's the Michelle Phan of the "natural hair movement." And yes, it is a movement. 

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Like the '70s icons before them (think: Diana Ross, Pam Grier, Nina Simone) today's women are embracing their natural hair and taking a step back from relaxers. 

Since 2013, sales of relaxers used to chemically straighten hair have dropped by $130 million. Meanwhile, natural styling product sales have surged by $200 million.

How her passion for vlogging became her career. 

This shift has helped turn White's passion into a lucrative career. “The very first time I made a dollar I was shocked,” she told Business Insider.

White now earns more than double the amount she made as an entry level graphic designer.

The thick-haired, effortlessly chic New England native always loved sharing hair care tips with her close friends and family members — but she never imagined her hobby would one day pay the bills.

When she started in 2008, YouTube was unpaid, ad-free, and full of people like her who simply loved making videos. 

“The thing about YouTube is that it wasn’t a career back then. It was just a bunch of weirdos,” White jokes. “If I told anyone I made videos on YouTube, they’d look at me like I was crazy.”

Her insanity paid off big time: White now earns more than double the amount she made as an entry level graphic designer, and her income is growing every year. (The average salary for an entry-level graphic designer is approximately $43,000 in the Boston area, according to Indeed.com. This amount is an estimate).

White hadn’t always embraced her natural hair, but when going to the salon became too time consuming for her heavy college workload, she decided it was time for a change. 

She found a small community of women on blogs and YouTube who were tossing out their perms and growing out their natural curls and afros. She combed blog posts, photos, and videos from some of the go-to hair gurus of the time — but she couldn’t find anyone who represented her cork-screwed hair pattern.

So she decided to chop off her own damaged hair and vlog the process of growing it back on YouTube. From there, her brand was born. 

Her biggest deal to date and a typical day's work. 

White’s income originally came solely from YouTube’s advertising revenue system, Google AdSense. It wasn't until the birth of her daughter (when thoughts of college tuition sprang to mind) that she started working with brands and creating sponsored content. 

Her ambassadorship for Carol’s Daughter is one of her biggest deals to date.

Carol's Daughter multimedia manager September Davis told Business Insider that it's the genuine demeanor of YouTubers that makes them great brand promoters. "Girls on YouTube are our friends," says Davis. "[Carol's Daughter would] rather have girls that are super relatable, rather than a typical celebrity that will do whatever you ask them to as long as you have the right check."

And White isn't all about the money.

“I try not to promote anything I wouldn’t personally purchase,” says White. “I’ve turned down a lot of money … I’ve turned down deals from huge companies … because I didn’t like the ingredients in the product.” 

“I try not to promote anything I wouldn’t personally purchase,” says White. “I’ve turned down a lot of money."

According to White, big brands like L’Oréal are rushing to create natural hair products — and they're counting on beauty vloggers to help promote them. 

“A lot of times [brands] want to get into the [natural hair] market but don't know how,” says White. “They don’t understand what our exact needs are."

As for her typical workflow, filming only takes up 1% of White's very busy day.

Between day-long meetings, personal appearances, travel, secret projects, emails, editing, and spending valuable time with her husband and daughter, White’s schedule is hectic. 

To help manage her growing business, she recently did something she'd initially wanted to avoid — she hired a small staff. 

“I’m kind of a perfectionist, so I like to try to do everything myself,” she admits. “I’ve actually started to hire people onto my team. I just realized that it’s necessary.” 

To ensure that her private emails don’t end up in the wrong hands, White hires only friends and family members. “I’m happy that I can support my friends and family and they can help me and intern.”

At the end of her busy day, White can't imagine doing anything else. “Even if YouTube stopped, if there was no such thing as monetization, if we weren't getting paid, I would continue making videos because it’s what I love to do.”  

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25 photos of luxurious private islands you can rent for your next vacation


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If you're planning a tropical getaway with a large group, it may make sense to find a beach house to rent. 

If you can afford the upgrade, however, a private island makes for an infinitely more luxurious vacation. 

Our friends at vacation rental site HomeAway helped us curate a list of five private islands you can rent right now.

From a Bahamian island where you can dine on white sandy beaches to a cottage for two in the Virgin Islands, these islands beat an ordinary beach house any day. 

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Renting at $124,000 a night, Calivigny Island in Grenada has 25 suites and cottages that can accommodate up to 30 people.

