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33.jpgJesus Christ could have come to Britain to further his education, according to a Scottish academic.

Tattoo artists sue videogame makers over the copyrights to artworks they’ve inked on athletes that appear in games. [via gettingsome]

Why are countries still using the phony bomb detectors sold by a convicted conman?

Killing a Patient to Save His Life [Thanks Glenn]

The disease has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, helped push pork prices to record highs

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

A Re-Evaluation of the Size of the White Shark Population off California, USA

Disturbing Facts About Sunscreen

The history of bear pepper sprays: They played recordings of growling bears and hissing humans. They blared boat horns, blew whistles, engaged strobe lights, and set off firecrackers. Finally, they sprayed chemicals directly into the bear’s face: onion juice, Windex, mustard, and an aerosol-based dog repellent called Halt.

An experience reducing toilet flushing noise reaching adjacent offices

How To Catch A Chess Cheater

How Would Humans Know If They Lived in a Multiverse?

New study suggests the Universe is not expanding at all.

Putting Time In Perspective

How can you tell which are the dominant ethnicities, professions, or genders? One easy test: in our society, dominant groups are the ones people are allowed to insult and lampoon.

Job interviews reward narcissists

Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted.

The human brain is built for art appreciation, suggests a meta-analysis that looked at studies mapping brain processes linked to the arts. [via gettingsome]

New York Dealers Discuss the Future of Galleries

Feedback From James Joyce’s Submission of Ulysses to His Creative-Writing Workshop

Marilyn Monroe was a huge fan of Joyce. And Magnum photographer Eve Arnold once photographed her reading Ulysses.

O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco Can Apparently Be Rented for Parties

The surprising story of 2 TV chopper pilots who followed the OJ chase 20 years ago

Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image

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211.jpgMan with penis stuck in pipe for two days. “It was hot so I was painting the wall in the nude…”

A small proportion of the population are responsible for the vast majority of lies

New study sheds light on what happens to ‘cool’ kids

When It Costs Too Much to Work

It is puzzling that people feel quite unhappy when they become unemployed, while at the same time active labor market policies are needed to bring unemployed back to work more quickly. [PDF ]

Boredom at work can make us more creative

Job interview tips from a woman who went on 100 job interviews in six years

My data show that reductions in the barriers to divorce were associated with reductions in women’s happiness, particularly among older women and women with children.

Do imaginary companions die?

Toilet psychology: Why do men wash their hands less than women?

US to auction 29,656 bitcoins seized from Silk Road

Does the advertising business that built Google actually work?

For non-brand keywords we find that new and infrequent users are positively influenced by ads but that more frequent users whose purchasing behavior is not influenced by ads account for most of the advertising expenses, resulting in average returns that are negative. [PDF]

Gil Elvgren pinup art side-by-side with reference photos

they wanted her funeral to be just as lively

Best friends

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27.jpgTeen charged as adult due to big penis

In the study, 41 women viewed and handled penises made on a 3D printer

ATM hacked by 14-year-olds using manual found online

A child’s passport doodles did not prevent some guy from leaving South Korea

1 in 10 New Yorkers doesn’t have a bank account

A recently published study by the present authors reported evidence that functional changes in the anterior cingulate cortex within a sample of 96 criminal offenders who were engaged in a Go/No-Go impulse control task significantly predicted their rearrest following release from prison.

Going out in search of love on an empty stomach makes people more attracted to larger partners, a study suggests [Thanks Glenn]

Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, but not the whole truth?

Bartlett incorporated a lie detector into the facial recognition technology. This technology promises to catch in the act anyone who tries to fake a given emotion or feeling.

With distance comes greater wisdom, research finds

How to Criticize with Kindness

Justifying Atrocities: The effect of moral-disengagement strategies on socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting

How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory

Meditate to increase your gray matter

Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

“Placebos work really well for allergies” Four things you didn’t know about seasonal allergies

Of 47 foods studied, all but 6 (raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry) satisfied the powerhouse criterion

Mermaids - their biology, culture, and demise [PDF | via Improbable]

There’s a plan to put ancient texts on the moon — just in case Earth suffers a nuclear holocaust or a plague

Scientists Create Shatterproof Phone Screens

The Rise of the $8 Ice Cube

“So Cute I Could Eat It Up”: Priming Effects of Cute Products on Indulgent Consumption [PDF]

How Amazon got a patent on white-background photography

The Effect of Graduated Response Anti-Piracy Laws on Music Sales [PDF]

31 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Back in the 1970s, he and his friends broke into an abandoned house in the small town of Freedom, New Hampshire. It seemed like the family just vanished one day, leaving salt and pepper shakers on the table, notes on the bedroom mirror, and a wallet with money still inside.

