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29.jpg ISIS using bombs containing live scorpions

NY City council votes to ban sale of bunnies by pet shops. The bunny ban is part of a larger legislative package also regulating the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. [more]

Scientists locate ‘homing signal’ in the brain, explaining why some people are better navigators

Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of dementia or stroke, a study has found.

Researchers have identified a neural circuit in the mouse brain that controls attention and sensory processing, providing insight into how the brain filters out distractions

Bankers not as dishonest as purported

The Conventional Wisdom On Oil Is Always Wrong

Uber Seeks to Patent “Surge Pricing”

Fundamental plot arcs, seen through multidimensional analysis of thousands of TV and movie scripts

quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. Researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing.

A Brief History of Pubic Hair in Art

Expressions to avoid

Oscar selfie

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2321.jpgA Dutchman’s plan to propose to his girlfriend has ended with a mobile crane smashing the roof of a house and forcing the evacuation of two others

Outgoing, sociable people also have the strongest immune systems, a new study finds

Men Who Love Spicy Food Have More Testosterone

There are ways to replace those bad habits with good ones… and all it takes is 66 days.

A 52 year old woman suffered from a strange problem: she saw dragons wherever she looked.

“Mondegreen” means a misheard word or phrase that makes sense in your head, but is, in fact, entirely incorrect.

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in Human Stool

A Brief History of Investment Banking from Medieval Times to the Present

A new method for mapping how information flows around the globe identifies the best languages to spread your ideas

Modern art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch, but time and again it is drawn back to its lure

Nobody can say exactly when the trend first started, but in 2014 we saw the first major outbreaks of bogus data distributed by private companies just so it would go viral online.

Can the umbrella be improved?

The saltine cracker challenge

Robot flies to Germany as airline passenger from Los Angeles

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23.jpgScientists have created a chemical that can be added to food to make people feel full.

People trust NSA more than Google, survey says

Almost one-fourth of video ads and 11 percent of display ads are viewed by bots created by cyber crime networks seeking to siphon advertising money

List of search terms blocked in China

BitTorrent launches invite-only torrent-based browser

The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple

This startup wants to pay you to fly with strangers’ stuff in your luggage

Anyone with more than 2,000 personal Facebook friends or 100,000 followers on Instagram gets a free seven-night stay at the luxury hotel, which usually costs $360/night.

Museums are mining increasingly detailed layers of information about their guests, employing some of the same strategies that companies like Macy’s, Netflix and Wal-Mart have used in recent years to boost sales by tracking customer behavior

How Law Defines Art

It turns out that the modern affliction of spellcheckers wreaking havoc has been given a name.

Wittgenstein and Hitler Attended the Same School in Austria, at the Same Time (1904-1905)

Lonely Sculpture

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34.jpgSmoking erases Y chromosomes

How addicts gained the power to reverse overdoses

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why?

Effect of Vaginal Electrical Stimulation

The Sex Lives of Sex Researchers

The Associations Between Adolescents’ Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior

Evidence for ‘bilingual advantage’ may be less conclusive than previously thought

Subclinical Primary Psychopathy, but Not Physical Formidability or Attractiveness, Predicts Conversational Dominance

Men were influenced by lucky numbers, the women by unlucky numbers

A simple trick to improve your memory

You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?

Art Collectors, Beware: Even Steve Martin Got Sold an $850,000 Forgery

How Some Video Stores Are Thriving in the Age of Netflix

12 excellent features from directors who never made another feature

Food Guns

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21.jpgA World War II grenade apparently landed on a tree during fighting. It was then enveloped by wood growing around it to the point that it was invisible when the tree was chopped down for firewood and sold to the supermarket…

WhatsApp is cited in nearly half of all Italian divorce proceedings

Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory, study suggests [more]

Women outperform men in some financial negotiations

Microbial succession in a sterilized restroom begins with bacteria from the gut and the vagina, and is followed shortly by microbes from the skin.

‘Off switch’ for pain discovered

Crazymeds.us gives mostly accurate and readable descriptions of the costs and benefits of every psychiatric medication.

Forty percent of trials reported significantly greater long-term weight loss with diet compared with aerobic exercise. Diet+aerobic exercise resulted in significantly greater weight loss than diet alone in 50% of trials.

A new study looks at the changes in social structures and diet during the transition from the Merovingian (6th to 9th c. CE) to Vikings era (9th to 11th c. CE) in Northern Europe.

things you (probably) didn’t know about the Middle Ages

Many theories have hypothesized that Protestantism should have favored economic development. Using population figures of 272 cities in the years 1300-1900, I find no effects of Protestantism on economic growth.

Does Religious Beliefs Affect Economic Growth? Evidence from Provincial-level Panel Data in China

The balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet” is not actually in Shakespeare’s play.

Alfredo Martinez strapped his little brother to a rocket engine at the age of 12, was shot in the leg in Guatemala by a death squad in the 1980’s, and he himself shot his dealer at an art fair in New York City with a self-made gun.


Much Contemporary Art is a Sham Says Famous British Critic

The FBI’s astonishing new facial recognition technology is the product of 175 years of innovation—and paranoia.

Startup wants to build you a personal website that’s automatically updated with your own data

The Cost of the “S” in HTTPS [PDF]

The tattoos are worn exactly as a regular temporary tattoo would be worn. The sensors simply sit atop the skin without penetrating it and interact with Bluetooth or other wireless devices with a signal in order to send the data.

New York City Pizza Principle

MIT holds satirical conference where researchers offer fake theories supported by real scientific evidence.

Big Bang, Universe, Sun & Earth, Life begins…

Amazing unknown transparent vehicle captured over Vienna, Austria - Nov 26, 2014 [Thanks Tim]

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211.jpgRussia: Passengers ‘get out and push’ frozen plane

Around three percent of the Swiss secretly eat cat or dog

Dogs hear our words and how we say them

Researchers has determined the location where memories are generated with a level of precision never achieved before.

The mysterious ‘action at a distance’ between liquid containers

Utah Considers Cutting Off Water to the NSA’s Data Center

Twitter Users Are More Likely to Follow Others With The Same First Name But Nobody Knows Why

Automatic gender spoof detection (make-up and mustaches)

Winston Churchill Received the First Ever Letter Containing “O.M.G.” (1917)

My stalker is back.

European art collective created a bot that crawls the Darknet and makes one purchase per week

TED Talk: How to Dispose of a Chimp’s Body by Col. Frank Tuplin

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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.

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