A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, ‘Bush did 9/11′-proclaiming robot.
Hackers Modify Water Treatment Parameters by Accident
Maserati Recalls 28,000 Cars For Stuck Accelerators
No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light
Male preference for female pubic hair: an evolutionary view
Most Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong
What do we mean when we say that our behaviors are influenced by genetic factors? And how do we know?
How does genetics explain non-identical identical twins?
The psychology of shoppers and return policies: More leniency on time limits is associated with a reduction — not an increase — in returns. [Washington Post]
Banned From Amazon for Returning 37 Things
Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups.
Some security experts say that you should block online ads just to stay safe
Researchers uncover the origins of fairy tales through evolutionary biology’s methods
How Gender Neutral Is Guys, Really?
Researchers found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
AI-written novel passes literary prize screening
Skateboarding is, among other things, a marriage of chaos and discernment. Tricks—whether a Slappy, No Comply, or Caballerial, a backside Smith grind, switch Tre flip, Madonna, Indy Nosebone, or McTwist—are exactly defined, and there’s a shared world of aesthetics, but tastes vary widely, and it’s understood that the most interesting skaters will always find ways to undo expectations.
Madonna busted for posting fake signs to hoard NYC parking spaces
Drone Gives 360 Degree View of Rainbow [Thanks Tim]
Percentage of scientific paper titles containing “observations” or “data” in the past century
Man kicked out of all-you-can-eat buffet after eating more than 50 lbs of food, sues for $2-million
The Parmesan cheese you sprinkle on your penne could be wood. Some brands promising 100 percent purity contained no Parmesan at all.
People took the fewest calories when presented with smaller versus regular-sized pizza slices placed on a larger table
False confessions are surprisingly easy to extract from people simply by keeping them awake, according to a new study
Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy
You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine
Parkinson’s patients trained to respond to placebos
Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050
Period pain can be “as bad as a heart attack.” So why aren’t we researching how to treat it?
“Your first experience of something is going to be well remembered, more than later experiences”Why we never really get over that first love
A quarter of men over 85 had sex in the last year
“The Sorrows Of Young Werther” and Goethe’s Understanding Of Melancholia
Postmodernism’s Self-Nullifying Reading of Nietzsche
How Voltaire made a fortune rigging the lottery
Son of a carpenter, he claimed income of $100 million per year and assets of $1 billion, owned a palatial Tokyo home and retained a private chef who cooked him marinated monkey meat.
-0.5% Interest rate: Why people are paying to save. Negative interest rates, once a theoretical curiosity, are now the stated policy of some powerful central banks. [NY Times]
People typically overestimate how much others are prepared to pay for consumer goods and services. [PDF]
What if we could record and rewind our thoughts?
A cocktail party in a dish: How neurons filter the chatter
Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs
Americans spend an average of five and a half hours a day with digital media, more than half of that time on mobile devices
A court of appeals in Paris has ruled against an appeal filed by Facebook, after a 2015 ruling regarding suspension of an account for posting Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World.
You Can Now Download and 3D Print Your Dream Closet
3D-printed ear, bone and muscle structures come to life after implantation in mice
Cotton candy machines may hold key for making artificial organs
Computer programs used by John Cage
Automated office chairs
Things researchers do with ping-pong balls
Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage