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+ - Urinal Dynamics: a tactical guide and summary.->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "Boing Boing shared an over one minute YouTube video showing "Urinal Dynamics: a tactical summary — We illustrate the importance of good technique when using a urinal and offer some advice. Through high-speed video footage of a simulated male urine stream we show that reduced splash can be achieved by aiming at a vertical surface, moving closer to the urinal and by decreasing the impact angle."

Splash Lab has more videos and text details."

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+ - PG-13 Films More Violent Than R-Rated?->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "France 24 reported "Gun violence is on the rise in U.S. (United States) movies and has more than tripled since (19)85 in those rated as acceptable for teenagers 13 and older, according to a study out Monday.

The amount of such violence seen in modern movies rated PG-13 even exceeded that in films rated R for adults in 2012, said the findings by American and Dutch university researchers in the US journal Pediatrics.

The findings raise concern about the impact that seeing shootings in fictional movie scenes may have on youths in real life, since a large body of research has shown that viewing violent films can increase aggression, the researchers said..."

Seen on Dark Horizons."

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+ - Ants' pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections.->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article — "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies — The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony...""
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+ - Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference ... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."

Seen in Engwinner's forum thread."

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+ - Over A Third of Americans Confess to Verbal or Physical Abuse of Their Computers->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "Crucial press release says "over a third of Americans confess to verbal or physical abuse of their computers — Crucial.com reveals the extent of frustration, anger, and helplessness felt by Americans when faced with computer problems..."

Seen on HardOCP. Damn computers! >:("

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+ - The Ant Internet (Anternet)->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "This last year's IEEE Spectrum article, with its four minutes YouTube video, mentioned The Ant Internet (Anternet) — "Before researchers developed the Internet, ants developed the Anternet, a surprisingly similar communications network ..."

Seen in antman1's forum thread. Hmmph, ants should had ruled the Internet instead of spiders with their webs."

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+ - Movie Trailers Are Getting Insanely Fast...->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "This brief/short Wired article, with its interactive chart and embedded YouTube videos, shows "Movie Trailers Are Getting Insanely Fast. Trust Us, We Counted the Cuts. — The Claim: Trailers Are Getting Faster

Film critics have long lamented the degradation of moviegoers’ attention spans. Movies, they say—and their mini-versions, trailers—have gotten more manic and misdirected in their quest to appease ADD audiences.

We wanted to quantify such claims. So we took to YouTube and counted the number of cuts in 154 trailers over the decades—a sample of Oscar winners, top grossers, and personal favorites..."

Seen on Dark Horizons."

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+ - Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to?->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "BBC News, with its eleven/11 images and embedded short videos, shows "Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to? Ever wondered what your cat spends its time doing when you're not around? Where do our purring pets go when they disappear through the cat flap? ..."

Seen on Ars Technica."

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+ - Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal->

Submitted by antdude
antdude (79039) writes "British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal ... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics...""
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