Average faces of women from around the world

The results of a recent experiment have been published by FaceResearch.org. Experimental psychologists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have combined the faces of women around the world to approximate the “average face” of each country. Multiple images of faces are aligned and composited together to form the final result using a modern version of the technique that Sir Francis Galton pioneered in the 1800′s.



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Japanese researchers transmit electricity through solid concrete


The researchers used a set of modified tires set on top of the concrete.

Thanks to researchers from Toyohashi University of Technology, the dream of having electric cars without limited range is one step closer to reality.  The group showcased an experiment with the ability to send up to 60 watts through almost four inches of solid concrete.  Although the technique they are using isn’t exactly new, they did manage to squeeze out between 80 and 90%t efficiency is.

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The Taste Test – Expensive and Inexpensive Wines Taste the Same


The Taste Test

University of Hertfordshire Psychologist Prof Richard Wiseman has revealed the results of The Taste Test.  The Taste Test is a large-scale experiment to discover whether expensive wines are good value for money. The experiment involved over 400 members of the public tasting either an expensive or inexpensive wine.   Then they tried to tell which was which.  The experiment was carried out as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.


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IKEA Experiment: 100 Cats Released in Store Overnight Just to ‘See What Happens’


Cats in an Ikea store in the UK.

An English IKEA decided to release 100 live cats overnight. Why? Why would you question such a thing? The video is the most amazing and life-affirming event. Ever. Embrace it. Watch it a thousand times. Watch it ten thousand times. (Video)


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Brain Training Games Do Not Make You Smarter


The findings show that on a range of tests, the volunteers did no better than a control group who simply surfed the internet.

Popular brain training games played by millions every day do not make users any smarter, scientists claim.  In the largest experiment of its kind they showed that the games, found on machines like the Nintendo DS, did not improve memory or a host of other mental skills.


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The Invincible McDonald’s Happy Meal


1 year old McDonald’s Happy Meal

The picture you’re looking at above isn’t of just any Happy Meal. It’s a Happy Meal that’s an entire year old. Yup, author Joann Bruso decided to undertake a little experiment with McDonald’s most recognizable icon (besides that bizarre man-clown, that is). So she bought a Happy Meal, took out the hamburger, and plopped down in her office. For a year. This is what happened.


The Tell Tail Sign To A Happy Dog


Dogs that wag their tails to the left may be more friendly

Everyone knows that if a dog’s ears are up and its tail is wagging vigorously, it is definitely pleased to see you.  Now, scientists using a robot have found that the way dogs use their tails is more subtle than we thought and that dogs that wag them to the left may be more friendly.


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Using A Wiimote As An Alternative To Scientific Sensors

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The new science Wii!

Laboratory-grade measuring instruments can be pricey, but some enterprising scientists are finding that the Nintendo Wii controller can serve as an alternative:

The Wiimote can track just about anything: All that’s needed is an LED light. Hydrologist Willem Luxemburg of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands demonstrated a hacked water-level sensor made from a Wiimote and a plastic boat at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union here Monday.

“Just switch it on and make sure it doesn’t get wet,” Luxemburg said…


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