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Parents forget newborn baby in taxi on way home from hospital
It seems that as we get older our ears get bigger (on average by 0.22 mm a year). [PDF] The scrotum in humans is asymmetric, the right testicle being visibly higher than the left in most men. Paradoxically, it is also the case that the right testicle is somewhat larger, rather than smaller, as might be expected. [...] The cause of this asymmetry is not clear. We may however reject a simple mechanical explanation which would say that the heavier of the two organs is pulled to the lower position by the action of gravity, for in both adults and foetuses it is clear that the right testicle is both the heavier and also the greater in volume; that is the larger and heavier is also the higher. Such a relationship is counter-intuitive, and we may expect that it would… Read More...

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many people will reject their own arguments – if they’re tricked into thinking that other people proposed them
many people will reject their own arguments – if they’re tricked into thinking that other people proposed them. [Neuroskeptic] According to a recent scientific study, the way to avoid mosquito bites is to listen to electronic music - specifically dubstep, specifically by US artist Skrillex [study] Physicists Reverse Time for Tiny Particles Inside a Quantum Computer A major Greenland glacier that was one of the fastest shrinking ice and snow masses on Earth is growing again Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds a cotton tote or a paper bag may be worse for the environment than a plastic one + organic cotton is worse than conventional cotton when it comes to overall environmental impact More than 99.9999 per cent of all living organisms on Earth died. The Day the Dinosaurs Died A doomsday fungus known… Read More...

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How do we navigate a deeply structured world? Why are you reading this sentence first - and did you actually look at the fifth word?
How do we navigate a deeply structured world? Why are you reading this sentence first - and did you actually look at the fifth word? the intensity of the emotional response people experience when they act dishonestly is reduced every time they lie Mum changes her son’s name after tattoo artist spelled it wrong Fukushima’s nuclear signature found in California wine McDonald’s Sued For $1.5M By Customer Who Wanted More Than 1 Napkin Man arrested after trying to pay for meal with credit card stolen from waitress Man accused of faking own kidnapping to get money from his family Televangelist says Jesus asked him to buy a new private jet, asks his followers to buy him the $54 million jet The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for… Read More...

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The Game is a mental game where the objective is to avoid thinking about The Game itself. Thinking about The Game constitutes a loss.
The Game is a mental game where the objective is to avoid thinking about The Game itself. Thinking about The Game constitutes a loss. Our results show that monkeys form preferences for brand logos repeatedly paired with images of macaque genitals and high status monkeys It is often claimed that negative events carry a larger weight than positive events. Loss aversion is the manifestation of this argument in monetary outcomes. In this review, we examine early studies of the utility function of gains and losses, and in particular the original evidence for loss aversion reported by Kahneman and Tversky (Econometrica 47:263–291, 1979). We suggest that loss aversion proponents have over-interpreted these findings. [Psychological Research] The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms Hackers stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the… Read More...

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People don’t remember changing their minds
People don’t remember changing their minds People avoid learning the calories in a tempting dessert to protect their preferences to eat the dessert. People sometimes choose to remain ignorant. Enormous emotional support peacock denied seat on flight, owner not pleased Passenger turned away from two flights after wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid luggage fee She was told all bags had to go through the X-ray machine, but she refused to part with her handbag Hairdresser Arrested for Giving a Bad Haircut You can now buy “premium” water that’s not only free of GMOs and gluten but certified kosher and organic. Never mind that not a single drop of water anywhere contains either property or is altered in any way by those designations. A man who claims to be a time traveller has reportedly passed a lie-detector test while… Read More...

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Detroit police officers fight each other in undercover op gone wrong Chinese restaurant offers discounts to women depending on their bra size Participants rated women…
Detroit police officers fight each other in undercover op gone wrong Chinese restaurant offers discounts to women depending on their bra size Participants rated women in less revealing and less tight clothing more positively. Males were perceived as being more likely to be creepy than females. Only four occupations were judged to be significantly higher than the neutral value of “3” on the creepiness rating scale: Clowns, Taxidermists, Sex Shop Owners, and Funeral Directors. [On the nature of creepiness | PDF] Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women Strange-face illusions are produced when two individuals gaze at each other in the eyes in low illumination for more than a few minutes. Usually, the members of the dyad perceive numinous apparitions, like the other’s face deformations and perception of a stranger or… Read More...

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On the Inability to Ignore Useless Advice
On the Inability to Ignore Useless Advice Multiple arrested after fight inside Berkeley’s ‘empathy tent’ Senate map gerrymandered for senator’s house Entrepreneurs are finding profits turning human waste into fertiliser, fuel and even food. The new economy of excrement 16 Ways QR Codes are Being Used in China Chinese sex doll rental service suspended amid controversy Chang et al. investigated the well-known asymmetry of the scrotum in man and showed that in right-handed subjects the right testis tended to be higher, whereas the converse applied in left-handed subjects. [Nature | PDF] Do Men Overestimate or Women Underreport Their Sexual Intentions? Eye movements of 105 heterosexual undergraduate students (36 males) were monitored while viewing photographs of men and women identified as a potential mate or a potential friend. Results showed that people looked at the head and chest more when assessing potential mates… Read More...