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French-inspired furnishings fill the elaborate residences, and each of the 15 bedrooms is equipped with a king-sized bed.

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There's plenty of living space, like this room with a hot tub, plus an air-conditioned gym and a wine cellar.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan just bought this $14 million New Jersey mansion to share with his new wife


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Tracy Morgan just took another step on his long road to recovery.

He just purchased a new mansion in Alpine, New Jersey — a small town along the Hudson River across from New York — for $13.9 million.

He will share it with his new wife, Megan Wollover, who he married this August.

Dennis M McCormack of Prominent Properties handled the listing.

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Here's the impressive façade of Morgan's newly bought New Jersey mansion.

The grandeur continues as you enter the foyer, which is enormous, and features meticulous detailing on the walls and ceilings.

A room this big demands two chandeliers.

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21 brilliant pieces of advice for Burning Man rookies from the festival's most hardcore attendees


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Each year, thousands of people flock to Nevada to celebrate the annual Burning Man Festival, a weeklong celebration of art, philosophy, education, and social enterprise held in the Black Rock Desert.

Everything from sweltering days and frosty nights to dust storms and even chemical burns await those who do not do their homework before setting out for Black Rock, or "the Playa" as it's known by Burners. 

Though you won't find any WiFi at the festival, the internet is a great resource to plan your adventure. From the official Burning Man Survival Guide to dozens of blogs and Reddit threads, veteran Burners are eager to help newcomers. 

Without their guidance, you might end up a "Sparkle Pony," a term reserved for people who show up completely unprepared for the festival. 

Think you could handle a week at Burning Man? Keep reading to learn everything you'll need to know to spend an exciting week in the desert. 

1. Water — gallons of it

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No water is provided for you on the Playa, so you'll be responsible for bringing your own. Given the heat on the Playa and the elevation in Nevada, the Burning Man Survival Guide recommends one and a half gallons of water per person per day.

2. A cup

To help with staying hydrated, always have a drinking cup handy. "Even if it's only a short walk to the porta-potty you never know how hard it can be to find your way back home," explains another Redditor




3. A photo ID


"Photocopy your ID and stick it to the side of the cup with some nice wide clear tape," recommends this innovative Redditor. This way, you'll always have it with you. 

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A San Francisco home that comes with its own Tesla charging station just sold for $9.9 million


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After multiple price chops in more than a year on the market, a Mediterranean-style mansion in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill neighborhood has finally sold for $9.98 million, according to Curbed SF.

It first listed for $16 million in May 2014, property records show. The price dropped to $14.89 million in October, then to $13 million in February before falling even further to $11 million in May. 

With lots of Italian-inspired art throughout, the house is beautiful, but its detached garage and motor court is what makes it truly unique.

According to the listing, it comes with its very own Tesla charging station, though there's no word on whether the car is part of the package. 

Hopefully the new owner already has a Tesla. 

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The Villa de Martini sits on a triple-wide lot on the top of Telegraph Hill.

It dates back to 1929 and was reportedly the first building in the city to be built using concrete.

Here's a look at the detached garage, where you'll find a Tesla charging station already built in.

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A San Francisco home that comes with its own Tesla charging station just sold for $9.9 million


tesla house

After multiple price chops in more than a year on the market, a Mediterranean-style mansion in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill neighborhood has finally sold for $9.98 million, according to Curbed SF.

It first listed for $16 million in May 2014, property records show. The price dropped to $14.89 million in October, then to $13 million in February before falling even further to $11 million in May. 

With lots of Italian-inspired art throughout, the house is beautiful, but its detached garage and motor court is what makes it truly unique.

According to the listing, it comes with its very own Tesla charging station, though there's no word on whether the car is part of the package. 

Hopefully the new owner already has a Tesla. 

SEE ALSO: Netflix exec Ted Sarandos is selling his $9.3 million storybook mansion in Beverly Hills

The Villa de Martini sits on a triple-wide lot on the top of Telegraph Hill.

It dates back to 1929 and was reportedly the first building in the city to be built using concrete.

Here's a look at the detached garage, where you'll find a Tesla charging station already built in.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Here's why wine tastes different when you're on a plane


wine on planeWine is increasingly becoming a major priority for flyers (CNN dubs them "oeno-flyers"), and airlines are investing more and more time and money into hiring expensive sommeliers to curate their wine offerings.

