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31.jpgA Hong Kong VC fund appointed an algorithm to its board of directors.

Secret Service wants software that detects sarcasm on social media

Study: Women with creaky voices — also known as ‘vocal fry’ — deemed less hireable

research has suggested that the emotion of disgust and the recognition of the “disgust face” do not reliably emerge until later in ontogeny, at 5 years of age or after.

Fetus Uses Left Hand When Mother Is Stressed, Study

Using a flash of light, scientists have inactivated and then reactivated a memory in genetically engineered rats

Do Rats Know When They Don’t Know?

Slight variations in how an individual face is viewed can lead people to develop significantly different first impressions of that individual

What does it mean when someone favorites your Tweet? Here are 25 possible answers

10 Lazy Ways to Appear Smarter

Philosophy can solve the mid-life crisis, at least in one of its forms [PDF]

A Linguist On the Story of Gendered Pronouns

How words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history

The Reverse Yelp: Restaurants Can Now Review Customers, Too

Alexander Shulgin, ‘Godfather of ecstasy’, dies aged 88

Angus Fairhurst and Damien Hirst, A Couple of Cannibals Eating a Clown (I Should Coco) (1993)

Vincent van Gogh’s 3-D printed ear on display in Germany

Google Logo Update

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rainblow-sm.jpg Child draws all over dad’s passport, dad gets stuck in South Korea

Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.

New research shows that people are more likely to pick a mate with similar DNA

They began to notice that the women’s attitudes about sex were also influenced by their families’ incomes

The Top Ten Worst Reasons to Stay Friends With Your Ex

Researchers found less gray matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material

Closing roads can improve everyone’s commute time. You might want to shoot to miss in war. Game Theory Is Really Counterintuitive

The best way to win an argument

Machines vs. Lawyers: As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption.

Collision Detection: Bees versus Fish

An air conditioner, powered by fans

When CitiBike was launched, the hope and expectation was that it would be profitable for its operator

Traffic was so heavy in the 1870s that a ‘Cow Tunnel’ was built beneath Twelfth Avenue to serve as an underground passage.

20% of Europeans have never used the internet

Time spent looking at screens spent each day by people in different countries

Watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness

A Starbucks frappuccino, containing 60 shots of espresso and topped with whipped cream, which took Andrew Chifari of Texas five days to consume

If we split life into 5000 days units

Physiology and neuroscience combine to explain Bruce Lee’s famous strike, the one-inch punch.


The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas

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42.jpgMan in his underwear steals NYC bread truck, makes deliveries

9/11 Memorial has banned soap, gum chewing, and a lot of other things

Families infuriated by ‘crass commercialism’ of 9/11 Museum gift shop

Personal judgments are swayed by group opinion, but only for 3 days

Mutations in a particular gene can cause indecision in flies

Women’s use of red clothing as a sexual signal in intersexual interaction [PDF]

A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people’s brains work better.

Ever-rising IQ scores suggest that future generations will make us seem like dimwits in comparison

There was nothing special about Albert Einstein’s brain. Nothing that modern neuroscience can detect, anyway.

Darkcoin, the Shadowy Cousin of Bitcoin, Is Booming

Forget ‘the Cloud’; ‘the Fog’ Is Tech’s Future

A startup aims to let you charge your gadgets without plugging them in.

The discovery that proteins can act like switches is about to introduce an entirely a new kind of electronics

A Multiplayer Game Environment Is Actually a Dream Come True for an Economist

There’s how you see yourself. And there’s how the rest of the world sees you.

‘Zodiac’ The Film Vs The Real Zodiac Killer Case

‘Bring Out The Gimp’: The Man Behind The Mask In ‘Pulp Fiction’

Meek, who believes that Cyrus communicates with him through her songs…


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1.jpgLevi CEO’s jeans go unwashed for year; no ’skin disease’ yet

New plastic surgery installs ‘internal bra’ under the skin for ‘firm, young-looking breasts’

A proven approach to slow the aging process is dietary restriction, but new research helps explain the action of a drug that appears to mimic that process — rapamycin.

