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Colour-changing ice cream is now a reality

After hearing about glow-in-the-dark ice cream, breast milk ice cream, crocodile egg ice cream and of course, Viagra ice cream, I didn’t think there were any more ways for frozen milk to surprise us. Of course, I was wrong. A Spanish scientist has now invented colour-changing ice cream. As PSFK reports, Manuel Linares, a physicist from Catalonia, says that his …

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Diane ShipleyColour-changing ice cream is now a reality
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Other people’s brainwaves can predict what we want to watch

Scientists have known for a long time that certain areas of our brains light up when we’re enjoying what we’re watching. But researchers from the City College of New York and Georgia Tech wanted to find out if they could use the reactions of a small group of people to predict how millions more would react to TV shows and …

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Diane ShipleyOther people’s brainwaves can predict what we want to watch
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Science can predict which selfies we’ll like best

We’d always thought that, despite this photo app-heavy era, it’s possible to make real connections online that aren’t defined by how people look. Turns out, we’re idealistic fools and human beings are depressingly superficial. Psychologists from the University of York conducted a new study to find out whether they could predict how their subjects would judge others, based on a …

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Diane ShipleyScience can predict which selfies we’ll like best
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The Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building

Here at the shinyshiny offices, we have a bit of a soft spot for the friendly-looking Gherkin (real name 30 St Mary Axe) just around the corner. So when news of its imminent sale broke this morning, we put our heads together and decided there are some much better uses for the pickle-shaped building… 1. Giant greenhouse Like a sky-high answer to Kew …

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Sadie HaleThe Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building
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Does being supportive make you more attractive?

Repeat after me: ‘Oh no, that must have been awful for you.’ There. You just instantly became more attractive to men (hey, it’s cheaper than buying an LBD). Use that – or a similarly supportive phrase – on a first date or even in an initial tweet with a guy you’re really into, and you could’ve made a love match …

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Diane ShipleyDoes being supportive make you more attractive?
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Avatars encourage us to spill our secrets, says study

Many of us only talk to our computers when we’ve got something negative to say, like when the internet goes down again and we unleash a few phrases that might not be strictly PG. But slap a vaguely human face on that sucker, and apparently we’ll tell it anything it asks. A new U.S study has found that computer avatars are …

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Diane ShipleyAvatars encourage us to spill our secrets, says study
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One for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you

According to research, the tattoo removal industry is booming, as more and more people begin to regret the now-faded blue symbols and transient sweethearts they’ve had inked onto their bodies. The ever-judgemental Katie Hopkins has labelled tattoos ‘cheap’, ‘trashy’ and ‘common’, while one writer for The Guardian has commented on her struggle to come to terms with the new wave of tattoos sported by otherwise …

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Sadie HaleOne for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you
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The world’s longest tattoo chain: Alice in Wonderland, sentence by sentence, on over 5,000 human subjects

A company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to (temporarily) ink the entirety of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ onto over 5,000 separate bodies. Litographs, which is known for its literary-inspired T-shirts, posters and tote bags, wants to inscribe Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel sentence by painstaking sentence on eager bibliophiles, thereby hopefully creating the world’s longest tattoo chain. Each tattoo …

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Sadie HaleThe world’s longest tattoo chain: Alice in Wonderland, sentence by sentence, on over 5,000 human subjects
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This photographer turned spam emails into art

If you’re at all influenced by emotional blackmail and have ever almost been convinced that a Nigerian prince really will give you a share of his fortune if you just let him borrow your bank account for 24 hours, you might want to avoid this exhibition that brings junk emails poignantly to life. Instead of consigning her spam to the …

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Diane ShipleyThis photographer turned spam emails into art
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HootSuite has turned classic novel titles into clickable headlines

That BuzzFeed has a lot to answer for (as does Upworthy to be fair). Anyhow the folks at HootSuite have spent the day re-imagining the titles of classic novels as if they were dreamt up by social media driven, link-bait hungry hack (err that’s us too) Not only are the new headlines funny, they also prove that the books are still as …

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Hayley MinnHootSuite has turned classic novel titles into clickable headlines
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Now Facebook’s annoyed William Shatner

