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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.

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1.jpgEdible underwear was never meant to be eaten

Test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable — and after some participants were told that robot had broken down

Autistic ‘Prison Houdini’ who memorized guards’ keys and carved exact replicas for 13 escape attempts in 36 years is denied parole

On average, CEOs earn $176,840 annually. College presidents, $377,261.

Disney U.S. parks will charge visitors different prices based on anticipated demand, with weekdays during the school year much cheaper than holidays. Previously, the parks charged the same price for a one-day pass any time of year.

Hijab and “Hitchhiking”: A Field Study

“Social media is 95 percent of what happens in all relationships now”

New model explains how things go viral online

New research shows that you only need handful of influencers to give the impression that everyone is talking about your brand. [Thanks Tim]

Giraffe neck is longer than thought

Trouble with cats on your counters, table tops, furniture, curtains, floor areas – or maybe “hanging out at your entry door”? (new patent)

World’s first electronics transistor, assembled by hand, 1947 and and the suburb of agbogbloshie

Shazam for Plants and for birds

Samuel Beckett, Aphasic Speech Automatisms, and Psychosomatic Language

The Ross Sisters

Norman Reedus (Daryl) practicing his crossbow

Ass eating restaurant in Japan [Thanks GG]

Selling phone

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310.jpgA Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago is set to be reunited with his family after remembering his identity

A woman in Brazil who had cosmetic surgery ended up with not only a flatter stomach and larger breasts, she also developed kleptomania for a few weeks, a new case report reveals.

Drinking more coffee may help prevent alcohol-related cirrhosis

A little-known effort to conduct biological warfare occurred during the 17th century

Why tipping is wrong

They found a 9% earnings premium for lesbians over heterosexual women, compared with a penalty of 11% for gay men relative to straight men. Lesbians receive no wage premium in the public sector.

Headphones that get you high on dopamine are tipped to go on sale next month

When is a Transport Map Too Complex for Your Brain?

How a dead millionaire convinced dozens of women to have as many babies as possible

Captured : People in prison drawing people who should be

A Naked Therapy session takes place via webcam

Smell Dating, the first mail odor dating service

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56.jpgMan kicked out of all-you-can-eat buffet after eating more than 50 lbs of food, sues for $2-million

The Parmesan cheese you sprinkle on your penne could be wood. Some brands promising 100 percent purity contained no Parmesan at all.

People took the fewest calories when presented with smaller versus regular-sized pizza slices placed on a larger table

False confessions are surprisingly easy to extract from people simply by keeping them awake, according to a new study

Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy

You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine

Parkinson’s patients trained to respond to placebos

Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

Period pain can be “as bad as a heart attack.” So why aren’t we researching how to treat it?

“Your first experience of something is going to be well remembered, more than later experiences”Why we never really get over that first love

A quarter of men over 85 had sex in the last year

Postmodernism’s Self-Nullifying Reading of Nietzsche

How Voltaire made a fortune rigging the lottery

Son of a carpenter, he claimed income of $100 million per year and assets of $1 billion, owned a palatial Tokyo home and retained a private chef who cooked him marinated monkey meat.

-0.5% Interest rate: Why people are paying to save. Negative interest rates, once a theoretical curiosity, are now the stated policy of some powerful central banks. [NY Times]

People typically overestimate how much others are prepared to pay for consumer goods and services. [PDF]

What if we could record and rewind our thoughts?

A cocktail party in a dish: How neurons filter the chatter

Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

Americans spend an average of five and a half hours a day with digital media, more than half of that time on mobile devices

A court of appeals in Paris has ruled against an appeal filed by Facebook, after a 2015 ruling regarding suspension of an account for posting Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World.

You Can Now Download and 3D Print Your Dream Closet

3D-printed ear, bone and muscle structures come to life after implantation in mice

Cotton candy machines may hold key for making artificial organs

Computer programs used by John Cage

Automated office chairs

Things researchers do with ping-pong balls

Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage

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33.jpgFrance becomes first country to force all supermarkets to give unsold food to needy

France gives Facebook 3 months to stop snooping on non-users’ browsing history, then 60 days

Paris gets first meat vending machine

Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise

Babies can see image differences that are invisible to adults. They lose this superior skill around the age of five months

Much sleep talking does not occur during dreams

We collected data from 203 conveniently sampled taxi drivers in Gauteng province of South Africa. This study could assist the Department of Transport in designing road safety campaigns that addresses the erroneous beliefs by drivers that road accidents are pre-destined, and not as a result of individual’s driving behavior.

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law

1.4% of Enjoy customers have returned their gadgets, compared to the average 22% product return for online purchases in the US

Investors who offer “precise” bids for company shares yield better market outcomes than those who offer round-numbered bids, study

Escorts raised prices in 2015, largely in response to several years of rising hotel costs

Who Marries CEOs, Doctors, Chefs and Janitors

Floating library on Echo Park Lake

Michael Jackson’s pet chimp, Bubbles, is living out his twilight years in Florida


The classics can be Zzzz

The $49.99 Holdr app tells you if you’re holding your phone or not and This is a $100 mug that tells you what you just poured into it, via a digital screen. And Keep track of your gases with CH4 [all thanks to Tim]

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21.jpgEven people aged over 90 report better life satisfaction and happiness than those aged 40-59

Clearing Out Old Cells Increases Life Span of Mice by 25 Percent

People who prioritise time over money are happier

New data confirm that for countries worldwide long-term trends in happiness and real GDP per capita are not significantly positively related

People spend too much time on problems in which the reward difference between the options is low

When people choose not to reveal personal information - to be “hiders” - they are judged negatively by others. Observers rate those who reveal even questionable behavior more positively.

Researchers activate previously dormant memory cells

One reason your hair is thinning? Some of it turns into skin.

Progress in psychiatry in the West has been retarded by the proclivity of the discipline to swing violently between 2 approaches to viewing mental illness

‘Roaring and Social Communication in African Lions (3 studies)

Mosquitoes cause more misery and loss to humanity than any other organism. We could wipe them off the face of the earth. Here’s why we don’t.

How not to get killed by a cow (First: don’t try to save your dog.)

Wall Street’s getting crushed by a form of financial engineering you’ve probably never heard of

What Is Blockchain?

“Internet of Things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse

The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay

Starting with the March issue, due to hit newsstands this weekend, Playboy magazine will no longer feature explicit nudity. In 2014, Playboy-branded products generated $1.5 billion in revenues in China, about a third of the worldwide total.

What I learned from being a stock-photography model

More signs of Uber shaping urban infrastructure

A bot that drives robocallers crazy


Parody Patent Drawings Highlight Silicon Valley Greed [Thanks Tim]

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2.jpgDutch Police Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

U.K. researcher receives permission to edit genes in human embryos

Duration of urination does not change with body size

We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why [more]

Why does the brain use so much energy?

The Countries Where People Are the Most Emotionally Complex (Cultures that value interdependence, like Japan, win at being deep)

The present investigation began with the conjecture that people may do better by saying “some other time” instead of “no, not ever” in response to temptations.

Why Are Some People Habitually Late?

Researchers have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine, has fewer side effects, and isn’t likely to be addictive

Researchers found a way to partially un-boil an egg

Halting the explosive spread of Zika means waging war with mosquitoes. There are several ways, old and new, to win that war. And: Zika, a virus unknown to most people until recent days

Apple is developing wireless charging for mobile devices

Jobs was just getting started with the “i” motif. (For a while he even called himself the company’s iCEO.)

Conductive concrete that can carry enough electrical current to melt ice during winter storms

Cheesus Christ