Lori is among several hundred patients taking part in an experiment that gives them electronic access to therapy notes written by their psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

When a tumor is exposed to chemo, it sends out “SOS” signals to the body. Seeing the tumor as part of itself, the body foolishly rushes to help – in some cases, allowing the tumor to regrow.

A Stanford researcher has discovered a way to charge devices deep within living bodies, potentially opening the gates to embedded sensors and “microimplants” that weren’t possible before.

Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars

How to Urinate in a Spacesuit

Plastic That Can Repair Itself

1,730 cash machines in Poland are to be given ‘Finger Vein’ technology

Shopping online: Why do too many photos confuse consumers?

The Weird World Hidden in Software License Agreements

Time Inc. Starts Selling Ads on Magazine Covers, Breaking Industry Taboo

How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?

Fridge magnet research update: Why the fridge?

Coffee Roasting Acoustic

Perform Mulholland’s mind-reading mystery

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9/11 Cheese Plate

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Kidnapper sues hostages

A train passenger who was showered in human excrement while using a broken train toilet was offered an umbrella as ‘compensation’.

Relying on a GPS device placed in a decoy pill bottle, police officers tracked an armed man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on Friday afternoon and fatally shot him during a confrontation on the Upper East Side [NY Times]

Nearly 1,800 U.S. law enforcement agencies have dropped the polygraph in favor of newer computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) technology

Nazarian’s team at Hyde at the Bellagio has put together the “$250,000 Package,” which comes with a 30-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne and the privilege of flipping the switch to turn on the casino’s famous musical fountains.

Procrastination is a common phenomenon — but new research suggests that “pre-crastination,” hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible, may also be common.

The impact of stress on brain function is increasingly recognized. Various substances are released in response to stress and can influence distinct neuronal circuits, but the functional advantages of having such a diversity of stress mediators remain unclear.

Your brain processes more thoughts and feelings during meditation than when you are simply relaxing.

We found evidence of the cheerleader effect—people seem more attractive in a group than in isolation.

Science fact and fiction behind fat loss (Part 2)

Why Dieting Does Not Usually Work

The Case for Junk DNA

Jellyfish are the most energy efficient swimmers, new metric confirms

Yes, Your Internet Is Getting Slower

The Mathematics Of Murder: Should A Robot Sacrifice Your Life To Save Two?

The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You

Square is the latest example of a struggling industry segment that may never take off. Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

The Curious Case of the $2 Bill

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood: Writing the Script for Gay Liberation

Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone. Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times. 41 random facts about New York
For those of you looking for some problems and puzzles to brood over

Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

Beauty micrometer

Correction fluid and permanent marker on September 2007 issue of Vogue Magazine

Strip box

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2.jpgScientists have discovered a single gene that can boost a person’s IQ by about six points

Why Every Racist Mentions Their Black Friend

Arguing Too Much Increases Premature Death Risk: Study

Birth of new brain cells might erase babies’ memories

What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer: McGill research finds unexpected link between cell suicide and longevity

What does not kill me makes me stronger: Study suggests improved survivorship in the aftermath of the medieval Black Death)

Things You Cannot Unsee (and What That Says About Your Brain)

Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.

Any time you email somebody who uses GMail, Google has that email.

Taking a photo against a white background? Amazon owns the patent on that

Transform any text into a patent application

Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Firms almost never have enough data to justify their belief that ads work

The true story of Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient.

How 10 Minutes of Mild Exercise Gives Your Brain a Boost

Why Don’t We Eat Swans Anymore?

As tweens in the 1990s, before online porn and sex advice were as ubiquitous as they are now, we learned sex from magazines.

He said he was hired with a mandate to clean up the building, which meant “trying to get all those people who were involved with drugs out.” Duarte began by winning the residents’ trust, which he did by hiring the most destructive young male tenants to work for him.

How much would it cost to protect New York City from the next superstorm Sandy?

