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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

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411.jpgAirbnb removes New York igloo charging $200 a night, but snow house was ‘very well constructed’

Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you: Can I trust this person? Can I respect this person?

We find that national percentages of very happy people are consistently and highly correlated with national prevalence of the rs324420 A allele in the FAAH gene

Why Some People Take Breakups Harder Than Others

Why can’t a guy just go again after orgasm?

And so, even as Jared was getting what he purportedly wanted — plenty of sex with plenty of women — he became increasingly bitter and judgmental.

An earnest guy in a dress shirt gets up to pitch Halolife, an e-commerce site for burial services. “It’s a $20bn industry,” he says. “Everyone dies.”

This is rudimentary design at best trying to pass as iconic

When banks in Greece were closed for three weeks last summer, some commentators pointed to Ireland in 1970 to show that a modern economy can function without banks

This study examines differential recognition of top art collectors

Haus in Schwarz (House in Black) by Erik Sturm and Simon Jung

Artist to sit naked on toilet for two days to protest the ‘bullshit’ of the art world

A piece from the early 1960s by Dan Flavin

At 83, Donald Rumsfeld Decided to Develop an App

It’s the one place in the world where I have to seek out bad food. It’s hard to find. The McDonald’s there still cooks their french fries in beef fat.

This Valentine’s Day you can name a cockroach after you ex

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47.jpgOne in 10 Americans would do porn for $1 million — and 6% would murder for $1 billion

Italian woman turned to firefighters for help after she lost the key to her chastity belt. She explained she wore the belt voluntarily to prevent herself from entering into sexual relationships.

Scholars have assumed that trust is fragile: difficult to build and easily broken. We demonstrate, however, that in some cases trust is surprisingly robust.

What does fear do to our vision?

Pain produces memory gain

Altruism trumps good looks, although the combination of both is the most desirable of all.

New research may prove brain prepares multiple actions before acting

Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown ‘back door’ into the brain, circumventing their self-control

You Want To Be A Citadel Trader: Here Are The Requirements

People forget that Walmart is a $3 billion trucking company; it’s just they only truck for themselves. Amazon China is now registered to deliver its own products to seaports for ocean shipping.

Amazon Reveals Details About Its Crazy Drone Delivery Program

The North Dakota Crude Oil That’s Worth Less Than Nothing

20 Hollow Copyright Claims

Ten Days In A Madhouse, 1887

Woman faces jail for tagging sister-in-law on Facebook

Mike Drake collects his fingernail and toenail clippings and turns them into acrylic paperweights

Mathematicians invent new way to slice pizza into exotic shapes

City official persuades man to dress as old woman for photo op

Astronomers give David Bowie his own constellation

Yoga Joes

Washing machine brick bouncing on trampoline

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41.jpgMan fails to get penis drawing recognised as his signature

Facebook ‘tests loyalty’ by purposefully crashing app

The tax sleuth who took down the mastermind behind the online drug bazaar known as Silk Road [NY Times]

The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social-media postings. It calculated his threat level.

The Deep Web and the Darknet: A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box

That’s the power of the good con artist: the ability to identify your deepest need and exploit it. [NY Times]

There is one thing the company doesn’t ask for: a résumé.

Is fame fair? Is fame superficial? Can it be a signal of accomplishment?

Robert Spitzer: the most influential psychiatrist of his time

25 Examples of Male Privilege from a Trans Guy’s Perspective

Why There Still Are Monkeys

Could red wine improve cognitive performance?

The Science of Herbs and Spices

How Greene Street went from a red-light district to hosting some of the highest property values in the world

This project is an attempt to use modern deep learning techniques to automatically colorize black and white photos

This map lists all unclassified Cyber Squirrel Operations that have been released to the public that we have been able to confirm

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5.jpgThe man with a bionic penis will lose his virginity to a dominatrix who ran for parliament

Conventional wisdom and research seem to suggest that partners in dual career-couples have to decide whether they would rather risk their careers or their romantic relationship. There was no negative association between working time and relationship satisfaction.

Smart People Live Longer Than Not-Smart People, Study

The woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease

Military importance of diarrhea: lessons from the Middle East

Why more and more vultures eat their prey butt first

The Nano Membrane Toilet – a toilet which aims to treat human waste in the home without external energy or water

Hidden portrait ‘found under Mona Lisa’, says French scientist

What is a hydrogen bomb?

Just north of the San Andreas lies another fault line. Known as the Cascadia subduction zone, it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, beginning near Cape Mendocino, California, continuing along Oregon and Washington, and terminating around Vancouver Island, Canada. We now know that the odds of the big Cascadia earthquake happening in the next fifty years are roughly one in three.

Suspended forest, birds and electric guitars

Data Mining Reveals How Smiling Evolved During a Century of Yearbook Photos

“Near Death by Chocolate” experience

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3.jpgItaly: Town bans pizza-making over soaring pollution

Woman whose body turns food into alcohol beats drink-drive charge

A new study has found that watching yourself eat something unhealthy, like a slice of chocolate cake, can make that food seem less tasty. And that, in turn, might make you eat less.

Hunger Promotes Fear Extinction

By one estimate, as many as 40 percent of people experience constipation while they’re away from home

Blind person to receive “bionic eyes, ” camera mounted on a pair of glasses will feed information directly to the brain.

Physicists Say Consciousness Might Be a State of Matter

How do we know when we have seen enough information, and that we should stop any further input in order to avoid some form of information overload? [PDF]

The number of active contributors in Wikipedia has been declining steadily for years, and suggests that a sharp decline in the retention of newcomers is the cause. [PDF]

On the Surfaces of Things

Apple faces $5 million lawsuit over allegedly slowing the iPhone 4S with iOS 9

What makes the drone community believe deliveries are a good idea? Assuming the technology works, do the economics make sense?

