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51.jpgA start-up offers suspected shoplifters the chance to pay $320 to stop the police being called

Vial of Winston Churchill’s Blood to Be Sold at Auction [NY Times]

No, Head Transplants Are Definitely Not Going To Happen

In a rare legal move, prosecutors brought a deceased woman’s vagina into a murder trial Friday for jurors to view during testimony.

Bra Wearing Not Associated with Breast Cancer Risk

New study suggests yet another potential health benefit of coffee consumption: it could reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis.

Saunas help you live longer, study finds

Thinking about money makes you feel physically colder

Scientists discover part of brain that calculates the intentions of others

Is your punctuation as distinctive as your DNA?

Researchers create world’s first 3D-printed jet engines

20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit

Nicaragua has enlisted a little-known Chinese billionaire to dig a 161-mile canal across the country and link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. If built, the Nicaragua Canal would be longer, wider, and deeper than the 51-mile Panama Canal.

The Wankband comes in the form of a high-tech wristband that generates power as the user creates a frenetic movement while pleasuring themselves. [Thanks Tim]

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51.jpgZambia’s top prosecutor refused to prosecute himself on charges of abuse of office and declared himself a free man.

Police arrest conmen who sold a fake Goya, and were paid with fake cash

New DNA technique can predict a person’s physical appearance with 80 percent confidence. [more ]

What is done by the unconscious, and what requires conscious thought? New experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.

The discovery that the human brain continues to produce new neurons in adulthood challenged a major dogma in the field of neuroscience

Moth tails divert bat attack: Evolution of acoustic deflection

Hippopotamuses and whales have a common ancestor

After 8 centuries, rats exonerated in spread of Black Death. Gerbils implicated. [previously]

See the monster in the mirror? If so, you are not depressed.

Men now outnumber women on the planet by 60 million, the highest ever recorded

Why a coffee is more likely to spill than a latte

Falconry accessories

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213.jpgColombian teacher who likes to wear Nazi-themed bondage outfits changes her name to Abcdefg Hijklmn Opqrst Uvwxyz

You can now bet on shark racing in Florida

Mercury level in tuna is getting higher

Older scientists are often seen as less open to new ideas than younger scientists. We put this assertion to an empirical test. Our results buttress the importance of funding scientific work by young researchers. [PDF]

Researchers have found a way to store information in the form of DNA, presumably preserving it for nearly an eternity.

Regular coffee consumption contributes to DNA integrity

Langauge: Redefining the Role of Broca’s Area?

New insight into how brain performs ‘mental time travel’

Two New Particles Found at Large Hadron Collider

Think of a strand of spaghetti that can hold 3,000 pounds. Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest substance.

Scientists create contact lens that magnifies at blink of an eye

Why Do Inventors Sell to Patent Trolls?

Japan Has More Car Chargers Than Gas Stations

Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete?

Before Korea, America never lost a war. Ever since, other than the first Gulf War, it hasn’t won any. Why the world’s biggest military keeps losing wars.

Would you like to understand how the “new” Harper Lee novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” came to be billed as a long-lost, blockbuster sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” — one of the definitive books of the American 20th century — when, by all the known facts, it’s an uneven first draft of the famous novel that was never considered for publication?

The four male crew members (models provided to Abercrombie) had to wear jeans, boxers, polo shirts, and flip-flops. The manual specified the seating arrangements for Jeffries’s three dogs, the length of the spoon Smith required for his tea, and the proper way to respond to requests (“No problem”). Behind the decline of Abercrombie & Fitch and the fall of its mastermind, Michael Jeffries

Shred Your Ex [more]

How to Make Breakfast With Your Vagina

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28.jpg‘Haunted’ laptop exposed to graveyard overnight gets eBay bids of over $3000. Texas seller claims his MacBook levitates and uses pen and paper to write notes after it was left at a graveyard next to an abandoned mental hospital all night.

To avoid wrinkles, woman hasn’t smiled in 40 years

Psychological Language on Twitter Predicts County-Level Heart Disease Mortality

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time

Dude Builds Tinder Bot to Automate Swipes Based on Facial Recognition [Thanks Tim]

While some expect sex robots to be commonplace in a decade, they may be leapfrogged by ‘neural virtual reality’

Robotic Extrusions

Swoosh swoosh! [Thanks Tim]

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35.jpg Baby girl born ‘pregnant’ with twins undergoes operation to remove foetuses

Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging studies shows similar gray-matter loss in the brains of people with diagnoses as different as schizophrenia, depression and addiction. The findings call into question a longstanding tendency to distinguish psychiatric disorders chiefly by their symptoms rather than their underlying brain pathology.

Most respondents reported their BDSM interests starting before age 15, sometimes creating a phase of anxiety and shame in the absence of reassuring information.

