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Addicted To Facebook? Answer These 6 Questions To Find Out!

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Many of us will ‘fess up to being a little Facebook-obsessed. Maybe we update our status a little too often or scroll through the newsfeed during boring dinner parties, but is it possible to actually be addicted to Facebook? Norwegian researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen thinks so, and she’s devised a questionnaire to support her theory. Take the Facebook addiction test, after the jump! Keep reading »

Love As Hard As You Can For 5 Minutes

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Warning: This video may inspire a serious case of the squishes. Stanford hosted something called the “Love Competition,” in which participants of all ages had five minutes to love someone as hard as they possibly could. During the love sessions, contestants’ brain activity was mapped and whoever’s brain reflected the highest neurochemical experience of love was declared the winner. What was most interesting to me were the different ways each person reacted to loving that hard for five minutes –their experiences were vastly different, but equally intense. I was especially inspired by Kent and his wife Marilyn’s wisdom about romantic love. Marilyn thinks “love is about helping the other person evolve.” But the undisputed star of this video is seven-year-old Milo who said, “Love is a feeling you have for someone you have feelings about.” Out of the mouths of babes. So, who do you think won? I’m not telling. You’ll have to watch to find out. [Buzzfeed]

Scratch And Sniff Newspapers Deliver All The News That’s Fit To Sniff

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Newspaper readership is decreasing every day, but perhaps more people would be snapping up papers if they were able to smell the headlines instead? If a recent scratch and sniff edition of the Telegraph is any indication, this trend might be catching on. As part of a bakery promotion, the front and back pages of the UK rag were infused with the scent of freshly baked bread. The printing press manager explains: “The scent’s contained in small capsules which are added to the yellow ink and as the pages move through the press … As the ink dries it locks in the scent, which is why you have to scratch it to release the smell.” Telegraph deputy editor Michelle Hurst says this could be “the biggest technological breakthrough for newspapers since color was introduced.” While it’s an undoubtedly nifty innovation, we’re not particularly eager to smell most news stories (“Sewage Plant Springs A Leak: Scratch Here To Get A Whiff!”). How about you? [Metro]

 

In The Future, We Will Poop Rainbows

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Some students studying synthetic biology at Cambridge University engineered a strain of bacteria they called E. chromi. It’s a genetically altered form of E. coli bacteria, which secretes colors when it detects certain chemicals. OK, I am not a scientist, so I can’t explain how this happened in detail. It’s highly involved. You’re going to have to watch the video for that. This is what I do understand: One of the proposed future uses of E. chromi would be as a digestive diagnostic aid. Put your food down if you’re eating because I’m about to get graphic. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Don’t Know Why I’m Crying

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Do you remember laying flat on your bed, eyes gushing like Old Faithful, unsightly snot dripping down way too close to your open mouth? This is you after your dog died. This is you after a break up. This is you after failing to assemble an Ikea chair.

This image comes frighteningly close to what I was doing this week. My best friend and roommate moved to another state and an onslaught of huge life changes came my way. While making like weeping roadkill, Kate Bush’s song, “Suspended in Gaffa” came through my head. I don’t know why I’m crying, Kate croons.

“Wait, I don’t know why I’m crying,” I thought to myself.

So, I did my homework. Keep reading »

Guess What? Talking To Yourself Is Actually A Good Thing

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Do you talk to yourself? Most people do it every once in awhile. Ami does it a lot. Self-talking definitely won’t make you popular on public transportation, but a new study indicates that it will speed up your thought process. Here’s the lowdown: psychologists asked two groups of volunteers to scan a series of photos in search of a specific object. One group was told to repeatedly say the name of the object they were looking for (“banana, banana, banana”), while the other group were told to remain silent. The results? Those zany self-talkers found the items faster, because researchers say when you talk to yourself, “you’re activating visual properties in the brain to help you find them.” So the next time your partner or roommate gets annoyed with your constant muttering, politely remind them that you’re not just talking to yourself, you’re activating visual properties in your brain. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find my cellphone. “Cellphone, cellphone, cellphone, cellphone…” [Mother Nature Network]

How Would You Use An X-Ray Vision App?

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In today’s edition of “Real Life Is Basically Already ‘Star Trek’,” researchers at the University of Texas have created a device that would allow cellphones to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other solid objects. Yes, seriously. A microchip taps into a range of the electromagnetic spectrum, a receiver translates the data, and ta-da: instant x-ray vision for your iPhone. It’s unclear when this new technology will be available for purchase, but damn, we’re already daydreaming about the scary and awesome possibilities of portable x-ray vision. How would you use a device like this? To locate wall studs? See if there’s a tampon in the bottom of your purse? Or maybe to find a definitive answer to that age-old question: is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? [EarthSky Science News]

Einstein’s Advice To A Little Girl Who Wants To Be A Scientist

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As per the book Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children, this is a 1946 letter written by a little girl to Einstein:

I forgot to tell you, in my last letter, that I was a girl. I mean I am a girl. I have always regretted this a great deal, but by now I have become more or less resigned to the fact. Anyway, I hate dresses and dances and all the kind of rot girls usually like. I much prefer horses and riding. Long ago, before I wanted to become a scientist, I wanted to b e a jockey and ride horses in races. But that was ages ago, now. I hope you will not think any the less of me for being a girl!

After the jump, Albert Einstein’s response: Keep reading »

This Just In: A Couple Beers Might Improve Your Test Scores

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A new study from the University of Illinois should make college students very happy: apparently drinking a couple beers before a test may improve your performance. Researchers administered a brain teaser quiz to a group of 40 men. Study participants who had two drinks before the test –either two pints of beer or two medium glasses of wine–were able to solve 40 percent more brain teasers than the sober participants, and they solved them considerably faster. The researchers say this is because alcohol hinders analytical thinking and opens your mind to creative problem solving. Tipsy test-takers also spend less time second-guessing themselves. Study co-author Jennifer Wiley is quick to point out that these results do not apply to binge drinking, though: “We tested what happens when people are slightly merry — not when people drink to extremes.” So there you have it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get slightly merry and take some online IQ tests. [MSN]

Wait, What? Scientists Discover A Jennifer Aniston Neuron

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Jennifer Aniston obviously plays an important role in American pop culture, but scientists have discovered that she also plays a prominent role in a more unexpected place: the medial part of the temporal lobe. Yep, there is a Jennifer Aniston neuron in our brains. Skeptical? Confused? Okay, here’s the deal … Keep reading »

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