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542.jpgPolar Bears in Canada Are Pooping Glitter

Oxytocin is made by the hypothalamus and acts on the brain, playing a role in bonding, sex and pregnancy. But findings that a sniff of the hormone is enough to make people trust each other more are being called into question after a string of studies failed to replicate classic experiments.

A 10% relative drop in smoking in every state is predicted to be followed by an expected $63 billion reduction (in 2012 US dollars) in healthcare expenditure the next year.

The great strange fact of human history is how it came to be that a good chunk of our species, after more than 100,000 years of scraping by, suddenly got rather wildly rich

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck [PDF]

Scientists made see-through wood that’s stronger than glass

Origami robot unfolds from ingestible capsule, removes button battery stuck to wall of simulated stomach

I made an app that orders delivery to a random location, and ubers you there…

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33.jpgPoultry Workers Forced to Wear Diapers to Increase Efficiency [Thanks GG]

NRA Convention sells “ex-girlfriend” target that bleeds when you shot at it

There is indeed evidence that all cities are starting to look the same. Boring architecture may take an emotional toll on the people forced to live in and around it.

Will destruction of any planet in the solar system have an impact on earth?

How women can go the full nine months without knowing they’re pregnant

Sextortion: Cybersecurity, teenagers, and remote sexual assault

Fred Trump could be seen during construction patrolling the work site, pouring water into paint buckets to save money

Moore’s Law Is Dead

Running app Runkeeper is secretly tracking you around the clock and sending your data to advertisers

New app makes your iPhone photos searchable

Sign language translation gloves

Sweaty Guy at Show Uses You as Personal Towel

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32.jpg Indian restaurant owner accused of killing customer with curry

KFC Is Making a Nail Polish That Tastes Like Chicken [thanks GG]

‘Second skin” could reduce appearance of wrinkles and be used to cover birthmarks or treat conditions such as eczema [study] [Thanks Tim]

First baby drop-off box for unwanted newborns installed in Indiana

Imposter becomes guest editor of scientific journal, using a fake email address

The art of skywriting

Where Does The U.S. Get Its Oil?

When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive.

Every top 5 song, from 1958 - 2016

A Canadian Ph.D. student has invented a topical cream that he says can cheaply and easily remove unwanted tattoos [Thanks Tim]

Erase™ and Replace™

meanwhile, in bushwick

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4.jpg‘Incompetent’ Robot Waiters Force Restaurants In China To Shut Down

Due to an unusual illness, Matthew creates false memories that seem as vivid as the real thing. He’s had to learn to live with a past that is as uncertain as the future.

We’re convinced that free will exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

The author draws a parallel between an analyst listening to a patient and a member of an audience watching a play. In both situations, it is important to be able to adopt a dual identity in order to participate in the action through identification and then to withdraw from the identification to adopt the position of an observer.

Researchers have located the genes that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness.

Your Brain Limits You to Just Five BFFs

According to a recent study, just seven procedures make up 80% of these emergency procedures. These seven procedures also accounted for 79% of all complications, 80% of all inpatient costs from emergency general surgery—and 80% of deaths.

What Caused the Great Crime Decline in the U.S.?

What happened to Google Maps? While the number of cities shown on the maps has decreased, the number of roads shown has actually increased.

Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record. If it’s shorter than yours, it’s likely because you have better memory.

Be different

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221.jpg12-year-old girl runs NY half-marathon by mistake

Scientists discover fourth state for water molecules

This paper explores the psychoanalyst’s dilemmas in treating a man who came for analysis as a self-identified compulsive liar.

Although most people agree that there is such a phenomenon as intuition, involving emotionally charged, rapid, unconscious processes, little compelling evidence supports this notion. Findings support the notion that nonconscious emotions can bias concurrent nonemotional behavior — a process of intuition

Language and thought are not the same thing

The big man has a big mouth: Mouth width correlates with perceived leadership ability and actual leadership performance

Can’t sleep in an unfamiliar bed? Half your brain is still awake watching for threats

Researchers analysed 124 published trials of mindfulness as a mental-health treatment, and found that scientists reported positive findings 60% more often than is statistically likely.