Bilingual infants lip-read more than monolingual infants

Native Americans Say Facebook Is Accusing Them of Using Fake Names

The Business of Fake Diplomas

Hollywood Agency to Manage Careers of Visual Artists

There’s No Plague on the NYC Subway. No Platypuses Either.

After only 100 feet of sea-level rise, the island of Manhattan is almost totally submerged. Brooklyn and Queens are reduced to a handful of small islands.


timder brooklyn [Thanks Tim]

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4.jpgWoman becomes obese after fecal transplant from overweight donor

Greek Judges Judge Judges’ Pensions Cuts Unconstitutional

Colorado May Pay Residents Over Excess Marijuana Revenue

Light jogging may be most optimal for longevity

“Testosterone is ridiculously powerful […] the feeling of well-being, of focus, and of masculine energy are massively increased. It’s like you’re back to being 35.”

The team’s model predicts that the most attractive penis would measure 12.8–14.2 centimetres in its flaccid state

Animals getting high, drunk and tripping

Why do people make stupid choices when gambling? We can discover intriguing insights by recruiting monkeys and getting them to gamble too.

New mathematical theory may explain patterns in fingerprints, raisins, and microlenses

Tor: the last bastion of online anonymity, but is it still secure after Silk Road?

Bloomberg News headlines, as we’ve observed in the past, often sound like they’ve been written by someone with a bizarre journalistic strain of aphasia.

The Facebook Page That Posts The Same Picture Every Day

US airplane accidents between 1983 and 2000: More than 95 percent of airplane occupants survived. [PDF | Thanks Nathan!]

Mapping the Bacteria in New York’s Subways More: Half the DNA on the NYC Subway Matches No Known Organism

World Famous Photographs Recreated in a Studio

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28.jpg Chemists find a way to unboil eggs

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study

The App Economy Is Now ‘Bigger Than Hollywood’

Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue

How Japan became a pop culture superpower

The woman who can’t feel fear

Doctors die, too. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. Why Doctors Die Differently

Why do some women prefer submissive men?

Women and men misunderstand each other’s signals of friendliness and sexual interest. But these misinterpretations are no surprise to evolutionary psychologists.

The variety of things we use time for means the brain keeps track of lengths from milliseconds to decades. These different estimations occur in different brain circuits that span the brain.

Spicer and Alvesson found that the organizations that acted the most stupidly were investment banks, public relations agencies, and consultancies.

The subtitle reads: “The surgical and neoplastic role of cacao extract in breakfast cereals.” Shrime submitted the article to 37 journals over two weeks and, so far, 17 of them have accepted it. They have not “published” it, but say they will as soon as Shrime pays the $500. This is often referred to as a “processing fee.”

New police radars can ’see’ inside homes

The gang had been targeting ATMs with a technique never before used in the U.K.

Michelle Esquenazi owns one of the largest bail bond agencies in New York state.

The FBI’s Top Hostage Negotiator Teaches You How To Lower Your Bills

Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde Sparks Facebook Legal Battle

Creator or buyer: Who really owns the art?

Stanley Kubrick shoots the N.Y.C. subway, 1946

Sand can be anything from shrimp excrement to skeletons of tiny organisms

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction in South Dakota.

Finally. A boyfriend your friends can believe in. + Invisible girlfriend [Thanks GG]

Celebrities that Look Like Mattresses [Thanks Tim]

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431.jpgColorado baker is facing a discrimination complaint after refusing to write “God hates homosexuality” on a cake

The Secret to Smart Groups Isn’t Smart People—It’s Women

Frequent Internet and social media users do not have higher stress levels than those who use technology less often. And for women, using certain digital tools decreases stress. [NY Times]

Closing your eyes boosts memory recall

People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened

Environment, more than genetics, shapes immune system

If the decision-making algorithm were to always choose the option in which the fewest people die, the car might avoid another car carrying two passengers by running off the road and risking killing just one passenger: its own. Or it might choose to hit a Volvo instead of a Mini Cooper because its occupants are more likely to survive a crash, which means choosing the vehicle that is more dangerous for its owner to plow into. [NY Times]

Cicada, the Web’s Deepest Mystery

The Mysteries Of White Mist On The Surface of Black Coffee

Computer scientists have developed a set of Android-based tools that turn PacMan into street-based chase games.

Hitler suffered from uncontrollable flatulence. His health issues only got worse after meeting Dr. Theodor Morell.

Why the Inside of a Camel’s Mouth Looks Like a Sarlacc Pit

When did people start smiling in photographs?

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23.jpg Conman sold urine as whiskey

Certain wavelengths of visible light are nearly 100% lethal to insects. Blue LEDs could be a new form of pest control.

