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45.jpgMan’s toilet explodes while city crew cleans sewers

Researchers able to turn sawdust into gasoline

Babies remember nothin’ but a good time, study says

Inferring the best response from a large range of possible actions frequently involves difficult computations that the brain is unlikely to perform rapidly. Nevertheless, humans often do well in such situations. How the human brain exploits and explores options

Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research

Experimental and Field Evidence that Morality and a Sense of Humor are Psychologically Incompatible [PDF]

When Apple announced the iPhone 6 this September, however, it didn’t have a sapphire screen, only a regular glass one. And a month later, the small New Hampshire-based company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, GT Advanced Technologies, declared bankruptcy. The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it.

The police do not do trauma clean-up. Neither do firefighters or ambulance crews or emergency services. Instead, hired hands like Sandra handle the clean-up at crime scenes, deaths, floods and fires.

How the love of a high school girl sparked a gang war

Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight

Nobody knew how to automatically identify creativity until researchers at Yahoo Labs began studying the Vine livestream.

Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters

Frenchman develops pills to make flatulence smell of roses

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29.jpg Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week

Men are more likely to help a woman if she’s wearing heels. And the higher the heels, the more willing the men were to assist her. [via gettingsome]

Business culture in banking industry favors dishonest behavior, study shows

CEO Facial Width Predicts Firm Financial Policies

Facial Feature Assessment of Popular U.S. Country Music Singers Across Social and Economic Conditions

How can it be that new music is liked by young people if so much of it is often regarded as quite bad?

Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beer

The younger generation doesn’t have the time or patience to stick with golf, and it’s killing the industry.

Female inmates regularly concoct their own makeup, or “fakeup,” using food, lotions, and other items provided by their facilities.

Two biotech Startups Want to Make Women’s Private Parts Smell Like Ripe Fruit

The poop bus could actually improve air quality, as biomethane produces fewer emissions than regular diesel fuel does.


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54.jpgPolice in California and Texas Test Networked Guns

10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million bacteria

Unattractive men look better to women taking birth control, study finds. [via gettingsome]

Pain communication through body posture: The many postures of pain

Pain from rejection and physical pain may not be so similar after all

A Worm’s Mind In A Lego Robot

Heat Your House with Someone Else’s Computers

“In three years of research and talking to hundreds of people and everyday users, I don’t think I heard anyone say once, ‘I love Facebook’”

One Startup Tried Every Marketing Ploy From ‘Ellen’ To Twitter: Here’s What Worked

New York City’s Pay Phones Will Be Replaced By Free Wi-Fi Mobile Charging Stations

TV intros

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41.jpgIn Australia alone roughly 30 people per year suffer lightning shocks delivered by telephone.

When we lie to children, are we teaching them to be dishonest?

How blind people use batlike sonar

Cotton Vs. Polyester: Which Gym Clothes Trap The Most Body Odor?

Why Are So Few Blockbuster Drugs Invented Today? [NY Times]

When is fortunetelling a crime?

Fletcher Bach and I recently discovered that there are reviews of prisons on Yelp.

Gene Simmons “KISS” Makeup Tutorial

Doppio [single]

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53.jpg Man freed after being trapped between two walls of Colorado store

Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.

The mathematician who proved why hipsters all look alike

People’s beliefs about their physical attractiveness (self-perceived attractiveness) can also influence whether people will support or reject inequality.

Some people may know what is being said even though the auditory hallucinations may only consist of nonverbal sounds.

When We Don’t Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Human tetrachromacy is the purely theoretical notion that a woman might, through a rare mutation on one of her two X chromosomes, end up having four different types of cones in her retina instead of the usual three, and therefore be uncannily sensitive to differences in color.

According to a new study, sad music trigger emotions and experiences beyond sadness.

Why people cry when they are happy

Cremations as a percentage of deaths (Japan: 100%)

A new study says the population could hit 12 billion by 2100, though it doesn’t take into account the effects of climate change, food shortages, disease, or conflict.

75 to 90 percent of the world’s natural sand beaches are disappearing, due partly to rising sea levels and increased storm action, but also to massive erosion caused by the human development of shores. [NY Times]

Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colorful history, new research has found. [via Sunday Reading]

Now 90 percent of all internet thinkpieces are dedicated to explaining why you should have a problem with something you originally had no problem with.

Amy Li Sets Up a Gallery in Her Father’s Button Shop

Genesis and maintenance of a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell thunderstorm [Researchers Simulate Monster EF5 Tornado]

The Survival Condo is a 15-story building underground that can house up to 75 people

a pregnancy diary that grows with the mother’s belly

Warning Signs of Satanic Behavior. Training video for police, 1990

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35.jpgPenguin Robot infiltrates Penguin colony

Two Chinese officials bought corpses from grave robbers to meet government cremation quotas

Google Wants to Store Your Genome

China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

Airport security agents using a new conversation-based screening method caught mock airline passengers with deceptive cover stories more than 20 times as often as agents who used the traditional method of examining body language for suspicious signs

Once dominated by correlational studies, face-perception research is moving into the realm of experimentation—and gaining tremendous insight.

