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Triple-Decker Weekly, 102


Vancouver has banned doorknobs in all new buildings.

The Italian Tourist Board spends 98 percent of its budget on salaries, with basically nothing left for its actual job of tourism promotion. [NY Times]

The XM-25 denies cover to the enemy in that the operator fires a laser at the target, then selects how close to that impact point he wants the shell to explode.  Once he fires the weapon the 25mm shell explodes over or near where the laser was pointed, rendering most forms of cover ineffective. [Quora]

Method and apparatus for preserving human and animal remains

Missing boy existed only on Facebook

Man sues hospital and doctor after they allegedly forgot to remove his appendix during his appendectomy

New research shows people are thinking about their health early in the week

Vein geometry is just as unique as irises and fingerprints. The serpentine network of your vascular system is determined by many factors, including random influences in the womb. The result is a chaotic, singular print. Even twins have different vein structure in their hands. Vein patterns don’t change much as you age, so a scan of your palm can serve as biometric identification for the rest of your life. [Quartz]

The more alcoholic drinks customers consumed, the more attractive they thought they were

Uniter of Sperm and Egg Is Found

The average person misplaces up to nine items a day, and one-third of respondents in a poll said they spend an average of 15 minutes each day searching for items—cellphones, keys and paperwork top the list, according to an online survey of 3,000 people published in 2012 by a British insurance company. […] In a recent study, researchers in Germany found that the majority of people surveyed about forgetfulness and distraction had a variation in the so-called dopamine D2 receptor gene (DRD2), leading to a higher incidence of forgetfulness. According to the study, 75% of people carry a variation that makes them more prone to forgetfulness.

Processing new information during sleep compromises memory

Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system

What do you want to hear first: Good news or bad news? As it turns out, our answer to this question is different depending on whether we’re the one delivering the news or we’re the one receiving the news. [Jeremiah Stanghini]

The researchers were interested in how people jump to conclusions based on limited information. The key part of the experiment was that the participants were fully aware of the setup. [via Mind Hacks]

Syncopation, Body-Movement and Pleasure in Groove Music

Firing a shotgun to calculate the approximate value of π

Physicists have confirmed the existence of an exotic particle that cannot be explained by current theories.

How CERN’s discovery of exotic particles may affect astrophysics

Bioengineers created nanoscale robots from DNA strands, injected them into live cockroaches and watched as the bots got to work.

The Art of Antarctic Cooking

In humans, as in many other animals, the appetite prioritizes protein over carbohydrate or fat. The evolutionary explanation is straightforward: eating too little protein compromises growth, development and reproduction. Many processed food products are protein-poor but are engineered to taste like protein. Many people therefore eat far too much fat and carbohydrate in their attempt to ingest enough protein. In this way, engineered foods subvert the appetite control systems that should be helping to balance the consumption of macronutrients. The results are striking. In the United States, the typical diet saw a 0.8% decline in protein concentration between 1971 and 2006. During this same period, the consumption of calories from carbohydrates and fats increased by 8%, a trend reflected in the rising prevalence of obesity, but protein intake remained almost unchanged. [Nature]

Yawning as a brain cooling mechanism

Study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.

These observations indicate that even causal cannabis use can lead to significant structural changes in key areas of the brain during development, including disruption of how the neurons themselves are organised.

Criminals Using Drones To Find Illegal Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

How the stock market became “rigged”

Dark patterns are deliberate acts of manipulative design whose intent is to push users toward choices that harm their interests.

Google pays Apple $1 billion a year in commissions so that it is the default search engine for iOS devices

Bill Gates vs. Google Glass: Pending patent would thwart video snooping

How Social Media Users Avoid Getting Turned Into Big Data

How to Detect Criminal Gangs Using Mobile Phone Data

Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked–Again?

Blogger Pulls Off $30,000 Sting to Get Her Stolen Site Back

He won the IgNobel Award in 2000 for levitating a live frog with magnets—and then [won the Nobel] for isolating graphene 10 years later

The first emoticon may have appeared in 1648

How Neuroscientists in the 1800s Studied Blood Flow in the Brain

Norway’s adult literacy rate is 100% Is Norway paradise for publishers?

