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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

Terrorwrist

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?

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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 (see scan, below left). 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.

{ NewScientist | Continue reading }

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

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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.

{ Management Science | Continue reading }

photo { Lionat Natalia Petri }

‘I stick my finger in existence — it smells of nothing.’ –Kierkegaard

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We Westerners have a boring pointing repertoire. Most of the time, we just jut out our arm and index finger. If our hands are occupied — carrying a heavy load, say — then we might resort to a jerk of the head or elbow. But if the pointer finger’s free, we’ll point it.

Not so for the Yupno. Within a few days of their arrival in the valley, Núñez and Cooperrider noticed that the Yupno often point with a sharp, coordinated gesture of the nose and head that precedes them looking toward the point of interest. […]

Pointing, he answered, seems to be a fundamental building block of human communication. Great apes are never seen pointing in the wild. And in human babies, pointing develops even before the first word […]

The Yupno aren’t the only ones who point with their face. Lip pointing — in which protruding lips precede an eye gaze toward the area of interest — has been observed in people from Panama, Laos, and other groups in Australia, Africa, and South America. Head pointing, according to one study, happens frequently among people speaking Arabic, Bulgarian, Korean, and African-American Vernacular English.

{ Phenomena | Continue reading }

‘Science does not think.’ —Heidegger

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The main objective of this study was to describe male and female lumbar spine and hip motion and muscle activation patterns during coitus and compare these motions and muscle activity across five common coital positions. […]

A secondary objective was to determine if simulated coitus could be used in place of real coitus for future coitus biomechanics research.

{ via University of Waterloo | PDF }

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7654.gifDJs all over the world are now deliberately making mistakes during their mixes to prove to fans and critics that they are in fact real DJs.

When you set sad lyrics against happy music, the music wins

Research on twins has found that our genes may determine an innate baseline for how happy we’ll be during our lives

Study of more than 100,000 people finds three genetic variants for IQ — but their effects are maddeningly small.

Bra Wearing Not Associated with Breast Cancer Risk

Is spooning really the best position for men with back pain? More: Bad back? These are the best sex positions to ease the pain.

Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

A simple rule for making every restaurant meal better: Eat at 5 p.m. or 5:30.

Imagine that someone else was controlling your actions. You would still look like you, and sound like you, but you wouldn’t be the one deciding what you did and what you said. Would anyone notice the difference?

Research has found that while around 1% of the general population are psychopaths, the level rises to 3% amongst business managers.

How Movies Trick Your Brain Into Empathizing With Characters

Serialized Killers: Prebooting Horror in Bates Motel and Hannibal

Only 1.5 percent of looted work is ever recovered. Why don’t museums put GPS trackers on everything?

Burger King goes “Goth” in Japan

The lessons around commitment and intimacy get deeper as Saturn continues his two-and-a-half-year sojourn through your partnership house, Taurus.

‘Nothing will come of nothing.’ —Shakespeare

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The next time I had to negotiate a contract, it began in typical fashion with a prospective employer sending me a lopsided agreement and asking me to counter-propose. I said I was incompetent to do that and suggested they write a new contract as if they were me, putting in everything that would be in my best interests, and then taking out everything they would never agree to. Since that would be the best I could get, I would accept it subject to agreement on compensation.

We started with base pay. I wrote down the least I would work for and asked them to write down the most they would offer a perfect person, irrespective of whether I was that person or not. If when we exchanged papers, their number wasn’t higher than mine then we could stop there and save time. Their number was twice the best base pay I had ever received in past jobs, and my request was for $0. I explained that my goal is to live a debt-free life, and therefore I wanted to give value before receiving compensation.

{ qz | Continue reading }

‘If you’re critical, you’re already out of the game.’ —Jeff Koons

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This paper considers when a firm’s freely chosen name can signal meaningful information about its quality, and examines a setting in which it does.

Plumbing firms with names beginning with an “A” or a number receive five times more service complaints, on average. In addition, firms use names beginning with an “A” or a number more often in larger markets, and those that do have higher prices.

These results reflect consumers’ search decisions and extend to online position auctions: plumbing firms that advertise on Google receive more complaints, which contradicts prior theoretical predictions but fits the setting considered here.

{ Ryan C. McDevitt | PDF }

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Man Stabs Roommate For Being Too Loud While Having Threesome

The Man With Two Penises

People’s belief in free will is lower when they need to urinate or desire sex

It is possible to predict the future – and a new breed of ‘superforecasters’ knows how to do it

Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works)

“At some factories, robots are even building other robots, producing about 50 robots per 24-hour shift and operating unsupervised for as long as 30 days at a time.” [via gettingsome]

Everything That’s Wrong With Banking Summed Up In One Bonehead Advertisement

We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality. More: DATAcide: The Total Annihilation of Life as We Know It

Global suicide map

New Toyota minivan equips parents with mic to make it easier to yell at unruly kids in the back

Richard Feynman’s Lectures on Physics

Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

Porn for the Blind [thanks GG]

Hear the loud alarum bells

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To examine the effects of grunting on velocity and force production during dynamic and static tennis strokes in collegiate tennis players. […]

The velocity, force, and peak muscle activity during tennis serves and forehand strokes are significantly enhanced when athletes are allowed to grunt.

{ Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research | Continue reading | more }

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‘The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.’ —Schopenhauer

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One: Sit with your eyes closed and your back straight.

Two: Notice what it feels like when your breath comes in and when your breath goes out, try to bring your full attention to the feeling of your breath coming in and going out.

Third step is the biggie. Every time you try to do this, your mind is going to go crazy. You are going to start thinking about all sorts of stupid things like if you need a haircut, why you said that dumb thing to your boss, what’s for lunch, etc. Every time you notice that your mind is wandering, bring your attention back to your breath and begin again. This is going to happen over and over and over again and that is meditation.

It’s not easy. You will “fail” a million times but the “failing” and starting over is succeeding. So this isn’t like most things in your life where, like if you can’t get up on water skis, you can’t do it. Here the trying and starting again, trying and starting again, that’s the whole game.

{ Barking up the wrong tree | Continue reading }