But it's not as simple as good wine on sea level = good wine at altitude. Sommeliers need to rethink their methodology in selecting wines for planes.

Delta's Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson gave us some insight as to what it takes to curate wine selection for 30,000 feet in the air — which, among other things, involves taste testing at altitude.

"Your senses are dulled at altitude, making it difficult to appreciate the complex scents and flavors wine has to offer," she said. "In addition, the lower atmospheric pressure — versus tasting on land — means those flavor molecules are jetting past your sensory receptors so fast, you miss a lot."

Much like having a cold, the pressurized cabin and its dry air numbs your taste buds, and compromises your sense of smell by drying out your nose. Since flavor is a combination of both (in fact, almost 80% of taste is based on smell) things taste different on a plane. Apparently, our sense of salty and sweet can drop as much as 30% on a plane.

A new study also found that loud noise, like that of an airplane, can affect taste as well, making some flavors more intense, and dulling others, like sweetness. It's one of the reasons that tomato juice is a flyer fave: the umami taste of tomatoes is said to be enhanced by the cabin noise. 

Wines have a tendency to taste more acidic and tannic at altitude. According to Robinson, "strong, gritty tannins don't show as well. Whites with a tart flavor profile also aren’t as appealing at altitude as more opulent styles."

This means that sommeliers must select fruity wines that are low on both acid and tannin, and this minefield of flavor and perception changes is why airlines hire professional sommeliers. Robinson must navigate the changes altitude and noise cause in our palates to select wines that will remain balanced in the face of these unsteady conditions. 

Robinson conducts taste tests — both on the ground and at altitude — to find varietals and blends that perform well. According to her, red wines with bottle age are good at altitude but the trick is finding the right vintage. She says that while most customers enjoy a red Bordeaux with pedigree, she looks for Bordeaux back vintages "that show more generous fruit, fragrance and harmony at altitude than the current vintage."

Other reliably tasty wines at altitude include Rioja Reserva and Gran Reserva wines.

"Bottle-aged flavors in reds show really well — such as the leathery-mushroom-y notes of aged Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spanish Rioja and Rhone varietals. Also the smoother, resolved tannins on bottled-aged reds and on Pinot Noir work well in the drier cabin environment," Robinson explained.

However, once a wine has been identified that works well at altitude, Robinson must ensure that wineries can supply Delta with enough bottles — no easy feat considering that Delta served 2.8 million bottles of wine on board in 2014.

A safe bet? Sticking to Bloody Marys.

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Here's what you should know going into your first custom suit fitting


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Every man needs one suit that fits him like a glove.

The best way to fill that need is with the purchase of a bespoke suit, made to precise specifications.

To execute that flawlessly, though, there are a few things a man needs to know before he walks into a tailor's shop.

You're going to have to make a lot of choices about your suit, so do your research so you get it right during that first crucial fitting. Yes. There will be more than one.

"The initial fitting will represent most of the heavy lifting.  This is when all of your measurements will be taken and most of your choices will be made", says stylist Jessica Cadmus, founder of The Wardrobe Whisperer. 

"Therefore, it's a good idea to wear your favorite suit in order to help establish a dialogue with your tailor and to give him a sense of what you are accustomed to. Wear dress shoes as well.  The additional fittings will include trying on a mock-up and then trying on the actual suit and making final adjustments."

Before you get to any of that, though, here's what you need to know:

  • You've got to know your fabric going in. "I suggest using 100% natural fabrics - usually wool or a wool and cashmere blend," Cadmus told Business Insider.  "Super 110s-120s are typically at the intersection of luxury and durability. Also, if this is going to be your primary A-game suit, my recommendation is to allow yourself maximum versatility by choosing either a solid navy or solid gray."
  • In terms of style, go classic — a two piece (no vest), two button model with a notch lapel. "It's your choice on the vent - both single and double vents are classic but note that the single is generally considered more American and the double more European," says Cadmus. "Be specific that you'd like between 1/4"-1/2" of cuff to show from your sleeves.  Finally, you may be asked to choose shoulder construction - either natural (more Italian) or structured (more British).  Usually your own body dictates this choice.  If you are on the broad side, go natural and if you are more slight, choose structured."  
  • The flash is in the details,  like the color of your silk suit lining (go bold with green or purple), or the color of the stitching of the bottom button of your jacket sleeve (again, you can go bold). "I'm a fan of the 'ticket pocket,'" Cadmus said, referring to a smaller third pocket on a blazer you see every now and again. "You may also want to get an additional internal pocket or two.  But be thoughtful about what you intend to put in these as you do not want to add bulk."

