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23.jpgWorld’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

“Smart restaurant” in Beijing employs facial recognition to make recommendations about what customers might order, based on factors like their age, gender and facial expression

All signs point to a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry by Bayer, Monsanto

One 2007 study found that when participants drank vodka mixed with soda, their blood alcohol levels were higher than those who drank straight vodka

3 Studies Refute Idea that Exposure to Sexy Centerfolds Harms Men’s Relationships

Impact of holding umbrella on uni- and bi-directional pedestrian flow

Living close to heavy traffic was associated with a higher incidence of dementia

Physicist sentenced to 18 months in prison for faking data.

What Happens to Rejected Papers?

The sign, erected in 1923 as an advertisement for a housing development, originally read “Hollywoodland.” On New Year’s Day of 1976, the sign became “HOLLYWeeD” for the first time.

Walk like a penguin to avoid slipping on ice, German doctors advise

The Pot/Lid Illusion

A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30

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241.jpgMobsters ran a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, flying the flag and issuing visas for $6,000

Ransomware offers decryption keys if you infect two other people

Uber employees have access to customer trip information, and they’re using it to spy on ex-girlfriends and celebrities

Since the mid-1990s, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 Japanese men and women vanish annually

Encounters with ‘familiar strangers’ play overlooked role in human interactions

Our results indicate that sisters might be particularly tuned to select suitable perfumes for their siblings.

Facial and vocal attractiveness were found to positively correlate in women but not in men

In the present work, we investigate the pop cultural idea that people have a sixth sense, called “gaydar,” to detect who is gay.

Psychiatrists Must Face Possibility That Medications Hurt More Than They Help

Does One Armpit Smell Like the Other? [More: Improbable podcast]

The Heroin Overdose Mystery [PDF]

Most Americans like their choices in today’s information-saturated world, but 20% feel overloaded

The military mobilization that followed came to be known as the Crusades [PDF]

California man spent $1 million playing Game of War

Student Lets Thief Steal His Phone, Spies On Him For Weeks To Make This Documentary [Thanks Tim]

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21.jpg Nearly 40% of Americans Would Give Up Sex for a Year in Exchange for Better Online Security

Criminals can guess Visa card number and security code in just six seconds, experts find

Paper money and coins as potential vectors of transmissible disease [PDF]

The world’s magicians fought a hidden war over an ultra-secret website dedicated to stealing magic tricks

Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off

At this very moment, dozens of Uber’s self-driving cars are touring San Francisco, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh

As transportation industry expert Hubert Horan will demonstrate in his four-part series, Uber has greatly oversold its case [part 1 part 2, part 3, part 4]

When judging other people, first impressions last

Why it’s hard to talk and make eye contact at the same time

Depression in Young People Affects the Stomach, Anxiety the Skin

Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time, Stanford researchers find

The purpose of this article is to clarify the distinction between the dying and sick roles

Eleven of the world’s 55 dictators are 69 years old or older and are in varying stages of declining health. At first blush, this paints a hopeful picture for democracy scholars who have documented a slow but steady authoritarian resurgence. Yet…

The findings confirmed that frequent laundering reduced mass, increased colour loss, and reduced tensile strength in the warp direction of the fabric.

A proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter

In some areas, 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six percent born tuskless on average in the past.

Perspective Distortion in World War I Camouflage

Background notes and full credits for “The One Moment” Video by OK Go.

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231.jpgMore than one-third of California trees are dead

The relationship between pupil size and intelligence

Eye trauma in Laurel and Hardy movies

Successful removal of a wedding ring constricting an erect penis

The percent of older US adults with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, declined from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012.

The Medallion Fund, known for its intense secrecy, has produced about $55 billion in profit over the last 28 years. The fund almost never loses money. Its biggest drawdown in one five-year period was half a percent.

The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

Anish Kapoor is Banned From Buying the World’s Pinkest Paint

Elliptical Pool Table

Hipster nativity scene

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41.jpgThe Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners

His initial work implanting the testicles of executed prisoners into older prisoners hadn’t worked out as he hoped since there weren’t enough executed criminals to go around

Facebook routinely buys stolen passwords from the black market

The rising trend in hospital presentation of foreign bodies retained in the rectum over a 5-year period

The startling rise in oral cancer in men, and what it says about our changing sexual habits

Talking Sex Robots With Warm Genitals Will Be on Sale Next Year [Thanks GG]

Crafting a “six-pack” from excess body fat

Prediction of Mortality Based on Facial Characteristics

Lexical and semantic knowledge related to food is relatively well preserved even in diseases that lead to a general decline in memory and cognition

Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda

The convex glass mirror was a Venetian invention of about 1300. By the late fourteenth century, you could find such mirrors in northern Europe.

