Unexpectedly big wins improve two kinds of memory

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Researchers have discovered that instances in which outcomes are better than expected — finding an unexpectedly good parking spot, for example, or spotting a $20 bill on the sidewalk — improves memories of specific events. This is in addition to the long-established role that unexpectedly good outcomes have in influencing what are called integrated […]

[Panda Arts] Here Are The Best 11 Photos Of 2019 Texas SandFest And Facepalming Lincoln Is The Winner

http://bit.ly/2VOAMcQ Each year Texas SandFest gathers massive crowds to the beach in Port Aransas. The biggest event of the year invites thousands of people to gaze at extraordinary sand art situated along the coast. This year, 20 sculptors from around the world decided to show off their incredible skills for the competition. The event was […]

Chance the Rapper does the impossible and brings back Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets

It pains us to thank a brand for anything, so we will instead thank Chance the Rapper, whose tweet about Wendy’s beloved Spicy Chicken Nuggets has (probably) led to their return to the menu. On Saturday, Chance included the nuggets in a “positive affirmations” tweet. “I WILL have a good day today, I will succeed […]

Prince Harry is ‘over the moon’ after Meghan Markle gives birth to a baby boy

The royal family has officially welcomed a new member. On Monday, the @sussexroyal Instagram account announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “overjoyed” to welcome the birth of their son, and Prince Harry later confirmed the new addition to his family to the press. Though the name of the baby boy has yet […]

Bullying among adolescents hurts both the victims and the perpetrators

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J About a tenth of adolescents across the globe have been the victim of psychological or physical violence from their classmates. In a new study researchers show that victims and their perpetrators both suffer as a result of these attacks: They are more inclined to consume alcohol and tobacco, are more likely to complain of […]

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The loss of animals, often due to unregulated or illegal hunting, has consequences for the carbon storage capacity of forests, yet this link is rarely mentioned in high-level climate policy discussions, according to a new study. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2WpyNsp

BBRG: Vanguard Fund Investors Get Control of Paying Taxes

Vanguard Fund Investors Get Control of Paying Taxes The big money manager found a way to defer taxes on mutual-fund capital gains via exchanged-traded funds. Bloomberg, May 6 2019       Last week’s big story about Vanguard Group’s patented tax dodge raised some interesting legal and tax issues. Our charge today is to try and take a slightly… […]

Start Your Day Off With A Smile, And 15 Pictures Of These Adorable Bottle Babies

Here’s something that will brighten your day; a fuzzy flurry of cute kittens who have a brighter life ahead, thanks to readers like you. These kittens were brought to an animal shelter before their own mothers could wean them. They were found on the streets, and likely wouldn’t last much longer without food. Thankfully, they […]

ESF teacher in Hong Kong threatens to jump from roof of West Island School campus after ‘being told she could lose her job’

A teacher at an international school threatened to jump from a rooftop in Pok Fu Lam on Monday, after she was allegedly informed she could be terminated.The 36 year-old teacher who taught Chinese at West Island School, run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF) – the largest international school organisation in Hong Kong – was […]

Jailhouse drama ends for mainland duo arrested for using fake passes to sneak their way backstage at Hong Kong Film Awards

Two mainland Chinese men who tricked their way backstage at Hong Kong’s star-studded film awards to take exclusive photos were released from jail on Monday with suspended sentences.Hu Fangxu, 36, a media worker from Shenyang, was sentenced to two months in jail, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty earlier to one count of fraud […]

Nature’s dangerous decline ‘unprecedented,’ species extinction rates ‘accelerating’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily http://bit.ly/2VNAQJZ

World is ‘on notice’ as major UN report shows one million species face extinction

A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail without radical action, UN biodiversity experts said on Monday. source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1037941

Japanese Dad Designs A T-Shirt With A Train Track So His Son Would Give Him A Massage While Playing

http://bit.ly/2V78BSh He who does not love a good back massage shall cast the first stone. With all seriousness though, we live in an age of intellectual labor which means that a lot of us spend an entire workday sitting on an office chair. That certainly can’t be good for your physique and after a long […]

Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing

Foxconn’s billionaire chairman and aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate Terry Gou has called on Beijing to recognise the “Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official title.Gou also said he had no plan to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, countering critics who claim he would sell out the self-ruled island because of his multibillion-US dollar manufacturing empire on the […]

Beijing ‘warns off’ US warships in South China Sea as tensions rise

China expressed its “strong opposition” on Monday after two US warships sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea.It is the third time this year that Washington has challenged Beijing’s maritime claims in the region amid escalating rivalry between the two powers.Guided-missile destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung-Hoon passed within 12 nautical miles of […]

China fires up drills near Taiwan Strait in test of combat strength

Beijing is conducting live-fire military drills at the northern end of the Taiwan Strait as it signals its resolve to thwart “pro-independence forces” in Taiwan.Authorities in the small city of Yuhuan, Zhejiang province, notified the public on Sunday that a “no-sail zone” and “no-fishing zone” would be in effect in the area until Friday night.It […]