That's it. Now make some choices.

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A bizarre custody case in New York could be the beginning of a complicated new legal era



A custody dispute involving four parents sharing one child might be the one of the strangest cases one family lawyer has ever seen.

In a recent article, The New York Post outlined the details of the case that was being handled by family attorney Susan Bender.

Bender is trying to untangle the collapse of a complicated plan where a gay male couple and a lesbian couple shared custody of a baby. (The Post did not include these parents' names.)

One of the men in the male couple donated sperm to the female couple. The resulting baby was to be rotated between their homes on a quarter-year basis. Each couple bought identical apartments and decorated them identically, according to the Post.

Nine months in, the elaborate plan fell apart.

"We walked into the courtroom, and the judge was reading the petition. I’ll never forget the look on the judge’s face," Bender, who is representing one of the women in the case, told the Post. "She looked up and looked at the parties, and she looked at me and said: 'Counsel, explain.'"

The rise of surrogate parents, same-sex couples, and changing gender roles have complicated custody cases. The Post explains that while in the past, judges generally favored women in cases, that's becoming the case less often for opposite-sex couples, and can't be a factor in same-sex couples.

"When [judges] have two divorcing mothers in front of them, and they can’t fall back on figuring out what they feel is right based on gender, I think that they’re going to find different solutions," family lawyer Sari Friedman told the Post.

The parents' biological connection with children is also becoming less important. Judges appear to be more interested in who would be the most primary caretaker, according to the Post.

"People’s lives are evolving," Bender told the Post. "And the question becomes, how does the law actually step in and protect everybody? It’s challenging."

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I tried the San Francisco restaurant that serves quinoa delivered via robot cubbies, and it's totally awesome


A new restaurant opened in San Francisco Monday, but it's not your typical fast-food joint.

Eatsa, at 121 Spear St., has a menu that revolves around the grain quinoa — pronounced "keen-wah" — and eliminates employees and time spent waiting in lines by taking orders through tablets and serving food from robotic cubbies.

The goal of the restaurant is twofold: Create a lightning-fast food experience on the cheap by automating the service process as much as possible — workers' salaries make up about 30% of the restaurant industry's costs — and to promote a healthy food that's efficient to produce.

Eatsa says that substituting quinoa for meat as a protein is better for the planet because it requires one-thirtieth of the energy.


The concept attracted some snark on Twitter:




But my coworker Melia Robinson and I tried it out today, and it was a great experience — the quinoa was the perfect vessel for other tasty toppings and the serving process was quick and enjoyable.

Because it was opening day, the place was packed and there were a bunch of Eatsa employees hanging around to explain the concept to hungry patrons. Eventually, Eatsa plans to only have one or two people working the front and a small kitchen staff behind the scenes:


Inside, the atmosphere is sleek and modern, and you're ushered toward one of the handful of available tablets, where you place your order.

First thing's first, you swipe your credit card — no cash transactions here — which allows the system to input your name. It also keeps track of your favorite orders if you become a repeat customer.

You can build your own bowl by choosing from a variety of toppings for your quinoa or pick one of the suggested "Chef's Bowls," each of which provides full nutritional information:


Then you wait in front of a wall of translucent cubbies. There's a digital screen overhead that lists each customer's first name and last initial. When your food is ready, you'll be directed to a cubby number:

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Even though the place was packed, our meals "magically" appeared in their respective cubbies less than 10 minutes after we placed our orders:


Eatsa promises that all its meals are nutritious and relatively healthy.

I ordered the burrito bowl, which was loaded with guacamole, salsa, cheese, portobello mushrooms, corn, tortilla chips, beans, and, of course, quinoa.

Although it had the most calories of any of the Chef's Choice options — 646 per meal compared to many options that only hit the high-400s — it packed a lot fewer calories than a veggie bowl from Chipotle, which has around 1,300 calories.


Overall, I loved the experience and the food was delicious — and filling. I saved a big portion of my meal for the next day's lunch.

