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28.jpgCouple Fucking in the Sea Hospitalized After Getting Stuck Together

MIT computer scientists can predict the price of Bitcoin

The nation’s largest servicer of subprime mortgages has engaged in abuses that could potentially harm hundreds of thousands of borrowers

Even depressed people believe that life gets better

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?

Whales Can Only Taste Salty

Why Bats Are Such Good Hosts for Deadly Diseases

Rats aren’t smarter than mice. So where did this idea that rats are smarter than mice come from, anyway?

Our mood clearly affects how we walk, but how does our walking style affect our mood?

The locomotion and ‘navigation’ abilities of Mexican Jumping Beans

How Drag Queens Protect Their Intellectual Property Without Law

How Facebook is wrecking political news

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page

Facebook has sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demanding that agents stop impersonating users on the social network.

A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists

Y2K Cooking [thanks GG]

‘Death is the only thing we haven’t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.’ —Aldous Huxley

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Leveraging the insight that periods, while a pain, also bring women together, JWT has created an augmented reality app that combines Chinese consumers’ love of technology, cute characters and selfies into a new branded platform for Sofy sanitary pads.

{ Campaign Asia | Continue reading | Thanks Tim }

Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall

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We assume that we can see the world around us in sharp detail. In fact, our eyes can only process a fraction of our surroundings precisely. In a series of experiments, psychologists at Bielefeld University have been investigating how the brain fools us into believing that we see in sharp detail. The results have been published in the scientific magazine ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.’ Its central finding is that our nervous system uses past visual experiences to predict how blurred objects would look in sharp detail.

{ Universität Bielefeld | Continue reading }

related { Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware }

‘Two simple words in the English language: I forgot!’ –Steve Martin

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In December last year, researchers Brian Dias and Kerry Ressler made a splash with a paper seeming to show that memories can be inherited.

This article, published in Nature Neuroscience, reported that if adult mice are taught to be afraid of a particular smell, then their children will also fear it. Which is pretty wild. Epigenetics was proposed as the mechanism.

Now, however, psychologist Gregory Francis says that the data Dias and Ressler published are just too good to be true.

{ Neuroskeptic | Continue reading }

‘History is the science of what never happens twice.’ —Paul Valéry

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A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 49% of Americans still believe the U.S. economy is in recession, even though we are now in the sixth year of the recovery. […] If investing when others are skeptical has historically been a successful strategy, why don’t more investors do so? […] Taking advantage of the findings discussed earlier requires investing when the economy and market seem to be at their worst, and rebalancing when conditions appear to be the best. This is counterintuitive for many investors, who tend to wait for confirming evidence before acting. This is related to herd behavior, the tendency to follow the crowd with portfolio decisions. Investing when others are skeptical is emotionally difficult but, as we’ve shown, tends to be when rewards are the greatest.

{ JP Morgan Funds | PDF }

related { It is not possible for a human to know whether Bank of America made money or lost money last quarter. }

art { Jim Campbell, Ambiguous Icon #1 Running Falling, 2000 }

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25.jpgDeath metal band to play in airtight cube until they run out of oxygen [Thanks Tim]

An average of 31 children per day are hospitalized because of injuries caused by a Bounce House or Inflatable Castle. [via Adam Geber]

Elephants may be able to hear rain generated sound up to 150 miles away

NYC rats are infected with at least 18 new viruses, according to scientists

I spoke to dozens of women in their early to late 30s who had frozen eggs and to a few whose unfrozen eggs had resulted in successful pregnancies. This is a relatively invasive procedure that has a success rate of only 20 percent.

You might have expected that feeling many negative emotions would be worse than only feeling one of them – but in fact, it’s better.

Is It Good or Bad to Zone Out, Space Out or Daydream?

A paper published recently in the journal F1000 Research rose more than a few eyebrows by claiming to support the existence of telepathy.

How English beat German as language of science

We took a hacker to a café. On his screen, phrases like “iPhone Joris” and “Simone’s MacBook” start to appear. The device’s antenna is intercepting the signals that are being sent from the laptops, smartphones, and tablets around us.