Cindy Sherman on James Franco’s New Show: ‘I Don’t Know That I Can Say It’s Art’

Suicides & churches in Seattle, 1928

Jesus in Interaction: The Sociology of Micro-charisma

A British ice cream maker has created a flavor that includes 25 mg of Viagra per scoop. The flavor, titled “The Arousal,” also includes champagne as a key ingredient.

Looks Like Pharrell Ripped Off Brooklynites’ ‘Girl Walk All Day’ Video

What it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid [Thanks Tim]

A 3-D Printer for Hyper-Complicated Candy

Daniel Bejar, The Visual Topography of a Generation Gap (Brooklyn, NY, #1), 2011

New visual illusion

Just the thing for a cosy night in

Safely Immobilize Children

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The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem. Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm. A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. [io9]

When you really focus your attention on something, you’re said to be “in the present moment.” But a new piece of research suggests that the “present moment” is actually […] a sort of composite—a product mostly of what we’re seeing now, but also influenced by what we’ve been seeing for the previous 15 seconds or so. They call this ephemeral boundary the “continuity field.” [Quartz]

Young, sexually mature humans Homo sapiens sapiens of both sexes commonly congregate into particular but arbitrary physical locations and dance. These may be areas of traditional use, such as nightclubs, discotheques or dance-halls or areas that are temporarily commissioned for the same purpose such as at house parties or rock festivals etc. This type of behaviour is seen in a variety of animals although there are no apparent attempts to monopolize particular areas within these locations as is often seen in species that lek. The present studies were conducted in order to investigate this phenomenon in a commercial nightclub environment. Data revealed that more than 80% of people entering the nightclub did so without a partner and so were potentially sexually available. There was also an approx. 50% increase in the number of couples leaving the nightclub as compared to those entering it seen on each occasion this was measured, indicating that these congregations are for sexual purposes. Within the nightclub itself more than 80% of bouts of mixed sex dancing were initiated by a male approaching a female, demonstrating that males are stimulated to approach females rather than vice versa. In consequence, females are placed in competition with each other to attract these approaches. Various female display tactics were measured and these showed that whilst only 20% of females wore tight fitting clothing that revealed more than 40% of their flesh/50% of their breast area and danced in a sexually suggestive manner, these attracted close to half (49%) of all male approaches seen. These data reveal the effectiveness of clothing and dance displays in attracting male attention and strongly indicate that nightclubs are human display grounds, organised around females competing for the attention of males. Females with the most successful displays gain the advantage of being able to choose from amongst a range of males showing interest in them. [Institute of Psychological Sciences | PDF]

A 2008 study found that women showed signs of arousal watching pretty much anything: masturbation, straight sex, girl-on-girl, guy-on-guy, bonobo chimps, everything—except pictures of naked men.

An Italian man was sentenced to 6 months in jail because his girlfriend made too much noise during sex.

Partnerships are situations in which two or more persons join to pursue a common project. Being together increases the chances of success of the project, whether the project aims at raising children, establishing a business or writing a scientific article. Much has been written about the issue of free riding in such situations: one of the partners may rely on the others to do most of the work while keeping on enjoying its benefits. This issue can lead to inefficient situations where both partners contribute very little. A comparatively small part of the academic literature deals with the dissolution of partnerships and why partners decide to stop working together. Both low contribution levels and dissolution indicate failure in a partnership, but the distinction between those two types of failures is important; it is akin to the distinction between a dysfunctional marriage that keeps on going, and a marriage that ends in a divorce. This paper deals with the inner dynamics of partnerships, in particular with how success and failure determine the probability a common project will break down. […] Subjects underestimated the pay-off from staying, in large part because they had an exaggerated fear of being left alone in the collaborative project. This led to lower overall welfare when exit was easy. [SSRN]

Research suggests that the way people think and act is affected by ceiling height.

The ‘fading affect bias’ (FAB), the tendency for negative emotions to fade away more quickly than positive ones in our memories.