Unhealthy people more likely to vote for attractive candidates

Solar activity affects fertility across generations in historical Norway. More sun means fewer children and grandchildren.

Antibiotics: US discovery labelled ‘game-changer’ for medicine

Does sleeping naked prevent diabetes?

They discreetly asked me if I would mind waiting a few minutes because Yoko Ono (!!!) was just finishing a treatment. Cryotherapy is a process in which you subject the body to extreme cold for a short period of time in order to reduce inflammation.

Neuroscience research fails to support claims that excessive pornography consumption causes brain damage

Amongst heterosexuals, men are almost twice as likely to be upset by sexual infidelity as women, a new study finds. Heterosexual women, meanwhile, are much more likely to be upset by emotional infidelity.

New research suggests that reflecting on a breakup may help heal the heart.

Experiments to explore how we might artificially cool the Earth—commonly called geoengineering.

The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan’s Tomb

The Phantom Cannibal (Part Two) [Previously: Part One]

The scam has been dubbed virtual kidnapping

In the past few years, street gangs have been retreating from public view all over Southern California.

Nicknamed “stingrays,” the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.

A.I. still can’t recognize these simple pictures.

Saving everything in case it might be useful later is a recipe for disaster.

Radio, not YouTube, was still the top method of music discovery in the US last year

Google sees biggest search traffic drop since 2009 as Yahoo gains ground. The increase comes after Firefox switched its default search from Google to Yahoo.

The First Quantum Art Exhibition in Space

How NASA and other space agencies colorize space photos

U.S. ambassador to Finland

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21.jpgUK couple stranded in New York after baby arrived 11 weeks early face potential £130,000 medical bill

Art critic Julian Spalding banned from Damien Hirst’s Tate exhibition after calling him a talentless conman

Two-thirds of cancer cases due to “bad luck”

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths

Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

Researchers discover Asian fanged frog that don’t lay eggs but gives birth to tadpoles

Cleaning waste water with algae

Science Word of the Day: Kleptothermy

We conclude that early socio-economic conditions predict, to some extent, facial attractiveness in young adulthood.

Two centuries before the Swinging Sixties the weakening of social customs caused by the Industrial Revolution led to a modest transformation in people’s sexual behaviour

In September, the right-wing scandal sheet Keiten Shimbun obtained the photo of the vice chairman of Japan’s Olympic Committee sitting next to the head of Japan’s largest yakuza syndicate

When he was growing up, Spartz said, his parents made him read “four short biographies of successful people every single day.

Why Some Things Are Popular

What is it like to be a blind film critic?

Why do People Behave Immorally When Drunk?

Is the Secret Service responsible for keeping the president from getting drunk?

Why is there a worm in bottles of tequila?

How to spot a liar [TED talk]

CIA takes blame for more than half of UFO sightings in late 1950s and 60s

JFK and 9/11 in Back to the Future - Hidden Messages In Plain Sight

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54.jpgWoman stabs son on Christmas over cell phone

Colorado couple arrested for stealing neighbors’ Christmas decorations, displaying them in yard (w/ mugshots)

Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017

Not as many married couples as expected are taking advantage of a loosening in China’s one-child policy that allows them to have two children if one spouse is an only child.

Researchers identify a few cases where identical twins’ genes behave differently

Why you can live a normal life with half a brain

The compound behind all those stories about red wine being good for you

Many people use too many plastic bags, drive their cars too much, eat too much meat or bluefin tuna, drink bottled water … Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects

Possible alternative explanation for dark energy [previously]

Hundreds of Portuguese Buses and Taxis Are Also Wi-Fi Routers (and collect data for city planners)

Chrisdien Deny, a retail chain with more than 500 locations across China, sells belts, shoes and clothing with an “Italian style” — and a logo with the same font as Christian Dior’s. [NY Times]

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

They once called him “Sweden’s Hannibal Lector.” 

How the “Paul McCartney is Dead” Hoax Started at an American College Newspaper and Went Viral (1969)

Take life by the balls

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52.jpgChinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air

Cuban spy’s ultimate mystery: How he got his wife pregnant from a U.S. prison

Amazon ’suppresses’ book with too many hyphens

Lost memories might be able to be restored, study

How Psychology and Neuroscience Get Sex and Gender Wrong

A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.

Why an electric car may be much dirtier than a petrol one

The celebrity analysis that killed celebrity analysis

Queen Victoria enjoyed sex, bought modern art, liked looking at drawings of naked men, was emotionally self-indulgent, histrionic and luxurious. Victorian values, as we understand them, reached their apogee in the reigns of her grandson George V and his son George VI

Andy Warhol at a Party with His Tape Recorder, Which he Referred to as “My Wife Sony” [more]