Gloomy men are more sexually attractive than happy looking fellas

I a recent study published by the University of British Columbia, Canada, it seems women are more sexually attracted by men who display a more gloomy complexion or awareness of social norms by displaying shame, than men who look happy all the time. The study published online Tuesday in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion showed pictures of the opposite

Levees at work against Mississippi flood

Due to weeks of continuous heavy rain, coupled with a runoff from an unusually snowy winter, thousands of homes and over 3 million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas have been flooded. In a desperate attempt to save neighboring large cities from the floods, U.S, Army Corps of Engineers are working day and night to implement solutions. The

Dead human skin gathered in dust is good for the air

Ironically, while most tidy people in the world are busy dusting off furniture, electronics, ceilings, cats, whatnot, researchers have shown in a  recent study that the same dust is actually very good for the air, reducing ozone levels by 2 to 15 percent. All because of dead human skin. Ozone is crucial for preventing potentially damaging electromagnetic radiation from reaching

What desktop clutter says about your personality

A new and extensive study by Hunch.com shows that persons who keep their desktops cluttered are more likely to be liberal, have a higher education, are career orientated and good math, while a person who keeps his desktop tidy and clutter free is more likely to be young suburbanites, somewhat techy and allegedly put their personal life ahead of work.

APOD: fantastic time lapse of clouds and sky over the Canary Islands

Time lapse videos seem to be really in fashion as of late, but if directors keep editing videos like the one captioned right below you won’t ever see me complain. Featured in today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA, Daniel López time-lapsed flowing clouds, a setting sun that shows numerous green flashes, the Milky Way Galaxy rising, a colorful

Shorties: Shanghai introduces one-dog policy

Reminiscent of the infamous one-child policy introduced in China in 1978, which limited urban Chinese families togiving birth to a maximum of one child, as a means of slowing down the alarming overpopulation trend, the country’s biggest city Shanghai has introduced a similar policy – this time for pets. There are an estimated 800,000 dogs in Shanghai, a city numbering

Memristor new research provides big leap forward for tech

In its most simple form, a memristor can be defined as a two-terminal electronic device whose conductance can be precisely modulated by charge or flux through it. What sets it apart from other electrical components is the property that its resistance can be programmed  and subsequently remains stored (memory). Basically, memristors resist the passage of electric current, which means that

Stephen Hawking about heaven and the afterlife: “a fairy story”

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, the eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking shared his view upon fatality and the afterlife, sparking a wave of criticism from creationists and religious personalities as he bluntly stated that the concept of heaven is simply a “fairy story” for people who fear death. How does Hawking explain his afterlife theory? Well, simple enough

iPhone 5G case design hints to edge-to-edge screen, flash camera repositioning

China-based Kulcase is listing an alleged “Newest design crystal case for Apple iPhone 5g” on the company’s alibaba.com page,  a case which it seems is actually based on leaked plans from Apple. The design mockup of the case, as well as the technical engineering drawing, shows that the iPhone 5G might have a new edge-to-edge display and a new location

Spledid photos from the Sakurajima volcano eruption

Sakurajima is probably the most active and dangerous volcano in Japan. Actually, one of its eruptions from back in 1914 is still attested as the the most powerful volcanic eruption in Japanese history, which at the time engulfed a whole city in ash and lava, and joined the former island with the neighboring Osumi Peninsula. Curious to find more about

Teaching a robot how to sword fight might support safety advances

If you think giving a robot a sword and teaching him how to use is a bad idea, you may be just about half wrong.  A young robotics PhD student at Georgia Tech has programmed a robot how to sword fight, in terms of only defending itself against attacks in order to simulate the sudden movements of humans through robotic

Rugby-ball shaped dwarf planet covered in crystalline water ice

Discovered deep in the farthest reaches of our solar system, Haumea is a tiny dwarf planet which has been fascinating scientists for years now since its discovery in 2004, not only because of its peculiar rugby-ball shaped form, but also because of its surface structure. According to the European Southern Observatory, 75 per cent of its surface is covered with

Samsung’s series 5 Chromebook – photos and specs

I recently reported about Google’s new landmark exploration of the notebook retail sector, once with the development of their new Google Chrome line in which they offer their new and exiting OS in partnership with famous notebook retailers, starting from a 20$ leas (students). The selected retail partners are Samsung and Acer, each with a model of the now dubbed

Neanderthals went extinct 10,000 years earlier, study says

Accurate dating of a Neanderthal fossil found in a Russian cave, showed that it was 10,000 years older than previous research had suggested. The find could provide proof for the dismissal of the theory which states that Neanderthals and modern humans interacted for thousands of years. The study leads scientists to believe that coexistence between humans and Neanderthals was minimum

Mississippi flood leads to hoards of animal refugees

Late this Monday, the Mississippi crested in at 47.8 feet (14.5 meters), just less than a foot below the city’s record, set in 1937. As the river reaches nearby city neighborhoods and Shelby County suburbs, nature has “put the pin back in the grenade,” said county spokesperson Steve Shular. Floods are really nasty, but for the local fauna everything’s gone

The secret to a long life: consciousness

A healthy life style, plenty of exercise and good genes might be your best bet, if you’re looking for a long life, but an eight decade study in the making found one common denominator – the answer to longevity is consciousness. In 1921, in a quest to understand what really sets apart people who happen to reach 80, even 90

Every six hours, the NSA collects data the size of the Library of Congress

With the whole Osama operation that’s been dabbling all over news right now, intelligence and surveillance is coming to mind to a lot of people, not just the paranoid. During this time, agencies like the FBI, CIA or NSA have all delivered various press releases detailing the event, praising the valient action of this delicate joint intelligence operation. The later

Bee venom could be used to detect explosives and pesticides

A remarkable MIT research has found that by coating carbon nano-tubes with bee venom they can create incredibly faithful sensor detectors for explosives,  such as TNT, as well as at least two different types of pesticides. The find came after MIT chemists, lead by Michael Strano, coated one-atom-thick tubes of carbon with protein fragments found in bee venom saw that

Google to lease Chrome OS laptops for 20$/month

A senior Google executive has reportedly told Forbes, that the company will begin leasing Chrome laptops for $20 per month in a “student package” that includes both hardware and access to online services. This comes as an announcement after late last year, Google put out a call to participants to sign up to become beta testers of free notebooks that

Hydrogen fuel station opens in Torrace, CA

Toyota is the leading electric car manufacturer in the world, and now the Japanese automobile manufacturer is prepping to dominate another emerging green auto market – the hydrogen fueled car market. The first step hydrogen fueled cars need to take to actually make it, and maybe sometime in the not so distant future to actually go mainstream, is to have