New research reveals that lifespan could be affected by how people deal with stress. People who forgive themselves for mistakes are physically healthier than those who obsess over them.

Magnifying the visual size of one׳s own hand modulates pain anticipation and perception, reducing experienced pain

Tendency to procrastinate is affected by genetic factors, which are also linked to a propensity to be impulsive

If you’re like most people, you spend a great deal of your time remembering past events and planning or imagining events that may happen in the future. While these activities have their uses, they also make it terribly hard to keep track of what you have and haven’t actually seen, heard, or done. Distinguishing between memories of real experiences and memories of imagined or dreamt experiences is called reality monitoring and it’s something we do (or struggle to do) all of the time. […] Perhaps you’ve left the house and headed to work, only to wonder en route if you’d locked the door. Even if you thought you did, it can be hard to tell whether you remember actually doing it or just thinking about doing it. […] The study’s authors also found greater activation in the anterior medial prefrontal cortex when they compared reality monitoring for actions participants performed with those they only imagined performing. [Garden of the Mind]

Regenerative medicine: For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself

Caffeine has a positive effect on tau deposits in Alzheimer’s disease

Between a fifth and a third of the wild-caught seafood imported into the United States is caught or trafficked illegally

French organic winegrower fined for refusing to spray grapes with pesticide

French scientists are working on an acoustic earthquake shield

Solar power is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.

GPS Shoes Will Lead You Home, Just Click Your Heels Three Times [Thanks Tim]

Online skim reading is taking over the human brain

People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

44% of Twitter accounts have never sent a tweet

Too many ‘friends’, too few likes? Evolutionary Psychology and Facebook Depression and Understanding Factors Influencing Users’ Retweeting Behavior [via Bookforum]

Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital

Of all the words in the English language, which one has the most meanings? Run.

Physicists have confirmed the existence of an exotic particle that cannot be explained by current theories.

How CERN’s discovery of exotic particles may affect astrophysics

If the Universe began with equal amount of matter and antimatter, why does matter dominate today’s cosmos?

Dark Matter May Be Destroying Itself in Milky Way’s Core

Wassily Kandinsky, Dance Curves: On the Dances of Palucca, 1926

Eli Broad: I Would Not Hire Jeffrey Deitch Again

Robert Mapplethorpe having his nipple pierced

Damien Hirst’s ghostwritten biography promises to reveal criminal past and to expose the “filthy money business” of the art world. Plus: Florida Pastor on Trial for Selling Fake Damien Hirst Paintings

‘I want to prove that you can make art with nothing,” Abramovic explained to BBC

A fugitive managed to become the finance chief of a Czech Museum, subsequently stole $500,000.

He decided to live inside a bear carcass for thirteen days and thirteen nights.

TIFF’s first major original exhibition: David Cronenberg: Evolution

The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants

Tobias Frere-Jones on type foundries in New York, 1828-1909

Barbarian Group’s Superdesk and Barton F. Graf’s continuous floor [Thanks Tim]


Lets Get Social 2014 [Thanks Tim]

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Danish travel company offers “ovulation discount” for couples, rewards if you conceive on holiday

Nine-month-old boy accused of planning murder

$4 trillion in “fake” euro bonds seized at Vatican Bank

Growing up poor is bad for your DNA

Feelings of gratitude automatically reduce financial impatience

Daylight saving time linked to heart attacks, study

What one man with no memory – and no regrets – can really teach us about time.