Sometimes the noisiness of a place like Chipotle, where you have to scream to the server as they try to rapid-fire shuffle people through the line, stresses me out, so I appreciated the ease of ordering through a tablet and watching my food appear.

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How to tell if someone is lying


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One thing the Ashley Madison hack has underscored: there's an awful lot of people who lie and cheat in the world, or at least who want to.

For those of us that aren't in that camp, lying can be one of the most confusing, least understood parts of human nature.

The Ashley Madison incident prompted lying expert Paul Ekman, Ph.D. to send us a list of the 8 myths about lying. 

Ekman is famous for his research on lying. The television series ‘Lie to Me’, which ran for three seasons from 2009 to 2011 was based on his work. He was also a consultant for the movie "Inside Out" and has been hired by everyone from homeland security to politicians. 

He's also put together a bunch of online self-paced training classes to teach people how to "read" others.

Think you can spot a lie? How about detecting other emotions?

We've got a test for you below. 

The 8 biggest myths about lying, by Dr. Paul Ekman:

Myth #1 – Everyone lies. Not so. Not about serious matters, not about lies which if caught could result in the end of a relationship, employment, freedom, large sums of money or life itself. Those are what I call high stake lies; they are the lies that the police and the FBI and insecure spouses are trying to catch. They are the lies of the criminal, the terrorist, the philanderer, the embezzler, and what the cops call ‘bad guys.’

Myth #2 – No one lies. Hardly. Nearly everyone tells low stake lies. Politeness, for example, or praising the host for a dull dinner and conversation, flattery, and so forth. No one really expects to be told the truth in those situations.

Myth #3 – Women can spot lies better than men. No they can’t; most people are terrible lie catchers, fooled by high stake lies again and again. Often they want to believe the liar. Do you want to find out your lover is unfaithful, your children are using hard drugs, the person you recommended for the job is embezzling? These are hard truths to accept, so the target of the lie often cooperates in being misled because the truth is too painful.
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Myth #4 – Psychopaths are perfect liars. Psychopaths are no more skillful at lying than anyone else, but they are so charming we want to believe them, and we do.

Myth #5 – Looking up and to the left is a sign of lying. The research shows that which way you look before answering a question is unrelated to whether you are lying.

Myth #6 – Micro facial expressions are proof of lying. Fleeting facial expressions do reveal an emotion that is being concealed, and that is a kind of lie, but innocents under suspicion may conceal their fear, or anger about being suspected. You need to find out why they are concealing their emotions in order to judge whether it is sign they are guilty of the offense you are investigating.

Myth #7 –The polygraph is a reliable lie detector. Scientists have not discovered a silver bullet, which works on everyone, to betray a lie. The polygraph, the so-called lie detector, is just a little bit better than chance. Yet it does have its use in a criminal investigation — if only one of the suspects fails the test, he or she is the first one to investigate, bearing in mind that this suspect may be the most nervous or worried about not being believed, though innocent.

Myth #8 - It's hard to spot a lie from how people behave. There are what I like to call "hot spots" which indicate you are not getting the full story. If you really do want to catch a liar there are nearly thirty different hot spots to pay attention to.

Micro facial expressions and gestural slips are the two most important ones, but there are many more. For example, a slight shrug, usually of one shoulder, coinciding with a verbal statement of confidence is an example of a "hot spot" revealed in a gestural slip. Something is awry. Another is a slight head shake no, only very slight, when saying "yes."

 Now, for the test ...

Which picture of Julie Roberts indicates that she's lying and which one indicates she's being genuine?

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Answer:  Fake smile on the left, real one on the right.

Real smiles include "smiling with your eyes," indicated by the narrowing of the eyes and, often, crows feet.

Which emotion is this guy expressing?

“It doesn't matter what language you speak, where you live, what you do for a living — the facial expressions you show for anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, contempt and happiness will be the same. You share these expressions with all human beings, and many of them with the great apes,” says Dr. Ekman.

So, what's the guy feeling in each picture? 

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Answer: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise.

And here's an analysis of each expression taken from the TV show "Lie to Me."


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I tried the buzzy San Francisco restaurant where ‘robots’ serve you quinoa and it blew my mind


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I just had a dining experience straight out of "The Jetsons."

Futuristic fast-food chain Eatsa opened today near San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. The vegetarian restaurant, which specializes in quinoa bowls that cost about $7, uses technology to automate the ordering and pick-up processes.

