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jtotheizzoe: In a trial of drugs for heart disease, one group who took their drugs regularly, as directed were 40% less likely to die than those who did not. The catch? Both of those groups were taking placebos. From NeuroSkeptic What the placebo adherence effect demonstrates is that there may be confounds no-one has thought of. They might even be impossible to measure. And if these mystery...
cheatsheet: Need to take a sad song and make it better? Just request Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is quickly establishing himself as an actor who knows his way around a guitar. Watch him perform The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ to a sold-out crowd at Sundance. *Swoon* jumping on the JGL fan train.
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Twitter announced Thursday that it would begin restricting Tweets in certain countries, marking a policy shift for the social media platform that helped propel the popular uprisings recently sweeping across the Middle East. And this quote is just tragic, as Twitter tries to rationlize away restrictions on speech: “As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have...
dailyotter: Last week we brought you news of a just-born otter pup at the Seattle Aquarium—and now we can tell you it’s a girl! Above is footage of mother Aniak’s handing off the pup for her first veterinary exam. Seattle Aquarium’s spokesman Tim Kuniholm writes: Through positive reinforcement Aniak has been allowing us to weigh the pup and do some minimal handling the last few days. So this...
washingtonpoststyle: Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak. This is the greatest interview in the history of “The Colbert Report.” (Go to our actual tumblog if you have trouble watching on the dashboard.)