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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

Advance blade training

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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

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33.jpgEmbryonic Twin Sister Discovered in Woman’s Brain

Ladies take and delete five photos before settling on one they feel comfortable posting online

Optimism and pessimism are separate systems influenced by different genes

Resistance to antibiotics found in isolated Amazonian tribe. The find suggests that microbes have long evolved the capability to fight toxins, including antibiotics, and that preventing drug resistance may be harder than scientists thought.

Hacked Sony emails reveal that Sony had pirated books about hacking

In 1992, Diaconis famously proved — along with the mathematician Dave Bayer of Columbia University — that it takes just seven ordinary shuffles to mix a deck of cards. [Quanta | NY Times]

In 1482, at the age of 30, Leonardo da Vinci sent his resume to the Duke of Milan

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29.jpgBaboon bone found in famous Lucy skeleton

The car that knows when you’ll get in an accident before you do

37-year nationwide study reports strong evidence of familial clustering of sexual offending, primarily accounted for by genes rather than shared environmental influences.

El Salvador jails women for miscarriages and stillbirths.

In the UK, the number of labial reduction procedures has risen five-fold over the past 10 years

Scientists Figure Out Why Your Knuckles Crack

The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal

In 1872, Woodhull was the first female candidate for President of the United States. [Thanks GG]

Report of a female jogging in the area

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28.jpgGerman student makes a freedom of information request to see test papers before exams

Even Women Who Should Know Better Are Attracted to Narcissists

Why do so many people so often say “so”?

Chimps and Humans are Less Similar than We Thought

Shakespeare’s plays reveal his psychological signature

Psychologists can influence people’s moral choices by tracking their gaze

Scientists develop algorithm that can identify and auto-ban internet trolls

Build a Phased-Array Radar in Your Garage that Sees Through Walls

Inventing a 2-D liquid

‘4D’ movies bring rain and snow inside the theater

Using TV anachronisms to learn about changes

We took a tourist guide to New York City from 1997 and tried to use it in 2015

The Pimps and Prostitutes of 1970s Times Square

Meet the artist running for election with absolutely no policies

How to grow your own furniture

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24.jpgGovernor Jerry Brown: Californians to be heavily fined for long showers [Thanks GG]

A Chinese man was caught out when 17 of his girlfriends turned up to see him in hospital after a car accident

Convicted operator of revenge porn website sentenced to 18 years in prison

On further questioning, the patient admitted to drinking sixteen 8-oz glasses of iced tea daily

Glowing Tampons Help Detect Sewage Leaks

Fear of spiders became part of our DNA during evolution, say scientists

Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs More Aggressive

New adhesive could work underwater, in wet conditions for medicine and industry

A robo-car just drove across the country

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2.gifBlack parents give birth to white baby

Inmate emails own release instructions to prison

Biohackers develop eyedrops that provide night vision

Telepathy isn’t distant science fiction anymore

When attention is a deficit

A pair of engineering students created a fire extinguisher that operates using sound waves.

Observations by two powerful space telescopes have revealed that dark matter is weirder than previously thought. It is invisible, even to itself.

Here I indulge in wide-ranging speculations on the shape of physics, and technology closely related to physics, over the next one hundred years [PDF ]

An object of infinite length but finite volume

Cheeseburger Ball Gag [thanks GG]

Sunset bath

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44.jpgBuying human breast milk online poses serious health risk, say experts

Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

A power nap of under an hour can improve memory performance by five times, a new study finds.

One thousand genes you could live without

Can We Interpret Smoking Habits in Historic Skeletal Remains?

Anthropologists have shown that the practice of cannibalism is very often linked to magic, as the provider of the most potent ingredients to make ‘medicine’ to make a person bullet-proof, able to fly, all-powerful, and many more wondrous things.

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that reduces its calories by as much as 50 percent

Algorithm Clones Facial Expressions… And Pastes Them Onto Other Faces

There are only four people/organizations in the world who know my location at all times: my wife (because I tell her), Apple (because Siri), the NSA (because NSA), and now Uber.

Manipulating Wikipedia to Promote a Bogus Business School

Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other

Kinetic sculpture by Jennifer Townley

Four circles, and none of them touch

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4523.jpgUS researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.

Radioactive sanitary pads from China seized by authorities in Lebanon [Thanks Tim]

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates

A relationship between temperature and aggression in NFL football penalties

MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

Can Space Expand Faster Than the Speed of Light?

Bestselling books, 1900-1999

Sneeze catcher (new patent)

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211.jpgSufficient sleep is important for healthy sexual desire

A psychology study sheds new light on today’s standards of beauty, attributing modern men’s preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences.

Religiosity and participation in religious activities have been linked with decreased risky behavior

Psychopathic tendencies in chimpanzees

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Can Synesthesia Be Learned?

Can you really catch a disease from bad bathroom smells?

How solar eclipses cause problems for countries that rely on solar power

The oddly beautiful (and sometimes disturbing) uniform patches of the DEA