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3.jpgCourt tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can’t be copyrighted

Game company made $71,145 on Black Friday by selling nothing for $5 a pop

Words can deceive, but tone of voice cannot. Voice tone analyses of therapy sessions accurately predict whether relationships will improve.

New research hypothesizes that men eat more in front of women to “show off.”

What would happen if scientists could trick the brain into thinking broccoli tastes like chocolate? How our brains perceive the flavor of food

Scientists have figured out how to shock the salt out of seawater

Wearing a magnetic wrist strap or a copper bracelet did not appear to have any meaningful therapeutic effect, beyond that of a placebo

Humans can sleep for days when living alone underground, experiments show

What else is possible if space and time can change?

If a forecaster is only 50% certain that precipitation will happen over 80 percent of the area, PoP (chance of rain) is 40% (i.e., .5 x .8).

Why do we forget people’s names when we first meet them?

What Happens When You Can’t Talk to Yourself?

I Asked New York Cabbies Who They Were Talking to on the Phone

Why Can’t We Build a Splash-Proof Toilet?

Our Roomba Vacuumed The House With Dog Shit

Is human placenta a wonder drug, or is it just another Japanese health fad? [Thanks Tim]

Tobias Frere-Jones is back in business

That mysterious, anonymous novel satirizing tech culture is now available from a major publishing house

A Chinese artist vacuumed up Beijing’s smog and made a brick from what he collected

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44.jpg‘Scrotum Squeezing’ Getting Closer Look From Paralympics Officials

People who drink about three to five cups of coffee a day may be less likely to die prematurely from some illnesses than those who don’t drink or drink less coffee

Our findings showed that people felt less stressed when they checked their email less often

Couples who have sex weekly are happiest. More sex may not always make you happier, according to new research

The effect of wearing different types of textiles on sexual activity was studied in 75 rats

What is stupid? People’s conception of unintelligent behavior

Even the CEO’s Job Is Susceptible To Automation, McKinsey Report Says

Are Successful CEOs Just Lucky?

Color preference in the insane

Since the end of the Second World War, the number of independent states has nearly tripled.

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

Gluten Free Museum

Period panties

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43.jpgIndonesia considers crocodiles for prison guards

Coffee hydrates as well as water, study says. The belief that caffeinated drinks such as coffee could cause dehydration is based on a 1928 study that demonstrated caffeine’s diuretic effect.

It costs as much as $4 million to open a new diner these days, compared with $500,000 to $1 million for a higher-end restaurant, because diners require so much storage space for the inventory that their large menus require.

The Air-Conditioning Capacity of the Human Nose

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

Human language may be shaped by climate and terrain

What will the English language be like in 100 years?

English Names for fungi 2014

$635 pills of fecal matter cure deadly gastrointestinal infection

What if the gamblers are researchers betting on how each other’s experiments will turn out, and the results are used to improve science itself?

Not even astrology researchers believe in astrology

Astrobiologists Revise the Chances of Finding Advanced ET Civilizations

Last year, Kennedy, a 67-year-old neurologist and inventor, did something unprecedented in the annals of self-experimentation. He paid a surgeon in Central America $25,000 to implant electrodes into his brain in order to establish a connection between his motor cortex and a computer.

What’s worse than a password? A fingerprint. + How to mimic a fingerprint

What is becoming of Deleuze?

Casualty-free casual fighting for free

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6.jpgBaby Born Pregnant with Her Own Twins

First ‘KFC’ to open in Iran shut down after just 24 hours

Diners at his restaurant are presented with an iPod loaded with a recording of crashing waves and screeching gulls to listen to while enjoying an artfully presented plate of seafood

Testosterone levels affect how much makeup women use, study finds

The best way for swarming insects to get the protein and salt they need is to eat each other.

Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity?

Self-driving delivery robots to hit streets of London in 2016

How does a container port work? And why aren’t America’s shipping ports automated?

Liverpool Just Opened Fast-Walking Pedestrian Lanes

The mansion is what real estate experts call a “stigmatized property” — jargon for a listing with a grisly back story

There are approximately 900 actively working mail chutes in New York. As letters grew in size, clogging of the mail chutes became an increasing problem.

Smell expert Sissel Tolaas is on a mission to capture and replicate the “smellscapes” of cities around the world [Thanks Tim]

The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-present

I renamed some of the paint colors at the hardware store

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4.jpg18% of Americans say they’ve seen a ghost

Our investigation found lottery retailers make up at least three of the top five D.C. Lottery frequent winners – all with about 100 wins or more

Intestinal worms can actually be good for you

Stuffy offices can halve cognitive scores. The bad air quality found in many office buildings may also affect performance, health.

