An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang

Parrots removed from UK wildlife park after they started swearing at customers
Parrots removed from UK wildlife park after they started swearing at customers 419 naïve students saw a performer making contact with a confederate’s deceased kin. 65% of participants reported having witnessed a genuine paranormal event. The widely disseminated convergence in physical appearance hypothesis posits that long-term partners’ facial appearance converges with time due to their shared environment, emotional mimicry, and synchronized activities. Although plausible, this hypothesis is incompatible with empirical findings pertaining to a wide range of other traits—such as personality, intelligence, attitudes, values, and well-being—in which partners show initial similarity but do not converge over time. We solve this conundrum by reexamining this hypothesis using the facial images of 517 couples taken at the beginning of their marriages and 20 to 69 years later. Using two independent methods of estimating their facial similarity (human judgment and a facial recognition algorithm),… Read More...

The Art of the One-Word Poem

When we lose weight, where does it go?
Maskless Man Ejected from Disney’s Hollywood Studios Today While Screaming Misquotes from Pixar’s “A Bugs Life” the HOT NEW TREND in cyberbullying: crashing your plane into someone's house in Microsoft flight sim and sending them the pic [Thanks Tim] men found it more appealing if their committed romantic/sexual partners frequently changed their physical appearance, while women reported that they modified their physical appearance more frequently than did men, potentially appealing to male desires for novelty I examine the relationship between unhappiness and age using data from eight well-being data files on nearly 14 million respondents across forty European countries and the United States and 168 countries from the Gallup World Poll. [...] Unhappiness is hill-shaped in age and the average age where the maximum occurs is 49 with or without controls. [Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization] A large empirical… Read More...

Dynamics of intentional and unintentional interpersonal coordination

Lego piece falls out of New Zealand boy's nose after being stuck for two years
750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys Lego piece falls out of New Zealand boy's nose after being stuck for two years Berlin brothels reopen after lockdown, but no sex allowed $350,000 [...] connected to the home is a 2500 sq ft legitimate jail with 9 cells, booking room and 1/2 bath. Liking a painting increased the ability to recall on which wall the painting was hung. Since recalling the wall requires recalling heading direction, this finding suggests positive aesthetic experience enhances first-person spatial representations. Rocking together: Dynamics of intentional and unintentional interpersonal coordination [PDF] Signs of dishonesty decreased trust but only in those who had not previously built a good reputation as honest partners. On the contrary, those who could establish a good reputation were trusted even when they were no longer trustworthy, suggesting that… Read More...

The second wave began in the second half of August

The most powerful predictors of relationship quality are the characteristics of the relationship itself — the life dynamic you build with your person
Husband discovers wife's affair after spotting her in the act on Google Maps a new ocean will form in Africa as the continent continues to split into two Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates Painting Eyes on The Butts of Cattle Can Protect Them From Lions, Research Shows Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don’t lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research. [...] simply sitting about more on the sofa, eating more good food and going to the pub with friends more often won’t automatically make for more happiness. [UZH] A billionaire art collector is commissioning a $1.5 million diamond-encrusted, 18 carat gold, face mask Japanese robotics startup invented a smart mask that translates into eight languages America has a pandemic problem… Read More...

Encore

How to obtain evidence that something does not exist
What is the feasibility of survival on another planet and being self-sustaining? [...] I show here that a mathematical model can be used to determine the minimum number of settlers and the way of life for survival on another planet, using Mars as the example. [...] The minimum number of settlers has been calculated and the result is 110 individuals. [Nature] How to obtain evidence that something does not exist Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate sues Netflix for giving Sherlock Holmes too many feelings How to Topple a Statue Using Science the researchers found that women and people with insecure attachment styles tended to play hard-to-get more How do cars fare in crash tests they're not specifically optimized for? How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco A plan to turn the atmosphere into one, enormous sensor -- It… Read More...

Can AI Differentiate Cats from Covid-19?

