An agunah is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a divorce – in Hebrew it means “chained wife.” Mark Oppenheimer reports on agunah in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Is it possible that adolescence is most difficult—and sometimes a crisis—not for teenagers as much as for the adults who raise them? That adolescence has a bigger impact on adults than it does on kids?
A research group developed a system to remove unpleasant memories of selected patients, by using electroshock. The result has been published in Nature Neuroscience and could open the door to a new series of treatments.
First bitcoin ATM to debut in NYC You put in US dollars and receive bitcoins back on your phone.
Sometime between 360 and 390 million years ago, a group of fishes made the move to life on land. How Do you move a leg that was once a fin?
The 14-nanometer silicon chips that are now heading to mobile phones and elsewhere may eventually reach 7nm or even 5nm, but that may be it. Moore’s Law created a stable era for technology, and now that era is nearing its end.
That’s particularly useful in Japan and South Korea where streets are rarely numbered in chronological order but in other ways such as the order in which they were constructed. How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View
One night in 1971, files were stolen from an F.B.I. office near Philadelphia. They proved that the bureau was spying on thousands of Americans. The case was unsolved, until now. [NY Times]
They approached fellow college students of another gender and asked one of three questions: (a) “Would you go out with me tonight?” (b) “Would you come over to my apartment tonight?” or (c) “Would you go to bed with me tonight?”
Divorced individuals face complex situations when they have children with different ex-partners, or even more, when their new partners have children of their own. The physics of custody.
Several companies sell dildos in the shape of animal penises, both realistic and fantastical. This one is based on a wolf’s penis.
A mathematical pattern of movement called a Lévy walk describes the foraging behavior of animals from sharks to honey bees, and now for the first time has been shown to describe human hunter-gatherer movement as well.
Are Germans dour, Brits reserved, and Americans brash? The Inaccuracy of National Character Stereotypes
Some users will administer it to their children—they’ll blow it into their mouths if they’re smoking it. I Embedded with a Community of Meth Users.
One of the most popular puzzles ever created was the Get Off the Earth puzzle, invented by America’s premier puzzlist, Sam Loyd, in 1898.
“Grasping the testicle with forceps proved laborious” in most of the animals, the authors write. They also mention using a “two-handed technique” and ”moderate traction.” Why It’s Nearly Impossible to Castrate a Hippo
People who tell themselves to get excited rather than trying to relax can improve their performance during anxiety-inducing activities such as public speaking and math tests, study finds.
The current study examined whether men’s ratings of women’s desirability as a long-term pairbond, based on static photographs, were related to the women’s second-to-fourth digit (2D:4D) ratio and their sexual attitudes and behavior.
Human development of the ability to learn from bad news [PDF]
What Are Neuromarketers Really Selling? The poor data and shoddy logic behind a hyped business boom.
How radioactive poison became the assassin’s weapon of choice: The mysterious life and brutal death of a Russian dissident.
After exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount. Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?
Most vitamins such as antioxidants don’t help to prevent cancer, heart disease and dementia, and some supplements could be harmful, say doctors who advise people to stop wasting their money on the pills.
Tracking the secret lives of great white sharks. “There’s no frickin’ pattern at all.”
Republique is set in a dystopic police state where everything is under surveillance. More: “There were lots of publishers who said you’re not making a mobile game here, you’re making a console game that nobody would want to play on mobile.”
The goal is to identify how much time can pass before a food no longer tastes good, which in turn dictates the sell-by date. Generally, foods are still safe to eat after that point, but they won’t taste as they were intended. Taste-testers are an elite bunch. In its last recruitment period three years ago, 150 people applied. The NFL accepted 15.
The average computer user makes more than 1000 mouse clicks per day. Scientists would love to know if that practice affects other aspects of your brain’s control of your body. The problem is finding people with no computer experience.
Bitcoin Alternative Dogecoin Soars 900% As Other Crypto-Currencies Suffer. Almost all of the 53 crypto-currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap are seeing growth.
While some analysts initially suggested that Google’s goal was to more thoroughly automate factories, it’s now clear that the company’s team of engineers and scientists has a vision of truly dexterous, autonomous robots that can walk on sidewalks, carry packages, and push strollers.
U.S. Copyright Office recommends that artists be paid a royalty when their work is resold at a profit.[NY Times]
Many people think that tweens and teens make up much of the music buying population. But older people actually buy the most music. So, why do record labels market most music to the demographic that buys the least music?
Man banned from every supermarket in Britain for masturbating in Sainsbury’s meat aisle. He can now only enter a supermarket when accompanied by an adult.
The faces on LEGO Minifigures are becoming increasingly angry and less happy. The influence of LEGO is immense. The researchers state that on average each person on earth owns approximately 75 bricks.
Expert says a group, with strong footing in financial sector, could be behind Bitcoin phenomenon. And: Bitcoin lost almost 50% of its value overnight after BTC China said it could no longer accept deposits in the Chinese currency.
We’re devaluing your miles. 10 things airlines won’t tell you.
Following yesterday’s post about a SantaCon Santa who was allegedly caught by a filmmaker having his North Pole publicly waxed by a naughty little elf, Gawker received an “urgent” email from a man claiming to be Santa’s lawyer.
Remember Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy champion? What If IBM’s Watson Dethroned Google?