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2.jpg The Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to build a pipeline which will funnel beer underneath its famous cobbled streets. Locals and politicians were fed up with huge lorries clattering through the cobbled streets.

10,000 pigeons underwent anal security check in China

Virgos suffering ‘astrological discrimination’ in China

Survey says half of all married women have a ‘backup husband’ in mind

Alcohol makes smiles more ‘contagious,’ but only for men

Neural activity predicts the timing of spontaneous decisions

Winners evaluate themselves favorably even when the competitor is incompetent

Couvade syndrome: why some men develop signs of pregnancy

Who are the men and boys suffering from anorexia?

A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback.

The ban against Spinoza was the harshest ever issued by the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish community

In the autumn of 1931, the philosopher Martin Heidegger began to record his thoughts in small diaries that he called the schwarze Hefte, or “black notebooks.”

Why conspiracy theories in America are not on the rise after all

Why do Autocrats Disclose?

Do Communists Have Better Sex?

“You don’t have to be clever to make a discovery”

Things That Cost More Than Space Exploration

World’s smallest microphone is just one molecule

Living in a Dumpster More: My boyfriend lives in a dumpster

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model to Predict The Future of Game of Thrones

Schizophrenia in rap music

How much actual trading is done at 11 Wall Street? “It’s pretty darn close to zero”

“It was here where I believe Andy [Kaufman] would develop the concept of ‘bending reality’ to suit his needs”

Overspire: The experience of too much inspiration, resulting in no further gains in creativity.

How Wolves Change Rivers and Maybe Wolves Don’t Change Rivers, After All

Ice tsunami [more info]

‘Virality isn’t a measure, but a genre created by measurement.’ —Nathan Jurgenson


Studies of human conversation have documented that 30–40% of everyday speech is used to relay information to others about one’s private experiences or personal relationships, and recent surveys of Internet use indicate that upwards of 80% of posts to social media sites (such as Twitter) consist simply of announcements about one’s own immediate experiences.

Although other primates do not generally attempt to communicate to others what they know—for example, by pointing out interesting things or modeling behaviors for others to imitate—by 9 mo of age, human children begin trying to draw others’ attention to aspects of the environment that they find important, and adults in all societies make consistent attempts to impart their knowledge to others. […]

What drives this propensity for disclosure? Here, we test recent theories that individuals place high subjective value on opportunities to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others and that doing so engages neural and cognitive mechanisms associated with reward. Five studies provided sup- port for this hypothesis. Self-disclosure was strongly associated with increased activation in brain regions that form the mesolimbic dopamine system, including the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area. Moreover, individuals were willing to forgo money to disclose about the self

{ PNAS | PDF }

Self-disclosure plays a central role in the development and maintenance of relationships. One way that researchers have explored these processes is by studying the links between self-disclosure and liking. […]

Significant disclosure-liking relations were found for each effect: (a) People who engage in intimate disclosures tend to be liked more than people who disclose at lower levels, (b) people disclose more to those whom they initially like, and (c) people like others as a result of having disclosed to them.

{ Psychological Bulletin | PDF }

art { Joram Roukes, RedWhiteAndBlue, 2012 }

‘What is good is easy to get, and what is terrible is easy to endure.’ –Epicurus


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4.jpgScientists confess to sneaking Bob Dylan lyrics into their work for the past 17 years

Men are now the primary grocery shoppers in about four in 10 households. But men, food companies have found, have their own priorities.

Morphed images of Hollywood celebrities reveal how neurons make up your mind

Motion, audio, and location data harvested from a smartphone can be analyzed to accurately predict stress or depression

How to tell when a robot has written you a letter

Order doesn’t just happen, and it isn’t the product of individual freedom. It needs to be established, and it needs to be established first (sometimes by force), before individuals can be granted civic, economic, and social freedom. [via Rob Horning]

How Edward Hopper “Storyboarded” His Iconic Painting Nighthawks

Artists to Serve Radioactive Soup at Frieze London

New York artist creates ‘art’ that is invisible and collectors are paying millions. Previously: Andy Warhol: Invisible Sculpture [photo]

Create and manage chaos, then offer a form of order


{ 100 Copies of The Beatles’ White Album Playing At The Same Time }

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25.jpgMother drives with 5-month-old in trunk to avoid being cited for not having car seat

The book describes the training of laboratory rats to trade in foreign exchange and commodity futures markets

Scientists may have accidentally misread space dust as evidence of the Big Bang

Researcher proves, mathematically, that black holes do not exist

Scientists have “hacked” photosynthesis, and it could help them speed up food production

The bacteria within us — which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold — may be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want

Researchers found that when charged more for an all-you-can-eat buffet diners rated the food higher than when charged less for the same food.

