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34.jpgA millionaire cross-dressing NY real estate ​​heir was busted for peeing on the candy display at a CVS

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In 2 Minutes

Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Black holes aren’t black after all

A particularly advanced civilization might intentionally pollute the atmosphere to high levels and globally warm a planet that is otherwise too cold for life.

Danish DNA Could be Key to Happiness

Research: When it hurts to think we were made for each other

Thinking about romantic relationships increases positive affect and blood glucose levels

Do men perceive responsive women as more attractive, and does the same hold true for women’s perceptions of men?

These adventurous single men and women are at a “pheromone party”

The age at which girls reach sexual maturity is influenced by ‘imprinted’ genes, a small sub-set of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent passes on that gene, according to new research

We’re more likely to spend money when we’re feeling nostalgic, study

Previous research shows the existence of a height premium in the workplace with tall individuals receiving more benefits across several domains (e.g., earnings) relative to short people.

There’s little correlation between company performance and CEO pay.

The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.

Where Do Cocktail Prices Come From?

Why Are Books Getting Longer?

Behind the Scenes in Putin’s Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

A story so incredible it may even make you feel sorry for the phone company [published in the October 1971 issue of Esquire Magazine]

Besides health tracking, contact lens technology under development could enable drug delivery, night vision, and augmented reality.

“never show a husband the apartment without his wife.” NYC Real Estate Agent Secrets REVEALED

New York is the unhappiest city in he U.S.

Squirrels have adapted to New York City’s human behaviour, allowing them to thrive just as well, if not better, than their fellow squirrels in the woods

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites

The fascinatng… frustrating… fascinating history of Autocorrect

The Inventor of the High Five

L.A.’s Skid Row Through the Eyes of Pimps, Prostitutes, Dealers and Dope Fiends

Jeff Koons cleaning New Shelton Wet/Dry acrylic case, c. 1985

Enduring Freedom Jesus Christ

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61.jpgAstronauts debate provenance of turd floating in Apollo 10

Nude Beach Blow Job Jet Ski Fight Leads to Wife’s Death

Collector Gets 422 Million AmEx Points With Cup Purchase

How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain

We only use 10% of our brains? That’s 100% wrong.

Sweet taste liking is associated with impulsive behaviors in humans

Many individuals, and even entire cultures, fear happiness

A gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body has been discovered by researchers

Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form

What if Bertrand was suffering from a disorder that was not just extremely rare but entirely unknown to science?

The Polar Bear on Prozac, The Gorilla Who Got Thorazine in His Coca-Cola, The Gorillas Who Got Haldol, Valium, Klonopin, Zoloft, Paxil, Xanax, Buspar, Prozac, Ativan, Versed, Mellaril, and Beta-Blockers…

Using bees that have been genetically modified to 3D-print concrete

Mr. Rose is one of about 50 pickpockets whose mug shots are on flash cards studied by plainclothes subway officers. They call the thieves the “Nifty 50.” [NY Times]

Brands are succeeding largely because of consumer ignorance.

How much are curators really paid?

Touching the Art - Episode 1 [via A new web series that aims to demystify the art world]


If you’re looking for love, and you’re dead, Ghost Singles is the site for you.

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Many sewage epidemiology studies to date have focused on measuring the drugs carried in urine, dissolved in water. However, now it seems that analysing faecal matter could be more accurate, since some drugs tend to stick more readily to solids.

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’

Clothing increases the risk of indirect ballistic fractures (If you’re going to be shot, it’s safer to be naked)

Women are more talkative in small groups, whereas men are more talkative in large groups, study finds. [via gettingsome]

The more senior the speaker, the more they interrupt.

Eye movements reveal difference between love and lust

Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?

Researchers found that people slept for 20 to 25 minutes less on average on nights with a full moon, compared with how long they slept on nights with a quarter moon. [via gettingsome]

Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep.

