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23.jpg Detroit police officers fight each other in undercover op gone wrong

The newest museum in Washington, D.C., is a $500 million institution dedicated to a single book.

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met (A man who years ago donated sperm to a couple, secretly, so they could have a child—only to have Facebook recommend the child as a person he should know.)

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google

That program is called Amazon Flex, and it accomplishes Amazon’s “last-mile” deliveries

This 28-year-old’s company makes millions buying from Walmart and selling on Amazon

Researchers proved that it’s mathematically impossible to halt aging in multicellular organisms like humans [study]

Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation

Dark-matter hunt fails to find the elusive particles. Physicists begin to embrace alternative explanations for the missing material.

Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

The neural underpinnings of the decoy effect — a marketing strategy in which one of three presented options is unlikely to be chosen but may influence how an individual decides between the other two options

Algorithm Predicts If Twitter Users Are Becoming Mentally Ill

Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women

Over almost 30 years of consulting, I’ve encountered countless examples of manipulation, bullying, and inappropriate use of power. Three kinds of responses have proven to be consistently effective for confronting most garden-variety manipulators.

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

The Stephen Shore retrospective opening Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art could not have come at a better time.

Photographer Spends 9 Years on One Street Corner Capturing Same Commuters Every Day

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2.jpgChinese restaurant offers discounts to women depending on their bra size

Scientists have called for Kyrgyzstan’s only mummy to be immediately dug back up after the 1,500-year-old relic was taken from a museum and hastily reburied on the eve of a presidential election in a decision celebrated by self-professed psychics.

NYC chess hustler makes $400 a day

Earlier this fall, Amazon announced it would build a second headquarters (known as HQ2) and asked cities to submit requests for proposal. It had received 238 proposals. Massachusetts offered a $500 million package that included 100 percent property tax exemptions for the headquarters’ employees. Philadelphia’s price tag was $2 billion. Newark, New Jersey upped the ante to $7 billion in tax benefits…

Virtually all individuals irrationally inflated their moral qualities

The scientist who traveled the world in a shipping container to study cold storage

How quantum physics is bending the rules

Medical uses for paperclips

Males were perceived as being more likely to be creepy than females. Only four occupations were judged to be significantly higher than the neutral value of “3” on the creepiness rating scale: Clowns, Taxidermists, Sex Shop Owners, and Funeral Directors. [On the nature of creepiness | PDF]

Higher quality sleep patterns are associated with reduced activity in brain regions involved in fear learning

Participants rated women in less revealing and less tight clothing more positively.

A certain number of single-vehicle crashes into stationary roadside objects such as trees are thought to be occult suicides. More: Complex suicide is usually defined as the application of more than one killing mechanism to ensure a fatal outcome.

Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

In memory of the Girl in Blue / Killed by Train / December 24, 1933 / Unknown but not forgotten

How to Spend $1,900 on Gene Tests Without Learning a Thing

The human genome was never completely sequenced. Some scientists say it should be.

Anyone can track you with $1,000 of online ads

Wireless charging will make drones always ready to fly

Company Rents Out Grounded Jets So Instagrammers Can Fool Followers About Their Luxurious Lifestyle [Thanks Tim]

White House Lobby during renovation, 1949

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22.jpgScientists say 43 kilos of gold is flushed through Swiss sewers each year

New bill will make it legal for Californians to liquefy their corpses after death

Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

Nearly every country on earth is named after one of four things

Domestication has not made dogs cooperate more with each other compared to wolves

Participants who had been breastfed scored lower in neuroticism, anxiety, and hostility and higher in openness and optimism than those not breastfed. Neuroticism was lowest for those breastfed for 9-12 months and highest for those either breastfed for >24 months or exclusively bottle-fed.

Wise and her colleagues recruited 10 heterosexual women to lay in a fMRI scanner and stimulate themselves to orgasm. They then repeated the experiment but had their partners stimulate them.

