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Here's a sentence that resonates: At conferences, "while some people trade business cards with aplomb, others clump with coworkers, rarely venturing beyond the safety of their pre-existing social circle." So begins an article in MIT's Technology Review about scientists studying social interactions at conferences and networking events by giving attendees badges with built-in infrared sensors, radios, and microphones.

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