In this study, we examined the extent to which preschool children were able to understand pans (continuous sideward shifts of a scene generated by rotating the camera around a virtual axis)

Of Mitochondria and Men: Why Brain Death is Not the Death of the Human ‘Organism as a Whole’

Cosmologists: Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Hairline Design with Lasers

Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries

8 Irresistible Food Blogs From Sub-Saharan Africa

Gallerist Yvon Lambert slammed the investor-centric speculative art market and bemoaned art advisors’ ever-larger roles within the market

The Problem With Selling the Largest Private Art Collection in the World

This Week in Art Crime

SonyOnline.net Domain Expires, Shenanigans Ensue for all SOE Games, Forums, Websites

Travel App Can Recommend Places by Looking at Them

A Redesigned Parking Sign So Simple That You’ll Never Get Towed

World’s deadliest animals

Online Color Challenge

Artist attends Art Basel naked


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231.jpgJapanese artist arrested for distributing digital model of her vagina for 3D-printed kayak

Study: Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent

New research shows that we can weaken and even undo practiced habits by deliberately deciding to forget them.

Our results show that individuals who possess unstable high self-esteem reported a stronger desire to become famous than did those with stable high self-esteem.

The present studies investigate whether people perceive the same work of art to be of lower quality if they learn that it was a collaborative work

You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

‘Hidden From Google’ Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced to Forget

140 Google Interview Questions

CYNK Short Squeeze Scam Costs Trader His Job

CIA Cafeteria Complaints

Now You Can 3-D Print The Perfect Pair Of Earphones

Prison shank

Is This a Dick or What?

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26.jpgScientists have developed a material so dark that you can’t see it

Germany’s nudist movement is in decline

Do women perceive other women in red as more sexually receptive?

Does cheating seem as bad when it’s “all in the family”?

What you eat may affect your body’s internal biological clock

New cancer-prevention research says that consuming broccoli sprouts makes people excrete benzene in their urine, mitigating effects of breathing polluted air. 

Chimpanzee’s intelligence largely determined by its genes, environmental factors less important than scientists previously thought

Why is Homosexuality Still Classified as a Disease?

How our ideas about pain and suffering have radically changed through the years.

Phantom pain, experienced in missing limbs, tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. Srinath Perur cycles round Cambodia with a man who treats it with mirrors.

Hints of Life’s Start Found in a Giant Virus

People continue to reinvent the wheel. Some of those people file patent applications. Patent offices even approve some of those applications.

How Collecting Opium Antiques Turned Me Into an Opium Addict [Thanks Tim]

Audio: Nixon’s Secret White House Tapes

The CIA’s writing manual has been leaked

Making junk food look bigger

A busy NYC restaurant kept getting bad reviews for slow service, so they hired a firm to investigate. When they compared footage from 2004 to footage from 2014, they made some pretty startling discoveries.

Dear Tim, every time my train is delayed I’m going to edit your face

German airport rolls out world’s first robotic parking valet

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22.jpg South African Doctors Surgically Remove Cell Phone Lodged In Man’s Mouth

People voluntarily leaving jobs at highest rate since 2009 downturn

99% of the plastic we throw in the ocean has mysteriously disappeared

More left-handed men are born during the winter

Why Do Some Teens Become Binge Drinkers? Algorithms Answer.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Less Sleep Means Smaller Brains in Older Adults

Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings.

Genetic link to autism found

Twenty epidemiologic studies have shown that neither thimerosal nor MMR vaccine causes autism

For a long list of investment “biases,” including lack of diversification, excessive trading, and the disposition effect, we find that genetic differences explain up to 45% of the remaining variation across individual investors, after controlling for observable individual characteristics.

Practice accounted for about 26% of individual differences in performance for games, about 21% of individual differences in music, and about 18% of individual differences in sports. But it only accounted for about 4% of individual differences in education and less than 1% of individual differences in performance in professions. Becoming an expert takes more than practice

Don’t Try Losing Weight By Just Eating More Fruits And Vegetables

“Super Bananas” Enter U.S. Market Trials

Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it

How do mosquitoes find some people and not others?