When daylight saving time ends in fall, criminals use the extra hour of evening darkness to commit more robberies

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than reduced overall amount of sleep and Black Americans aren’t sleeping as well as whites.

The Changing Vocabulary of Mental Illness

French city launches literary vending machines

How Auction Houses Orchestrate Sales for Maximum Drama [NY Times]

The mystery of the woman who reviewed 30,000 books on Amazon and The Most Prolific Editor on Wikipedia

Sony Filed a Copyright Claim Against the Stock Video I Licensed to Them

How a Fracking Company Borrowed $5 Billion from Itself and Stuck Its Landowners with the Bill

Why The Machines That Dig Tunnels Are Always Named After Women

Why Are Sports Bras So Terrible? The science of and psychology behind bouncing breasts

Why don’t people see the yeti any more?

Brian Eno’s Music For Airports played at San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2

23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company’s parking lot and saves 90% of his income

As part of the performance, named ‘Site’, she will sit naked on top of Toynbee Studios between 1-5pm today and Saturday.

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4.jpgWoman’s house burgled while she was at Neighbourhood Watch meeting

3D-printed teeth can kill 99% of bacteria

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

The moles on your right arm may predict your risk of skin cancer. New research suggests that it’s specifically those with 11 moles or more on their right arms who need to care the most

Scientists Hope to Lengthen Dog Years

An algorithm can predict human behavior better than humans

Here we show that searching the Internet for explanatory knowledge creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information.

Life is different for people who think in metaphors

I asked psychologists to analyze Trump supporters. This is what I learned.

Disabling parts of the brain with magnets can weaken faith in God and change attitudes to immigrants, study finds

How America is attempting to stop school shootings by using community detection and behavioural intervention programmes for people identified as potential killers – before a crime has ever been committed.

A new study suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with a daytime nap. “Our findings are relevant for understanding the devastating effects that lack of sleep can have on achievement”

How Many Real Friends Can You Have at Once?

We estimate a real financial return to wine investment (net of storage costs) of 4.1%, which exceeds bonds, art, and stamps

We report here that the amount of heat gained by a Bedouin exposed to the hot desert is the same whether he wears a black or a white robe.

How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen. A new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack.

Australian researchers have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and orange peel.

Crocodiles, like some birds and aquatic mammals, may well sleep with half of their brain at a time. The researchers found that crocodiles were more inclined to sleep with one eye open when humans were present, and that the open eye was always directed towards the human.

Mozambique is landmine-free thanks to rats

A paper by a team of astronomers is getting some notice because of aliens. First, what’s the science?

Tokyo Bookstore Only Stocks One Title at a Time

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35.jpg“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build.”

In 1996, drugs relieved pain 27% more than a placebo. But in 2013 that gap had fallen to only 9%.

Four Reasons Drugs Are Expensive, of Which Two Are False

Finding cannabinoids in hair does not prove cannabis consumption

The Scientists Who Pee Plutonium

New study says 30 minutes of exercise isn’t enough. You should double or quadruple that.

Scientists have discovered more than 200 genes linked to ageing and have found switching them off could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

Does the smell of a rare mushroom found in Hawaii really cause woman to have spontaneous orgasms?

The earliest example of a decapitation, dating from approximately 9,100-9,400 years ago

Meet the Library of Babel: Every Possible Combination of Letters That has Been (or could be) Written

Twitter’s New AI Recognizes Porn So You Don’t Have To

Adobe’s new algorithm can erase tourists from your photos in real time

Experts have no confidence that we can protect next-gen streets and cars from hackers

Squatty Potty [more] And: Colonic gas explosion during therapeutic colonoscopy with electrocautery

Patriarch Kirill’s folding cross

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444.jpegSelf-driving cars could reduce accidents by 90 percent, become greatest health achievement of the century

Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan

The inequality of who dies in car crashes

Boring cityscapes increase sadness, addiction and disease-related stress. Is urban design a matter of public health?

Study by the US Federal Reserve Board finds that the higher your credit score, the higher your chances of a lasting relationship.

Evidence of the cheerleader effect—people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation

Estimating Body Shape Under Clothing

People talk about an individual’s genome as if it was a single consistent entity—but it isn’t. Every one of us actually contains a cosmopolitan melting pot of different genomes.

Can exercise be replaced with a pill?

Shady dealings of William Shakespeare’s father helped to fund son’s plays

Employment rates of women in Japan and US

Montreal Man Makes His Own Campaign Posters For No Apparent Reason

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2.jpgThe Catholic church is estimated to own twenty percent of all real estate in Italy, and a quarter of all real estate in Rome.

