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