Google Nest Spoof By German Activists

Boxes for rocks

Woman tattoos herself with her own selfie

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232.jpg Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

Chinese police to patrol streets of Paris to protect high-spending tourists

Can you tell a person’s gender by their video game avatar? According to a new study, a male gamer who chooses to play as a female character will still display signs of his true gender.

“It’s simple, the less stress you have the better your memory.” The facial expression that fights memory loss

A helmet that delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain has shown promise in treating people with depression

Lack of sleep not only makes you ugly and sick, it also makes you dumb

A study that was published a few years ago in Nature suggests that indeed our initial inclination is to cooperate with others. We are only selfish if we are allowed to reflect.

What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds?

In fact, nearly everyone working in cognitive science is working on an approach that someone else has shown to be hopeless

You might not realize it, but every time you order dinner digitally, you subconsciously order more

How do you price a bottle of milkshake?

Silicon Valley investors and startups are trying to improve our food.

A startup is seeking approval to sell powderized alcohol

Biologists Create Cells With 6 DNA Letters, Instead of Just 4

Controlling fear by modifying DNA

The CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years. [Thanks Tim]

An influential report concludes that prohibition and the war on drugs have failed

Brooklyn is getting poorer

10 Most Stressed Out Cities In America

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault debate, 1971 (full video)

How to be perfect

Chalk Warfare 3.0

Dear Leader Tongue Scraper

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231.jpgArtist who tied a live rooster to his penis found guilty of exhibitionism

Drunken British woman, traveling with her parents, busted for allegedly having loud sex on Las Vegas flight

Geophysicists link fracking boom to increase in earthquakes

You don’t always know what you’re saying. People’s conscious awareness of their speech often comes after they’ve spoken, not before.

People can only recognize two faces in a crowd at a time – even if the faces belong to famous people.

What makes women attractive depends on how healthy the place they live is

Difference between how men and women choose their partners

Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. [NY Times | Nature]

Bleeding wound? Relax and roll a cigarette

2.2 million Americans are diagnosed with certain types of skin cancer annually, up more than 50% in the past decade

Antibiotic resistance is now rife across the entire globe

Immortality through advanced technology and primitive diet

We investigate why people keep their promises in the absence of external enforcement mechanisms and reputational effects.

In real sex, the man is supposed to place his balls into the woman’s pussy, and then her pussy flexes and crushes the balls.

The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention

Spritz, the materials claim, “reimagines” and “reinvents” reading

How NYC’s gay bars thrived because of the mob

Video Reveals 140 Years Of Change At Specific NYC Locations

Latrine odor judge

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341.jpg Possible Food Poisoning Sickens 100 at Food Safety Summit

The male Y chromosome seems to hold genetic keys that stave off cancer and add years to a man’s life, according to new research.

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Using A Foreign Language Changes Moral Decisions

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. [Thanks Tim]

Scientists may have solved one of history’s biggest biomedical mysteries—why the deadly 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic, which killed perhaps 50 million people worldwide, largely targeted healthy young adults.

The Mathematical Con of Hedge Funds and Financial Advisers

Corporate cash holdings are at the lowest level in 15 years

Vox has a piece claiming that there’s a ‘much better way’ to board planes. Are the airlines just stupid?

What you actually get when the package is labelled “Organic”

Why Is There No Pill For ‘Asian Glow’? Plus, why Esquire’s consequence-free drinking method sounds like total bunk.

10 of the weirdest birth control methods from throughout time. [via gettingsome]

Lab-Grown Organs: Yes. Lab-Grown Meat: No.

Flexible battery, no lithium required

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

Man With Genius Strategy Poses As Cupcake On Tinder And It Actually Worked [Thanks Tim]

A cardboard cutout of Paris Hilton has a painkilling effect on mice

Why Cats Paint

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5.jpgA growing number of women are being arrested for driving while drunk since 2003

People seem to have more heart attacks on Mondays than other days of the week.

Computer scientists have developed the first algorithm that recognizes people’s faces better than you do

Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music?