How behavioral and neural responses to standard moral dilemmas are influenced by religious belief, study

Ketamine, a chemical used as an anaesthetic for horses and as an illegal party drug, can produce “remarkable changes” in severely depressed patients who are not helped by existing treatments, according to a new study. Oxford university researchers reported encouraging results from a clinical trial in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Some patients who had been severely depressed for years, despite multiple antidepressants and talking therapies, responded rapidly to intravenous infusions of ketamine. […] The Oxford team has given more than 400 ketamine infusions to 45 patients and is now looking for ways to sustain the initial benefits, which faded in most of the patients. Although ketamine is a banned substance – and about to be upgraded by the Home Office from Class C to Class B – the Oxford patients did not show the ill effects, such as bladder problems and memory loss, which make it a dangerous drug of abuse. The doses used to treat depression are much lower than some people take illegally. Even so, most patients experienced a shortlived “dissociative” effect, with feelings that they were disconnecting from their body, as the drug was being infused. It did not produce euphoric feelings. [FT]

Results suggest that a perceiver can accurately gauge the real intelligence of men, but not women, by viewing their faces in photographs

Which couples who meet on social networking sites are most likely to marry?

Women do not apply to ‘male-sounding’ job postings

Reasoning is generally seen as a means to improve knowledge and make better decisions. However, much evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions. [PDF]

There are clear differences between how our brains respond to genuine and fake laughter

Does the unconscious know when you’re being lied to?

Levels of psychopathic traits among Mafia members who have been convicted of a criminal offense

The Empathetic Capacity of Psychopaths and its Neurological Implications

Selfies Linked to Narcissism, Addiction and Mental Illness, Say Scientists [Thanks Tim]

How does stress affect your public speaking skills?

‘Homo’ is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases

Radiolab: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you?

Why do snakes have two penises?

The idea that flies don’t like stripes dates back at least to 1930.

Study shows restaurant reviews written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days.

You Can Now Search Yelp Using Emojis

The inexplicable prices in hotel minibars around the world

Six humans are in Hawaii, testing the psychological effects of life on another planet.

Could Noah’s Ark Float? In Theory, Yes Previously: The Impossible Voyage of Noah’s Ark

How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?

Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

Hacker holds key to free flights

The “Cuban Twitter” Scam

Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person’s movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin. [more]

Gawker bans ‘Internet slang’

Why I keep a database of my friends and colleagues and rates their personal, professional, physical and financial attributes.

The Steve Jobs email that outlined Apple’s strategy a year before his death

How Scammers Turn Google Maps Into Fantasy Land

In a behavior called whitewalling, users post to Facebook—sometimes in great detail — but then quickly delete everything, creating a blank timeline.

Fake Guggenheim Website Announces Sustainable Design Competition for Abu Dhabi Branch

Saving $400M printing cost from font change? Not exactly…

Google Trends data showed a 193% spike in searches for “cancel Amazon prime,” less than the 433% spike observed in searches for “cancel Netflix” in 2011

Why the Trix Rabbit Looks Down on You

Designer Beaver [I Got Vajazzled by Completely Bare Hi-Tech Spa in NYC]

Is This the Modern Woman’s Perfect Bikini Wax?

What It’s Like to Be a Professional Line Sitter

New Kurt Cobain death scene photos released by Seattle P.D.

By happy, horrified tradition, theater folk hesitate to name a certain Shakespeare play (Macbeth), for fear bad things will then happen.

Penguin Group Targets Artist Over Satirical Art Book

Nietzsche was writing out his own prescriptions for the sedative chloral hydrate, signing them “Dr. Nietzsche.”

Interview with Michel Foucault, 1971 [via SFJ]

Are two interviewers better than one?

Boost your vocabulary with these fiercely plausible words and definitions

Crap Taxidermy [Thanks Tim]

The Golden Boba

Safely Immobilize Children

Triple-Decker Weekly, 99


Oklahoma pastor says he accidentally flooded Texas by praying too hard

One luckless expatriate was picked up and thrown into a trash can.

Party officials were apparently willing to turn a blind eye to Ms Groll’s career choice, but they could not ignore her sexual encounter with the black male in her latest movie, titled Kitty Discovers Sperm.

Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers

The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves

Some women fake orgasms during sex in order to increase their own arousal, a new study has suggested.

