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New York Democrats claim Republican-controlled Senate won’t give them enough toilet paper

The states with the highest life expectancies for individuals in the bottom income quartile (>80.6 years) were California, New York, and Vermont. The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014

What The Hell Happened In East New York?

We study the effect of the illicit drug business on terrorism for a sample of 58 countries for the 1984–2007 period. We find that in the long run, higher drug prices are associated with more terrorism

The average has triumphed as the primary statistic of our time. We explore how the average came to dominate how we talk about data, and whether we would be better off using the median.

Chess instruction is no more effective in enhancing children’s cognitive and academic skills than many (at least more than 50%) other possible educational interventions

Homo erectus differs from earlier hominins in having relatively smaller teeth, reduced chewing muscles, weaker maximum bite force capabilities, and a relatively smaller gut. This paradoxical combination of increased energy demands along with decreased masticatory and digestive capacities is hypothesized to have been made possible by adding meat to the diet.

The Exotic Animal Traffickers of Ancient Rome

How Scams Worked In The 1800s

Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.

My terrifying – and valuable – time in a psychiatric ward

Louis C.K. Meets the Unconscious

The trouble with emoji: Misinterpreted emotions

‘We have psychologized like the insane, who aggravate their madness in struggling to understand it.’ —Beaudelaire

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According to film mythology, the Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov conducted an experiment in which he combined a close-up of an actor’s neutral face with three different emotional contexts: happiness, sadness, and hunger. The viewers of the three film sequences reportedly perceived the actor’s face as expressing an emotion congruent with the given context.

It is not clear, however, whether or not the so-called “Kuleshov effect” really exists. The original film footage is lost and recent attempts at replication have produced either conflicting or unreliable results.

The current paper describes an attempt to replicate Kuleshov’s original experiment using an improved experimental design. In a behavioral and eye tracking study, 36 participants were each presented with 24 film sequences of neutral faces across six emotional conditions. For each film sequence, the participants were asked to evaluate the emotion of the target person in terms of valence, arousal, and category. The participants’ eye movements were recorded throughout.

The results suggest that some sort of Kuleshov effect does in fact exist.

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If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten

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[Researchers found that] when one is actively looking for an event with loose probabilistic and temporal expectancies on its occurrence, the awareness of otherwise unnoticed events improves.

This finding provides new insights on the attentional mechanisms behind the initial stages of serendipity.

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Five-by, Eagle. We’re standing by for your burn report. Over.

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The Lunar Flag Assembly (LFA) was a kit containing a flag of the United States designed to be planted by astronauts on the Moon during the Apollo program. Seven such flag assemblies were sent to the Moon, six of which were planted.

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Do the Apollo flags remain where they were planted or have they fallen or have they disintegrated after four decades of exposure the lunar environment? […] The (Apollo 11’s) flag is probably gone. Buzz Aldrin saw it knocked over by the rocket blast as he and Neil Armstrong left the moon 39 summers ago. […]

Intuitively, experts mostly think it highly unlikely the Apollo flags (See Platoff’s article  Where No Flag Has Gone Before: Political and Technical Aspects of Placing a Flag on the Moon for details), could have endured the 42 years of exposure to vacuum, about 500 temperature swings from 242 F during the day to -280 F during the night, micrometeorites, radiation and ultraviolet light, some thinking the flags have all but disintegrated under such an assault of the environment. […]

The high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera of the Apollo sites enable us to see if any of the flags still cast shadows. […] Combined with knowledge of the Apollo site maps which show where the flag was erected relative to the Lander, long shadows cast by the flags at three sites  - Apollo 12, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17 - show that the these flags are still “flying”, held aloft by the poles.

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NASA has finally answered a long-standing question: all but one of the six American flags on the Moon are still standing up. The only problem is that they aren’t American flags anymore. They are all white.

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Scientists To Open Mass-Cloning Factory in China This Year To Clone Cows, Pets, Humans The ambitious and futuristic facility hopes to be mass-producing one million cows every 12 months by 2020.

Renter says security camera inside apartment is an invasion of privacy

New York taxi drivers to be banned from flirting with or ejaculating on passengers

In Delaware, the state eliminated the not guilty by reason of insanity defense within days of the Hinckley verdict, creating instead the option of “guilty but mentally ill.”

Inside the company that provides fake paparazzi, pretend campaign supporters, and counterfeit protesters

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? There is a term studying this phenomenon.

Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of colorectal cancer

Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy

Touching a robot can elicit physiological arousal in humans

TSA paid $1.4 million for Randomizer app that chooses left or right

Interactive shop in virtual reality for futuristic clothing

A tampon alternative you can wear during sex

Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manhole Covers on the Streets of Milan

Street Artist and City Worker Have Year Long Exchange on a Red Wall in London

‘Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.’ —Thomas Macaulay

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“you only have 100k because of ur url.”

“uh no i had 93k before i got this url so excuse u.”

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art { Ellsworth Kelly, Diagonal lines, 1951 | James Marshall, Untitled 7, 2015 }

‘When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.’ —Nietzsche

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Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to understand the perspectives, mental states and beliefs of others in order to anticipate their behaviour and is therefore crucial to social interactions.

Although fMRI has been widely used to establish the neural networks implicated in ToM, little is known about the timing of ToM-related brain activity.

We used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to measure the neural processes underlying ToM, as MEG provides very accurate timing and excellent spatial localization of brain processes. We recorded MEG activity during a false belief task, a reliable measure of ToM, in twenty young adults (10 females). […]

Our findings extend the literature by demonstrating the timing and duration of neural activity in the main regions involved in the “mentalizing” network, showing that activations related to false belief in adults are predominantly right lateralized and onset around 100 ms.

