Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 12:07pm
sciencehabit writes "How much do we hate being alone with our own thoughts? Enough to give ourselves an electric shock. In a new study, researchers recruited hundreds of people and made them sit in an empty room and just think for about 15 minutes. About half of the volunteers hated the experience. In a separate experiment, 67% of men and 25% of women chose to push a button and shock themselves rather than just sit there quietly and think. One of the study authors suggests that the results may be due to boredom and the trouble that we have controlling our thoughts. "I think [our] mind is built to engage in the world," he says. "So when we don't give it anything to focus on, it's kind of hard to know what to do."

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Rare, Remarkable Maps Trace America’s Path to Independence

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:48am
Don’t forget that our independence from those imperialistic, tax-happy Brits was hard won, and the Declaration of Independence, signed 238 years ago today, was just the beginning. Actually, it was more like a dramatic middle act in a decades long struggle to break free of colonial rule and set a fledgling nation on the path to prosperity. The maps in this gallery tell that story.






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This Week’s Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:48am
This week's Apple rumors hint at new gas-filled earbuds and location-based security settings for the iPhone.






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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Steve Ballmer Mock Linux While Dressed as The Matrix’s Neo

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:48am
Microsoft has learned to stop worrying and love the Linux open source operating system—at least to a certain extent. But it wasn’t that long ago that the tech giant took a horribly tone-deaf approach to the revolutionary open source project. Witness this Microsoft video from the year 2003, in which Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer […]






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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Tiny Blood-Slurping Bird That Terrorizes the Galapagos

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:48am
The Galapagos Islands are as beautiful as they are unforgiving. Patrick Watkins could have told you as much when his captain rudely marooned him there in 1805 for acting like an ass. According to legend, mostly coming from Watkins himself, he managed to scrape by alone on the island, trading vegetables with passing ships for […]






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Dear America, Here’s a Playlist to Make Your July 4th Extra-Patriotic

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:48am
In observation of today's traffic jam/barbecue/unwise home pyrptechnic displays, we rounded up 30 of our favorite American-ish songs.






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The Week’s Best TV: Melissa McCarthy’s Jet Ski Fail and the Leftovers Premiere

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:33am
From Melissa McCarthy's harrowing jet ski stunt fail to the series premiere of The Leftovers, we're celebrating Fourth of July in style with this week's best-TV recap.






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Celebrate the 4th With These Truly Revolutionary Gadgets

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:32am
Those headphones you bought last week are pretty cool. But they didn't change the world. Not like these 17 products did.






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These Amazing Firework Photos Were Made Without a Camera

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:32am
Technically, all you really need to make a photo is some light and some photo-sensitive medium, why bother with the camera? Ross Sonnenberg cuts right to the chase with his Color Bang series, igniting fireworks directly on photo paper with dramatic results.






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The Great American Road Trip Has Gone Electric

Wired News - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:32am
Yes, a road trip in an electric vehicle is totally feasible. As long as you’re willing to make a few sacrifices along the way.






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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Slashdot - Fri, 04/07/2014 - 9:26am
An anonymous reader writes in with this article from the BBC about Google's recent removal of a news story from search results. "Google's decision to remove a BBC article from some of its search results was "not a good judgement", a European Commission spokesman has said. A link to an article by Robert Peston was taken down under the European court's "right to be forgotten" ruling. But Ryan Heath, spokesman for the European Commission's vice-president, said he could not see a "reasonable public interest" for the action. He said the ruling should not allow people to "Photoshop their lives". The BBC understands that Google is sifting through more than 250,000 web links people wanted removed."

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