Triple-Decker Weekly, 103

Most men who undergo circumcision do not know where their foreskins go after the process.

Couples need just 1 conversation to decide not to have children

A cardboard cutout of Paris Hilton has a painkilling effect on mice

Can you ever be reasonably sure that something is random, in the same sense you can be reasonably sure something is not random (for example, because it consists of endless nines)? Even if a sequence looked random, how could you ever rule out the possibility that it had a hidden deterministic pattern? And what exactly do we mean by “random,” anyway? [American Scientist]

Why do we make gestures (even when no one can see them)?

We investigate why people keep their promises in the absence of external enforcement mechanisms and reputational effects.

Using A Foreign Language Changes Moral Decisions

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Study: People pay more attention to the upper half of field of vision

Imagining watching a video of oneself driving a car, playing basketball, or speaking to a friend is an experience as the self-as-actor. […] Another way of accessing motivation is by asking people questions about their lives. Open-ended verbal responses (e.g., narratives or implicit measures) require the respondent to produce ideas, recall details, reflect upon the significance of concrete events, imagine a future, and narrate a coherent story. In effect, prompts to narrate ask respondents, “What is it like to be you?” Imagining actually driving a car, playing basketball, or speaking to a friend is an experience as the self-as-agent (McAdams, 2013). Asking people to tell about their lives also recruits the self-as-agent. […] Taken together, this leads to the prediction that frames the current research: Inventory ratings, which recruit the self-as-actor, will yield moral impressions, whereas narrated descriptions, which recruit the self-as-agent, will yield the impression of selfishness. [Overcoming Bias/JPSP ]

The age at which you reach reach cognitive performance: 24

The brain pathway that regulates behaviors associated with fear has been discovered, and it could help researchers develop better treatments for anxiety, phobias and panic attacks.

Smoking synthetic marijuana leads to self-mutilation requiring bilateral amputations

10 of the weirdest birth control methods from throughout time. [via gettingsome]

On the evil of incomplete coitus

Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music?

Meta-Analysis of Menstrual Cycle Effects on Women’s Mate Preferences

Difference between how men and women choose their partners

The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from cheetahs to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behavior too?

People seem to have more heart attacks on Mondays than other days of the week.

Some 437,000 people murdered worldwide in 2012

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Possible Food Poisoning Sickens 100 at Food Safety Summit

Lab-Grown Organs: Yes. Lab-Grown Meat: No.

What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals

What you actually get when the package is labelled “Organic”

A Water Bottle You Can Actually Eat

The cognitive cost or benefit of booze depends on your genes, suggests a new study which uses a unique longitudinal data set.

A growing number of women are being arrested for driving while drunk since 2003

Why Is There No Pill For 'Asian Glow'? Plus, why Esquire's consequence-free drinking method sounds like total bunk.

Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise.

Antibiotic Resistance Is Now Rife across the Entire Globe

Immortality through advanced technology and primitive diet

Latrine odor judge.

Vox has a piece claiming that there’s a ‘much better way’ to board planes. Are the airlines just stupid? [Related: The fastest ways to board a plane]

If the new line of research is correct, then the story of time’s arrow begins with the quantum mechanical idea that, deep down, nature is inherently uncertain.

We tend to characterize art as “self-expression,” but that’s really more a description of bad art. The immature artist, as Eliot wrote, is constantly giving in to the urge to vent what’s inside, whereas the good artist seeks to escape that urge. […] Social media turns us all into bad poets. [Rough Type via Rob Horning]

One man’s nearly three-decade quest to authenticate a potential Mark Rothko painting purchased at auction for $319.50 plus tax has turned up convincing evidence in the work’s favor, but the experts seem unlikely to issue a ruling. Rothko expert David Anfam, who published the artist’s catalogue raisonné in 1998, has been familiar with Himmelfarb’s painting since the late 1980s. The scholar even discovered a black-and-white photograph of the work in the archives held by Rothko’s family, but still declined to include the work in his book. [Art Net]

Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks [more, thanks Daniel]

How movies forge great art, legally

Remembering Index Magazine With Peter Halley

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper [Thanks Tim]

In NYC, a $185M tunnel that leads nowhere, for now

New York will never stab you in the back. It will, however, stab you multiple times right in your face. [Thanks Tim]

The Mathematical Con of Hedge Funds and Financial Advisers

The decline and fall of trading as a money maker for giant banks

Mathematicians Devise The World’s Most Unusual Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Algorithm Distinguishes Memes from Ordinary Information

Computer scientists have developed the first algorithm that recognizes people’s faces better than you do

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush

This 3D printer technology can print a game controller, electronics and all

Man With Genius Strategy Poses As Cupcake On Tinder And It Actually Worked [Thanks Tim]

Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood (1961)

Why Cats Paint

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