First she let her hair fal and down it flussed to her feet its teviots winding coils

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Eye movements of 105 heterosexual undergraduate students (36 males) were monitored while viewing photographs of men and women identified as a potential mate or a potential friend. Results showed that people looked at the head and chest more when assessing potential mates and looked at the legs and feet more when assessing potential friends.

{ Archives of Sexual Behavior | Continue reading }

photo { Michelle Pfeiffer photographed by Jim Britt, 1979 }

Nature does not work with an end in view

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Neurobiological research on memory has tended to focus on the cellular mechanisms involved in storing information, known as persistence, but much less attention has been paid to those involved in forgetting, also known as transience. It’s often been assumed that an inability to remember comes down to a failure of the mechanisms involved in storing or recalling information. 

“We find plenty of evidence from recent research that there are mechanisms that promote memory loss, and that these are distinct from those involved in storing information,” says co-author Paul Frankland.

One recent study in particular done by Frankland’s lab showed that the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus seems to promote forgetting. This was an interesting finding since this area of the brain generates more cells in young people. The research explored how forgetting in childhood may play a role in why adults typically do not have memories for events that occurred before the age of four years old. 

{ University of Toronto | Continue reading }

art { Masao Mochizuki, The Air Power of the World, 1976 }

‘A sound mind in a sound body.’ –Juvenal

Chang et al. investigated the well-known asymmetry of the scrotum in man and showed that in right-handed subjects the right testis tended to be higher, whereas the converse applied in left-handed subjects.

{ Nature | PDF }

But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky

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{ On the Inability to Ignore Useless Advice }

oil marker on acrylic on canvas on wood { François Morellet, Rococoncret n°4, 2012 }

Every day, the same, again

22.jpgYou could live in Canada and U.S. at the same time: House straddling the border is on the market for $109,000

The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot

Researchers have found a way to root out identity thieves by analyzing their mouse movements with AI [study]

Visual Face-preference in the Human Fetus?

We find that the shock of having acne is positively associated with overall grade point average in high school, grades in high-school English, history, math, and science, and the completion of a college degree.

People are often encouraged to only present the best aspects of themselves at interview so they appear more attractive to employers, but what we’ve found is that high-quality candidates — the top 10% — fare much better when they present who they really are. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for poorer quality candidates who can actually damage their chances of being offered the job by being more authentic.

What triggers that feeling of being watched?

From 2014 to mid-2016, 75 people have died while attempting selfie in 52 incidents worldwide. Mean age of the victims was 23.3 and 82% were male.

Which individuals become fatter when they practice exercise?

Why Urine Doesn’t Work To Treat Jellyfish Stings

Why Is the Speed of Light So Slow?

Can falling bullets kill you?

Celebration of genius generals encourages the delusion that modern wars will be short and won quickly, when they are most often long wars of attrition

The Mutilated Currency Division

Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency. The value of Ether has risen an eye-popping 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year. [NYT]

Personalized ads in the real world

“We found that people remember ads with sexual appeals more than those without, but that effect doesn’t extend to the brands or products that are featured in the ads”

Google is the internet’s largest ad company. So why is it building an ad blocker? The new Chrome feature, slated to be rolled out next year, won’t block all ads. Rather, it will block ads that Google considers particularly intrusive.

Google will no longer mine your emails for advertising data

Investors think Vice is worth more than the NYT, WaPo and FT combined. Not sure that assessment will age well.

Goldie may have confirmed that Banksy is Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja

Pythagoras’s best puzzles

In the most comprehensive study of egg shapes to date, scientists say that the best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability. [Science | NYT]

Nondestructive determination of watermelon flesh firmness by frequency response

Eugene Schieffelin was a pharmacist who lived in the Bronx. He was an eccentric Anglophile and a Shakespeare aficionado. As deputy of the American Acclimatization Society of New York, Schieffelin, it is believed, latched onto the goal of bringing every bird mentioned in the works of Shakespeare to Central Park.

“We are aware of Oksana Zhnikrup’s work and have a license to use it for Mr Koons’s work.”

Restoring Yves Klein’s “Blue Monochrome” (1961)

Egon Schiele standing in front of a full-length mirror in his studio

Popsicles Made From 100 Different Polluted Water Sources

A vending machine in Russia for buying Likes for your Instagram pics

‘The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.’ –Guy Debord

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While pornography is not the only medium in which orgasm is portrayed, it is the most explicit, and it is widespread and easily accessible. As such, pornography is an ideal medium for examining representations of male and female orgasm. […] Only 18.3% of women, compared to 78.0% of men, were shown reaching orgasm.

