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There's a new date for the end of the world
Northern California roller coaster taken offline because riders were screaming too loudly. Mouse cloned from drop of blood. If I could give one piece of advice as a relationships researcher, it would be this: Relationships take work. […] People who held high destiny beliefs were more likely to disengage from their relationships when they experienced relationship stressors and problems, perhaps because they take these as a sign that the relationship is not meant to be. [Psych Your Mind] When a Small Thing Means so Much: Nonverbal Cues as Turning Points in Relationships. How Older Couples Handle Conflict: Just Avoid It. The Division of Frozen Embryos at the Time of Divorce . [via Bookforum] In August 2009, scientists in Israel raised serious doubts concerning the use of DNA by law enforcement as the ultimate method of identification. In a paper published… Read More...

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A firm called Ultramercial claims to have invented the concept of showing a customer an ad instead of charging for content.
A coffee chain in Taiwan offers a latte printer that creates portraits on top of caffeinated beverages. Liar-for-hire Tim Green will tell anyone anything -- for a fee. As the founder of Paladin Deception Services, he will say what clients want him to say to anyone calling on his dedicated phone lines. He provides cover for cheating husbands, fake references for job-seekers and even "doctors" to confirm that someone needs a sick day. Italian press finds gay hookup site for priests – in Rome. “Monica Lewinsky items are very, very rare,” said auction manager Laura Yntema. “We were interested in this lot because they were all investigated by Kenneth Starr.” Sperm cells have been created from a female human embryo in a remarkable breakthrough that suggests it may be possible for lesbian couples to have their own biological children. [Telegraph]… Read More...

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How You Know You Are not a Brain in a Vat
Cuteness is a way of aestheticizing powerlessness. [Sianne Ngai/Cabinet] Why do humans menstruate, when most animals don’t? When you shake the tree of life, you find that only a handful of mammals aside from us – primates, a small number of bat species, and the elephant shrew – have opted for the monthly bleed. Evolution is often viewed in terms of a cost-benefit ledger: if something is costly, it must have some benefit. Women lose over half a standard glass of wine’s worth in iron-rich blood and tissue – about 90 millilitres – each time they menstruate, so the process does seem quite costly. And in the predator-filled environs of our early ancestors, leaving a trail of blood was presumably not advantageous. So how did menstruation arise? Over recent decades, evolutionary biologists have come up with three key theories to… Read More...

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German bank employee naps on keyboard, transfers millions
German bank employee naps on keyboard, transfers millions. Woman allegedly stabbed a University of Houston professor to death with a stiletto heel. Why More People Are Renting Tires. Certain traits, like height and hair color can largely be explained through simple genetics: If both of your parents are tall with blond hair, chances are you will be too. However, not all genes are created equal and most traits are not controlled by a single gene. Instead, most traits, such as metabolism, personality, intelligence, and even many diseases, are much more complex and rely on the interactions of hundreds of different genes. The complexity doesn’t stop there. If it did, then identical twins would be exactly the same; but they are not. Although they tend to be extremely similar, identical twins can still differ greatly in health and personality. This is… Read More...

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Breast Milk Flavored Lollipops Make Debut
Scientists Discover the Genetic Reason Why Birds Don’t Have Penises. A 911 dispatcher was caught on tape laughing about a call for a Brooklyn stabbing — then passing along bad information to cops that allowed the victim’s body to rot for days in a basement apartment. Adults make eye contact between 30% and 60% of the time in an average conversation, says the communications-analytics company Quantified Impressions. But the Austin, Texas, company says people should be making eye contact 60% to 70% of the time to create a sense of emotional connection, according to its analysis of 3,000 people speaking to individuals and groups. [WSJ] A study by Swami and Furnham (2007) showed that tattooed women were rated as less physically attractive but more sexually promiscuous. Given that men interpret women’s sexual intent according to their physical appearance, we predicted… Read More...

