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2141.jpg 43% of married people don’t know how much money their spouse makes

Revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think

Scientists build artificial neurons able to communicate with organic neurons

Brain connections last as long as the memories they store, Stanford neuroscientist finds

The hack is simple: if you are an average adult, a cup of coffee every 48 hours will do the trick.

Taking control remotely of modern cars has become distressingly easy for hackers

The pleasure of listening to music was not as great as he anticipated. He found more pleasure in manipulating music files.

Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity? [PDF]

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

How to steal an election

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211.jpgMan who owned house that was slated for demolition is accused of changing the address numbers with the house next door.

Are We Seeing the End of Homeopathy?

Differences in Breast Shape Preferences between Plastic Surgeons and Patients Seeking Breast Augmentation

Expert philosophers are just as irrational as the rest of us

Of all the species that occasionally make a break for it, flamingos seem to have the most success. And: The inside of a flamingo’s egg is pink. And so is the milk parents feed their chicks.

If you want your statues clean, you just need to make them of bronze laced with arsenic

How Do We Remember Colors?

If sea levels rise as feared, some of the world’s island nations may disappear this century. Does that mean they no longer exist as countries?

Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure

Is it possible to gauge how wealthy a New Yorker might be just by the way they pronounce their /r/ s? And: The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores [PDF]


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29.jpgThe Police Are Scanning the Faces of Every Single Person at Download Festival

Female psychopaths process moral judgements differently than male psychopaths

Love-Hate Relationships at Work Might Be Good for You

Dutch people are the tallest on Earth. Their height could be the result of natural selection favoring a towering stature, study suggests.

When Do People Prefer Carrots to Sticks? A Robust ‘Matching Effect’ in Policy Evaluation

Just as in the 1600s, the basic underlying logic of China’s economic boom after 1980 was the import of money in exchange for the export of goods.

The constantly updated catalogue of entrances to Hell in and around the UK

For years the sign has caused passengers on planes to freak out about going to the wrong place. [Thanks Tim]

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28.jpg Soft robot tentacle can lasso an ant without harming it

The world’s most expensive coffee is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung

Interacting with women can impair men’s cognitive functioning

City medical examiners are allowed to keep a person’s brain and organs, even if the family wants them back: court

Cognitive capacities for cooking in chimpanzees

Lots of animals consume alcohol but only humans do it to get drunk.

The best bonfires are roughly as tall as they are wide

Why So Many Robots Struggled With the DARPA Challenge More: A Transformer Wins DARPA’s $2 Million Robotics Challenge

LEGO didn’t want any of the players to endow its online world with penises.

Ad tech companies are knowingly selling “garbage” data to customers who are being blinded by the apparent need to load themselves with an endless supply of customer information

Jaw power (new patent)

Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History

A photo of Jackie Siegel clutching an iced drink and taking a selfie at her daughter’s funeral

New 3D printer grows solid objects out of liquid baths

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5.jpgMan sues Chinese actress over her intense stare in TV show

Customer suspects annoyed waiter spat in soda; police use DNA to prove it

More New Yorkers are surviving being run over by 100-ton subway trains, statistics show

The brain shrinks over the course of the day, ending up smaller in the evening – before returning to its full size the next morning.

Group discussion improves lie detection

Study finds people — even teenagers — unconsciously follow advice from their elders

Seven or more hours of sleep per night: A health necessity for adults

Links found between blood type and risk of cognitive decline

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Is Learning How To Count Calories In Instagram Photos

Derived from the lapis lazuli stone, the pigment was considered more precious than gold. A brief history of ultramarine

rain swing

A Guide to Translating Things Men Say on Tinder

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24.jpg Woman Who Claims She Owns Sun Takes eBay To Court: They Won’t Let People Bid On It

Eating the placenta: trendy but no proven health benefits and unknown risks

What to say — and what not to say — on a first date, according to science

Researchers say: Don’t worry what other people think, going out on your own can be fun

When light travels through a medium such as oil or water, does it pull or push on the medium?

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

Horses communicate amongst each other with eye and ear twitches

Why you should answer all your emails at 3PM (The ideal work schedule, as determined by circadian rhythms)

Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies

In 1948, a man was found on a beach in South Australia. The mysterious circumstances of his death have captivated generations of true-crime fanatics. Today, one amateur sleuth has come close to solving the case.

These are the sounds left behind when you compress a song to MP3 + How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

Rejected ‘The Shining’ Poster Designs From Saul Bass, With Stanley Kubrick’s Notes

Lassie’s Little Boomerang removes all of the annoying obstacles standing in the way of calling in an airstrike on yourself

Interactive Mirror Built from 450 Rotating Penguins by Daniel Rozin

“scroll to top” elevator [Thanks Tim]

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21.jpgScientists reverse aging in human cell lines

Scientists are 1 step closer to understanding how the brain regulates memory and mood, thanks to the discovery of 2 distinct types of stem cells

Some perfectly healthy people can’t remember their own lives

Gender and racial bias can be ‘unlearnt’ during sleep

Commuting length, distance, and means are stress factors that can lead to burnout

Yoshitaka Fujii falsified 183 papers before statistics exposed him—roughly 7 percent of all retracted papers between 1980 and 2011. And: I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How. [Thanks Tim]

Mystery of Swiss cheese holes solved

Giraffes have long enjoyed a special place in the hearts of evolutionists for another reason: as a real-life example of how to distinguish Darwinian from Lamarckian evolution.