Alleged Bitcoin ‘creator’ is crowdfunding his lawsuit against Newsweek using Bitcoin

The bill for all that security: $42,000 – roughly as much as Apple generates in revenue in nine seconds.

The owner of Ebola.com wants at least $150,000 for it.

How the yoga brand Lululemon turned fitness into a spectator sport [Thanks Tim]

Where did the legend of the mermaid come from in the first place?

Electronic Blow Job Machine “Autoblow 2” Opens European Headquarters

Team K9

‘If I accede to Parmenides there is nothing left but the One; if I accede to Zeno, not even the One is left.’ –Seneca the Younger

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Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias.

{ Telegraph | Continue reading }

photo { Guy Sargent }

‘No sunshine, no moonlight, no stardust, no sign of romance.’ —Barbra Streisand

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Religiosity delays initiation of sexual behavior, but the association may be bidirectional, and individuals may become less religious after first intercourse.

This study uses longitudinal data from college students to examine whether 2 aspects of religiosity change before and after first intercourse using multiphase growth curve models.

Students’ religiosity did not change in the 6 months preceding first intercourse, but on average they attended services less often and felt religion was less important in the 12 months after first intercourse.

{ APA PsycNet }

related { Attributions to God and Satan About Life-Altering Events }

photo { Lionat Natalia Petri }

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PETA slams Google for using camel to capture desert “Street View” photos

Vaginal orgasm doesn’t exist, study

The use and abuse of the prefix neuro-

Tu and Soman hypothesized that one reason for why we procrastinate is that we do not envision time as a linear, continuous entity but instead categorize future deadlines into two categories, the imminent future and the distant future.

The revolution in genetic engineering that will make it possible for humans to actively manage our evolutionary process for the first time in our species’ history is already under way.

Why exercise boosts IQ

A new Dutch study on an old question — should men stand or sit when urinating? — just might weaken the revenue stream of pharma companies that offer treatments for male urinary ailments.

Longevity began increasing long before 1800 and the Industrial Revolution, with marked increases around 1400 and again around 1650.

What makes for a stable marriage?

When science writer Vito Tartamella noticed a physics paper co-authored by Stronzo Bestiale (which means “total asshole” in Italian) he looked it up in the phonebook. [more]

In Search of Time’s Origin

Edible flowers can make for a beautiful garnish on salads and trendy Brooklyn cocktails, but these decorative flourishes can be a disaster for the oblivious amateur.

I Quant NY [Thanks Tim]

Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry for 30 years

Wimbledon 2013

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42.jpgBlind people have four times more nightmares than sighted people

Destroying a $30,000 ISIS Pickup Truck Can Cost Half a Million Dollars

Our results show that even in an environment where other group members show no bias, women in male-typed areas and men in female-typed areas may be less influential [PDF]

Men seem to focus more on the artist’s background and authenticity, while women pay more attention to the art itself.

Genes don’t just influence your IQ—they determine how well you do in school

Low-frequency sounds we don’t hear could still affect our ears

Playful new cooking based on traditional methods and weird ingredients will supplant the industrial techniques that dominate modernist cuisine.

Red Bull drinkers can claim $10 in class action lawsuit

Writer offers US$500,000 in solid gold to first reader who can solve the puzzle in his book

A history of the word “Bitch”

USB cigarettes (pay-as-you-smoke) patent

What happens if racing greyhounds not just chase, but actually catch the mechanical rabbit?

Robot milk

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‘In love, happiness is an abnormal state.’ —Proust

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Woman has married herself after being single for six years

Experiences feel more intense — whether good or bad — when someone else is there to share them, new study says

As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion

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We conduct an empirical study to analyze how waiting in queue in the context of a retail store affects customers’ purchasing behavior. […] pooling multiple queues into a single queue may increase the length of the queue observed by customers and thereby lead to lower revenues. We also find that customers’ sensitivity to waiting is heterogeneous and negatively correlated with price sensitivity, which has important implications for pricing in a multiproduct category subject to congestion effects.

{ Management Science | Continue reading }

photo { Garry Winogrand }