App Lets You Buy Restaurant Leftovers for Really Cheap

Fake shopping apps are invading the iPhone

Browser extension named “Web of Trust” is caught selling users’ browsing histories

Watch a drone hack a room full of smart lightbulbs from outside the window

Introducing V.I.Poo. The new pre-poo toilet spray [Thanks GG]

Trump Election Reporting Devices will make voting great again for all Americans [more]

Grapefruit Technique [Thanks TG]

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Fertility doctor used his own sperm to inseminate patients

Human brain is predisposed to negative stereotypes, new study suggests

The Neural Bases of Disgust for Cheese: An fMRI Study

Spinach can be engineered to detect explosives, and send an email warning

Scientists identified for the first time the region of the brain that’s responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief

Another classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up.

Partners who induced high-orgasm rates were rated as more humorous, creative, warm, faithful, and better smelling

We review the history of the clitoral versus vaginal orgasm debate. A new synthesis is presented that acknowledges the enormous potential women have to experience orgasms from one or more sources of sensory input.

Polyembolokoilamania is the insertion of foreign objects into body orifices for sexual gratification

A Poker Champ Identifies Clinton and Trump’s Tells: When Trump’s challenged on things, you’ll notice sometimes his chin raises and he looks up and feigns confidence.

We reassess Achen and Bartels’ (2002, 2016) prominent claim that shark attacks influence presidential elections, and we find that the evidence is, at best, inconclusive. [PDF]

Does Technology Substitute for Nurses? [PDF]

Sunshine matters a lot to mental health; temperature, pollution, rain not so much

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Energy?

The new solar tax is so high that it means that, in some months, it would be cheaper for my family to not have solar panels at all.

Pasadena is going to tax subscribers of streaming video providers such as Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu

Despite its Nefarious Reputation, New Report Finds Majority of Activity on the Dark Web is Totally Legal and Mundane

Why are there so many books with “girl” in the title?

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44.jpgChemical bike lock causes vomiting to deter thieves

Insulating snow collected during winter months to use during the summer

Here, we show that a fresh semen sample confined inside a ring displays a very robust and stable rotational motion

Pokemon Go has done what every fitness app dreams of — motivate the most sedentary Americans to get off their couches. Researchers see tremendous promise for games to improve public health.

How real-world highly advanced poker cheating devices work

Instead of going to traditional psychotherapists for advice and support, growing numbers of people are turning to philosophical counselors for particularly wise guidance

This Is How To Deal With Psychopaths And Toxic People

The Monks Who Spent Years Turning Themselves into Mummies—While Alive

Amazon’s yearly sales may account for 20% to 30% of all U.S. retail goods sold online

“Unicorn” is industry slang for a startup valued at $1 billion or more. Late last year everything changed.

Benford’s law states that in many naturally occurring collections of numbers, the leading significant digit is likely to be small. For example, in sets which obey the law, the number 1 appears as the most significant digit about 30% of the time, while 9 appears as the most significant digit less than 5% of the time.

Republicans, Beware

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2.jpgCandle designed to smell like new Mac computer sells out in one day

Self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 mg per day [two to three 8-oz cups of coffee per day, five to six 8-oz cups of black tea, or seven to eight 12-ounce cans of cola] was associated with a 36 percent reduction in the risk of incident dementia over 10 years of follow-up.

We show that liking trash films goes hand in hand with a preference for art cinema

For every gram of ordinary matter that emits and absorbs light, the Universe contains around five grams of matter that responds to gravity, but is invisible to light. Physicists call this stuff dark matter, and as the search to identify it is now in its fourth decade, things are starting to get a little desperate.

What Facebook Knows About You

Snapchat Working on IPO Valuing Firm at $25 Billion or More

Two young officers began to hear rumors of a drug gang operating within the Chicago Police Department. They were skeptical at first.

Ashes of Truman Capote sold at auction for $43,750

Human Tetris

Submit a picture of your anus to enter the contest

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Canadian Mint employee accused of smuggling $180K of gold in his rectum

Sperm delivery by mail? There’s an app for that

Riding Roller Coasters Can Help Dislodge Kidney Stones

MIT Researchers developed a device that uses radio waves to detect whether someone is happy, sad, angry or excited.

Why do more men than women commit suicide? The answer could lie in four traits.

Can we form memories when we are very young?

