Scientists figured out a simple habit that makes people eat less when they’re stressed

It has happened to all of us — you get home from an exhausting day of work and eat all the junk food you see around: pizza, beer and chips. Why does the body crave for that, instead of a salad? Here is the simple solution to keep stress eating away. 

Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook

Join the conversation about this story »


‘Baby Driver’ is the fun summer action movie that you’ve been waiting for

baby driver ansel elgort

“Baby Driver” is an action-comedy heist film with a lot of car chases. It stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a prodigious getaway driver who’s constantly listening to music. He needs to do one last job before he can leave his life of crime and live with his new girlfriend. But Kevin Spacey, who plays a crime boss, isn’t so eager to let him go.

Why should you care:

Director Edgar Wright left the production of the Marvel movie “Ant-Man” in the middle of filming, and “Baby Driver” is his follow-up. It’s a new original work from the guy behind “Shaun of the Dead,” “At World’s End,” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

Plus, it’s a fun summer movie.

What’s hot:

Have you ever walked down the street while listening to music and pretended that you’re living in a music video? Pretty much the whole movie is like that. When he’s not driving cars, Baby makes mixtapes, and the movie uses well-timed music a lot like “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And it’s all set to the same manic energy you might recognize from Wright’s other movies.

A lot of the secondary performances are also great. Kevin Spacey gets to do that Kevin Spacey thing where he angrily yells and it’s really funny. Jamie Foxx is great as a ruthless, amoral criminal, and Jon Hamm gets a lot of screen time as another member of the criminal gang.

What’s not:

Ansel Elgort is not a good actor. His character is a lot like Ryan Gosling’s in “Drive” in two ways: (1) He’s a driver who wants to leave a criminal life and live with a girl, and (2) he doesn’t need to do much more than run, turn a steering wheel, and stare in the distance when people are talking to him. But when he does need to emote, Elgort falls flat. He’s out-acted by CJ Jones, who’s deaf and wheelchair-bound and plays his foster father.

The female characters in the movie — Lily James, who plays Baby’s love interest, and Eiza González, another one of the criminals — have little characteristics of their own and mostly exist to move the plot forward.

What I love about Edgar Wright is that he can pack a bunch of witty lines and visual jokes in each frame. “Scott Pilgrim” is the best example of this. There are a few scenes where he does this in “Baby Driver” — most prominently in a great long tracking shot at the introduction where Baby fetches a few cups of coffee for his criminal friends. But for the most part, Wright’s signature is lost in the action.

The bottom-line:

“Baby Driver” is a thrilling, fun, and funny car chase movie that’s better than most Hollywood products. It’s held back by Elgort’s lifeless performance and by its laziness in building its female characters.



“Baby Driver” is currently in theaters.

SEE ALSO: Netflix just released a stunning original movie that fans of ‘E.T.’ will love

FOLLOW US: INSIDER is on Facebook

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Everything you need to know about Gal Gadot before she becomes the #1 action star in the world


‘Spider-Man’ star says he was disappointed the first time he put on the Spidey costume

tom holland late night seth meyers

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Tom Holland is playing the new Peter Parker in July’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
  • He’s been a fan of the character ever since he can remember.
  • Holland was pumped to try on the Spidey suit for the first time after he was cast.
  • The first time he saw himself in the suit, Holland said he was disappointed.
  • The suit was too loose and baggy since it was designed around his stunt double.

 Tom Holland has been waiting his whole life to play Spider-Man, so when he landed the role of Peter Parker he couldn’t wait to try on the suit.

Unfortunately, becoming the webslinger for the first time in “Captain America: Civil War” fell short of his expectations. Holland told Seth Meyers the first time he saw himself in the suit it was kind of underwhelming.

“I have to say it was very disappointing,” said Holland to a surprised audience. “I’ll explain. Everyone’s like, ‘What a d—.'”

Meyers joked that it was because Holland realized he didn’t have Spidey’s powers. Holland said the actual reason he was a bit bummed was because the suit didn’t fit right.

seth meyers tom holland

“I go to my costume fitting and there’s all these mirrors so I had them close the mirrors because I wanted to see the suit for the first time on,” said Holland. “I put the suit on. It felt great.”

But when the mirrors were opened something was wrong.

“Because it was my stunt double’s suit, and he was much bigger than me, it was really baggy and saggy and it looked like a very old, sad Spider-Man,” he said. “It definitely wasn’t as heroic as I would have hoped.”

But the lifelong Spidey fan says landing the role was really a dream of a lifetime and one he didn’t imagine would happen.

tom holland spider man shirt

“When they announced that they were recasting Spider-Man I couldn’t have imagined that I would get the job,” said Holland. “I asked my agents for an audition just because I wanted to meet the Marvel people … but now, I’m in the movie so it’s crazy.”

