Jessica Jeffus

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Facebook Could Check Your Loan Applications Against Your Friends' Credit

Just call it “friendlining”<p>Facebook friend lists are a weird collection of your classmates, coworkers, distant relatives, former roommates, and other people you may have known at one point in your life. A new patent granted to Facebook would let lenders check those same friends' credit scores and …

Loans

Why Would U2's Bono Promote Meerkat? What's In It For Him?

U2 just wrapped up their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in North America with final shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In their first show in Silicon Valley, before Bono began singing “Desire,” he asked an audience member to come up on stage and share the event all over the world via …

Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …

Starwatch: Celestial fireworks

Get ready to watch nature’s very own fireworks display as the Perseids meteor shower rolls into town. The shower can be seen every year between 17 July and 24 August, with the peak falling this year on the morning of 13 August. Conditions for viewing the shower are favourable as the moon – a …

Perseids

How listening to Mozart could prevent epileptic seizures

Scans show brainwaves of those with epilepsy appear to synchronise with music by Mozart and John Coltrane<p>Listening to jazz or Mozart might stop epileptics having seizures, new research has suggested.<p>Epileptics react differently to music than those who do not have the disorder, new research …

The Brain