Stroboscopic kissing scenes

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45.jpgMan trying to time travel plows car into Florida businesses

Could Evolution Ever Yield a ‘Perfect’ Organism?

Resting in a quiet room for 10 minutes without stimulation can boost our ability to remember new information

Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time?

So impressed was Wiener that he promised Pitts a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT, despite the fact that he had never graduated from high school—something that the strict rules at the University of Chicago prohibited.

Research has found conflicting results regarding the profitability of movies that have big-name stars

Bahamas man arrested for hacking 130 celebrities, tried to peddle 15 movie scripts to an undercover Department of Homeland Security agent.

The largest operational cassette factory in the US reports an impressive increase in demand

A new transparent metal has been developed for smartphone and TV displays

World Maps Without New Zealand

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36.jpg Everyone on Earth is actually your cousin (the most distant relative would be a 15th cousin)

Why is So Much Reported Science Wrong

Researchers showed the more often people imagined eating a food, the less likely they were to eat it later.

Several studies have confirmed that chicken soup helps to unblock congested noses and throats

Dole is the world’s largest producer of bananas. It operates the largest refrigerated fleet, or reeferships, in the world.

Mark Zuckerberg should spend $45 billion on undoing Facebook’s damage to democracies

Why Are Projects Always Behind Schedule?

In 1971 the performance artist Chris Burden stood against the wall of a California art gallery and ordered a friend to shoot him through the arm. That .22 rifle shot was the opening salvo of a movement that came to be called “endurance art”—an unnerving species of performance art in which the performer deliberately subjects himself to pain, deprivation, or extreme tedium. How Art Became Irrelevant

Smallest inkjet color picture of the world is as small as the cross-sectional area of a human hair

She’s got a plant that not only “remembered” what happened to it but stored that memory for almost a month

The man who just wanted to make a dog poop lamp

We used the money to purchase an original 1962 Picasso. The 150,000 people who donated now have a chance to vote: should we donate this work to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, or should we laser-cut it into 150,000 tiny squares and send everyone their own scrap?

merry = x - mas

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34.jpg Man Beaten to Death For Shouting Spoiler After Star Wars Movie Premiere

Eating Lettuce Is More Than Three Times Worse in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Eating Bacon, Study

Our results indicate that garlic consumption may have positive effects on perceived body odour hedonicity

Have you ever been presented with an opportunity to cheat, but, paradoxically, just didn’t have the energy to bother? You may have been suffering from ‘Ego-Depletion’

Forgetting is key to learning

Science’s Breakthrough of the Year: CRISPR genome-editing technology

Netflix has created ’smart’ socks that sense when you fall asleep and pause the show you’re watching

MIT algorithm can predict which photographs people will find most memorable

The long, incredibly tortuous process of creating a Chinese font

The sad economics of internet fame

iPhones are autocorrecting ‘lardass’ to ‘Kardashian’

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2.jpgThe practice by some Chinese parents of adopting girls and raising them as future wives for their biological sons

Scientists have figured out how to store electricity in ‘paper’

52 things I learned in 2015

By the end of this century, Africa will be home to 39% of the world’s population, almost as much as Asia, and four times the share of North America and Europe put together.

A 200-year history of interest rates shows that the real aberration looks like the 7.3 percent average experienced in the United States from 1970 to 2007. [NY Times]

Women can navigate better when given testosterone, study finds

There’s no such thing as a male or female brain, study finds. More: They found that between 23% and 53% of individuals (depending on the sample) had brains with both “male-end” and “female-end” features. In contrast, the percentage of people with only “female-end” or only “male-end” brain features was small, ranging from zero to 8%.

Why Is the Human Vagina So Big?

Living together is basically the same as marriage, study finds

There’s one really big problem with the case for Craig S. Wright as Satoshi

What Satoshi Did

Search Engine Censys Knows the Internet’s Dirty Little Security Secrets

Here’s what it would take for self-driving cars to catch on

Chinese researchers unveil brain powered car

Intelligent anti-explosion, anti-fire and anti-odour WiFi-enabled rubbish bins appear in China

Who’s investigating fake Chinese goods? Fake investigators

In this study, we investigate cross-linguistic patterns in the alternation between UM, a hesitation marker consisting of a neutral vowel followed by a final labial nasal, and UH, a hesitation marker consisting of a neutral vowel in an open syllable.

…a general expletive (oh fuck!), a personal insult (you fuck!), a cursing expletive (fuck you!), an emphatic intensifier (fucking marvellous!), in pronominal form (like fuck), as an idiomatic set phrase (fuck all), and for a destinational usage (fuck off!). Being fluent at swearing is a sign of healthy verbal ability

Deaths by this and that in Shakespeare’s plays

British pop singer Morrissey’s debut novel, “List of the Lost”, won the award for the worst sex scene of the year

Picasso’s muse Sylvette David, 1954 More: She has since changed her name to Lydia

The Real Face of Jesus

Controllable 3D model of a person made from photos

Liquid ASS [More: (used by US military to harden medics]

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254.jpg Stolen circumcision ambulance found after tip-off

Envy key motivator behind many Facebook posts, contributes to a decrease in mental well-being among users

Social stress messes up the hippocampus

Research shows that texts that end with a period really do come off as insincere

Ignorance may be bliss… but negative mood can make us more realistic

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds

For people in relationships, sexual frequency is not significantly associated with well-being at a frequency greater than once a week.

A normal adult will die after eating 480 bananas. How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Concert etiquette demands that audiences of classical concerts avoid inept noises such as coughs. and yet, coughing in concerts occurs more frequently than elsewhere, implying a widespread and intentional breach of concert etiquette.

A 30,000+ word blog post about how to write about information and make it spread

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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