Why do people forget what they were going to do when they walk into a room? This video explains the "location updating effect," and how you can work it to your advantage.
At CNN, Boing Boing pal and security researcher Bruce Schneier and Harvard media professor Nick Couldry write about acedia, "a malady that apparently plagued many Medieval monks. It's a sense of no longer caring about caring, not because one had become apathetic, but because somehow the whole structure of care had become jammed up." According… READ THE REST
Neuroscientists at Georgetown University tested volunteers on their ability to predict patterns of dots appearing sequentially on a computer screen. The volunteers who were able to subconsciously anticipate the patterns were found to be more likely to believe in a god than volunteers who lacked the ability to subconsciously recognize patterns. From Georgetown University Medical… READ THE REST
Scientists at the Brain, Body, and Self Laboratory at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden outfitted pairs of friends with video goggles so they saw things from each other's point of view. "To further the illusion," reports Science Daily, "they applied simultaneous touches to both participants on corresponding body parts so they could also feel what they… READ THE REST
If you've been hacking away at meat or vegetables with blunted kitchen knives, annoyed that they're so dull that it's starting to feel more like tenderizing than slicing, you should probably stop. Dull knives are more than just a nuisance. They aren't safe. The worn-down edge of your blade requires more force from you to… READ THE REST
If you've never heard of MATLAB or think it sounds vaguely like certain TV shows from the '80s, you'd be forgiven. Because even in a tech sector chock full of intricate, complex programs and systems that routinely leave lay people scratching their heads, MATLAB is science tech for the serious, SERIOUS scientists. Since its humble… READ THE REST
Every once in a while, you stumble across a new twist on an old idea and ponder, "Why didn't I think of that?" It's often a concept so simple that it feels like it's been staring you in the face your whole life. It's that sense of "duh" that the Bamboo 6-Piece Smart Pocket Sheets… READ THE REST