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New research aims to give phone companies tools to help curb robocalls. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Does ignoring robocalls make them stop? Here’s what we learned from getting 1.5 million calls on 66,000 phone lines

The plague of unsolicited automated phone calls isn't abating. By studying robocalls, scholars at the Robocall Observatory are developing ways to help shut them down.
Phone calls create an opportunity for genuine exchange that written communication lacks. Flickr/PhotoAtelier

How landline phones made us happy and connected

The internet has revolutionised communication, but voice calls are declining in some demographics. And that means we may be losing out on a powerful part of what connects us to each other.
Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, viewed from below at London’s Park Plaza Hotel. Doc Searls/Wikimedia Commons

From the mundane to the divine, some of the best-designed products of all time

We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?

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