A Contraceptive Implant with Remote Control

Hacking into Internet Connected Light Bulbs

Breakthrough in guessing the risk of popping a balloon

New State of Matter Discovered

Another group ended up believing that quantum mechanics did represent reality, and that, yes, reality was non-local, and possibly not very real either. Quantum state may be a real thing

Colonizing Venus

While on an expedition into Africa during the late 19th century, Jameson, heir to an Irish whiskey manufacturer, reportedly bought an 11-year-old girl and offered her to cannibals to document and sketch how she was cooked and eaten. [+ NY Times | PDF]

Darwin may be the first person to ever notice a puzzling phenomenon:  the bafflingly long time it takes kids to learn the meanings of color words.

The codpiece, however, may have been a disguise for underlying disease.

8 Summer Miseries Made Worse by Global Warming, From Poison Ivy to Allergies

New York’s unofficial shuttles, called “dollar vans” in some neighborhoods, make up a thriving transportation system that operates where the subway and buses don’t.

When Dany Levy sold her email newsletter DailyCandy to Comcast for $125 million, she thought she was fortifying the future of the company. This is what happened next.

The dark side of Twitter — Infidelity, break-ups, and divorce

Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them

Self-refuting sentence of the week

Dictionary of Untranslatables

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings

Google camera selfies

Retail Sluts

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221.jpgFastest-Growing Metro Area in U.S. Has No Crime or Kids

Decline of religion in the West has created a rise in black magic, Satanism and the occult. We need more exorcists, say Catholics.

A common but little-known practice in corporate America: Companies are taking out life insurance policies on their employees, and collecting the benefits when they die. [NY Times]

Every American Killed by Lightning So Far in 2014 Has Been Male

The articulation of vowels systematically influences our feelings and vice versa.

Recognizing faces despite amnesia

Ford And Intel Use Facial Recognition To Improve In-Car Tech, Safety

Economist Rick Nevin has an explanation for the 1990s dramatic drop in crime. After lead was banned from paint and gasoline in the 1970s, he says, fewer children suffered mental handicaps that can result from lead exposure, and eventually, lead to criminality. [Thanks Tim]

On the trail of the elusive successful psychopath

When does rude service at luxury stores make consumers go back for more?

The point is that Godzilla is not an external menace. Godzilla is built into the system. Godzilla is our way of life.

Are Ad Agencies Still Cool?

Peter Doig, art world phenomenon, set to eclipse Damien Hirst

Kara Walker’s sugar-coated sphinx

This face is unrecognizable to several state-of-art face detection algorithms

Spit masks [Thanks Tim]

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39.jpg New York lawmakers approve ban on ‘tiger selfies’

A Norwegian football fan has scooped a cool £500 after betting on Luis Suarez to bite somebody at the World Cup in Brazil.

About 20% of the population are “highly sensitive people” (HSP), who display heightened awareness to subtle stimuli - whether positive or negative - and process information more thoroughly.

Not everyone wants cheering up, new study suggests. People with low self-esteem usually prefer negative validation.

How smartphones and sitting at a computer can ruin your posture

Personality May Affect Posture, Back Pain

A 1999 outbreak of diarrheal illness affected 44% of patrons (an estimated 4800 people) who visited a new local interactive water fountain in a beachside park. Water recreation illnesses

If our understanding of the physics behind the recently-discovered Higgs boson is correct, our universe shouldn’t exist. That is, however, if another cosmological hypothesis is real, a hypothesis that is currently undergoing intense scrutiny in light of the BICEP2 results.

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

The concept of “mother” in linguistics

When you visit BuzzFeed, they record lots of information about you.

Wikipedia editors hit with $10 million defamation lawsuit

How did China become the world’s leader in luxury goods sales — a category that relies heavily on IP rights for its market value — while at the same time achieving unchallenged global dominance in “IP theft”?