The guy who created the iPhone’s Earth image explains why he needed to fake it

Kangaroos have three vaginas

Grills, ‘Grillz’ and dental hygiene implications

Cholesterol levels vary by season, get worse in colder months

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

When adding is subtracting

People often believe they have more control over outcomes (particularly positive outcomes) than they actually do. Psychologists discovered this illusion of control in controlled experiments. […] People suffering from depression tend not to fall for this illusion. That fact, along with similar findings from depression, gave rise to the term depressive realism. Two recent studies now suggest that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may also represent contingency and estimate personal control differently from the norm. […] Their obsessions cause them distress and they perform compulsions in an effort to regain some sense of control over their thoughts, fears, and anxieties. Yet in some cases, compulsions (like sports fans’ superstitions) seem to indicate an inflated sense of personal control. Based on this conventional model of OCD, you might predict that people with the illness will either underestimate or overestimate their personal control over events. So which did the studies find? In a word: both. [Garden of the Mind]

A recent paper has put a hole in another remnant of Freud’s influence, that suppressed memories are still active. Freud noticed that we can suppress unwelcome memories. He theorized that the suppressed memories continued to exist in the unconscious mind and could unconsciously affect behaviour. Uncovering these memories and their influence was a large part of psychoanalysis. Understanding whether this theory is valid is important for evaluating recovered memories of abuse and for dealing with post-traunatic stress disorder. The question Gagnepain, Henson and Anderson set out to answer was whether successfully suppressed conscious memories were also suppressed unconsciously or whether they were still unconsciously active. […] [T]he results do fit with a number of other findings about memory, so that it is now unwise to take the Freudian view of suppression as reliable. [Neuro-patch]

Can you drive fast enough to avoid being clocked by speed cameras?

The Behavioral Economics of Drunk Driving [PDF]

Cell phone use is estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes

San Francisco billboards shame drivers with actual photos of them texting

ATM attack uses SMS to dispense cash

You can now pay $3,000 to rent a “social media wedding concierge”

Censorship is free speech when search engines do it, a US court just ruled

Data suggests that French language just might be the language of the future.

These companies are mining the world’s data by selling street lights and farm drones

How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%

Had Finney invented Bitcoin himself and simply used his neighbor’s name as a pseudonym?

Miners earn newly minted bitcoins for adding new sections to the blockchain. But the amount awarded for adding a section is periodically halved so that the total number of bitcoins in circulation never exceeds 21 million (the reward last halved in 2012 and is set to do so again in 2016). Transaction fees paid to miners for helping verify transfers are supposed to make up for that loss of income. But fees are currently negligible, and the Princeton analysis predicts that under the existing rules these fees won’t become significant enough to make mining worth doing in the absence of freshly minted bitcoins. [ Technology Review]

Hire a Drone With Bitcoin


Sweden is the largest exporter of pop music, per capita, in the world.

Marinating meat in beer before grilling it can reduce the chances of producing harmful chemicals that can cause cancer

According to a new study, a couple of drinks makes you tell objectively funnier jokes. [Thanks Tim]

Scientists Create Synthetic Yeast Chromosome Man-made yeasts could irreversibly change everything from the biofuel to the brewing industry.

Public smoking bans linked with rapid fall in preterm births and child hospital visits for asthma

Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

Stress impacts ability to get pregnant, study

Stem cells offer clue to bipolar disorder treatment

Consciousness and Futility: A Proposal for a Legal Redefinition of Death

Farrenkopf had a bank account with a very large sum in it, and she had set up her mortgage and utility bills to be paid automatically from it. As her body decomposed in her garage, the funds went out regularly.

In 1982 a brutal triple homicide shook the city of Waco and soon became one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history [Part I to V]

Nietzsche’s obituary, New York Times, August 26, 1900

In 1848, the discovery of gold brought 300,000 men to California from all over the world. Yet this sudden mass of humanity lived without a functioning legal system. And if there had been a legal enforcement system, it was unclear what law it would enforce. […] Without a functional government, there were no licensing procedures, fees, or taxes to regulate gold prospecting. No miner worked land that he owned. Any prospector could join any mining camp at any time. Camp populations were heterogeneous: “Puritans and drunkards, clergymen and convict, honest and dishonest, rich and poor.” There was no common language, culture, or legal experience. […] The men shared a common set of needs, however. Each miner needed to be able to leave whatever he owned unguarded each day while he worked his claim. A miner who found gold needed to protect his find until he could convert it into cash or goods. [Paul H. Robinson/SSRN]