He may be everyone’s favourite eccentric granddad, but the OG Captain Kirk isn’t such a fan of Facebook after trying out their Mentions app and finding it lacking. In the first content post on his new Tumblr, Shatner Specials, the actor/singer/gravel-voiced icon details his experience of using the iOS app, which (ironically given his impassioned cover version of Pulp’s Common …

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Diane ShipleyNow Facebook’s annoyed William Shatner
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INSIGHT – Why favouriting tweets should be stopped

I’m sorry everyone. I’m going to have to come out and say it. I don’t like people who favourite on Twitter. I’m guilty of doing it too, and thus a hypocrite, but here’s why it’s rubbish, and shouldn’t be a thing. Twitter is not Facebook, and shouldn’t be used in the same way. Like everyone else, I CARE about likes …

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Hayley MinnINSIGHT – Why favouriting tweets should be stopped
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The Selfie Toaster makes it possible to eat your own face every morning!

Just when we thought selfies couldn’t get any more of a thing, along comes the Selfie Toaster. Yes, you read that right. Created by the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, for only $75, you can put your face on a piece of bread and then eat it for breakfast every morning. Just like Jesus. Or just someone really narcissistic. We’re just …

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Hayley MinnThe Selfie Toaster makes it possible to eat your own face every morning!
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#SpaceSelfie Kickstarter wants to take your photo in space

How would you like a selfie that’s out of this world? Literally. There are lots of unusual places to take a photo of yourself, but a genuine pic from space would give you serious bragging rights. A new Kickstarter wants to make that scenario a reality, without you having to undergo years of gruelling astronaut training just so you can …

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Diane Shipley#SpaceSelfie Kickstarter wants to take your photo in space
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Virgin Trains are making it so much easier to find a lost teddy with the Teddy Tracker

Everyone has had that gut-wrenching feeling when you’ve left your phone or shopping on the train. While we can’t help you with finding these items ever again, Virgin Trains are making it possible to find your lost teddies. The Virgin Trains teddy tracker, launched today, can be personalised and tied around a teddy’s paw, so he can be identified and, …

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Hayley MinnVirgin Trains are making it so much easier to find a lost teddy with the Teddy Tracker
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Friends are genetically similar, says study

Next time someone rejects your offer of friendship on Facebook or (god forbid), IRL, don’t feel too bad: it might not be your looks or personality they found offensive, but your genome. A new US study claims that friends are more genetically similar than strangers. Researchers looked at tissue samples of around 2000 people from a small town and found …

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Diane ShipleyFriends are genetically similar, says study
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INSTAGRAM: Top 12 London-based tattoo artists you should be following

Sure Instagram has revolutionised the way we can make sharing a photo of a salad so achingly cool (#clean #cleaneating #healthy), ensure any scene from 2014 looks like it was taken on a really lame camera decades before and tilt-shift the sh*t out of our pets. But you know where it’s made a huge, life-changing, money-making difference? For those working in …

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Becca CaddyINSTAGRAM: Top 12 London-based tattoo artists you should be following
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Could you leave Facebook for 99 days?

We never know how we feel about Facebook these days. We’re constantly telling ourselves we hate the never-ending stream of Candy Crush invitations, invitations to club nights we’re never going to go to, because they’re in Newcastle, and the whole everyone knowing our business thing. However, we know that if we left it for a day we’d get ultimate FOMO …

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Hayley MinnCould you leave Facebook for 99 days?
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13 lies we tell ourselves about online shopping

1) Lie: I have nothing to wear Truth: I have at least 74 dresses that I COULD wear, but I’ve worn them all once this year, so everyone’s already seen me wearing it on Facebook. Really, I just need something different to wear for a new profile picture. 2) Lie: My wardrobe could really use an update. Truth: I need …

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Hayley Minn13 lies we tell ourselves about online shopping
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Spotify reveals the top 10 wedding first dance songs

Wedding days come with a lot of dilemmas. It might not be as tricky as finding the right dress, working out how to keep warring relatives away from each other for the length of the ceremony, or walking away from the whole shebang for less than £10,000, but picking a song for your first dance is still a big deal. …

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Diane ShipleySpotify reveals the top 10 wedding first dance songs