On March 5th, the Associated Press asked: “What are seemingly jet-propelled cats and birds doing in a 16th century German artillery manual?”

Hidden Deep Inside the Oregon Woods Is a Boeing 727 — and It Wasn’t Parked There by Accident

Can a Plane Fly Around the World on Solar Power Alone?

The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins (& Masturbated Them Too)

The American Dream Is Alive—and It’s Really, Really Tiny

Mansplainer: Women’s Support Group

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233.jpgOne of the Woolpack players defecated in the trophy, and pictures were taken on mobile phones before the cup was cleaned up and offered to the Bull players to drink from.

Zoo Vet Mistakes Employee In Gorilla Suit For An Actual Ape, Shoots Him With Tranquilizer

Sword Fight Erupts at Sikh Temple in India

Husband, Wife Killed After Colliding in Head-On Crash

Couples sleep in sync when the wife is satisfied with their marriage

Like salmon traveling upstream to spawn, sperm cells are extremely efficient at swimming against the current

Sperm size and shape in young men affected by cannabis use

First direct evidence for human sex pheromones

Your Blood Type is a Lot More Complicated Than You Think

Why English Eggs Are Way Different From American Ones

Your life in weeks

The idea is always that given the choice between four-hour days, and nine or ten-hour days with SUVs, iPhones and eight varieties of designer sushi, we all collectively decided free time wasn’t really worth it.

Proverbs are associated with older beliefs and attitudes, and so are seen as more politically conservative, and less relevant in our new changed world.

Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals The Most Influential People In 35 Centuries Of Human History

University College London’s Nietzsche Club Is Banned

He says Hoefler exploited his talents and his intellectual property for years before ultimately refusing to put their agreement on paper, essentially telling him to fuck off.

I suspect we’ll see case law made in the next five years affirming that animated GIFs are fair use.

For the first time in history the CIA is only following 25 people.

NSA’s advice on passwords

Severed horse head pillow

‘Anti-Drone’ Burqa. $2,500.00 [Thanks Tim]

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31.jpgA Hong Kong VC fund appointed an algorithm to its board of directors.

Secret Service wants software that detects sarcasm on social media

Study: Women with creaky voices — also known as ‘vocal fry’ — deemed less hireable

research has suggested that the emotion of disgust and the recognition of the “disgust face” do not reliably emerge until later in ontogeny, at 5 years of age or after.

Fetus Uses Left Hand When Mother Is Stressed, Study

Using a flash of light, scientists have inactivated and then reactivated a memory in genetically engineered rats

Do Rats Know When They Don’t Know?

Slight variations in how an individual face is viewed can lead people to develop significantly different first impressions of that individual

What does it mean when someone favorites your Tweet? Here are 25 possible answers

10 Lazy Ways to Appear Smarter

Philosophy can solve the mid-life crisis, at least in one of its forms [PDF]

A Linguist On the Story of Gendered Pronouns

How words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history

The Reverse Yelp: Restaurants Can Now Review Customers, Too

Alexander Shulgin, ‘Godfather of ecstasy’, dies aged 88

Angus Fairhurst and Damien Hirst, A Couple of Cannibals Eating a Clown (I Should Coco) (1993)

Vincent van Gogh’s 3-D printed ear on display in Germany

Google Logo Update

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rainblow-sm.jpg Child draws all over dad’s passport, dad gets stuck in South Korea

Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.

New research shows that people are more likely to pick a mate with similar DNA

They began to notice that the women’s attitudes about sex were also influenced by their families’ incomes

The Top Ten Worst Reasons to Stay Friends With Your Ex

Researchers found less gray matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material

Closing roads can improve everyone’s commute time. You might want to shoot to miss in war. Game Theory Is Really Counterintuitive

The best way to win an argument

Machines vs. Lawyers: As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption.