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Men, anyhow, don’t seem to have any problems with social switching.
Venezuela’s grand plan to fix its toilet-paper shortage: $79 million and a warning to stop eating so much. Patient 1 was first evaluated at age 66, having been diagnosed with PD [Parkinson's Disease] at age 58… She complained of daytime and night-time visual hallucinations for the past one year. Most of the time she did not have insight about them. She described seeing three children playing in her neighbor’s yard and a brunette woman sleeping under the covers in one of the beds in her house. She also saw images of different people sitting quietly in her living room. […] In one instance, she saw a man covered in blood, holding a child and called 911. Her husband, in an attempt to prove to her that these were hallucinations, took pictures of the neighbor’s yard and the bed in their… Read More...

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Is your child constantly causing trouble?
Venezuela is running out of toilet paper. The new legislation stipulates that witches on broomsticks flying over Swaziland may not fly higher than 150 meters. Spain just spent $680 million on a submarine that can’t swim. Advertising agency is paying to put mini ads in men's beards. ($5 a day) On April 7, 1994, Federal Express Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 cargo jet ferrying electronics across the United States from Memphis, Tennessee to San Jose, California, experienced an attempted hijacking for the purpose of a suicide attack. Auburn Calloway, a FedEx employee facing possible dismissal for lying about his previous flying experience, boarded the scheduled flight as a deadheading passenger with a guitar case carrying several hammers and a speargun. He intended to disable the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder before take-off and, once airborne, kill the crew using the… Read More...

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“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
“I love nick [Brooks], but he wasn’t good for me. . . he holds me back. I’m always sad with him. He’s 24 for f sake . . . he wants porn sex! He wants to b drunk or stoned all the time . . . he doesn’t have any goals and stops me from mine.” […] The elder Brooks killed himself with a mail-order helium-tank suicide kit in 2011 at his Upper East Side apartment. He was under indictment for drugging and sexually assaulting 13 starlets during “auditions” for nonexistent films. [NY Post] A subtle, but significant tweak to Florida’s rules regarding traffic signals has allowed local cities and counties to shorten yellow light intervals, resulting in millions of dollars in additional red light camera fines. [10 News] "Hasse" which was known in Ystad tavern circles, had a total of… Read More...

The Berkley Horse

If all there was was hate, why did I look to it for love?
“The use of the word 'Horse' (as in 'Her horse was named Death') is banned since 2009 subsequent to an edict issued by the Grand Stereo Hell Society for Discipline which directed that the word 'Hole' and its equivalent in other languages be used instead.” (The Berkley Hole, From its Palatial Beginnings to S-35, University of Illinois Press, 2011) Patient is seen 6 months later for a return visit. Patient claims he hears voices talking to each other about his feelings and past actions. Others, a vague “they,” are “robbing me of my thoughts.” Dr. Mipstein: Let’s fast forward things that we might normally take our time with and talk about the facilities. What I’d like to do is run through a few questions we have briefly raised last time, and try to go over these exact same questions more… Read More...

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For many celebrities, this was the first time they had used the word “punk” in a sentence that wasn’t “Have my assistant get me Daft Punk tickets.”
On August 31, 2012, Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki posted four papers on the Internet. The titles were inscrutable. The volume was daunting: 512 pages in total. The claim was audacious: he said he had proved the ABC Conjecture, a famed, beguilingly simple number theory problem that had stumped mathematicians for decades. […] The problem, as many mathematicians were discovering when they flocked to Mochizuki’s website, was that the proof was impossible to read. The first paper, entitled “Inter-universal Teichmuller Theory I: Construction of Hodge Theaters,” starts out by stating that the goal is “to establish an arithmetic version of Teichmuller theory for number fields equipped with an elliptic curve…by applying the theory of semi-graphs of anabelioids, Frobenioids, the etale theta function, and log-shells.” This is not just gibberish to the average layman. It was gibberish to the math community as… Read More...