Misattribution of Arousal

A man’s likelihood of obtaining a woman’s phone number increases three-fold when accompanied by a dog

How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned?

Can Anatomical Brain Images Alone Diagnose Psychiatric Illnesses?

The Public Find Neuroscience Irrelevant and Anxiety-provoking

Life satisfaction dips around the age of 45, after which it starts going up again beyond the age of 54

Writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health

The Effects of Subtle Misinformation in News Headlines

English has recently developed a new intensifier, ass, which means something very close to very, is marked as vulgar and colloquial, and appears in cases such as in: That is a big-ass chair, It is a cold-ass night [PDF]

In politics we’re familiar with the non-apology apology (well described in Wikipedia as “a statement that has the form of an apology but does not express the expected contrition”). Here’s the scientific equivalent: the non-retraction retraction.

The 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

How did Amazon—which was once seen as the book industry’s savior—end up as Literary Enemy Number One? And how much of this fight is even about money?

The Influence and Legacy of Larry Sultan

A Feather and a Bowling Ball Dropped Together Inside the World’s Largest Vacuum Chamber

Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin

Cleaning a vinyl record with wood glue. This trick works because the glue and record are somewhat chemically similar, so the glue only sticks to stuff that’s not supposed to be there.


The carbon is extracted from the cremated remains, then heated and turned into graphite, then transformed into a diamond.

Happy birthday!

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4.jpgWoman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table.

Cabbies holding in their urine to a dangerous degree

World’s scariest haunted house with a 24,000-person waiting list

Always Gamble on an Empty Stomach: Hunger Is Associated with Advantageous Decision Making

New research suggests a third child doesn’t bring any extra joy

Can parents make their kids smarter?

Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing about golden showers is not. That’s just one of the findings from a research project that scientifically defines sexual deviation for the first time ever.

3 Servings of Milk a Day Linked to Higher Mortality in Women

Do women perform fellatio as a mate retention behavior?

Sadness lasts longer than other emotions

People change their moral values to benefit themselves over others

Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World

Patent troll suits down a massive 35% in the third quarter of the year

After 400 years, mathematicians find a new class of solid shapes

Universe older than it looks

The One Basic Fact About History That Time Travelers Always Forget

This paper will explore how this perhaps counterintuitive idea—to help visitors become “delightfully lost”—has influenced mobile thinking at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

What the World Eats

A mug of cocoa is not a cure for memory problems

Does pop music exist? [PDF]

A new San Francisco startup promises “what women really want.”

Bank Of America Psychopath Murderer’s Automated Email Reply [context]

I Scream

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555.jpgSicily, for instance, employs 950 ambulance drivers who have no ambulances to drive

Men who had slept with more than 20 women lowered their risk of developing cancer by almost one third. In contrast, men who slept with 20 men doubled their risk of developing prostate cancer.

Swimming is the individual activity that most people would drop if they faced higher prices

Brain scans show cause of winter blues

Virgin birth has been documented in the world’s longest snake for the first time

there might be a way to determine whether your horse wants a blanket or prefers to be naked

The Case of the Brooklyn Enigma, Part One and Part Two

Experts have severely underestimated the risks of genetically modified food, says a group of researchers lead by Nassim Nicholas Taleb In 2013 roughly 85 per cent of corn and 90 per cent of soybeans produced in the US were genetically modified.

On Fraud, Ignorance, and Lying: Essays in Behavioral Business Ethics

In 2015, most leading Web browsers will be set to support what are known as push notifications.

When Plato gave Socrates’ definition of man as “featherless bipeds” and was much praised for the definition, Diogenes plucked a chicken and brought it into Plato’s Academy, saying, “Behold! I’ve brought you a man.” After this incident, “with broad flat nails” was added to Plato’s definition.

Windowless plane set for take off in a decade

RKO compilation [Thanks Tim]

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34.jpgAlabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

For $100,000, You Can Clone Your Dog

Conman who pretended to be in COMA for two years is caught walking around Tesco

Researchers have shown that exposing people to pictures of money, or to money-related words, reduces their emotional expressivity and makes them more sensitive to other people’s expressions of emotion.