Hypotheses about why we sleep

Horses are the only species other than man transported around the world for competition purposes. In humans, transport across several time zones can result in adverse symptoms commonly referred to as jetlag. Can changes in the light/dark cycle, equivalent to those caused by transport across several time zones, affect daily biological rhythms, and performance in equine athletes? […] We found that horses do feel a change in the light/dark cycle very acutely, but they also recover very quickly, and this resulted in an improvement in their performance rather than a decrease in their performance, which was exactly the opposite of what we thought was going to happen. [HBLB | PDF]

Why Dark Pigeons Rule the Streets

Scientists film inside a flying insect

Plant nanobionics approach to augment photosynthesis and biochemical sensing

A restaurant is now selling a drink topped with foie gras

Why is it that one person can stay slim while eating a lot of calories, while another tends to gain weight despite eating fewer?

Sick Again? Why Some Colds Won’t Go Away

Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Can You Sue A Robot For Defamation?

Jordan Wolfson’s Animatronic dancer doll on view at David Zwirner Gallery [more videos]

L’art contemporain n’est-il qu’un discours ? with Nathalie Heinich

His animals get their energy from the wind so they don’t have to eat. [Wikipedia]

In a small, often overlooked area of the museum was an overwhelming amount of meticulously ordered material by an artist I’d never heard of before. After being rejected by his parents, his wife, his school, and even his teacher – Joseph Beuys – Ademeit abandoned drawing and painting for photography and writing. He shot more than 6,000 Polaroids in isolation over a 14-year period, which engulfed the room. In the margins of the Polaroids, and in seemingly endless calendars and booklets, he handwrote notations at a scale that borders on indecipherable. He was studying the impact of cold rays, earth rays, electromagnetic waves and other forms of radiation on his health and safety. He protected himself with magnets and herbs from what he perceived to be dangerous invisible forces, while obsessively creating this trove of records and evidence. [Taryn Simon]

I like doing sound portraits – I get close to someone’s face, I take down the sound of the hair, the sounds of the skin, eyes and lips, and then I create a specific chord that relates to the face. How Harbisson hears the colors that most people see

If a person insists that they are color blind, how can you prove otherwise?

Traditional rug-making techniques meet contemporary political imagery

Embroidered Cat Shirts By Hiroko Kubota [Thanks Tim]

I’ve put my heartbeat on the internet.

Simulated High-Altitude Taste Testing of Tomato Juice

Coded Notes Found at Weldon Library

Instant architect

Concert accessories


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Fox News host Bill Hemmer explains missing plane: ‘It took 2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark’

Male movements serve as courtship signals in many animal species, and may honestly reflect the genotypic and/or phenotypic quality of the individual. Attractive human dance moves, particularly those of males, have been reported to show associations with measures of physical strength, prenatal androgenization and symmetry. [...] By using cutting-edge motion-capture technology, we have been able to precisely break down and analyse specific motion patterns in male dancing that seem to influence women’s perceptions of dance quality. We find that the variability and amplitude of movements in the central body regions (head, neck and trunk) and speed of the right knee movements are especially important in signalling dance quality. [Biology Letters | PDF]

A paper that correlates occupations with divorce and separation rates, to be published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, reveals that those employed in extrovert and stressful jobs are highly likely to divorce, as are those who work in the caring professions. Dancers, choreographers and bartenders have around a 40% chance of experiencing a relationship breakdown. But also at high risk are nurses, psychiatrists and those who help the elderly and disabled. Conversely, agricultural engineers, optometrists, dentists, clergymen and podiatrists are all in occupations which carry a 2-7% chance of family breakdown. [The Guardian]

Marriage is hard work, but the alternative might be less attractive, at least financially.

Durex surveyed 2,000 adults and found that 15 percent of those surveyed would answer the phone or read a text while otherwise engaged in a sexual act.