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There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
The idea behind power poses, that if you stand in a "powerful" position, broad posture, hands on hips, shoulders high and pushed back, you will suddenly feel psychologically and physiologically stronger, is intuitively appealing, especially for people without much confidence. The problem is that it's simply not true, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers. [...] "We did find that [...] if you're a loser and you take a winner or high power pose, your testosterone decreases." In other words, Smith said, "people might not be able to 'fake it until they make it,' and in fact it might be detrimental." [EurekAlert] Human brain is predisposed to negative stereotypes, new study suggests When judging other people, first impressions last Another classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute… Read More...

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Overall, most U.S. men were satisfied with their genitals
Families sue US sperm bank after 'genius' donor turns out to be felon with mental health issues. Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China The Longest Word in the World (189,819 letters) [disputed whether it is a word] The best day and time to hold a meeting: Tuesday, 2:30pm, according to a study People who talk for more than roughly half minute at a time are boring and often perceived as too chatty Psychologists have identified the length of eye contact that people find most comfortable (just over three seconds) Study Shows Mediums Are Wrong 46.2% of the Time People who made detailed predictions about sporting events (e.g., how many hits each baseball team would get) made worse predictions about more general outcomes… Read More...

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We feel more authentic when we're with other people and behave as they expect us to
Why is there something rather than nothing? […] No experiment could support the hypothesis ‘There is nothing’ because any observation obviously implies the existence of an observer. [Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy] Percentage of scientific paper titles containing “observations” or “data” in the past century Test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable — and after some participants were told that robot had broken down People spend too much time on problems in which the reward difference between the options is low When people choose not to reveal personal information — to be "hiders" — they are judged negatively by others. Observers rate those who reveal even questionable behavior more positively. We feel more authentic when we're with other people and behave as they expect us to The classic argument is that… Read More...

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The authors identify customers, termed “Harbingers of failure,” who systematically purchase new products that flop
The authors identify customers, termed “Harbingers of failure,” who systematically purchase new products that flop. Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail—the more they buy, the less likely the product will succeed. Firms can identify these customers through past purchases of either new products that failed or existing products that few other customers purchase. The authors discuss how these insights can be readily incorporated into the new product development process. The findings challenge the conventional wisdom that positive customer feedback is always a signal of future success. [Journal of Marketing Research] Military importance of diarrhea: lessons from the Middle East By one estimate, as many as 40 percent of people experience constipation while they’re away from home Man fails to get penis drawing recognized as his signature Airbnb removes New York igloo… Read More...

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What else is possible if space and time can change?
Court tells millionaire yoga troll Bikram Choudhury that poses can't be copyrighted The practice by some Chinese parents of adopting girls and raising them as future wives for their biological sons A growing body of literature has shown that environmental exposures in the period around conception can affect the sex ratio at birth through selective attrition that favors the survival of female conceptuses. Glucose availability is considered a key indicator of the fetal environment, and its absence as a result of meal skipping may inhibit male survival. We hypothesize that breakfast skipping during pregnancy may lead to a reduction in the fraction of male births. Using time use data from the United States we show that women with commute times of 90 minutes or longer are 20 percentage points more likely to skip breakfast. Using U.S. census data we show… Read More...

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People mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information
Baby Born Pregnant with Her Own Twins Disabling parts of the brain with magnets can weaken faith in God and change attitudes to immigrants, study finds Can people differentiate what they know from what they do not? Several lines of research suggest that people are not always accurate judges of their knowledge and often overestimate how much they know. Research on overconfidence finds that people commonly judge the accuracy of their judgments too favorably and typically overestimate how well they perform everyday tasks relative to other people. Work on the illusion of explanatory depth demonstrates that participants tend to think they have a better understanding of how objects work (e.g., a ballpoint pen) than they can demonstrate when that understanding is put to the test. At times, people even claim knowledge they cannot possibly have, because the object of their… Read More...

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We don't look like we think we look, study
Scientists say they’ve found a way to slow ice cream’s melting Criminal investigations often use photographic evidence to identify suspects. Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes. To establish whether these bystanders could be identified from the reflection images, we presented them as stimuli in a face matching task (Experiment 1). Accuracy in the face matching task was well above chance (50%), despite the unpromising source of the stimuli. […] In a test of spontaneous recognition (Experiment 2), observers could reliably name a familiar face from an eye reflection image. For crimes in which the victims are photographed (e.g., hostage taking, child sex abuse), reflections in the eyes of… Read More...

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Facebook algorithm can recognise people in photographs even when it can't see their faces
Catalogue of entrances to Hell in and around the UK After the near?collapse of the world’s financial system has shown that we economists really do not know how the world works, I am much too embarrassed to teach economics anymore, which I have done for many years. I will teach Modern Korean Drama instead. Although I have never been to Korea, I have watched Korean drama on a daily basis for over six years now. Therefore I can justly consider myself an expert in that subject. [Uwe E. Reinhardt, Princeton University | PDF] New research shows that, for most of us, the last experience we’ve had can be the defining one when it comes to taking a decision, coming at the expense of other experiences we’ve accumulated further back in time [ScienceBlog] Study finds people -- even teenagers -- unconsciously… Read More...