As mobile devices are used to perform more financial transactions, cybercriminals are taking greater interest.

Chinese hospitals introduce hands-free automatic ’sperm extractor’ for donors

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Man sues British Airways over flight he wanted to book to Granada in Spain — but landed in Granada in Caribbean

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Pet Tattoos, Piercings

New Yorkers are prone to wrinkling, a new study has found. Largely thanks to long, hard commute.

Safest and riskiest areas of New York’s subway system

For the first time scientists have found a direct biological link between stress and inflammation of blood vessels which can lead to heart attacks

Instinct Can Beat Analytical Thinking

Is group brainstorming more effective if you do it standing up?

What is episodic memory good for?

Is finding that ‘new’ invention a massive mental leap from point A to point B, or are there scores of unnoticed intermediate steps in between? Pitt psychology researchers explore how engineers create

Where Do New Ideas Come From?

How often do men really think about sex?

Is It Really True That Watching Porn Will Shrink Your Brain?

The basic unit of neuronal communication and coding is the spike (or action potential), an electrical impulse of about a tenth of a volt that lasts for a bit less than a millisecond. How does the brain speak to itself?

Neuroscience patients who changed how we think about the brain

In a remarkable experiment, a paralyzed woman used her mind to control a robotic arm. If only there were a realistic way to get this technology out of the lab and into real life.

Human Foreskins are Big Business for Cosmetics

A man with almost no hair on his body has grown a full head of it after a novel treatment by doctors at Yale University. The patient has also grown eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as facial, armpit, and other hair, which he lacked at the time he sought help.

Time Travel Simulated by Australian Physicists

One physicist says the speed of light must be slower than Einstein predicted and has developed a theory that explains why 

Big Bang backlash: BICEP2 discovery of gravity waves questioned by cosmologists

Blue Light Exposure before Evening Meal Linked to Increased Hunger

Causes of accidents by soy sauce squeezing residue and fish meal

On How Hygiene and Authenticity Shape Consumer Evaluations of Restaurants [PDF]

All-you-can-eat sushi restaurants should not exist. So why do they?

Why We Enjoy Chili Peppers, S&M, Gruesome Movies, and Other Unpleasant Experiences

Readers come to a page to consume content, not ads — so, does higher engagement with a part of a page actually correlate with higher engagement with the ad that’s in view at that position?

How does a chicken tell time?

Why do your earphones get tangled in your pocket?

In a year with (practically) no water, here’s something that was inevitable: farming without any water at all.

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition

See how borders change on Google Maps depending on where you view them

Salvador Dali was a reader of Scientific American, and created one of his most iconic pieces based on a Scientific American article on face perception.

The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan

black diamond in disneyland

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33.jpgJesus Christ could have come to Britain to further his education, according to a Scottish academic.

Tattoo artists sue videogame makers over the copyrights to artworks they’ve inked on athletes that appear in games. [via gettingsome]

Why are countries still using the phony bomb detectors sold by a convicted conman?

Killing a Patient to Save His Life [Thanks Glenn]

The disease has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, helped push pork prices to record highs

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

A Re-Evaluation of the Size of the White Shark Population off California, USA

Disturbing Facts About Sunscreen

The history of bear pepper sprays: They played recordings of growling bears and hissing humans. They blared boat horns, blew whistles, engaged strobe lights, and set off firecrackers. Finally, they sprayed chemicals directly into the bear’s face: onion juice, Windex, mustard, and an aerosol-based dog repellent called Halt.

An experience reducing toilet flushing noise reaching adjacent offices

How To Catch A Chess Cheater

How Would Humans Know If They Lived in a Multiverse?

New study suggests the Universe is not expanding at all.

Putting Time In Perspective

How can you tell which are the dominant ethnicities, professions, or genders? One easy test: in our society, dominant groups are the ones people are allowed to insult and lampoon.

Job interviews reward narcissists

Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted.