Researchers have hypothesized that men gain greater reward from alcohol than do women. An Examination of the Spreading of Smiles in Male and Female Drinking Groups

The findings suggest that cannabis with low potency does not have any impact on creativity, while highly potent cannabis actually impairs divergent thinking. [PDF]

Cues to Catching Deception in Interviews: A Brief Overview [PDF]

Trust your gut when determining who is a nice person and who is a criminal. 6 seconds of observation will tell you who is good at their job. Trust your gut about whether a neighborhood is safe.

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

26% of women between 18 and 24 have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of online sexual harassment

British Army Wants Gamers to Drive its Smart-Tank of the Future

Geopolitical Drivers of Future Tourist Flows

How to Get Rich on Pot Stocks

The Children of God practiced Flirty Fishing and Escort Servicing from 1974 until 1987 [Thanks Tim]

Easter Island’s ancient inhabitants weren’t so lonely after all

Meet The 20-Somethings Who Want To Be Sterilized

Winter is the deadliest season. But cold times of year have not always been the most lethal.

Go to This Site Right Now and Check If Someone Owes You Money

Grownups are paying hundreds to have a consultant pick their Halloween costume [via gettingsome]

Did you know you’ve been peeling an orange wrong?

Date Ariane [Thanks Stevie]

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28.jpgCouple Fucking in the Sea Hospitalized After Getting Stuck Together

MIT computer scientists can predict the price of Bitcoin

The nation’s largest servicer of subprime mortgages has engaged in abuses that could potentially harm hundreds of thousands of borrowers

Even depressed people believe that life gets better

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?

Whales Can Only Taste Salty

Why Bats Are Such Good Hosts for Deadly Diseases

Rats aren’t smarter than mice. So where did this idea that rats are smarter than mice come from, anyway?

Our mood clearly affects how we walk, but how does our walking style affect our mood?

The locomotion and ‘navigation’ abilities of Mexican Jumping Beans

How Drag Queens Protect Their Intellectual Property Without Law

How Facebook is wrecking political news

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page

Facebook has sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demanding that agents stop impersonating users on the social network.

A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists

Y2K Cooking [thanks GG]

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25.jpgDeath metal band to play in airtight cube until they run out of oxygen [Thanks Tim]

An average of 31 children per day are hospitalized because of injuries caused by a Bounce House or Inflatable Castle. [via Adam Geber]

Elephants may be able to hear rain generated sound up to 150 miles away

NYC rats are infected with at least 18 new viruses, according to scientists

I spoke to dozens of women in their early to late 30s who had frozen eggs and to a few whose unfrozen eggs had resulted in successful pregnancies. This is a relatively invasive procedure that has a success rate of only 20 percent.

You might have expected that feeling many negative emotions would be worse than only feeling one of them – but in fact, it’s better.

Is It Good or Bad to Zone Out, Space Out or Daydream?

A paper published recently in the journal F1000 Research rose more than a few eyebrows by claiming to support the existence of telepathy.

How English beat German as language of science

We took a hacker to a café. On his screen, phrases like “iPhone Joris” and “Simone’s MacBook” start to appear. The device’s antenna is intercepting the signals that are being sent from the laptops, smartphones, and tablets around us.

Alleged Bitcoin ‘creator’ is crowdfunding his lawsuit against Newsweek using Bitcoin

The bill for all that security: $42,000 – roughly as much as Apple generates in revenue in nine seconds.

The owner of Ebola.com wants at least $150,000 for it.

How the yoga brand Lululemon turned fitness into a spectator sport [Thanks Tim]

Where did the legend of the mermaid come from in the first place?

Electronic Blow Job Machine “Autoblow 2” Opens European Headquarters

Team K9

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24.jpg Comedy club charges per laugh with facial recognition

PETA slams Google for using camel to capture desert “Street View” photos

Vaginal orgasm doesn’t exist, study

The use and abuse of the prefix neuro-

Tu and Soman hypothesized that one reason for why we procrastinate is that we do not envision time as a linear, continuous entity but instead categorize future deadlines into two categories, the imminent future and the distant future.

The revolution in genetic engineering that will make it possible for humans to actively manage our evolutionary process for the first time in our species’ history is already under way.

Why exercise boosts IQ

A new Dutch study on an old question — should men stand or sit when urinating? — just might weaken the revenue stream of pharma companies that offer treatments for male urinary ailments.

Longevity began increasing long before 1800 and the Industrial Revolution, with marked increases around 1400 and again around 1650.

What makes for a stable marriage?

When science writer Vito Tartamella noticed a physics paper co-authored by Stronzo Bestiale (which means “total asshole” in Italian) he looked it up in the phonebook. [more]

In Search of Time’s Origin

Edible flowers can make for a beautiful garnish on salads and trendy Brooklyn cocktails, but these decorative flourishes can be a disaster for the oblivious amateur.

I Quant NY [Thanks Tim]

Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry for 30 years

Wimbledon 2013