Teen depression rates jumped thirty three percent between 2010 and 2015, while suicide attempts rose by almost a quarter. Psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University has sifted through the various possible explanations and says only one factor explains the abrupt shift in American teens’ mental health – smart phones.

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Social media doesn't work perfectly. And sometimes it gets things really wrong. 

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The last time you downloaded a new app for your phone, you probably gave it permission to access some of your personal data, like photos, contacts, or your location. After all, what good is a mapping app that doesn't know where you are? But what you likely didn't know is that an estimated seven out of ten Android apps are sharing personal data with third party services, like Google Analytics.

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Are you addicted to your smartphone? Many of us certainly feel drawn to our electronic devices - and the array of information and activities they offer - in a way we feel uncomfortable admitting. And, while there's some controversy about whether or not the term "addiction" is appropriate, there is growing evidence that things like posting on Facebook can elicit the same brain response as an addictive substance.

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An estimated seventy two percent of adults in the United States own a smartphone. For most, they are a handy tool for keeping track of the kids and checking the weather. But, for a growing number, smartphones have become a problem - a conduit to potentially addictive games and social media.

Which category do you fall into? Try answering these questions, giving yourself one point for each "yes" answer. Do you find yourself:

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The internet is so ingrained in our daily lives, that it can be hard to remember life before it. And it changes so quickly it’s equally hard to know what the future might hold. One thing that’s clear is that more and more people will be connected and doing more and different things with this technology.

It’s a bit tricky to pinpoint when the internet began. Was it the first email? The first public network? What we do know is exactly when we started keeping a record of what’s on the web - October 26, 1996.

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In December 2015, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider saw an unusual disturbance in their signal that they couldn’t explain. They’re working right now to figure out whether it was a fluke, or a game-changing discovery.

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If you’ve ever been lost and alone, you know how terrifying it is. And if you’ve ever watched – or been – that person desperately asking his or her phone for directions, you know how ill-equipped many of us are for the challenges of navigation without modern technology.

People have long come to the Cape and Islands as a place to let their minds wander. Artists and scientists in  particular have built communities here for their ideas. Now the Cape Cod Makers are adding their energy to the region.

You may have heard of the maker movement. Often we hear about maker spaces where individuals can learn to use state-of-the-art technology, gain access to resources they could not otherwise, and exchange ideas with a community of creative-minded people who make all kinds of things. 

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3D printers have been around for at least three decades, but a convergence of computing power, design software, and market forces are pushing the technology to the fore.