Wanting to know more about threesomes, he decided to conduct research on the subject himself. This led to a PhD about threesomes among two men and one woman (MMF).

“Forecasting agencies determine the trends to come and fashion companies are reluctant to take risks and to deviate from the path that forecasters have set them as their main aim is to make profit.”

Recognizing the popularity of John Waters films and the absence of merchandise for them, Curator Tyson Tabbert assembled a crew of designers to produce limited editions of such virtual merchandise.

Da Vinci is probably the only artist in history ever to dissect with his own hands the face of a human and that of a horse to see whether the muscles that move the lips are the same ones that can raise the nostrils of the horse’s nose More: Mona Lisa (Prado’s version), possibly painted simultaneously by a student of da Vinci in the same studio where he painted his own Mona Lisa

Has Duchamp’s Final Work Harbored a Secret for Five Decades?

“This page has intentionally been left blank.” Intentionally blank pages have been around, in abundance, since at least the 18th century

Three Chinese women stuck at South Korea airport unable to confirm identities after plastic surgery

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24.jpgMultiple arrested after fight inside Berkeley’s ‘empathy tent’

Eminem music shares to hit the stock exchange

“Digital self-harm” is the anonymous online posting, sending, or otherwise sharing of hurtful content about oneself. The current study examined the extent of digital self-harm among adolescents.

Parents of teenage daughters are more likely to divorce

Tattooed people, especially women, were rated as stronger and more independent, but more negatively in other ways

The visibility of social class from facial cues

3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image (via, Thanks Mark!)

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Senate map gerrymandered for senator’s house

Entrepreneurs are finding profits turning human waste into fertiliser, fuel and even food. The new economy of excrement

Chinese sex doll rental service suspended amid controversy

Tourists at the Koorana Saltwater Crocodile Farm in Coowonga, Queensland, Australia, were randomly assigned to play a laptop-simulated Electronic Gaming Machine

Sleep deprivation rapidly reduces depression symptoms in nearly half of depressed patients

Is Shame Hallucinogenic?

Voynich manuscript: the solution More: Has a Mysterious Medieval Code Really Been Solved? Experts say no.

Two mathematicians have proved that two different infinities are equal in size, settling a long-standing question

Quasi-steady state aerodynamics of the cheetah tail

Two British science museums held a majestic, two-day fight on Twitter

Never pay a penny of a debt which isn’t yours. Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You

Your future sex robot could be hacked and programmed to murder you

This elevator has a call button 30 feet away so that the elevator is there when you arrive

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24.jpgUsing a cheap robot, a team of hackers has cracked open a leading-brand combination safe, live on stage in Las Vegas

A major asthma drugmaker has been quietly investing in coal on the side [Thanks Tim]

The Null Relation between Father Absence and Earlier Menarche

When researchers tried to recruit 30 people for an experiment where all phone notifications (including text and email) would be disabled for a week, they simply couldn’t find the participants.

The key to understanding this is to think about what advertisers want: they don’t want to appear next to pictures of breasts because it might damage their brands, but they don’t mind appearing alongside lies because the lies might be helping them find the consumers they’re trying to target. Facebook has two priorities: growth and monetisation.

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.

The real victor was Microsoft, which built an empire on the back of a shadily acquired MS-DOS

16 Ways QR Codes are Being Used in China

George Peter Metesky, better known as the Mad Bomber, terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries, and offices. [Wikipedia]

Ten minutes difference, and Earth would still be Planet of the Dinosaurs

The Economic Value of Birds

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other [Thanks Tim]

Cover image orientation in celebrity cookbooks, study

Japan Is Selling Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

How Did Pop Music Get So Slow?

The Books We Don’t Understand

Pollution is turning dogs blue in Mumbai [Thanks Brad]

Flying the Birdly Virtual Reality Simulator [Thanks Tim]

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2.jpg Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life’s blueprint

Millennials only have a 5-second attention span for ads

Fish can’t recognise faces if they’re upside down – just like us

The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax

Do Men Overestimate or Women Underreport Their Sexual Intentions?