Coffee Drinkers Have Trouble Talking About Emotions?

How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not)

A new study has suggested that men who exercise on a regular basis are at lower risk of nocturia i.e. waking up at night to urinate.

The color green facilitates creative performance

The idea of an aesthetically pleasing gluteal region has been with us since early recorded history.

Are dolphins cleverer than dogs?

The Verbal Overshadowing Effect (describing the perpetrator will make it more difficult for you to identify him out of the lineup)

Lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before

Emma Watson nude photo threats were apparently a plot to kill 4chan, orchestrated by viral marketing company

Can Graffiti Be Copyrighted?

a type of polychaete worm

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52.jpg Grandfather busted for prostituting himself… to young women

Venezuela’s shortage of breast implants

Domestic violence likely more frequent for same-sex couples

What body parts are seeing the most striking rise in venture-capital funding? Eyes and ears.

‘Memories’ can be passed down through genetic code from one generation to the next.

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

Sometimes Indirect Speech Is the Most Direct Course of Action Related: The evolutionary social psychology of off-record indirect speech acts [PDF]

Scientists discover new “sleep node” in the brain: Findings may lead to new therapies for sleep disorders, including insomnia

How your brain actually makes decisions while you sleep

Emotion Is Not the Enemy of Reason

What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.

Study finds ‘magical contagion’ spreads creator’s essence to artworks, adding value

What Happens When We All Live to 100?

Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers

Alibaba isn’t just the “Amazon of China”—it’s also the Dropbox, PayPal, Uber, Hulu, and more.

Share selfies with your friends if they’re standing behind you. [Thanks Tim]

Her job was to taste Hitler’s food to make sure it wasn’t poisoned. [via Natalie Shutler]

Germany’s Air Food One is a subscription service that lets anyone get airline meals delivered to their home once a week.

Plane crash [Thanks Tim]

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day


Findings from two experiments suggest that priming the passage of time through the sound of a ticking clock influenced various aspects of women’s (but not men’s) reproductive timing. Moreover, consistent with recent research from the domain of life history theory, those effects depended on women’s childhood socioeconomic status (SES). The subtle sound of a ticking clock led low (but not high) SES women to reduce the age at which they sought to get married and have their first child (Study 1), as well as the priority they placed on the social status and long-term earning potential of potential romantic partners (Study 2).

{ Human Nature | Continue reading }

photo { Aaron McElroy }

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23.jpgChinese City Sets Up ‘No Cell Phone’ Pedestrian Lanes

Airlines are creating rush hours and crowds at airports - on purpose

Being chronically late can have deep psychological drivers that go beyond having too much to do or underestimating traffic.

People Are Attracted to the Body Odor of Others with Similar Political Beliefs

Researchers have discovered how two genes keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons.

Gene-Silencing Drugs Finally Show Promise

Genes may help explain why some people are naturally more interested in music than others

Not everyone who hears voices experiences them as social entities but this type of social hallucinated voice is not rare or exotic.

The Jesus Experiment

Frst-person account of Cotard’s delusion – the belief that you’re dead

New Study Examines Impact of Violent Media on the Brain

Action films most likely to make you fat

How to increase children’s patience in 5 seconds

Scientists come closer to the industrial synthesis of a material harder than diamond

Sapphire screens were part of the iPhone 6 design until the glass repeatedly cracked during standard drop tests

Why Apple Didn’t Name Its Smartwatch ‘iWatch’

How the FBI took down the online black market and drug bazaar known as the Silk Road

The various ways to duck paying the fare on the Paris Subway

Returning to from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn

Never put the F where the door is


Man dies at sperm bank after 4th donation in 10 days

You’re waiting for a train. A train that’ll take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you. But you can’t know for sure. Yet it doesn’t matter. Now, tell me why?


A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. […] The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she’d had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn’t walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.

Doctors did a CAT scan and immediately identified the source of the problem – her entire cerebellum was missing. The space where it should be was empty of tissue. Instead it was filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain and provides defence against disease.

The cerebellum – sometimes known as the “little brain” – is located underneath the two hemispheres. It looks different from the rest of the brain because it consists of much smaller and more compact folds of tissue. It represents about 10 per cent of the brain’s total volume but contains 50 per cent of its neurons. […]

The cerebellum’s main job is to control voluntary movements and balance, and it is also thought to be involved in our ability to learn specific motor actions and speak.

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It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.


When individual performance was publicly posted in the workplace, employees working in a group performed better than when working alone; however, when individual performance was not posted, employees working in a group performed worse than when working alone.

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