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” will be in theaters July 7. 

You can watch part of his interview with Meyers below:

SEE ALSO: A popular fan theory that Spider-Man actually first appeared in ‘Iron Man 2’ has been confirmed

FOLLOW US: INSIDER is on Facebook

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: The massive geode trend is making its way to lattes


A game developer made over $100 million in 3 months — here’s how he’s spending his wealth

More than just a bizarre name, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is a brilliant concept. It’s no surprise that the game — which still hasn’t officially launched — has already racked up over $100 million in revenue. This is a game that’s exclusively available on PC and isn’t even finished with development, yet it’s already being played by over 4 million people.

There’s a simple explanation for why it’s doing so well: It’s an unbelievably good game.

playerunknown's battlegrounds

Here’s how the average match of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” goes:

You’re jammed in a crappy plane with 100 other people, flying above an abandoned ex-Soviet island. You can jump whenever you want, knowing that as you plummet to the ground, 99 other people are plotting your imminent death. Of course, you’re plotting theirs as well, just as soon as you can get your hands on a weapon.

playerunknown's battlegrounds parachuting

Thankfully, though the island is uninhabited aside from you and the enemy players, the island — including all its houses, hospitals, and gas stations — are packed with P9s, AKs, and plenty of body armor. 

As you scramble to put together a small arsenal and supplies for survival, you’re also contending with the other 99 people doing the same thing. Sometimes those folks want to fight, and sometimes they’re unarmed and just as terrified of you as you are of them. Every interaction with another player in “Battlegrounds” is a gamble.

So, where in the world did this game come from? 

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

It was created by a studio in South Korea named Bluehole, and its creative director is an Irish man named Brendan Greene (AKA “PlayerUnknown”). Though Bluehole was already an established game developer, most famous for having created a successful MMO called “Tera,” the company has found sudden outrageous success with “Battlegrounds.” For a game that’s not even complete yet, to have already racked up over 4 million copies sold is extremely rare — more akin to the explosive success of something like “Minecraft” than standard game launches.

Given that sudden, extreme success, I wondered how Greene and co. were handling things. Were they partying non-stop? Taking lavish vacations? Buying gold toilets? Outbidding Jay Z and Beyoncé for luxurious LA abodes?

“No, f— that. I’m a simple man, and I’m happy when I have internet and a nice bottle of wine,” the game’s creative director Brendan Greene told me in an interview at the annual video game trade show, E3, in mid-June. “I have five pairs of the same Bermudas. I have a Converse problem, but they’re my guilty vices. I don’t want a fancy car. A nice house would be good.” 

So, no Ferraris then. Instead, Greene is focusing on setting up his daughter for life. “For me, personally, I have a daughter. I do this for her. I don’t want to spoil her, but she’ll never need to worry,” he said.

fire extinguishers minecraft house

Unbelievably, Greene doesn’t seem to be freaking out at all with the sudden infusion of cash. He’s a friendly, charismatic gentleman. He speaks excitedly about the game he’s making, and is seemingly trying to avoid confronting its potential as a behemoth. Though the game has only been available since March, it’s already sold over 4 million copies — it’s still in “Early Access,” which means it’s not complete. Bluehole is planning a “1.0” version for later this year, and an Xbox One version of the game by year’s end.

All of which is to say one thing: “Battlegrounds” is, if anything, just getting started. It’s entirely possible that Greene is just at the start of a wild roller coaster ride. But he’s staying cool.

“Apart from a few more smiles around the office, the focus is on making a good game,” he told me. “That hasn’t changed. Sure, we’ve been super successful, but it hasn’t really affected me or the team that much.” The focus, he said, is on making the game as good as possible. “I have a goal in mind for Battle Royale as a game mode, and ‘Battlegrounds’ as a game, and — until we get there — I’m not celebrating just yet. This could all be gone in a second, as is the way with the internet. We want to finish it, and get it done, then we’ll relax for a bit.”

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Everything you need to know about ‘Battlegrounds’ — an unfinished game that’s already made $60 million


A single tick bite could put you at risk for at least 6 different diseases


The deer tick, also known as the blacklegged tick, is a fascinating but nasty little creature, and it’s spreading.

The tiny arthropods carry Lyme disease — the serious illness that we most associate them with — but that’s not the only pathogen they spread.

“One thing that people really need to be aware of is that Lyme disease is not the only pathogen that’s out there — there’s quite a few of them, [including] probably quite a few that we haven’t discovered yet,” says Rafal Tokarz, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

And the deer tick, which as far as we know carries more illnesses than any other tick, “has been expanding its range enormously in the last 30 years,” says Durland Fish, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Before the early 70s, it was largely unknown outside the Northeast, but now it has spread north, south, and west.