One in 25 papers contains inappropriately duplicated images, screen finds

Predicting Stock Market Reactions to FOMC Meetings via Twitter Feeds [PDF]

Computer generates all possible ideas to beat patent trolls [Thanks Tim]

The QWERTY effect postulates that the keyboard layout influences word meanings by linking positivity to the use of the right hand and negativity to the use of the left hand [PDF]

A complete guide to the new ‘Crypto Wars’

Venture capitalists are sitting atop “amazing paper-based gains”

Bad drivers are a good indicator of a corrupt government

How these island rats survived 75 metric tons of poison [study]

Random couscous snaps into beautiful patterns

German artist Maria Eichhorn has closed a London gallery and sent all its staff home

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21.jpg Scientists have developed a new system that can identify people using their brain waves with 100 per cent accuracy

Your phone number is all a hacker needs to read texts, listen to calls and track you

Apple recovered $40 million in gold from used phones and computers last year

There’s been a big decline in the black incarceration rate, and almost nobody’s paying attention

How well can we detect each other’s loneliness?

The 6 elements of an effective apology, according to science

What every dictator knows: young men are natural fanatics

Does Couples’ Communication Predict Marital Satisfaction, or Does Marital Satisfaction Predict Communication?

Previous research has demonstrated that sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction are distinct but correlated constructs, but relatively few studies have examined how they are related over time. [PDF]

Replacing butter with vegetable oils does not decrease risk of heart disease

A new view of the tree of life

Airbnb has a far more extensive web of subsidiaries than it has publicly acknowledged—more than 40 in all. The Sharing Economy Doesn’t Share the Wealth

As most news junkies have heard by now, seven of Andy Warhol’s “iconic” “paintings” of Campbell’s soup cans were recently stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri

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33.jpg London toilet for rent at £3,000 per month

New York Democrats claim Republican-controlled Senate won’t give them enough toilet paper

The states with the highest life expectancies for individuals in the bottom income quartile (>80.6 years) were California, New York, and Vermont. The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014

What The Hell Happened In East New York?

We study the effect of the illicit drug business on terrorism for a sample of 58 countries for the 1984–2007 period. We find that in the long run, higher drug prices are associated with more terrorism

The average has triumphed as the primary statistic of our time. We explore how the average came to dominate how we talk about data, and whether we would be better off using the median.

Chess instruction is no more effective in enhancing children’s cognitive and academic skills than many (at least more than 50%) other possible educational interventions

Homo erectus differs from earlier hominins in having relatively smaller teeth, reduced chewing muscles, weaker maximum bite force capabilities, and a relatively smaller gut. This paradoxical combination of increased energy demands along with decreased masticatory and digestive capacities is hypothesized to have been made possible by adding meat to the diet.

The Exotic Animal Traffickers of Ancient Rome

How Scams Worked In The 1800s

Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.

My terrifying – and valuable – time in a psychiatric ward

Louis C.K. Meets the Unconscious

The trouble with emoji: Misinterpreted emotions

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Scientists To Open Mass-Cloning Factory in China This Year To Clone Cows, Pets, Humans The ambitious and futuristic facility hopes to be mass-producing one million cows every 12 months by 2020.

Renter says security camera inside apartment is an invasion of privacy

New York taxi drivers to be banned from flirting with or ejaculating on passengers

In Delaware, the state eliminated the not guilty by reason of insanity defense within days of the Hinckley verdict, creating instead the option of “guilty but mentally ill.”

Inside the company that provides fake paparazzi, pretend campaign supporters, and counterfeit protesters

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge. There is a term studying this phenomenon.

Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of colorectal cancer

Touching a robot can elicit physiological arousal in humans

TSA paid $1.4 million for Randomizer app that chooses left or right

Interactive shop in virtual reality for futuristic clothing

A tampon alternative you can wear during sex

Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manhole Covers on the Streets of Milan

Street Artist and City Worker Have Year Long Exchange on a Red Wall in London

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Scientists figured out how to steal any 3D printed product just from the sounds the printer make

Demolition company knocks down wrong house, blames Google Maps

Unfamiliar with irony, Swiss bankers are complaining of a “lack of transparency”

Exposed to a deluge of digital photos, we’re feeling the psychological effects of image overload.