Meta-Analysis of Menstrual Cycle Effects on Women’s Mate Preferences

Predictors of Extra-Marital Partnerships among Women Married to Fishermen

Couples need just 1 conversation to decide not to have children

The age at which you reach reach cognitive performance: 24

The brain pathway that regulates behaviours associated with fear has been discovered, and it could help researchers develop better treatments for anxiety, phobias and panic attacks.

Smoking synthetic marijuana leads to self-mutilation requiring bilateral amputations

One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush

This 3D printer technology can print a game controller, electronics and all

China: Firm 3D prints 10 full-sized houses in a day

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper [Thanks Tim]

In NYC, a $185M tunnel that leads nowhere, for now

New York will never stab you in the back. It will, however, stab you multiple times right in your face. [Thanks Tim]

The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest’s boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the “Steffen method” that’s not currently in use.

Most men who undergo circumcision do not know where their foreskins go after the process.

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured

The real reason behind the downfall of the Roman Empire might not have been lead contaminating in the water, which is the most popular theory, but the use of concrete as a building material.

How movies forge great art, legally

Remembering Index Magazine With Peter Halley

The decline and fall of trading as a money maker for giant banks

The scientists say much is still to be learned about sloths - the world’s slowest mammals - as even basic information such as their natural diet and habitat preference remains a mystery.

A Water Bottle You Can Actually Eat

Analogue Website

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34.jpgVancouver has banned doorknobs in all new buildings.

Kidnapped boy sings gospel song until his abductor releases him

Some 437,000 people murdered worldwide in 2012

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Study: People pay more attention to the upper half of field of vision

Why do We Make Gestures (Even when No One Can See Them)?

Men who started smoking before age 11 had fatter sons

Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise.

The cognitive cost or benefit of booze depends on your genes, suggests a new study which uses a unique longitudinal data set.

The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from cheetahs to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behaviour too?

Mathematicians Devise The World’s Most Unusual Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Algorithm Distinguishes Memes from Ordinary Information

If the new line of research is correct, then the story of time’s arrow begins with the quantum mechanical idea that, deep down, nature is inherently uncertain.

New first-class seating units can cost more than half a million dollars each.

What it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid [Thanks Tim]

Writing philosophy

What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature’s Most Famous Meals

a 3-D Printer for Hyper-Complicated Candy

Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks [more, thanks Daniel]

Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood (1961)

On the evil of incomplete coitus

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56425.jpg Missing boy existed only on Facebook

Norway’s adult literacy rate is 100% Is Norway paradise for publishers?

New research shows people are thinking about their health early in the week

The more alcoholic drinks customers consumed, the more attractive they thought they were

Uniter of Sperm and Egg Is Found

Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system

The researchers were interested in how people jump to conclusions based on limited information. The key part of the experiment was that the participants were fully aware of the setup. [via Mind Hacks]

Syncopation, Body-Movement and Pleasure in Groove Music

Yawning as a brain cooling mechanism

Study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.

These observations indicate that even causal cannabis use can lead to significant structural changes in key areas of the brain during development, including disruption of how the neurons themselves are organised.

Criminals Using Drones To Find Illegal Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Method and apparatus for preserving human and animal remains

Firing a shotgun to calculate the approximate value of π

How the stock market became “rigged”

Dark patterns are deliberate acts of manipulative design whose intent is to push users toward choices that harm their interests.

Google pays Apple $1 billion a year in commissions so that it is the default search engine for iOS devices

Bill Gates vs. Google Glass: Pending patent would thwart video snooping

This isn’t an abnormal use of Google Glass

Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked–Again?

He won the IgNobel Award in 2000 for levitating a live frog with magnets—and then [won the Nobel] for isolating graphene 10 years later

Jesus in Interaction: The Sociology of Micro-charisma

The Art of Antarctic Cooking

Looks Like Pharrell Ripped Off Brooklynites’ ‘Girl Walk All Day’ Video

Just the thing for a cosy night in