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Hate seeing babies on your newsfeed? There’s an app for that…

Do you hate seeing babies on your newsfeed? Do you just hate babies in general because they can’t really, well, do anything? (They definitely can’t make a cheese soufflé and that’s, like, a major prerequisite for being in my social circle.) Or do you hate babies because seeing the promise of a new life is a constant reminder of how much you’re failing at yours?

Whatever your reason, thank’s to unbaby.me you can now delete babies from your newsfeed permanently by replacing them “with awesome stuff.” Yep. You’re welcome.

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Using Art To Turn The World Inside Out

JR is a French street artist. He also wears sunglasses at indoor conferences but again, he’s French. Oh and he’s also the winner of the TED Prize 2011 which makes him more awesome and less French lame for wearing sunglasses at an indoor conference.

This is a very cool video about the art he is doing to create dialogue between people and insight change. He then goes on to challenege everyone to participate and girlfran you KNOW I’m up to seize any opportunity to blow up a picture of my face and paste it to a building or train or ice cream cart.

About the project:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you.

INSIDE OUT is funded by The Sapling Foundation, Social Animals and generous donations from people like you.

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Doing Away With Witches.. FOREVERRRRR

Everybody knows that people who are left-handed are straight-up witches, dog. They’re evil creatures like unicorns and magicians and now we finally have a way to get rid of them through the guise of  “science”.

When performing simple tasks like pushing elevator buttons or picking up a cup, the brain actually has a mini-debate as to which hand should do the jobs. Now magnetic stimulation will make sure the brain always chooses the left hand.Although most people are pretty clearly right- or left-handed when performing more complex tasks, like writing or handling sports equipment, almost everyone is ambidextrous when it comes to simple tasks. So in those cases, the brain’s parietal cortex is charged with assessing which hand makes more sense to perform a specific task. A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley reveals this is actually a competitive process between the two hands, and it’s actually possibly to disrupt the cortex’s decision-making with a little transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.

The researchers found that TMS disrupts the neurons in charge of motor skills, and this in turn reduced the right hand’s chances of being selected to perform the simple task at hand. Instead, the left hand became the predominant choice of the test subjects, even thought most were naturally right-handed. Lead researcher Richard Ivry suspects this is just the tip of the iceberg, and TMS could also affect many other types of simple decision-making, like what sort of fruit a person wants to eat or which movie to go see.

The ability to adjust which hand a person uses also has medical applications. Ivry explains that they hope to use this research to fight learned limb disuse, in which victims of stroke and other brain injuries start favoring the arm or leg they can more easily control. This magnetic stimulation would help force the patient to use the other limbs again, helping to restore full limb movement.

Totally just kidding about the witches schtick. This sounds pretty awesome.

via io9

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