Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity? [PDF]
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?
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]
The brain shrinks over the course of the day, ending up smaller in the evening – before returning to its full size the next morning.
Derived from the lapis lazuli stone, the pigment was considered more precious than gold. A brief history of ultramarine
Why you should answer all your emails at 3PM (The ideal work schedule, as determined by circadian rhythms)
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.
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]
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.
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?
How Smart Should the President Be? A historical analysis suggests a link between IQ and performance
Sexual harassment of a king penguin by an Antarctic fur seal [PDF]
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
Why is the number 2,147,483,647 important? Anything larger confuses many computers.
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.
At a multicourse dinner party in San Francisco, marijuana is paired like wine. But you’ll need a doctor’s note. [NY Times]