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Certain wavelengths of visible light are nearly 100% lethal to insects. Blue LEDs could be a new form of pest control.

Unhealthy people more likely to vote for attractive candidates

Solar activity affects fertility across generations in historical Norway. More sun means fewer children and grandchildren.

Antibiotics: US discovery labelled ‘game-changer’ for medicine

Does sleeping naked prevent diabetes?

They discreetly asked me if I would mind waiting a few minutes because Yoko Ono (!!!) was just finishing a treatment. Cryotherapy is a process in which you subject the body to extreme cold for a short period of time in order to reduce inflammation.

Neuroscience research fails to support claims that excessive pornography consumption causes brain damage

Amongst heterosexuals, men are almost twice as likely to be upset by sexual infidelity as women, a new study finds. Heterosexual women, meanwhile, are much more likely to be upset by emotional infidelity.

New research suggests that reflecting on a breakup may help heal the heart.

Experiments to explore how we might artificially cool the Earth—commonly called geoengineering.

The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan’s Tomb

The Phantom Cannibal (Part Two) [Previously: Part One]

The scam has been dubbed virtual kidnapping

In the past few years, street gangs have been retreating from public view all over Southern California.

Nicknamed “stingrays,” the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.

A.I. still can’t recognize these simple pictures.

Saving everything in case it might be useful later is a recipe for disaster.

Radio, not YouTube, was still the top method of music discovery in the US last year

Google sees biggest search traffic drop since 2009 as Yahoo gains ground. The increase comes after Firefox switched its default search from Google to Yahoo.

The First Quantum Art Exhibition in Space

How NASA and other space agencies colorize space photos

U.S. ambassador to Finland

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21.jpgUK couple stranded in New York after baby arrived 11 weeks early face potential £130,000 medical bill

Art critic Julian Spalding banned from Damien Hirst’s Tate exhibition after calling him a talentless conman

Two-thirds of cancer cases due to “bad luck”

Arsenic in drinking water linked to 50 percent drop in breast cancer deaths

Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

Researchers discover Asian fanged frog that don’t lay eggs but gives birth to tadpoles

Cleaning waste water with algae

Science Word of the Day: Kleptothermy

We conclude that early socio-economic conditions predict, to some extent, facial attractiveness in young adulthood.

Two centuries before the Swinging Sixties the weakening of social customs caused by the Industrial Revolution led to a modest transformation in people’s sexual behaviour

In September, the right-wing scandal sheet Keiten Shimbun obtained the photo of the vice chairman of Japan’s Olympic Committee sitting next to the head of Japan’s largest yakuza syndicate

When he was growing up, Spartz said, his parents made him read “four short biographies of successful people every single day.

Why Some Things Are Popular

What is it like to be a blind film critic?

Why do People Behave Immorally When Drunk?

Is the Secret Service responsible for keeping the president from getting drunk?

Why is there a worm in bottles of tequila?

How to spot a liar [TED talk]

CIA takes blame for more than half of UFO sightings in late 1950s and 60s

JFK and 9/11 in Back to the Future - Hidden Messages In Plain Sight

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54.jpgWoman stabs son on Christmas over cell phone

Colorado couple arrested for stealing neighbors’ Christmas decorations, displaying them in yard (w/ mugshots)

Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017

Not as many married couples as expected are taking advantage of a loosening in China’s one-child policy that allows them to have two children if one spouse is an only child.

Researchers identify a few cases where identical twins’ genes behave differently

Why you can live a normal life with half a brain

The compound behind all those stories about red wine being good for you

Many people use too many plastic bags, drive their cars too much, eat too much meat or bluefin tuna, drink bottled water … Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects

Possible alternative explanation for dark energy [previously]

Hundreds of Portuguese Buses and Taxis Are Also Wi-Fi Routers (and collect data for city planners)

Chrisdien Deny, a retail chain with more than 500 locations across China, sells belts, shoes and clothing with an “Italian style” — and a logo with the same font as Christian Dior’s. [NY Times]

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View

They once called him “Sweden’s Hannibal Lector.” 

How the “Paul McCartney is Dead” Hoax Started at an American College Newspaper and Went Viral (1969)

Take life by the balls

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52.jpgChinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air

Cuban spy’s ultimate mystery: How he got his wife pregnant from a U.S. prison

Amazon ’suppresses’ book with too many hyphens

Lost memories might be able to be restored, study

How Psychology and Neuroscience Get Sex and Gender Wrong

A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.

Why an electric car may be much dirtier than a petrol one

The celebrity analysis that killed celebrity analysis

Queen Victoria enjoyed sex, bought modern art, liked looking at drawings of naked men, was emotionally self-indulgent, histrionic and luxurious. Victorian values, as we understand them, reached their apogee in the reigns of her grandson George V and his son George VI

Andy Warhol at a Party with His Tape Recorder, Which he Referred to as “My Wife Sony” [more]

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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.