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3.jpgItaly: Town bans pizza-making over soaring pollution

Woman whose body turns food into alcohol beats drink-drive charge

A new study has found that watching yourself eat something unhealthy, like a slice of chocolate cake, can make that food seem less tasty. And that, in turn, might make you eat less.

Hunger Promotes Fear Extinction

By one estimate, as many as 40 percent of people experience constipation while they’re away from home

Blind person to receive “bionic eyes, ” camera mounted on a pair of glasses will feed information directly to the brain.

Physicists Say Consciousness Might Be a State of Matter

How do we know when we have seen enough information, and that we should stop any further input in order to avoid some form of information overload? [PDF]

The number of active contributors in Wikipedia has been declining steadily for years, and suggests that a sharp decline in the retention of newcomers is the cause. [PDF]

On the Surfaces of Things

Apple faces $5 million lawsuit over allegedly slowing the iPhone 4S with iOS 9

What makes the drone community believe deliveries are a good idea? Assuming the technology works, do the economics make sense?

Stroboscopic kissing scenes

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45.jpgMan trying to time travel plows car into Florida businesses

Could Evolution Ever Yield a ‘Perfect’ Organism?

Resting in a quiet room for 10 minutes without stimulation can boost our ability to remember new information

Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time?

So impressed was Wiener that he promised Pitts a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT, despite the fact that he had never graduated from high school—something that the strict rules at the University of Chicago prohibited.

Research has found conflicting results regarding the profitability of movies that have big-name stars

Bahamas man arrested for hacking 130 celebrities, tried to peddle 15 movie scripts to an undercover Department of Homeland Security agent.

The largest operational cassette factory in the US reports an impressive increase in demand

A new transparent metal has been developed for smartphone and TV displays

World Maps Without New Zealand

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36.jpg Everyone on Earth is actually your cousin (the most distant relative would be a 15th cousin)

Why is So Much Reported Science Wrong

Researchers showed the more often people imagined eating a food, the less likely they were to eat it later.

Several studies have confirmed that chicken soup helps to unblock congested noses and throats

Dole is the world’s largest producer of bananas. It operates the largest refrigerated fleet, or reeferships, in the world.

Mark Zuckerberg should spend $45 billion on undoing Facebook’s damage to democracies

Why Are Projects Always Behind Schedule?

In 1971 the performance artist Chris Burden stood against the wall of a California art gallery and ordered a friend to shoot him through the arm. That .22 rifle shot was the opening salvo of a movement that came to be called “endurance art”—an unnerving species of performance art in which the performer deliberately subjects himself to pain, deprivation, or extreme tedium. How Art Became Irrelevant

Smallest inkjet color picture of the world is as small as the cross-sectional area of a human hair

She’s got a plant that not only “remembered” what happened to it but stored that memory for almost a month

The man who just wanted to make a dog poop lamp

We used the money to purchase an original 1962 Picasso. The 150,000 people who donated now have a chance to vote: should we donate this work to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, or should we laser-cut it into 150,000 tiny squares and send everyone their own scrap?

merry = x - mas

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34.jpg Man Beaten to Death For Shouting Spoiler After Star Wars Movie Premiere

Eating Lettuce Is More Than Three Times Worse in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Eating Bacon, Study

Our results indicate that garlic consumption may have positive effects on perceived body odour hedonicity

Have you ever been presented with an opportunity to cheat, but, paradoxically, just didn’t have the energy to bother? You may have been suffering from ‘Ego-Depletion’

Forgetting is key to learning

Science’s Breakthrough of the Year: CRISPR genome-editing technology

Netflix has created ’smart’ socks that sense when you fall asleep and pause the show you’re watching

MIT algorithm can predict which photographs people will find most memorable

The long, incredibly tortuous process of creating a Chinese font

The sad economics of internet fame

iPhones are autocorrecting ‘lardass’ to ‘Kardashian’

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2.jpgThe practice by some Chinese parents of adopting girls and raising them as future wives for their biological sons

Scientists have figured out how to store electricity in ‘paper’

52 things I learned in 2015

By the end of this century, Africa will be home to 39% of the world’s population, almost as much as Asia, and four times the share of North America and Europe put together.

A 200-year history of interest rates shows that the real aberration looks like the 7.3 percent average experienced in the United States from 1970 to 2007. [NY Times]

Women can navigate better when given testosterone, study finds

There’s no such thing as a male or female brain, study finds. More: They found that between 23% and 53% of individuals (depending on the sample) had brains with both “male-end” and “female-end” features. In contrast, the percentage of people with only “female-end” or only “male-end” brain features was small, ranging from zero to 8%.

Why Is the Human Vagina So Big?

