Rebecca Butcher

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How Slot Machine Sounds Trick Your Brain

Nice music doesn't always mean a real win.<p>When you win a bet on a slot machine, the machine rewards you with a celebratory noise: that electronic string of notes saying, <i>You're a winner! Here is, like, 30 cents, probably.</i> If you <i>lose</i> the bet, there's usually not a noise.<p>But here's the twist: modern …

FYI: Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward …

FYI: Why Does Some Food Taste Bad To Some People And Good To Others?

People who have a lot of papillae—the bumps on our tongue, most of which house our taste buds—often find flavors overwhelming. They're "supertasters," and as such they add cream to their coffee and order food mild instead of spicy. Subtasters, on the other hand, have low papillae density and prefer …

Why Sad Songs Make Us Happy

So. Many. Feels.<p>Even though listening to sad songs should leave us feeling terrible, we have a tendency to actually kind of like them. Case in point: A 2008 study found that minor-key music sounded sadder than major-key music to people, but that people found it <i>more</i> likable.<p>Well, a group of Japanese …

FYI: Why Do Humans Like Fizzy Drinks?

Apparently we like them with the part of our sensorium that evolved to detect spoilage.<p>Drinking carbonated water has been in vogue since at least 1767, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So what gives us our taste for the sparkling stuff?<p>It's still not completely clear what characterizes the …

How Do We Program Ourselves To Save Fuel?

Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.<p>Last year, American car buyers named fuel economy the most important consideration when shopping for a car, outranking even quality and safety. The change coincides nicely with the flood of hybrid and high-efficiency …

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"Jerry (rescued from kill shelter) loves to smell flowers"

A Reddit thread of greatness. <i>(Thanks, Tara)</i>

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FYI: How Long Would It Take Piranhas To Eat A Person?

Is the fish's deadly rep justified?<p>After a trip to the Amazon jungle, President Teddy Roosevelt famously reported seeing a pack of piranhas devour a cow in a few minutes. It must have been a very large school of fish—or a very small cow. According to Ray Owczarzak, assistant curator of fishes at …

FYI: Can A Paper Cut Be Deadly?

A person with normal clotting ability would have to lose nearly 40 percent of his blood immediately to die of blood loss. The arteries with this bloodletting potential, though, such as the radial artery in the arm and femoral artery in the leg, are buried under too much flesh to be nicked by even …

How It Works: Inside The Machine That Separates Your Recyclables

Moving paper away from plastic so you don't have to<p>The most annoying aspect of recycling—and one of the biggest hurdles to its widespread adoption—is having to separate paper, glass, and plastic before they hit the curb. New recycling machines are changing that. With single-stream recycling, …

How to Back Up All the Text Messages on Your iPhone

If you're like most iPhone users, when you upgraded to the newest version of iOS, Apple automatically migrated your settings, apps, and text …

14 Cool Arduino Projects That Will Make Your Life Awesome

How To Make A Loaf Soap Mold

I am pretty sure we have covered a tutorial for a soap box before, but I couldn’t resist this drawing with the cute little Washi tape corners. This …

RECIPE: S'more Cookie Bars | THE NIBBLE Blog - Adventures In The World Of Fine Food

2 super-sized dark chocolate bars (e.g. (5-ounce Hershey Bars or equivalent amount premium chocolate)<p>1-1/2 cups marshmallow creme (such as Fluff—not …

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These Oatmeal Lace Cookies are one of my favorite cookies to bake when I want to snack on a cookie that is very light and not too filling. They get …

Candy Corn Oreo Ice Cream

Candy corn is a candy that is known for its look more than its flavor. The yellow, orange and white triangles are everywhere during the fall, from …

Blueberry Sherbet Recipe

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p>Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet<p><b>Yield:</b> About 1 1/2 pints<p><b>Prep:</b><p>2 hours 30 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>2 hours 30 minutes<p>An easy sherbet recipe …