Collision Detection: Bees versus Fish

An air conditioner, powered by fans

When CitiBike was launched, the hope and expectation was that it would be profitable for its operator

Traffic was so heavy in the 1870s that a ‘Cow Tunnel’ was built beneath Twelfth Avenue to serve as an underground passage.

20% of Europeans have never used the internet

Time spent looking at screens spent each day by people in different countries

Watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness

A Starbucks frappuccino, containing 60 shots of espresso and topped with whipped cream, which took Andrew Chifari of Texas five days to consume

If we split life into 5000 days units

Physiology and neuroscience combine to explain Bruce Lee’s famous strike, the one-inch punch.


The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas

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42.jpgMan in his underwear steals NYC bread truck, makes deliveries

9/11 Memorial has banned soap, gum chewing, and a lot of other things

Families infuriated by ‘crass commercialism’ of 9/11 Museum gift shop

Personal judgments are swayed by group opinion, but only for 3 days

Mutations in a particular gene can cause indecision in flies

Women’s use of red clothing as a sexual signal in intersexual interaction [PDF]

A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people’s brains work better.

Ever-rising IQ scores suggest that future generations will make us seem like dimwits in comparison

There was nothing special about Albert Einstein’s brain. Nothing that modern neuroscience can detect, anyway.

Darkcoin, the Shadowy Cousin of Bitcoin, Is Booming

Forget ‘the Cloud’; ‘the Fog’ Is Tech’s Future

A startup aims to let you charge your gadgets without plugging them in.

The discovery that proteins can act like switches is about to introduce an entirely a new kind of electronics

A Multiplayer Game Environment Is Actually a Dream Come True for an Economist

There’s how you see yourself. And there’s how the rest of the world sees you.

‘Zodiac’ The Film Vs The Real Zodiac Killer Case

‘Bring Out The Gimp’: The Man Behind The Mask In ‘Pulp Fiction’

Meek, who believes that Cyrus communicates with him through her songs…


A GIF of a Vine of a video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller coaster.

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1.jpgLevi CEO’s jeans go unwashed for year; no ’skin disease’ yet

New plastic surgery installs ‘internal bra’ under the skin for ‘firm, young-looking breasts’

A proven approach to slow the aging process is dietary restriction, but new research helps explain the action of a drug that appears to mimic that process — rapamycin.

Lori is among several hundred patients taking part in an experiment that gives them electronic access to therapy notes written by their psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

When a tumor is exposed to chemo, it sends out “SOS” signals to the body. Seeing the tumor as part of itself, the body foolishly rushes to help – in some cases, allowing the tumor to regrow.

A Stanford researcher has discovered a way to charge devices deep within living bodies, potentially opening the gates to embedded sensors and “microimplants” that weren’t possible before.

Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars

How to Urinate in a Spacesuit

Plastic That Can Repair Itself

1,730 cash machines in Poland are to be given ‘Finger Vein’ technology

Shopping online: Why do too many photos confuse consumers?

The Weird World Hidden in Software License Agreements

Time Inc. Starts Selling Ads on Magazine Covers, Breaking Industry Taboo

How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?

Fridge magnet research update: Why the fridge?

Coffee Roasting Acoustic

Perform Mulholland’s mind-reading mystery

kiwis, bird

9/11 Cheese Plate

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Kidnapper sues hostages

A train passenger who was showered in human excrement while using a broken train toilet was offered an umbrella as ‘compensation’.

Relying on a GPS device placed in a decoy pill bottle, police officers tracked an armed man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on Friday afternoon and fatally shot him during a confrontation on the Upper East Side [NY Times]

Nearly 1,800 U.S. law enforcement agencies have dropped the polygraph in favor of newer computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) technology

Nazarian’s team at Hyde at the Bellagio has put together the “$250,000 Package,” which comes with a 30-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne and the privilege of flipping the switch to turn on the casino’s famous musical fountains.

Procrastination is a common phenomenon — but new research suggests that “pre-crastination,” hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible, may also be common.

The impact of stress on brain function is increasingly recognized. Various substances are released in response to stress and can influence distinct neuronal circuits, but the functional advantages of having such a diversity of stress mediators remain unclear.

Your brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when you are simply relaxing.

We found evidence of the cheerleader effect—people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation.