The paradox of fiction: Emotional response toward fiction and the modulatory role of self-relevance.

What Engineers Can Learn From the Design of the Penis

Testosterone beyond Sex

This Negative Facial Expression Is ‘Universal’

Corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions and that raises new legal questions.

How many decimals of pi do we actually need?

Poker Theory and Analytics is a graduate-level MIT course taught by Kevin Desmond, a former pro player and Morgan Stanley analyst. The school offers the course online, meaning video lectures, assignments, and class notes are available to anyone for free.

The secret life of a tattooist: my art has become part of narcissistic, selfie-obsessed modern culture

Welcome to the Hotel Antartica

Japan invents electric ’salt-flavoured fork’

Scientists Slowly Reintroducing Small Group Of Normal, Well-Adjusted Humans Into Society

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43.jpgA day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, ‘Bush did 9/11′-proclaiming robot. 

Hackers Modify Water Treatment Parameters by Accident

Maserati Recalls 28,000 Cars For Stuck Accelerators

No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

Male preference for female pubic hair: an evolutionary view

Most Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong

What do we mean when we say that our behaviors are influenced by genetic factors? And how do we know?

How does genetics explain non-identical identical twins?

The psychology of shoppers and return policies: More leniency on time limits is associated with a reduction — not an increase — in returns. [Washington Post]

Banned From Amazon for Returning 37 Things

Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups.

Some security experts say that you should block online ads just to stay safe

Researchers uncover the origins of fairy tales through evolutionary biology’s methods

How Gender Neutral Is Guys, Really?

Researchers found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

AI-written novel passes literary prize screening

Skateboarding is, among other things, a marriage of chaos and discernment. Tricks—whether a Slappy, No Comply, or Caballerial, a backside Smith grind, switch Tre flip, Madonna, Indy Nosebone, or McTwist—are exactly defined, and there’s a shared world of aesthetics, but tastes vary widely, and it’s understood that the most interesting skaters will always find ways to undo expectations.

Madonna busted for posting fake signs to hoard NYC parking spaces

Drone Gives 360 Degree View of Rainbow [Thanks Tim]

Percentage of scientific paper titles containing “observations” or “data” in the past century

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35.jpgBaltimore woman sues after being ‘literally covered in feces’ by toilet explosion

We feel more authentic when we’re with other people and behave as they expect us to

People who weigh more than others see distances as farther away

How often does psychotherapy make people feel worse?

A few people develop a compulsive urge to crack jokes 24 hours a day, with a medical condition called Witzelsucht

Linguist analyzes Trump attack haiku

The academic publishing market that Elsevier leads has an annual revenue of $25.2 billion. According to its 2013 financials Elsevier had a higher percentage of profit than Apple, Inc.

The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, Twice

Are You Orgasming Without Even Knowing It? I was, until I masturbated for science.

“Song Wig”

The MacBook Selfie Stick

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33.jpg Scuba diver survives being sucked into Florida nuclear power plant

Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs Using Only Their Thoughts

Engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects

According to a spectacularly misleading article in the Telegraph: Scientists discover how to ‘upload knowledge to your brain.’ That’s science fiction. Or rather, journalistic fiction.

High daily coffee consumption may lower Multiple Sclerosis risk

Why women’s education doesn’t always improve women’s equality

Smartwatches that allow pupils to ‘cheat’ in exams for sale on Amazon

Chinese hackers stole $100 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank’s account at the New York Fed and then laundered it through Philippine casinos.

Using geographic profiling to investigate Banksy

Nonlinear Effects of Superstar Collaboration: Why the Beatles Succeeded but Broke Up

A Physicist Is Building a Time Machine to Reconnect With His Dead Father [Thanks Tim]

How to build a time machine, from a university math professor

Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures

It’s a wearable LCD ‘mirror’ with facial recognition. and Behold, my new alarm clock hack. 1 shot of espresso every half hour until I wake up.

People Just Won’t Stop Stealing ‘Katie Crotch Road’ Signs. The thefts are costing a town hundreds of dollars each year.

Psychiatric facilities across the United States are at breaking point after the number of people claiming to be sent from the future to stop Donald Trump reached epidemic proportions.