Living together is basically the same as marriage, study finds

There’s one really big problem with the case for Craig S. Wright as Satoshi

What Satoshi Did

Search Engine Censys Knows the Internet’s Dirty Little Security Secrets

Here’s what it would take for self-driving cars to catch on

Chinese researchers unveil brain powered car

Intelligent anti-explosion, anti-fire and anti-odour WiFi-enabled rubbish bins appear in China

Who’s investigating fake Chinese goods? Fake investigators

In this study, we investigate cross-linguistic patterns in the alternation between UM, a hesitation marker consisting of a neutral vowel followed by a final labial nasal, and UH, a hesitation marker consisting of a neutral vowel in an open syllable.

…a general expletive (oh fuck!), a personal insult (you fuck!), a cursing expletive (fuck you!), an emphatic intensifier (fucking marvellous!), in pronominal form (like fuck), as an idiomatic set phrase (fuck all), and for a destinational usage (fuck off!). Being fluent at swearing is a sign of healthy verbal ability

Deaths by this and that in Shakespeare’s plays

British pop singer Morrissey’s debut novel, “List of the Lost”, won the award for the worst sex scene of the year

Picasso’s muse Sylvette David, 1954 More: She has since changed her name to Lydia

The Real Face of Jesus

Controllable 3D model of a person made from photos

Liquid ASS [More: (used by US military to harden medics]

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254.jpg Stolen circumcision ambulance found after tip-off

Envy key motivator behind many Facebook posts, contributes to a decrease in mental well-being among users

Social stress messes up the hippocampus

Research shows that texts that end with a period really do come off as insincere

Ignorance may be bliss… but negative mood can make us more realistic

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds

For people in relationships, sexual frequency is not significantly associated with well-being at a frequency greater than once a week.

A normal adult will die after eating 480 bananas. How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Concert etiquette demands that audiences of classical concerts avoid inept noises such as coughs. and yet, coughing in concerts occurs more frequently than elsewhere, implying a widespread and intentional breach of concert etiquette.

A 30,000+ word blog post about how to write about information and make it spread

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3.jpgCourt tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can’t be copyrighted

Game company made $71,145 on Black Friday by selling nothing for $5 a pop

Words can deceive, but tone of voice cannot. Voice tone analyses of therapy sessions accurately predict whether relationships will improve.

New research hypothesizes that men eat more in front of women to “show off.”

What would happen if scientists could trick the brain into thinking broccoli tastes like chocolate? How our brains perceive the flavor of food

Scientists have figured out how to shock the salt out of seawater

Wearing a magnetic wrist strap or a copper bracelet did not appear to have any meaningful therapeutic effect, beyond that of a placebo

Humans can sleep for days when living alone underground, experiments show

What else is possible if space and time can change?

If a forecaster is only 50% certain that precipitation will happen over 80 percent of the area, PoP (chance of rain) is 40% (i.e., .5 x .8).

Why do we forget people’s names when we first meet them?

What Happens When You Can’t Talk to Yourself?

I Asked New York Cabbies Who They Were Talking to on the Phone

Why Can’t We Build a Splash-Proof Toilet?

Our Roomba Vacuumed The House With Dog Shit

Is human placenta a wonder drug, or is it just another Japanese health fad? [Thanks Tim]

Tobias Frere-Jones is back in business

That mysterious, anonymous novel satirizing tech culture is now available from a major publishing house

A Chinese artist vacuumed up Beijing’s smog and made a brick from what he collected

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44.jpg‘Scrotum Squeezing’ Getting Closer Look From Paralympics Officials

People who drink about three to five cups of coffee a day may be less likely to die prematurely from some illnesses than those who don’t drink or drink less coffee

Our findings showed that people felt less stressed when they checked their email less often

Couples who have sex weekly are happiest. More sex may not always make you happier, according to new research

The effect of wearing different types of textiles on sexual activity was studied in 75 rats

What is stupid? People’s conception of unintelligent behavior

Even the CEO’s Job Is Susceptible To Automation, McKinsey Report Says

Are Successful CEOs Just Lucky?

Color preference in the insane

Since the end of the Second World War, the number of independent states has nearly tripled.

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

Gluten Free Museum

Period panties

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43.jpgIndonesia considers crocodiles for prison guards

Coffee hydrates as well as water, study says. The belief that caffeinated drinks such as coffee could cause dehydration is based on a 1928 study that demonstrated caffeine’s diuretic effect.

It costs as much as $4 million to open a new diner these days, compared with $500,000 to $1 million for a higher-end restaurant, because diners require so much storage space for the inventory that their large menus require.

The Air-Conditioning Capacity of the Human Nose

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

Human language may be shaped by climate and terrain

What will the English language be like in 100 years?