{ Journal of Sex Research | Continue reading }

related { Objectification was depicted more often for women through instrumentality, but men were more frequently objectified through dehumanization }

previously { We found few major differences in pornography aimed at a homosexual versus heterosexual male audience, other than those that reflect the different anatomy involved, and none that reflect an anti-female agenda }

‘Infinite—nothing.’ –Pascal

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The urge to be permanently blind is an extremely rare mental health disturbance. The underlying cause of this desire has not been determined yet. […] Only 5 people with an urge to be blind were found to participate in the study (4 female, 1 male). […]

The hypothesis that people with a desire for blindness suffer from a significantly higher visual overload in activities of daily living than visually healthy subjects was confirmed.

{ Case Reports in Ophthalmology | Continue reading }

art { Douglas Huebler, Variable Piece #44 / Global, 1971 | more }

‘Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.’ —Ray Cummings

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{ Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta and Blaine in Union Square, 1975 }

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{ Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta and Blaine in Union Square (Close Up), 1975 }

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{ Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta and Blaine in Union Square, Roberta Missing, 1975 }

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{ Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta and Blaine in Union Square, Blaine and Transcription, 1975 }

Every day, the same, again

24.jpg Kung Fu master uses his penis to pull enormous helicopter

The Rise and Fall of Toronto’s Classiest Con Man

On July 25, 2016, while countries including the United States were still expressing regulatory misgivings, the British government graciously gave Amazon.com access to the UK’s airspace

Thousands of minors wed each year in the US. Some do it for love; others are given no choice, like an 11-year-old girl who was told to marry her rapist. [NY Times]

Losing sleep over climate change

Face inversion increases attractiveness

A possible alternative to antibiotics

Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? [Thanks Tim]

In the United States, the Commonwealth, Scandinavia and for books in Dutch, titles are usually written top-to-bottom on the spine. In most of continental Europe and Latin America, titles are conventionally printed bottom-to-top on the spine.

How Do You Count Without Numbers?

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two

Why Do We Keep Using the Word “Caucasian”?

Audible tattoos

¿Conoces el papel higiénico ‘TRUMP’?

Every day, the same, again

23.jpgTopless cleaning service owner arrested for underwear theft

Man accused of paying prostitutes to strip on neighbor’s porch at least 75 times

Pastor trying to prove how Jesus walked on water gets eaten by crocodile

Health consequences of smoking 1–4 cigarettes per day

the probability of divorce roughly doubled for married Americans who began pornography use

Facebook flooded with ’sextortion’ and revenge porn, files reveal

Instagram is the most harmful social network for your mental health

Watching more than three hours of television a day is associated with poorer language skills for 11-year-olds, according to a new international study

Human Sense of Smell Rivals That of Dogs, Says Study

Dogumenta, the First Art Exhibition For Dogs

Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study [Thanks GG]

In this research, we posit that those who consume “hot” and “spicy” food may be more prone to thoughts related to aggression

What kinds of secrets does the average person keep?

Secrecy, Confidentiality and “Dirty Work”: The Case of Public Relations

A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public

Rossini wrote 40 operas (often three per year) by the time he was 40, and then suddenly retired. He later settled in a posh villa outside Paris, threw dinner parties and philosophized on music and food.

Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies in the Amazon [Thanks Tim]

Artist wears white women as scarves

A choir of six hundred voices, conducted by Mr Vincent O’Brien

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,” according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.

{ Reuters | Continue reading }

related { How Trump gets his fake news }

‘There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe — but not for us.’ —Kafka

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When the National Security Agency began using a new hacking tool called EternalBlue, those entrusted with deploying it marveled at both its uncommon power and the widespread havoc it could wreak if it ever got loose.

Some officials even discussed whether the flaw was so dangerous they should reveal it to Microsoft, the company whose software the government was exploiting, according to former NSA employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the issue.

But for more than five years, the NSA kept using it — through a time period that has seen several serious security breaches — and now the officials’ worst fears have been realized. The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history.

{ Washington Post | Continue reading }

screenshot { Ben Thorp Brown, Drowned World, 2016 }