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]
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.
Square is the latest example of a struggling industry segment that may never take off. Mobile Wallets Are Doomed
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
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)
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.
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 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.
Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault debate, 1971 (full video)
You don’t always know what you’re saying. People’s conscious awareness of their speech often comes after they’ve spoken, not before.
Scientists may have solved one of history’s biggest biomedical mysteries—why the deadly 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic, which killed perhaps 50 million people worldwide, largely targeted healthy young adults.
Vox has a piece claiming that there’s a ‘much better way’ to board planes. Are the airlines just stupid?
Why Is There No Pill For ‘Asian Glow’? Plus, why Esquire’s consequence-free drinking method sounds like total bunk.
The brain pathway that regulates behaviours associated with fear has been discovered, and it could help researchers develop better treatments for anxiety, phobias and panic attacks.
The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest’s boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the “Steffen method” that’s not currently in use.
The real reason behind the downfall of the Roman Empire might not have been lead contaminating in the water, which is the most popular theory, but the use of concrete as a building material.
Norway’s adult literacy rate is 100% Is Norway paradise for publishers?
The researchers were interested in how people jump to conclusions based on limited information. The key part of the experiment was that the participants were fully aware of the setup. [via Mind Hacks]
These observations indicate that even causal cannabis use can lead to significant structural changes in key areas of the brain during development, including disruption of how the neurons themselves are organised.
The Italian Tourist Board spends 98 percent of its budget on salaries, with basically nothing left for its actual job of tourism promotion. [NY Times]
A British ice cream maker has created a flavor that includes 25 mg of Viagra per scoop. The flavor, titled “The Arousal,” also includes champagne as a key ingredient.
A 2008 study found that women showed signs of arousal watching pretty much anything: masturbation, straight sex, girl-on-girl, guy-on-guy, bonobo chimps, everything—except pictures of naked men, which did not float a woman’s boat.
New research reveals that lifespan could be affected by how people deal with stress. People who forgive themselves for mistakes are physically healthier than those who obsess over them.
Regenerative medicine: For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself
Damien Hirst’s ghostwritten biography promises to reveal criminal past and to expose the “filthy money business” of the art world. Plus: Florida Pastor on Trial for Selling Fake Damien Hirst Paintings