The diseases that we know deer ticks spread are all serious:

1. Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, infects roughly 300,000 Americans every year. It can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, but can cause severe inflammation, nerve, and joint pain, among other symptoms, if left untreated.

2. When people are infected with babesiosis, parasites infect and destroy red blood cells. Not everyone shows symptoms but it can be life-threatening for some at-risk patients. It’s “like tick-borne malaria,” says Fish, and is the most important contaminant of the blood bank right now, he says.

3. Anaplasmosis is spread by another bacteria carried by deer ticks. It usually shows up a week or two after a bite and can cause fever, headaches, nausea, and general malaise, among other symptoms. If untreated it can be severe, leading to hemorrhage, renal failure, and for a small fraction of even healthy patients, potentially can be fatal.

lone star deer dog tick

4. Deer ticks can also spread the Borrelia miyamotoi bacteria, which Fish says is similar to the one that causes Lyme. Symptoms include joint pain, fatigue, fever, chills, and headache.

5. A relatively recently discovered disease that’s spread by deer ticks as well as dog and Lone Star ticks is ehrlichiosis, caused by a bacteria in the same family as the one responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Symptoms often present like the flu.

6. Powassan virus has been around for a while but has received more attention recently, especially since the deer tick (which frequently bites humans) started spreading it — the ticks that transmitted the first reported cases in the 1950s rarely bite people. Unlike Lyme, which often takes many hours or even a couple days before it’s transmitted, Powassan infection can occur in as little as 15 minutes. Not everyone who gets bitten by an infected tick gets sick, but if they do, it’s a serious problem since there’s no treatment. In those (still rare) cases, Fish says that there’s about a 50% chance of permanent neurological damage and a 10% chance of death.

The broad range of potential conditions means that doctors don’t even necessarily know what to look for. Even worse, “ticks can frequently be co-infected with more than one pathogen,” says Tokarz. That’s especially true in certain locations, like on Long Island. One bite could transmit both Lyme disease and babesiosis, conditions that would normally be treated quite differently.

It’s also possible that having two or more illnesses could change the way the disease manifests. “We still don’t know whether co-infection exacerbates a disease or doesn’t make a difference,” says Tokarz.”Studies have shown both.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have any good way to control ticks and to stop the ongoing expansion, which will lead to more people getting sick.

In the places where people are at risk of picking up a tick “it is a very important, very severe problem, but the only thing that can be done is to educate people on the dangers of coming into contact with ticks,” says Tokarz.

If you get one on you, pull it off right away — don’t bother with urban legends about needing to burn it off. And protect yourself if you are going to be hiking or spending time in a place where ticks are common. Use permethrin-treated clothing for outdoors work and use insect repellent that contains DEET.

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: A Brooklyn family has mastered the art of Jamaican cuisine


Facebook’s new attempt to get both brands and people talking to bots on Messenger

Discover   social

Facebook is trying to breathe life back into branded chat bots.

The platform is rolling out a new section within Facebook Messenger, “Discover on Messenger,” where users can browse and find bots, nearby places and businesses and message them.

Here’s how it works: When you tap on the Discover icon on the lower right-hand corner of the Messenger Home screen, you can browse by category, recently visited businesses and featured experiences. Messenger includes a broader set of categories like news, entertainment and finance, among others, to help users narrow down their bot searches. Users will also be able to find their recently used bots from a free-form search field on the Messenger home screen.

“Our goal with Discover is to ensure that experiences in Messenger are compelling, high quality and easy to find,” Facebook said in a statement on its blog announcing the update. “This latest update makes it even more intuitive for people to find what they care about most.”

It first announced the section at its developer conference back in April, along with a new vision for chat bots. Instead of being focused on direct, human-to-bot conversations, Facebook now wants bots to only pop up only when they can be of assistance.

Chat bots were originally seen not only as a way for Facebook to monetize Messenger, but an attempt to join Amazon, Apple and other tech giants in their quests to develop powerful, artificially-intelligent assistants. But after the initial hype last summer–when as many as seven bot-focused startups raised first funding rounds according to CBInsights–these automated tools have largely failed to catch on.

Early Messenger bots were plagued with bugs, and didn’t have the ability to maintain fairly basic conversations. Even Facebook’s head of Messenger, David Marcus, admitted at a tech conference last September that bots were “overhyped.” Back in March, Facebook also admitted that its bots hit a failure rate of 70%, implying that they could only fulfil 30% of requests without some sort of human intervention.

With this step, Facebook seems to want to revive bots, Matt Lang, senior digital strategist at AI-focused agency Rain, told Business Insider. It will likely attract the interest of brands and marketers since messaging apps, in general, continue to be where consumers are spending increasingly more time. It is prudent for brands to be on emerging platforms early, with a longer term strategy in mind, he said.