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Fact 2: No mortgage was “designed to fail.”
Frances Kaye, a publicity agent, described a movie party she attended at a Palm Springs resort. A live orchestra entertained a thousand-odd guests while a fountain spouted champagne against the backdrop of a desert sky. As partiers circulated, a doctor made rounds like a waiter, dispensing drugs to guests from a bulging sack. On offer were amphetamines and barbituates, standard Hollywood party fare, but guests wanted Miltown. The little white pills “were passed around like peanuts,” Kaye remembered. What she observed about party pill popping was not unique. “They all used to go for ‘up pills’ or ‘down pills,’” one Hollywood regular noted. “But now it’s the ‘don’t-give-a-darn-pills.’” [Andrea Tone/Mindhacks] The microbiome — the kilogram of microbes that each of us carries around — has been shown to be involved in everything from obesity and type 2 diabetes to behaviour… Read More...

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Scientists Unsure Why Female Flies Expel Sperm and Eat It
Man with Tourette Syndrome not allowed to board plane after saying 'bomb.' The guy on the roof... why is he hiding behind such heavy pixelation? Researchers placed an atomic clock on the ground, and another one in a high speed aircraft. The scientists found that less time passed on the clock in the plane. The faster we move, the slower time passes; and if we travel fast enough, theoretically we could go backwards. [IEET] In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month. It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before… Read More...

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Has anyone ever been killed by a falling piano?
Has anyone ever been killed by a falling piano? As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth itself. [The Physics arXiv Blog] Researchers at the University of Leeds may have solved a key puzzle about how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. While it is generally accepted that some important ingredients for life came from meteorites bombarding the early Earth, scientists have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. This new study shows how a chemical, similar to one now found in all living cells and vital for generating the energy that makes something alive, could have been created when meteorites containing phosphorus minerals… Read More...

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Teens Abandoning Social Networks, Study Says
Bizzare subway ‘kiss’ assault. Christopher Knight went into the central Maine wilderness 27 years ago. […] He built a hut on a slope in the woods, where he spent his days reading books and meditating. There he lived, re-entering civilization only to steal supplies from camps under the cover of darkness. During those nearly three decades, he spoke just once to another person – until he was arrested during a burglary last week. In between, Knight told police, he committed more than 1,000 burglaries, always taking only what he needed to survive. […] Knight said he stole everything he has, except for his aviator-style eyeglasses, which are the same pair he wore in 1986. […] Knight went to great lengths to make the camp invisible from the ground and the air, even covering a yellow shovel with a black bag.… Read More...

Everything resembles the truth

But now that the past itself has been persuaded of its own ambiguity, as if nothing had happened, what is left to be exposed?
                                                (Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls, 1842) The following report is reproduced as received.        : S-50 appears to offer: concern for the individual. Recruitment, training techniques, and indoctrination procedures practiced by S-50 impose their norms of thinking and behaving through: “care”; breakdown of spontaneity; ?composite schemes of cross-non-actions and repetitive non-stimuli configured by experiments; closed system of logic; comprehension-altering routines leading to flashbacks and intrusive reexperiencing of negative emotions, cone-shaped memories, shizoaffective memories, phantom recollections, semi-rigid declarative memories swapped with pliant ones; ?response to sadness in a way that greater sadness is aroused; ?rationalization to incite to accept the “care” provided by S-50 as the only alternative. Recruits suffered loss of direction, lack of orientation,… Read More...

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We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction
German flea circus hit by freeze. Entire troupe wiped out. We are approaching the time when we will be able to communicate faster than the speed of light. It is well known that as we approach the speed of light, time slows down. Logically, it is reasonable to assume that as we go faster than the speed of light, time will reverse. The major consequence of this for Internet protocols is that packets will arrive before they are sent. [R. Hinden] A new form of corpse treatment has also been developed: freeze-drying or lyophilization. In freeze-drying the body of the deceased is cooled to -18° C. The frozen body is then immersed in a bath of liquid nitrogen. The frozen body then becomes very fragile. By then subjecting it to vibrations, the body falls apart into a kind of powder… Read More...