Evidence that authentic people seek to appear authentic rather than be authentic
Woman made S$589,800 by buying insurance on flights she predicted would get delayed Researchers discovered a data breach exposing sensitive images from numerous niche dating apps, such as 3somes, CougarD, Gay Daddy Bear, BBW Dating, and Herpes Dating. Evidence that authentic people seek to appear authentic rather than be authentic Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations In this report, we apply basic scientific techniques to answer the question “Is Kansas as flat as a pancake?” Doubling effort makes up for 6 IQ points Scientists trigger hibernation in mice, astronauts could be next Maps of Sexual Arousal in Men and Women Men holding cats were viewed as less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable. Effect of Coitus on Nasal Temperature -- Nasal temperature readings were taken approximately 20 minutes before the subject engaged in coitus… Read More...

What nudists do during a lockdown

Super-flexible woman can look at her own butt from behind
Super-flexible woman can look at her own butt from behind Belgian man has been receiving pizzas he never ordered for years, sometimes several times a day. “I cannot sleep anymore. I start shaking every time I hear a scooter on the street.” at least 42.7% of adult women have experienced orgasm during sleep On average, women are more sexually disgusted than men women fantasized more so than did men about sadomasochistic fantasies, but men fantasized more than did women about intimate, exploratory, and impersonal sexual fantasies [...] higher frequency of sexual fantasy were predictive of higher levels of infidelity intentions among men [...] women who fantasized more frequently about exploratory fantasies were less likely to engage in physical infidelity Results showed that bisexual individuals reported higher levels of openness than homosexual individuals, who in turn, reported higher levels of openness… Read More...

‘Anything can happen, but it usually doesn’t.’ —Robert Benchley

Your face mask selfies could be training the next facial recognition tool
Your face mask selfies could be training the next facial recognition tool 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic Asks America To Join 'Mullet Challenge' To Promote A Presidential Pardon The Effects of Barefoot Running on Working Memory -- working memory may be enhanced after at least 16 minutes of barefoot running if the individual has to focus attention on the ground People in long term, committed relationships try to support their decisions to maintain their relationships with marriage illusions In Peru, where roughly 20 percent of the world’s cocaine is produced, public health lockdowns imposed by local communities brought coca growing and paste production to a standstill, according to Pedro Yaranga, a Peruvian security analyst. “What in nearly four years the drug control agency could not do, the coronavirus did in a few weeks,” he said. In Bolivia, which produces about one… Read More...

the effect of wind speed on social distancing

A single cough releases about 3,000 droplets and droplets travels at 50 miles per hour
We computationally investigate the effect of wind speed on social distancing. For a mild human cough in air at 20○C and 50% relative humidity, we found that human saliva-disease-carrier droplets may travel up to unexpected considerable distances depending on the wind speed. When the wind speed was approximately zero, the saliva droplets did not travel 2 m, which is within the social distancing recommendations. However, at wind speeds varying from 4 km/h to 15 km/h, we found that the saliva droplets can travel up to 6 m with a decrease in the concentration and liquid droplet size in the wind direction. [Physics of Fluids] Superspreading events are ill-understood and difficult to study [...] Individual patients’ characteristics play a role as well. Some people shed far more virus, and for a longer period of time, than others, perhaps because of differences… Read More...

Tear gas flavor ice cream

The two drivers of the spread of the disease are close contact and crowding in closed spaces
Our projections suggest warmer and more humid times of the year, and locations, may offer a modest reduction in reproductive number;  however, upcoming changes in weather alone will NOT be enough to fully contain the transmission of COVID-19.  112 persons were infected with SARS-CoV-2 associated with fitness dance classes at 12 sports facilities. Vigorous exercise in confined spaces should be minimized during outbreaks. [...] Instructor C taught Pilates and yoga for classes of 7–8 students in the same facility at the same time as instructor B, but none of her students tested positive for the virus) [CDC] Even before Vietnam reported its first cases on 23 January, it was on high alert for Covid-19. At one Lima market, 79% of vendors had coronavirus There is a common misunderstanding that the social benefits of a share of the population acquiring immunity… Read More...