“Including a free-form search and new discover space feels like familiar territory–with Apple, it was the App store, and more recently with Amazon it is the Alexa Skill shop,” he said. “When it comes to these giants, brands want to be featured prominently so that users can find them, and this will be true in the new Messenger space too.”

Still, even with these updates, Facebook Messenger has yet to find a meaningful way to monetize its vast user base. As Business Insider reported earlier, Facebook isn’t charging businesses to create or host their bots in Messenger, and it doesn’t plan to take a cut of digital payments in the app either. For now, it is focusing on testing out ads in Messenger through ads. Brands can run ads in newsfeed that open up a Messenger thread as well as sponsored messages. It recently rolled out Instagram to Messenger ads as well. 

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Everything you need to know about Gal Gadot before she becomes the #1 action star in the world


Reddit’s founder thought people in Silicon Valley were the hardest workers — until he met his fiancée, Serena Williams

Alexis Ohanian (left) and Serena Williams

Silicon Valley might be full of hard workers, but they’ve got nothing on Serena Williams. 

That’s what Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian learned when he started dating the tennis superstar, according to a new Vanity Fair profile on the couple. 

Williams and Ohanian met in 2015 and are planning to get married later this year. The couple is also expecting their first child this fall.

Williams is arguably one of the most successful tennis players, if not the most successful athlete, of her generation: She’s racked up 23 grand slams and more than $84 million in prize money, according to Vanity Fair.

But Ohanian didn’t pay much attention to tennis before he met her, and had no idea how tough she was. He considered himself a hard worker and thought Silicon Valley techies put in more time and dedication than anyone else.

Here’s how Vanity Fair puts it: 

Alexis knew then he wanted to marry her, not simply out of happiness or compatibility. She was helping him become the best version of himself because of her own work ethic and focus, with millions watching and the expectation of the public that she should win every time, what Serena herself described as carrying “three pyramids” on her shoulder. He thought he worked hard — it is part of the romance of high tech that everyone works 18 hours a day and then curls up under the desk for a few hours’ sleep with their laptop as teddy bear and pacifier — but he realized it was nothing compared with Serena.

Don’t believe it? According to Vanity Fair, the week before the Australian Open, Williams was concerned about missing too many backhands, so she hit 2,500 of them over the course of nearly three hours and if she missed one, she started over. Oh, and she was pregnant at the time. 

Case closed. 

You can read more about how Ohanian and Williams met and fell in love over at Vanity Fair

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Everything you need to know about Gal Gadot before she becomes the #1 action star in the world


Uranus is officially the weirdest planet in our solar system

Uranus’ magnetic field acts in a very different way from other planets. Understanding its nature could be key to finding alien life in the future. You can read more about the scientists’ findings in The Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.

Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook

Join the conversation about this story »


The tech stock illuminati leading the market higher are getting too much credit

Jeff Bezos Bill Gates Tennis

There’s no denying that stock market returns have been dominated by an elite group of mega-cap tech stocks over the past few months. 

Whether or not those torrid returns are fully justified is another matter entirely.

While so-called FAAMG stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google — make up 13% of S&P 500 market cap, they only account for 6% of revenue and 10% of earnings, according to Goldman Sachs data.

Because the group represents such a small portion of revenue, even aggressively strong sales growth for FAAMG will fail to make much of an impact on overall S&P 500 earnings. Goldman finds that a 100-basis-point expansion in net margin for each of the five stocks would produce just 70 total cents of additional earnings for the benchmark.

Therein lies the disconnect between the extent to which FAAMG has been rewarded by the market, and how much credit the group truly deserves. After all, profit expansion has historically been the biggest driver of stock gains, and Goldman describes FAAMG’s potential impact as “limited.”

But while Goldman has some reservations around investors blindly piling into FAAMG, it still recommends they hold an overweight position on tech. FAAMG receiving undue credit aside — the sector, along with financials, will still be the biggest driver of earnings growth this year, outside of energy.

In fact, the profit growth expected in tech and financials is a big part of Goldman’s decision to raise its S&P 500 year-end price target to 2,400 from 2,300 on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 9.30.14 AM

The increase puts the firm right around consensus. On average, Wall Street strategists see the benchmark finishing the year at 2,414, according to a 19-person survey conducted by Bloomberg. It also implies that Goldman expects a decline of about 1% in the S&P 500 from Tuesday’s closing level.

So where should investors be focusing their attention in a market that’s expected to grind slowly lower?

Goldman advises picking stocks that typically beat the market during periods of modest economic growth. And to them that means companies forecast to boost revenue by double-digits in each of the next two years.

It’s even gone as far as to highlight some tech stocks that fit the bill. The list includes Nvidia, Symantec, Qorvo and Broadcom.

Noticeably absent? FAAMG.

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Doctors are using fish skin to treat burns