English Names for fungi 2014

$635 pills of fecal matter cure deadly gastrointestinal infection

What if the gamblers are researchers betting on how each other’s experiments will turn out, and the results are used to improve science itself?

Not even astrology researchers believe in astrology

Astrobiologists Revise the Chances of Finding Advanced ET Civilizations

Last year, Kennedy, a 67-year-old neurologist and inventor, did something unprecedented in the annals of self-experimentation. He paid a surgeon in Central America $25,000 to implant electrodes into his brain in order to establish a connection between his motor cortex and a computer.

What’s worse than a password? A fingerprint. + How to mimic a fingerprint

What is becoming of Deleuze?

Casualty-free casual fighting for free

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6.jpgBaby Born Pregnant with Her Own Twins

First ‘KFC’ to open in Iran shut down after just 24 hours

Diners at his restaurant are presented with an iPod loaded with a recording of crashing waves and screeching gulls to listen to while enjoying an artfully presented plate of seafood

Testosterone levels affect how much makeup women use, study finds

The best way for swarming insects to get the protein and salt they need is to eat each other.

Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity?

Self-driving delivery robots to hit streets of London in 2016

How does a container port work? And why aren’t America’s shipping ports automated?

Liverpool Just Opened Fast-Walking Pedestrian Lanes

The mansion is what real estate experts call a “stigmatized property” — jargon for a listing with a grisly back story

There are approximately 900 actively working mail chutes in New York. As letters grew in size, clogging of the mail chutes became an increasing problem.

Smell expert Sissel Tolaas is on a mission to capture and replicate the “smellscapes” of cities around the world [Thanks Tim]

The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-present

I renamed some of the paint colors at the hardware store

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4.jpg18% of Americans say they’ve seen a ghost

Our investigation found lottery retailers make up at least three of the top five D.C. Lottery frequent winners – all with about 100 wins or more

Intestinal worms can actually be good for you

Stuffy offices can halve cognitive scores. The bad air quality found in many office buildings may also affect performance, health.

When daylight saving time ends in fall, criminals use the extra hour of evening darkness to commit more robberies

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than reduced overall amount of sleep and Black Americans aren’t sleeping as well as whites.

The Changing Vocabulary of Mental Illness

French city launches literary vending machines

How Auction Houses Orchestrate Sales for Maximum Drama [NY Times]

The mystery of the woman who reviewed 30,000 books on Amazon and The Most Prolific Editor on Wikipedia

Sony Filed a Copyright Claim Against the Stock Video I Licensed to Them

How a Fracking Company Borrowed $5 Billion from Itself and Stuck Its Landowners with the Bill

Why The Machines That Dig Tunnels Are Always Named After Women

Why Are Sports Bras So Terrible? The science of and psychology behind bouncing breasts

Why don’t people see the yeti any more?

Brian Eno’s Music For Airports played at San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2

23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company’s parking lot and saves 90% of his income

As part of the performance, named ‘Site’, she will sit naked on top of Toynbee Studios between 1-5pm today and Saturday.

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4.jpgWoman’s house burgled while she was at Neighbourhood Watch meeting

3D-printed teeth can kill 99% of bacteria

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

The moles on your right arm may predict your risk of skin cancer. New research suggests that it’s specifically those with 11 moles or more on their right arms who need to care the most

Scientists Hope to Lengthen Dog Years

An algorithm can predict human behavior better than humans

Here we show that searching the Internet for explanatory knowledge creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information.

Life is different for people who think in metaphors

I asked psychologists to analyze Trump supporters. This is what I learned.

Disabling parts of the brain with magnets can weaken faith in God and change attitudes to immigrants, study finds

How America is attempting to stop school shootings by using community detection and behavioural intervention programmes for people identified as potential killers – before a crime has ever been committed.

A new study suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with a daytime nap. “Our findings are relevant for understanding the devastating effects that lack of sleep can have on achievement”

How Many Real Friends Can You Have at Once?

We estimate a real financial return to wine investment (net of storage costs) of 4.1%, which exceeds bonds, art, and stamps

We report here that the amount of heat gained by a Bedouin exposed to the hot desert is the same whether he wears a black or a white robe.

How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen. A new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack.

Australian researchers have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and orange peel.

Crocodiles, like some birds and aquatic mammals, may well sleep with half of their brain at a time. The researchers found that crocodiles were more inclined to sleep with one eye open when humans were present, and that the open eye was always directed towards the human.

Mozambique is landmine-free thanks to rats

A paper by a team of astronomers is getting some notice because of aliens. First, what’s the science?

Tokyo Bookstore Only Stocks One Title at a Time