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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