A librarian in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm

George Dore, a librarian in Orlando, Florida was suspended from his position as branch manager after an investigation revealed that he had created a fake identity to borrow library books that were falling out of fashion. His creation, the fictional Charles Finley, was given a career (ballplayer), a drivers license number, an address and aContinue reading “A librarian in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm”

Computer Algorithms Accurately Identify Suicidal Patients

by Jolynn Tumolo By analyzing a patient’s spoken and written words, computer tools classified with up to 93% accuracy whether the person was suicidal, in a study published online in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. “While basic sciences provide the opportunity to understand biological markers related to suicide,” researchers wrote, “computer science provides opportunities to understandContinue reading “Computer Algorithms Accurately Identify Suicidal Patients”

Lying feels bad at first but our brains soon adapt to deceiving

By Jessica Hamzelou Lies have a tendency to snowball, because the more we lie, the more our brains become desensitised to the act of lying. Could this discovery help prevent dishonesty spiralling out of control? It isn’t difficult to think of someone who has ended up in a tangled web of their own lies. InContinue reading “Lying feels bad at first but our brains soon adapt to deceiving”

Study finds short-term cash incentives for children yield more-healthful eating habits in the long term

By Beckie Strum Science says it’s OK to pay your children to eat their fruits and vegetables. The strategy not only works in the short term, but can create healthful eating habits in children in the long run if the little bribe is carried out consistently for several weeks, according to a study published earlierContinue reading “Study finds short-term cash incentives for children yield more-healthful eating habits in the long term”

Teen Makes ‘Sit With Us’ App That Helps Students Find Lunch Buddies to Avoid Bullying

A new app makes finding friends in the school cafeteria a piece of cake. “Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. The app allows students to designate themselves as “ambassadors,” thereby inviting others to join them. Ambassadors can then post “open lunch”Continue reading “Teen Makes ‘Sit With Us’ App That Helps Students Find Lunch Buddies to Avoid Bullying”

Reduced activity of an important enzyme identified among suicidal patients

It is known that people who have attempted suicide have ongoing inflammation in their blood and spinal fluid. Now, a collaborative study from research teams in Sweden, the US and Australia published in Translational Psychiatry shows that suicidal patients have a reduced activity of an enzyme that regulates inflammation and its byproducts. The study isContinue reading “Reduced activity of an important enzyme identified among suicidal patients”

FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison

A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday. Investigators say 59-year-old Linda Patricia Thompson told them she wanted to go back to prison. Thompson said sheContinue reading “FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison”

English bar blocks cell phones, tries to get patrons talking

A new English cocktail bar offers something truly old-fashioned on its menu: the chance to talk to real people instead of staring down your cell phone. The Gin Tub in Brighton has won rave reviews in its first week of business by installing a cell signal blocker and placing throwback rotary phones at its tables.Continue reading “English bar blocks cell phones, tries to get patrons talking”

Dating app broadcasts ratio of men:women in bars

A new app, called Weepo, allows users to check the male-to-female ratio at a given bar or club before heading out. Weepo is a dating app that gives users a chance to meet and chat with people, based on where they are planning on going that evening. The app shows you who else on theContinue reading “Dating app broadcasts ratio of men:women in bars”

In 1995 Walmart banned a T-shirt saying ‘a woman will be president’

By Lindsey Bever In 1933, Ann Moliver Ruben said her cousin, Irwin, told her that a girl could never be president. Decades later, corporate America, it seemed, was trying to tell her the same thing. Ruben, a psychologist from Pittsburgh, had been studying children’s perceptions of women leaders in the 1990s when she stumbled uponContinue reading “In 1995 Walmart banned a T-shirt saying ‘a woman will be president’”