‘Five Second Rule’ for Food on Floor Is Untrue, Study Finds [NYT]

many mathematicians (and quants, economists who analyze market fluctuations using algorithms) have been using “random” models for their predictions

Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now …

Uber is researching a new vertical-takeoff ride offering that flies you around

It took a couple decades, but the music business looks like it’s okay again

Before we continue, please note that Japanese cooking does not really use what we Westerners would call sauces.

Mushroom Suit Absorbs Your Body After You Die

Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

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2.jpg‘Smart’ Dildo Company Sued For Tracking Users’ Habits

Is Sex Good for Your Health? A National Study on Partnered Sexuality and Cardiovascular Risk among Older Men and Women

Fetal masturbation

Overall, most U.S. men were satisfied with their genitals

Neither intelligence nor education can stop you from forming prejudiced opinions – but curiosity may help you make wiser judgements

Implicit memory for words heard during sleep

How new experiences boost memory formation

Sugar industry bought off scientists, skewed dietary guidelines for decades [[NYT]] Related: Breakfasts

Which body part hurts the most when stung by a bee? A scientist put himself through a torturous experiment to find out

I have no idea if we’re going to have a quantum computer in every smart phone, or if we’re going to have quantum apps or quapps, that would allow us to communicate securely and find funky stuff using our quantum computers; that’s a tall order. It’s very likely that we’re going to have quantum microprocessors in our computers and smart phones that are performing specific tasks.

Hijacking Banksy: using a contemporary art mystery to increase academic readership

Someone Set Up A Sweet Co-Working Space On A Bridge Over The 5 Freeway

Nihilistic Password Security Questions

The Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish

Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator [Thanks Tim]

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Half Of People Click Anything Sent To Them

Smartphone Apps Are Now 50% of All U.S. Digital Media Time Spent

Mangan speculates that the brain’s internal clock runs more slowly in elderly people. As a result, the pace of life appears to speed up. [More: Time really does seem to fly by faster as we age]

For older adults, having more or closer family members in one’s social network decreases his or her likelihood of death, but having a larger or closer group of friends does not, finds a new study.

There aren’t many articles I’ve read that have really changed the way I see the world, but “Gender Identity and Relative Income Within Households,” is one of them

The method of serial reproduction has revealed that the social transmission of information is characterized by the gradual transformation of the original message. Evidence of a negativity bias in the social transmission of information

The Effect of Redactions on Conspiracy Theory Beliefs

Who Is the Most Famous Person in the World, Statistically?

Physicists are confronting their “nightmare scenario.” What does the absence of new particles suggest about how nature works?

Inside the Real-Life Database of America’s Firearms

The story of the Boeing 747 [ Joe Sutter, Boeing engineer who led development of the 747 jumbo jet, dies at 95]

Evangel’s Tanner Coleman (62) loses his helmet

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33.jpgMark Zuckerberg built a voice-controlled thermostat that doesn’t listen to his wife’s voice

A 25-year-old with no Trump ties raises $1 million by dangling ‘dinner’ with the GOP nominee

20% of scientific papers on genes contain gene name conversion errors caused by Excel

Substituting multiple imputation for listwise deletion in political science […] in almost half of the studies, key results “disappear” (by conventional statistical standards) when reanalyzed.” [PDF]

How Rigged Are Stock Markets?: Evidence From Microsecond Timestamps

Is divorce seasonal? Study shows biannual spike in divorce filings

Immediately after we’ve been shunned, our brains engage a subtle mechanism that alters our sense of whether other people are making eye contact with us, so that we think it more likely that they are looking our way.

Trust Your Gut or Think Carefully? Examining Whether an Intuitive, Versus a Systematic, Mode of Thought Produces Greater Empathic Accuracy

More than one out of six people would prefer to die younger than age 80

“We run physics simulations all the time to prepare us for when we need to act in the world” Researchers find brain’s ‘physics engine’ predicts how world behaves

Scientists just discovered a new type of eye movement we do every day

Study strengthens evidence that cognitive activity can reduce dementia risk

Too much activity in certain areas of the brain is bad for memory and attention

What If We’re Wrong? History Suggests Everything Will Be Disproved

We now know how Lucy died some 3.18 million years ago

The longitudinal relationship between everyday sadism and the amount of violent video game play

Placebo Buttons [more]

Why don’t hotels give you toothpaste?

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

The 9 Deep Learning Papers You Need To Know About

Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living

Bioluminescent Shrimp Turn Rocks on Japanese Beach Into “Weeping Stones”

There are no particles, there are only fields

Invisible Art

Nailbot prints custom nail art

Distressed Superstar Sneakers [more] [Thanks Tim]