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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

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23.jpgInternet-connected vibrator with built-in webcam fails penetration testing

Alcohol intake was related to increased sexual willingness of men with a same-sex partner

People tend to unconsciously imitate others’ prudent, impatient or lazy attitudes, study

Selfies and wefies reveal similar biases in untrained modern youths and ancient masters

In this paper, I sketch out an argument that wild animals have worse lives than farmed animals, and that consistent vegetarians should therefore reduce the number of wild animals as a top priority.

Dolphins beat up octopuses before eating them. This isn’t the first example of bottlenose dolphins using clever tricks to eat prey.

Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade

The Voynich Manuscript — Secret Knowledge, or a Hoax?

Hells Angels™ Motorcycle Corporation in the Fashion Business: Interrogating the Fetishism of the Trademark Law

Neon signs that grace the windows of Bergdorf Goodman’s and Tiffany & Co. come from this studio in Brooklyn

OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY [Thanks Cassandra!]

Mathematical Card Trick

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21.jpgIf alcohol is consumed after witnessing a crime it can protect memory from misleading information

Getting High Off Snakebites?

American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s

Hormones, brain and behavior, a not-so-simple story

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. [more]

The only known photograph of Chopin

Since 1954, more Burger King restaurants have burned down than any other fast-food chain [Thanks Tim]

James Brown “MISO’n up” based on Sex Machine(1992) [Thanks GG]

There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

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Women are getting freckles tattooed on their faces

There are a thousand ways to buy weed in New York City, but the Green Angels devised a novel strategy for standing out: They hired models to be their dealers.

Man wins back girlfriend’s love after she forgets him due to amnesia

Wikipedia is teaming up with Google to work on algorithmic discussion monitors that will understand and police online harassment

Emails that closed with a variation of thank you got significantly more responses than emails ending with other popular closings

The Science of the Rorschach Blots

Minnesota’s Mall Of America is holding a contest to find a “Writer-In-Residence” who can spend five days “deeply immersed” in the mall “while writing on-the-fly impressions” of the whole experience. [Thanks Tim]

A Virtual Look Into Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

somebody modeled the trump handshake [Thanks Tim]

Bratatat

A coffee machine that turns selfies & photos into latte art [Thanks Tim]

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50.jpgHackers infected 70 percent of storage devices that record data from D.C. police surveillance cameras eight days before President Trump’s inauguration

Police in Cockrell Hill, Texas lost years worth of evidence after the department’s server was infected with ransomware.

Ransomware completely shuts down Ohio town government

Netflix engineers developed a hack that turns your mind into a remote control

Women were found to orgasm more often and more intensely from men who they described as having a good sense of humor

Explaining the emotion of regret in the domain of casual sex

A revised portrait of psychopaths — Study finds that they do feel regret, but it doesn’t affect their choices

Where does innate fear come from?

Bottle-cork injury to the eye: a review of 13 cases [PDF]

The ‘grandfather paradox’ of time travel has been puzzling philosophers, quantum physicists and novelists for years. Now there’s an answer.

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionize technology and spaceflight

Countries that added the most skyscrapers in 2016 (China, 84; US, 7; South Korea, 6…)

Leaked video shows new ‘nightmare-inducing’ wheeled robot from Boston Dynamics

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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