Customers can dine in or out without interacting with a single human. Yes, it's a little scary.

Eatsa is backed by techie David Friedberg, who sold his big-data weather-prediction startup The Climate Corporation for about $1 billion in 2013.

For those expecting Rosie, the Jetson family's robot maid, to roll out from behind the kitchen doors and deliver a quinoa bowl to your table — prepare to be disappointed. There are some smoke and mirrors at play.

But still, Eatsa is worth a visit for the sheer awe of its automation and quality of its food.

I arrived at Eatsa, located near San Francisco's bustling Embarcadero, shortly before noon, and there was already a line out the door.

Almost immediately, the illusion was shattered. A very human employee greeted me and my coworker Jillian to introduce us to the restaurant's app.

It was very intuitive. The menu is split into quinoa bowls, sides, and beverages. There's a build-your-own bowl option for folks with specific tastes.

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10 photos show the quiet beauty of train stations when they're completely empty


NF_Munich_subway_0005For 16 years, Nick Frank served as an art and creative director in advertising.

It wasn’t until late 2013 that he switched his career path to become a professional architecture and landscape photographer.

Frank's graphic design background, combined with his fascination of symmetrical elements, led him to a lifelong project exploring and documenting Europe's many beautiful train stations. A Munich native, Frank started in his hometown.

His fascination with the subway system comes from the simple idea that they "connect us all."

"No matter what kind of person you are — rich or poor, student or businessman — we are using those trains to get to work or to our loved ones,” Frank told Business Insider.

Keep scrolling for a peek at more of Frank's mesmerizing work.

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Frank's ideal time to photograph a station is on a Sunday morning, around 5:30 a.m., before people begin to flood the space.

Shooting the stations while they're empty puts the focus on the architecture. “People would distract the viewer from the core element of the image," he says. "[I try] to reduce my images until the essence of what I want to show becomes visible."

He chooses his locations mostly by online research.

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I went to the source of the world's best coffee — and saw firsthand why the industry is in trouble


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Whether you prefer a straight shot of tangy espresso or a few sweet sips of a blended coffee drink, chances are you love coffee.

Not only is this bittersweet drink one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, its active ingredient — caffeine — is the most popular psychoactive drug.

We recently visited a coffee farm in Costa Rica, one of the world's most desirable locations for growing and harvesting the crop.

The coffee plants here, just like those across the globe, face a big challenge: All of them are sourced from just a handful of original Ethiopian plants, meaning they're genetically similar and highly vulnerable to climate change.

Take a walk through a Costa Rican coffee farm and see how the threatened but valued crop goes from berry to brew:

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Our drive to a coffee farm called Cafe Monteverde took us up a mountain on a dirt road for about an hour and a half. On our way, we got some breathtaking views of the area's rugged, hilly terrain and gorgeous forest cover.

The region of Monteverde, where a lot of Costa Rica's coffee is grown, is a misty, cloud-enshrined area about three hours from San Jose, the capital. The humid, shady climate is ideal for growing coffee plants, but the drive to reach it can be a challenge if you're not familiar with the roads.

My partner (right) and I were introduced to the farm by Felix Salazar (left), a nature photographer born and raised in Monteverde who also works on the farm and gives tours in his free time. Felix walked us through the rolling green fields where the coffee for Cafe Monteverde is grown.

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Sorry Burners, Elon Musk says he never toured a 4,000 acre property to build a permanent Burning Man city


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Burning Man devotees dreaming of a permanent city will have to keep looking for someone to bankroll the project. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who had been rumored to have toured an investment property that could host a permanent Burning Man community, has not in fact visited the property, according to a Tesla spokesperson. 

Musk and Google co-founder Sergey Brin were both cited in a recent New York magazine report that said the two were rumored to have toured a 4,000 acre property in Northern Nevada where organizers of the Burning Man festival hoped to create a permanent community.

"Elon has not toured this property," a Tesla spokesperson said in an email. 

Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded SpaceX and is the CEO of electric car maker Tesla, is a regular attendee at the week-long Burning Man festival. The annual festival in Nevada's Black Rock desert attracts artists, nudists and partiers, and began this week. 

The "Burning Many Fly Ranch city" is envisioned as a mix of homes and communal spaces built to blend into the desert where the Burning Man principles of “radical inclusion” and “gifting” would be the law of the land year-round. 

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