Pornography trains us to redirect sexual desire as mimetic desire. That is, the sociological theory — and the marketers’ dream — that humans learn to want what they see.

Living near noisy roads could make it harder to get pregnant

Those who used maladaptive strategies like suppressing, avoiding, or denying their feelings, had higher levels of problems associated with stress.

Brain Training Has No Effect on Decision-making or Cognitive Function, Penn Researchers Report

To the French, she explains, conversations are for exchanging points of view, not finding things in common, the goal of conversation for North Americans.

War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies [PDF]

The Not-so-secret ingredients of military coups

In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. how our lives will change dramatically in 20 years

Like ancient warlords, China’s three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China Ltd. controlling Beijing, China Eastern Airlines Corp. holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern Airlines Co. ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Beijing’s New Mega Airport Will Challenge Air China’s Dominance

Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World’s Richest Person

How long would it take for vampires to annihilate humanity

In this paper, we focus on the difference in the way of pulling a toilet paper roll and propose a system that identifies individuals based on features of rotation of a toilet paper roll with a gyroscope.

Can’t Find a Public Bathroom in NYC? Hail This Toilet Van

“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe about a mesmerist who puts a man in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death. An example of a tale of suspense and horror, it is also, to a certain degree, a hoax, as it was published without claiming to be fictional, and many at the time of publication (1845) took it to be a factual account.

Richard D. James [Aphex Twin] interviews ex. Korg engineer about their collaboration on the monologue, microtuning, geometry and dreams.

McMansion Hell: The Devil is in the Details [Thanks Tim] + How the McMansion Hell blogger fended off a lawsuit threat from real estate site Zillow

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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

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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’?

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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

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2.jpg Florida man accused of murdering his girlfriend claims she accidentally choked to death while performing oral sex

Fake bank decorated as state-owned bank cheated Chinese depositors out of almost £20 million [Thanks Tim]

We find that people have a preference for complex explanations […] We propose that this preference for complexity is driven by a desire to identify enough causes to make the effect seem inevitable.

If we examine the Mona Lisa face, zone by zone, the reason for its mysteriousness becomes clear: there are different emotions expressed in different facial zones. More: Trump’s sad face

Country music has the most drug references of any musical genre, study

An introduction to James Joyce’s Ulysses

It took Indian anthropologists 24 years to befriend the islanders with gifts of coconut and iron chunks

Balthazar typically serves around 1,500 guests a day. The most popular dish is steak frites; the restaurant can sell 200 per day. Out of the 200-odd employees, two full-time prep cooks are required just to handle potatoes for frying.

Sorting 2 Metric Tons of Lego

Devices and implements for staving off monsters, specters, demons and the like as imagined by a child at bedtime

Adidas creates trainers made from plastic ocean debris in bid to end pollution

9gag has buried a giant monolith full of rage faces and other awful old memes in an effort to “puzzle” future generations [Thanks Tim]

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2211.jpg Male contraceptive blocked by drug companies who make billions from the female pill

six reasons for pretending an orgasm: feels good, for partner, not into sex, manipulation/power, insecurity, and emotional communication

Husband’s Reaction to His Wife’s Sexual Rejection Is Predicted by the Time She Spends With Her Male Friends but Not Her Male Coworkers

Menstrual synchrony is not a thing

New studies show that salty food diminishes thirst while increasing hunger

Drinking While Jurying

4 Key Tactics For Successful Squirrel Hunting

How shoelaces come undone. Three Californian engineers have found out the answer to a knotty problem.

How hackers hijacked a bank’s entire online operation

Selfie: A New Obsession

For her latest solo exhibition, Anicka Yi turns sweat and bacteria into art

Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Art Market, an annual global art market ana

Lingerie Brand Cosabella Replaced Its Agency With Artificial Intelligence and Crap Branded Apps [Thanks Tim]

You are not your mother

HoloDoodle prototype