The human brain is built for art appreciation, suggests a meta-analysis that looked at studies mapping brain processes linked to the arts. [via gettingsome]

New York Dealers Discuss the Future of Galleries

Feedback From James Joyce’s Submission of Ulysses to His Creative-Writing Workshop

Marilyn Monroe was a huge fan of Joyce. And Magnum photographer Eve Arnold once photographed her reading Ulysses.

O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco Can Apparently Be Rented for Parties

The surprising story of 2 TV chopper pilots who followed the OJ chase 20 years ago

Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image

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211.jpgMan with penis stuck in pipe for two days. “It was hot so I was painting the wall in the nude…”

A small proportion of the population are responsible for the vast majority of lies

New study sheds light on what happens to ‘cool’ kids

When It Costs Too Much to Work

It is puzzling that people feel quite unhappy when they become unemployed, while at the same time active labor market policies are needed to bring unemployed back to work more quickly. [PDF ]

Boredom at work can make us more creative

Job interview tips from a woman who went on 100 job interviews in six years

My data show that reductions in the barriers to divorce were associated with reductions in women’s happiness, particularly among older women and women with children.

Do imaginary companions die?

Toilet psychology: Why do men wash their hands less than women?

US to auction 29,656 bitcoins seized from Silk Road

Does the advertising business that built Google actually work?

For non-brand keywords we find that new and infrequent users are positively influenced by ads but that more frequent users whose purchasing behavior is not influenced by ads account for most of the advertising expenses, resulting in average returns that are negative. [PDF]

Gil Elvgren pinup art side-by-side with reference photos

they wanted her funeral to be just as lively

Best friends

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27.jpgTeen charged as adult due to big penis

In the study, 41 women viewed and handled penises made on a 3D printer

ATM hacked by 14-year-olds using manual found online

A child’s passport doodles did not prevent some guy from leaving South Korea

1 in 10 New Yorkers doesn’t have a bank account

A recently published study by the present authors reported evidence that functional changes in the anterior cingulate cortex within a sample of 96 criminal offenders who were engaged in a Go/No-Go impulse control task significantly predicted their rearrest following release from prison.

Going out in search of love on an empty stomach makes people more attracted to larger partners, a study suggests [Thanks Glenn]

Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, but not the whole truth?

Bartlett incorporated a lie detector into the facial recognition technology. This technology promises to catch in the act anyone who tries to fake a given emotion or feeling.

With distance comes greater wisdom, research finds

How to Criticize with Kindness

Justifying Atrocities: The effect of moral-disengagement strategies on socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting

How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory

Meditate to increase your gray matter

Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

“Placebos work really well for allergies” Four things you didn’t know about seasonal allergies

Of 47 foods studied, all but 6 (raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry) satisfied the powerhouse criterion

Mermaids - their biology, culture, and demise [PDF | via Improbable]

There’s a plan to put ancient texts on the moon — just in case Earth suffers a nuclear holocaust or a plague

Scientists Create Shatterproof Phone Screens

The Rise of the $8 Ice Cube

“So Cute I Could Eat It Up”: Priming Effects of Cute Products on Indulgent Consumption [PDF]

How Amazon got a patent on white-background photography

The Effect of Graduated Response Anti-Piracy Laws on Music Sales [PDF]

31 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Back in the 1970s, he and his friends broke into an abandoned house in the small town of Freedom, New Hampshire. It seemed like the family just vanished one day, leaving salt and pepper shakers on the table, notes on the bedroom mirror, and a wallet with money still inside.

On March 5th, the Associated Press asked: “What are seemingly jet-propelled cats and birds doing in a 16th century German artillery manual?”

Hidden Deep Inside the Oregon Woods Is a Boeing 727 — and It Wasn’t Parked There by Accident

Can a Plane Fly Around the World on Solar Power Alone?

The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins (& Masturbated Them Too)

The American Dream Is Alive—and It’s Really, Really Tiny

Mansplainer: Women’s Support Group