Science fact and fiction behind fat loss (Part 2)

Why Dieting Does Not Usually Work

The Case for Junk DNA

Jellyfish are the most energy efficient swimmers, new metric confirms

Yes, Your Internet Is Getting Slower

The Mathematics Of Murder: Should A Robot Sacrifice Your Life To Save Two?

The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You

Square is the latest example of a struggling industry segment that may never take off. Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

The Curious Case of the $2 Bill

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood: Writing the Script for Gay Liberation

Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone. Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times. 41 random facts about New York
For those of you looking for some problems and puzzles to brood over

Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

Beauty micrometer

Correction fluid and permanent marker on September 2007 issue of Vogue Magazine

Strip box

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2.jpgScientists have discovered a single gene that can boost a person’s IQ by about six points

Why Every Racist Mentions Their Black Friend

Arguing Too Much Increases Premature Death Risk: Study

Birth of new brain cells might erase babies’ memories

What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer: McGill research finds unexpected link between cell suicide and longevity

What does not kill me makes me stronger: Study suggests improved survivorship in the aftermath of the medieval Black Death)

Things You Cannot Unsee (and What That Says About Your Brain)

Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.

Any time you email somebody who uses GMail, Google has that email.

Taking a photo against a white background? Amazon owns the patent on that

Transform any text into a patent application

Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Firms almost never have enough data to justify their belief that ads work

The true story of Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient.

How 10 Minutes of Mild Exercise Gives Your Brain a Boost

Why Don’t We Eat Swans Anymore?

As tweens in the 1990s, before online porn and sex advice were as ubiquitous as they are now, we learned sex from magazines.

He said he was hired with a mandate to clean up the building, which meant “trying to get all those people who were involved with drugs out.” Duarte began by winning the residents’ trust, which he did by hiring the most destructive young male tenants to work for him.

How much would it cost to protect New York City from the next superstorm Sandy?

Google Nest Spoof By German Activists

Boxes for rocks

Woman tattoos herself with her own selfie

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232.jpg Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

Chinese police to patrol streets of Paris to protect high-spending tourists

Can you tell a person’s gender by their video game avatar? According to a new study, a male gamer who chooses to play as a female character will still display signs of his true gender.

“It’s simple, the less stress you have the better your memory.” The facial expression that fights memory loss

A helmet that delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain has shown promise in treating people with depression

Lack of sleep not only makes you ugly and sick, it also makes you dumb

A study that was published a few years ago in Nature suggests that indeed our initial inclination is to cooperate with others. We are only selfish if we are allowed to reflect.

What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds?

In fact, nearly everyone working in cognitive science is working on an approach that someone else has shown to be hopeless

You might not realize it, but every time you order dinner digitally, you subconsciously order more

How do you price a bottle of milkshake?

Silicon Valley investors and startups are trying to improve our food.

A startup is seeking approval to sell powderized alcohol

Biologists Create Cells With 6 DNA Letters, Instead of Just 4

Controlling fear by modifying DNA

The CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years. [Thanks Tim]

An influential report concludes that prohibition and the war on drugs have failed

Brooklyn is getting poorer

10 Most Stressed Out Cities In America

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault debate, 1971 (full video)

How to be perfect

Chalk Warfare 3.0

Dear Leader Tongue Scraper

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231.jpgArtist who tied a live rooster to his penis found guilty of exhibitionism

Drunken British woman, traveling with her parents, busted for allegedly having loud sex on Las Vegas flight

Geophysicists link fracking boom to increase in earthquakes

You don’t always know what you’re saying. People’s conscious awareness of their speech often comes after they’ve spoken, not before.

People can only recognize two faces in a crowd at a time – even if the faces belong to famous people.

What makes women attractive depends on how healthy the place they live is

Difference between how men and women choose their partners

Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. [NY Times | Nature]

Bleeding wound? Relax and roll a cigarette

2.2 million Americans are diagnosed with certain types of skin cancer annually, up more than 50% in the past decade

Antibiotic resistance is now rife across the entire globe

Immortality through advanced technology and primitive diet

We investigate why people keep their promises in the absence of external enforcement mechanisms and reputational effects.

In real sex, the man is supposed to place his balls into the woman’s pussy, and then her pussy flexes and crushes the balls.

The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention

Spritz, the materials claim, “reimagines” and “reinvents” reading

How NYC’s gay bars thrived because of the mob

Video Reveals 140 Years Of Change At Specific NYC Locations

Latrine odor judge