How this moment will be misremembered

It is unclear whether infected dogs can transmit the virus to other animals or back to humans.
Drive-in rave in Germany there is a substantial probability that normal speaking causes airborne virus transmission in confined environments The highest levels of SARS-CoV-2 copies per cell were detected in the respiratory tract, and lower levels were detected the kidneys, liver, heart, brain, and blood Kidney injury seen in more than a third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients: U.S. study Three domestic cats were inoculated with SARS-CoV-2 on day 0. One day after inoculation, a cat with no previous SARS-CoV-2 infection was cohoused with each of the inoculated cats to assess whether transmission of the virus by direct contact would occur between the cats in each of the three pairs. [...] On day 3, one of the cats with no previous infection had infectious virus detected in a nasal swab specimen, and 5 days later, virus was detected in all three… Read More...

messing with AI models

Herd immunity is the only realistic option. The question is how to get there safely.
Spiky 'coronavirus hairdo' makes comeback in Kenya Wearing a face mask against COVID-19 results in a reduction of social distancing Men less than women believe that they will be seriously affected by the coronavirus, and this partly mediates gender differences in intentions to wear a face covering (this is particularly ironic because official statistics actually show that men are affected by the COVID-19 more seriously than women). [...] men less than women intend to wear a face covering, but this difference almost disappears in counties where wearing a face covering is mandatory. [...] Men more than women agree that wearing a face covering is shameful, not cool, a sign of weakness, and a stigma. [ psyArXiv] The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on female sexual behavior in women in Turkey. Sexual desire and frequency of intercourse significantly increased during the… Read More...

Vitamin D

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis
Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis “I’ve been telling everybody that my event horizon is about 36 months, and that’s my best-case scenario,” she said. “I’m quite certain that this is going to go in waves,” she added. “It won’t be a tsunami that comes across America all at once and then retreats all at once. It will be micro-waves that shoot up in Des Moines and then in New Orleans and then in Houston and so on, and it’s going to affect how people think about all kinds of things.” [NY Times] Deaths in March 2020 vs March 2015-9. Northern Italy +94.9%. Southern Italy +2%. Lombardy +186.5%. Emilia-Romagna +70.1%. Campania -1.9%. Sicily -2.7%. Milan +92.6%. Rome -9.4%. COVID can come for anyone, but older adults, men, and black people have… Read More...

false positives, not reinfections

Couple Hosts “Pants Optional” Wedding On Zoom Amid Lockdown Tests in recovered patients found false positives, not reinfections, experts say The findings of this study…
Couple Hosts "Pants Optional" Wedding On Zoom Amid Lockdown Tests in recovered patients found false positives, not reinfections, experts say The findings of this study suggest that most transmission of COVID-19 occurred at the very early stage of the disease or even before the onset of symptoms. [...] High transmissibility of COVID-19 before and immediately after symptom onset suggests that finding and isolating symptomatic patients alone may not suffice to interrupt transmission, and that more generalized measures might be required, such as social distancing. [JAMA Intern Med.] My problem with contact tracing apps is that they have absolutely no value. I'm not even talking about the privacy concerns, I mean the efficacy. Does anybody think this will do something useful? ... This is just something governments want to do for the hell of it. To me, it's just techies doing… Read More...

the amount of virus exposure

The largest Arctic ozone hole ever recorded is now closed
The largest Arctic ozone hole ever recorded is now closed Facial recognition has become more widespread and accurate in recent years, as an artificial intelligence technology called deep learning made computers much better at interpreting images. Governments and private companies use facial recognition to identify people at workplaces, schools, and airports, among other places, although some algorithms perform less well on women and people with darker skin tones. Now the facial-recognition industry is trying to adapt to a world where many people keep their faces covered to avoid spreading disease. [...] “We can identify a person wearing a balaclava, or a medical mask and a hat covering the forehead,” says Artem Kuharenko, founder of NtechLab, a Russian company whose technology is deployed on 150,000 cameras in Moscow. He says that the company has experience with face masks through contracts in… Read More...

The Dark Room Problem

Changes in sexual behaviors of young women and men during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak (44% of participants reported a decrease in the number of…
Changes in sexual behaviors of young women and men during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak (44% of participants reported a decrease in the number of sexual partners and about 37% of participants reported a decrease in sexual frequency) The effect of facial hair and sex on the dispersal of bacteria below a masked subject (mask wiggling has been reported to increase dermabrasion and bacterial contamination of surfaces immediately below the face ... Bearded males may also consider removing their beards) Apple consumption is related to better sexual quality of life in young women Oral sex: A new, and possibly the most dangerous, route of toxoplasmosis transmission. -- This route of toxoplasmosis transmission could be experimentally verified by force-feeding laboratory mice with the ejaculate of infected men. Unhappiness is hill-shaped in age and the average age where the maximum occurs is… Read More...