Does the presence of a mannequin head change shopping behavior?

Expressing anger might lead men to gain influence, but women to lose influence over others (even when making identical arguments)

How jurors can be misled by emotional testimony and gruesome photos

The assumption that people who watch porn are more likely to hold negative or sexist views of women has been challenged by a recent study in the Journal of Sex Research

Scientists identify potential birth control ‘pill’ for men

Losing weight is hard — and it’s getting harder. That’s not an excuse, a group of researchers say, it’s science. When comparing people with the same diets in 1971 and 2008, the more recent counterpart was on average 10 percent heavier.

Researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to get kids to eat more veggies

Adolescents with a bedroom television reported more television viewing time, less physical activity, poorer dietary habits, fewer family meals, and poorer school performance

Paralyzed man uses own brainwaves to walk again – no exoskeleton required

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare

Meet The Man Who Invents Languages For A Living

Robert Samuel, founder of Same Ole Line Dudes, makes up to $1,000 a week to stand in line

Explore Manhattan When It Was Just Forests and Creeks With the 1609 Welikia Map

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

Switzerland begins postal delivery by drone

Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of nature

Attention teachers: never assign your class to paint “candlelight”

The Pope comes to America

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22.jpgMore people have died while trying to taking a ‘selfie’ than from shark attacks this year.

The price of electricity in Texas fell toward zero, hit zero, and then went negative for several hours

Every person emits a unique blend of microbes into the air, and this “microbial cloud” is personalized enough that it could be used to identify people

Researchers created a synthetic material out of 1 billion tiny magnets. The magnetic properties of this so-called metamaterial change with the temperature, so that it can take on different states; just like water has a gaseous, liquid and a solid state.

Researchers created a new material that is stronger then steel and flexible like gum

Wasps Have Injected New Genes Into Butterflies

Chimps were shown bizarre videos of an actor in a King Kong costume attacking humans in a cage. A second video showed the humans getting ‘revenge’ with a hammer.

Streaming music is officially a bigger business than physical music sales in the U.S. for the first time. If current trends continue, streaming will surpass digital download sales as the biggest single source of revenue for the music industry by next year.

Before writing most of Taylor Swift’s newest album, Max Martin wrote No. 1 hits for Britney Spears, ’NSync, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, and Katy Perry. Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts

China VCs Are Going Crazy for Girl Groups

The International Image of Brazil in 1950 and in 2014: A Study of the Reputation and the Identity of Brazil as Projected by the International Media During the Two FIFA World Cups in the Country

How to make a $1,500 sandwich, in only 6 months

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33.jpgMIT graduate skips shower for 12 years, uses bacterial spray to keep clean

Robot applyed for Screen Actors Guild card. Acceptance into SAG would give the robot health insurance and a pension.

Homeopathy conference ends in chaos after delegates take hallucinogenic drug

Most acts of aggression by toddlers are unprovoked

Separate brain systems process the consequences of our decisions

People are not generally great at detecting deception, but new research shows that discussing with others makes a big difference.

Between 1999 and 2009, the French Full Scale IQ declined by 3.8 points. Results are inline with 7 studies showing a Negative Flynn Effect in Europe.

Google to Start Testing Grocery Deliveries This Year

Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil Associated with Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

You should never let people work on more than one thing at once

a gene—called DEC2—associated with people who can get away with less than six hours of sleep without any adverse health effects

Why you should never make your bed

He doesn’t think any artist since Francis Bacon had pushed art forward. The last notable artists were Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein, he said.

Mysterious, blood-sucking fish fall from the Alaskan sky

Tug Toner [Thanks GG]

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3.jpgScientists say they’ve found a way to slow ice cream’s melting

In this study, 100 percent of the participants remained HIV-free.

Scientists have pinpointed a population of neurons in the brain that influences whether one drink leads to two

Distillery that sent unmatured malt whisky into space to study the effect of near-zero gravity on flavour has described its findings as “groundbreaking”

How to get rid of a satellite after its retirement

The US Navy is working on AI that can predict a pirate attack

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to detect lies

Queuing on the basis of last-come-first-served may sometimes be more efficient

What’s the best length for online news videos? People liked longer videos better than shorter ones. Long videos averaged 2.08 minutes in duration. Short videos averaged 24 seconds.

If we think that the world of the future will be largely dominated by America and China, then this kind of English-Chinese bilingualism could become much, much more common. Is Singapore the future of language?

Angola was the most difficult of all the countries I visited. Man who traveled to every country on earth explains the most difficult places to visit

Here’s a mystery: below 8,400 meters there are no fish. At 8,370 meters? There are fish.