A bug in Apple’s iOS means that anyone can crash an iPhone by simply sending it a certain string of characters in a message.

Along with The Netherlands, the German market is by far the most affected one by the ad blocking phenomenon. There, ad block use approaches 40% of the internet population.

Like every other business, clandestine operations have a budget and like every federal agency, that budget is examined by scores of government workers. But how do expenses work if you’re a spy, doing secret work?

Can you be guilty of copyright infringement for using your own work?

Finnegans Wake becomes a hit book in China

Algorithm Clones Facial Expressions…And Pastes Them Onto Other Faces

Cat hair pills available

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215.jpg Women earn less than men, but lesbians earn more than straight women

Relationship between women’s personality traits and oral sex behaviors

Drinking coffee can give you better erections, study

Study sheds new light on the impact of video gaming on the brain

Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps Dying

Poisoning rhino horns doesn’t hurt the rhinos, but it may keep poachers away

Scientists have identified a gene in the dengue-transmitting mosquitoes that can be used to switch their sex, transforming the deadly disease-carrying females into harmless males.

How Smart Should the President Be? A historical analysis suggests a link between IQ and performance

Neither scientists nor philosophers know for sure what color is.

How Long Should I Hold The Door Open?

Porn actors say proposed safety rules — including protective eye gear — go too far

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213.jpgNew Zealand-based company is building a very, very angry robot to help companies deal with angry customers

A statistical analysis of birth month and celebrity finds that individuals born under certain astrological signs are more likely to become famous

Meat eaters who justify their eating habits feel less guilty and are more tolerant of social inequality say researchers.

In study, skipping meals is linked to abdominal weight gain

Sexual harassment of a king penguin by an Antarctic fur seal [PDF]

Traffic noise blocks fish sex

More than 40 percent of US honeybees died this past year

Physics paper with 5,154 authors has broken the record for the largest number of contributors to a single research article.

Why do we appreciate tragic events in art when we don’t appreciate tragic events in life?

Facebook tracks users who are logged-out from Facebook through the social plug-ins (”Like” and “Share” buttons), tracks opted-out Facebook users with a cookie for advertising purposes, tracks users who are not Facebook users but who have visited Facebook’s pages, and so on. Users who wish to protect themselves against tracking by Facebook through social plug-ins are advised to use browser add-ons that block tracking

This is what happens after you die

Anti-NSA pranksters planted tape recorders across New York and published your conversations

Frequent earbud headphone use increases your risk for “hidden hearing loss”: study

Chinese Restaurant Gives Discounts to Customers with Short Skirts

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5.gif At the University of California San Diego, a controversy is brewing over an art class in which students take the final exam in the nude.

Worker fired for disabling GPS app that tracked her 24 hours a day

The secret to overturning negative first impressions

Research shows more sex does not mean more happiness

Researchers have discovered a virus that infects our brains and “makes us more stupid.”

Birth month really does affect personality, says researcher

Pop music shows a pattern from biological evolution known as punctuated equilibrium, in which periods of gradual change are separated by explosions of complexity

The Effects of Popping Popcorn Under Reduced Pressure

Why is the number 2,147,483,647 important? Anything larger confuses many computers.

Self-driving truck cleared to drive on US roads for the first time

Why Uber wants to acquire Here, Nokia’s mapping service

Beard Hair Net Sales Are Booming Thanks to Hipster Chef Bros

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24.jpg Dog poo DNA tests to catch owners who fail to clean up their pet’s mess are to be launched in an east London borough

Man Sues Hospital After Amputated Leg Found in Trash

Films with a female presence earn less at the box office

3D X-ray technique detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does

Organic milk ‘is less healthy than regular milk and could harm child IQ,’ say researchers

New study suggests that flying may be greener than driving

Water-skipping stones and spheres

The Predecessors of Bitcoin and Their Implications for the Prospect of Virtual Currencies

Slot machines perfected addictive gaming. Now, tech wants their tricks.

Labyrinths have made their way into prisons, spas, wellness centers, and hospitals in recent years

How to choose a price that will maximize your profit

Why Is the Heart Symbol so Anatomically Incorrect?

Japanese hotel launches ‘crying rooms’

The shortest scientific paper ever published

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216.jpgStudy shows that the growth rate in industrial electricity usage negatively predicts next one-year stock market returns

Researchers track eye movements to sway moral decisions. Altering the timing of a decision on the basis of gaze manipulates choices.

The “holographic principle” asserts that a mathematical description of the universe actually requires one fewer dimension than it seems. What we perceive as three dimensional may just be the image of two dimensional processes on a huge cosmic horizon.

Mystery of why the Earth hums solved

At a multicourse dinner party in San Francisco, marijuana is paired like wine. But you’ll need a doctor’s note. [NY Times]

Remember your loved one – by putting their ashes in a dildo