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still { Total Recall, 1990 }

The defender must build a perfect wall to keep out all intruders, while the offense need find only one chink in the armor through which to attack

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The air-support division of the Los Angeles Police Department operates out of a labyrinthine building on Ramirez Street in the city’s downtown, near the Los Angeles River. […]

The division began with a single helicopter in 1956, and it now has 19 in all, augmented by a King Air fixed-wing plane. The aircrews operate in a state of constant readiness, with at least two helicopters in flight at any given time for 21 hours of every day. A ground crew is suited up and on call for the remaining three, between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. On weekends, considered peak hours, the number of airborne helicopters goes up to three, although in a crisis the division might send as many as four or five “ships” up at once. […]

The heavily restricted airspace around Los Angeles International Airport, Burdette pointed out, has transformed the surrounding area into a well-known hiding spot for criminals trying to flee by car. Los Angeles police helicopters cannot always approach the airport because of air-traffic-control safety concerns. Indeed, all those planes, with their otherwise-invisible approach patterns across the Southern California sky, have come to exert a kind of sculptural effect on local crimes across the city: Their lines of flight limit the effectiveness of police helicopter patrols and thus alter the preferred getaway routes.

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painting { Michael Chow }

‘I wonder if Superman ever put glasses on Lois Lane’s dog & she was like, “I’ve never seen this dog before. Is this a new dog?’ —Rob Fee

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Katy Perry, Billy Joel and Rod Stewart are asking the U.S. government to reform provisions of copyright law that they say enrich large technology companies at their expense.

The three are among the more than 100 artists and managers who have filed petitions asking the U.S. Copyright Office to amend parts of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The office has said it will study the effects of so-called safe harbor provisions in the law, which shield services such as YouTube from liability when users upload copyrighted material without permission. […]

The industry is stepping up its fight as streaming becomes a more significant source of sales. Revenue from such services increased 29 percent last year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, with most of that growth coming from paid subscription services that license music. Sales of CDs, along with online purchases of music, are shrinking.

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painting { Dan Witz }

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Scientists figured out how to steal any 3D printed product just from the sounds the printer make

Demolition company knocks down wrong house, blames Google Maps

Unfamiliar with irony, Swiss bankers are complaining of a “lack of transparency”

Exposed to a deluge of digital photos, we’re feeling the psychological effects of image overload.

The paradox of fiction: Emotional response toward fiction and the modulatory role of self-relevance.

What Engineers Can Learn From the Design of the Penis

Testosterone beyond Sex

This Negative Facial Expression Is ‘Universal’

Corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions and that raises new legal questions.

How many decimals of pi do we actually need?

Poker Theory and Analytics is a graduate-level MIT course taught by Kevin Desmond, a former pro player and Morgan Stanley analyst. The school offers the course online, meaning video lectures, assignments, and class notes are available to anyone for free.

The Best Plays of Shakespeare

The secret life of a tattooist: my art has become part of narcissistic, selfie-obsessed modern culture

Welcome to the Hotel Antartica

Japan invents electric ’salt-flavoured fork’

Scientists Slowly Reintroducing Small Group Of Normal, Well-Adjusted Humans Into Society

89 flowers on their back… inventors of the Accu-jack

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MasterCard and Visa didn’t make, or even look, for profits for decades. MasterCard started as a not-for-profit membership association, in 1966, and Visa did the same, in 1971. Both associations managed their brands and ran the clearing and settlement systems for banks that issued cards or helped merchants accept cards. These card networks were allowed to charge their members just enough to cover cost and provide working capital. […]

Then the banks decided to turn the associations into for-profit companies, IPO them, and cash out. MasterCard IPO’d in 2006, and Visa followed two years later. Now they are very focused on making money. […]

Many other multisided platforms haven’t made the leap to making money. […] Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) are multisided platforms that help members reach agreements over a standard (For example, mobile carriers, handset makers, chip providers and many others have to agree on a common standard — like 4G — for what they do to work together.) The SSO usually publishes a standard and disseminates it at low cost or even for free. That standard may then become a platform for many firms that produce complementary products and their customers.

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43.jpgA day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, ‘Bush did 9/11′-proclaiming robot. 

Hackers Modify Water Treatment Parameters by Accident

Maserati Recalls 28,000 Cars For Stuck Accelerators

No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

Male preference for female pubic hair: an evolutionary view

Most Popular Theories of Consciousness Are Worse Than Wrong

What do we mean when we say that our behaviors are influenced by genetic factors? And how do we know?

How does genetics explain non-identical identical twins?

The psychology of shoppers and return policies: More leniency on time limits is associated with a reduction — not an increase — in returns. [Washington Post]

Banned From Amazon for Returning 37 Things

Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups.

Some security experts say that you should block online ads just to stay safe

Researchers uncover the origins of fairy tales through evolutionary biology’s methods

How Gender Neutral Is Guys, Really?

Researchers found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

AI-written novel passes literary prize screening

Skateboarding is, among other things, a marriage of chaos and discernment. Tricks—whether a Slappy, No Comply, or Caballerial, a backside Smith grind, switch Tre flip, Madonna, Indy Nosebone, or McTwist—are exactly defined, and there’s a shared world of aesthetics, but tastes vary widely, and it’s understood that the most interesting skaters will always find ways to undo expectations.

Madonna busted for posting fake signs to hoard NYC parking spaces

Drone Gives 360 Degree View of Rainbow [Thanks Tim]

Percentage of scientific paper titles containing “observations” or “data” in the past century