Men found faces more attractive when they were wearing less makeup

Women hold about 60 per cent of the total jobs in the thirty occupations projected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to have the most net job growth in the decade through 2022. […] The projections obviously should be interpreted more as a guide to current trends than as a reliable forecast. But combined with the number from the NWLC, they suggest that if those trends don’t change, then the recent struggles of men — and especially young men — finding work in a labour market that continues to shift towards traditionally female-dominated occupations will only worsen. […] The jobs of the new labour market are lower-paying, and therefore difficult to accept for men who were accustomed to making more, even if the old jobs aren’t coming back. Many of these jobs are in traditionally female-dominated occupations, which require training that men are less likely to have. And they pay higher wages to college grads, the vast majority of which are now women. […] The composition of future jobs is unlikely to get “manlier”. [FT]

Peoples’ jobs as adults in 2010 and their parents’ income when they were kids in 1979

In one experiment angel investors watched pitches and then handed out start-up money. Attractive men were more likely than unattractive men and even more likely than women to succeed. [Thanks Tim]

Woman charged $787.33 for two-mile cab ride

Missing Woman Found Alive in Trash Compactor

Organized criminals who have long trafficked drugs are diversifying into humdrum areas of commerce—particularly food, booze and cheap consumer goods.

At present, no more than about 200 young people start using crack-cocaine each day. Ten years ago, the corresponding estimated daily rate was 1000.

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The most striking finding of our study is that addition of milk to black tea completely prevents the biological activity of tea in terms of improvement of endothelial function. Our results thus provide a possible explanation for the lack of beneficial effects of tea on the risk of heart disease in the UK, where milk is usually added to tea. [European Heart Journal | PDF]

Australia has begun exporting camels to Saudi Arabia. More than 100 animals are being shipped from the Australian port city of Darwin and are due to arrive in Saudi Arabia in early July [2002]. The vast majority are destined for restaurant tables in a major camel-consuming nation. [BBC]

Pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved.

Knowing whether food has spoiled without even opening the container

How thinking in a foreign language makes you more rational in some ways but not others

Trust highly correlated with intelligence, study

Human nose can detect at least 1 trillion odors — far more than thought, says study. For comparison, our eyes can see a few million different colors, and we can hear about 340,000 tones.

Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can

So anyone who has had general anesthesia has been in a coma? Yes, general anesthesia is nearly identical to what we might call “natural” coma. [American Scientist ]

Periods of sleeplessness may cause permanent brain damage regardless of makeup rest, study

How the internet works, and why it’s impossible to know what makes your Netflix slow

Like other federal agencies, the NSA is compelled by law to try to commercialize its R&D.

Juliet speaks more to her nurse than she does to Romeo; Romeo speaks more to Benvolio than he does to Juliet. Romeo gets a larger share of attention from his friends (Benvolio and Mercutio) and even his enemies (Tybalt) than he does from Juliet; Juliet gets a larger share of attention from her nurse and her mother than she does from Romeo. The two appear together in only five scenes out of 25. [FiveThirtyEight]

The Phenomenology of Spirit: How to appreciate Hegel

Nietzsche’s pianos

Band makes money on Spotify by streaming silent tracks Band makes money on Spotify by streaming silent tracks [related: 4′33″]

Record bosses now hope that online streaming could become a big enough business to arrest their industry’s long decline.

Like the music industry, Adobe is abandoning selling its wares on physical discs to rent them out online

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Self-propelled catwalk car in the Lincoln Tunnel, NY, 1960 and in the Holland Tunnel, 1954

How many times would you have to fold a page onto itself to reach the Moon? 42.

What Jupiter would look like if it were the same distance from us as the Moon

Avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat [Thanks Tim]

Can you unsuck a penis? [via Max Read]

Burden called a group of friends into a gallery to watch an assistant shoot him with a .22 rifle

Lego robot crushes Rubik’s Cube world record with superhuman speed

A clock that writes the time. [Thanks Tim]

How the Dalí Atomicus photo was taken

Compare Lincoln’s hand to yours

Concert accessories