Is a hot dog a sandwich? Science has the answer.

It’s a question that’s been causing a stir since the invention of the hot dog bun in 1871. The bun, originally intended as a way to protect the eater’s hands from being burned by the hot dog, is now almost synonymous with the tube meat it envelopes — and is the catalyst for the controversy surrounding…

MIT “DadBOT” experiment stagnant nearly one year later

An experiment that was quietly launched by several members of the MIT AI Labs Team last year has failed to yield any positive results so far. Touted as an “exciting experiment,” the program is designed to receive questions from users via social media platforms, and then an autonomous “bot” provides advice or counsel in the…

Do you watch pimple popping videos? You might be a psychopath.

More and more people admit to being weirdly satisfied by watching a pimple being popped on someone else. Some people say it’s relaxing, some people say it eases their anxiety. But it may actually mean you are a psychopath. The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), the psychopath diagnostic tool designed by Robert Hare, is used to develop…

Silencing your cell phone may signal a higher IQ

A woman is sitting in a cafe talking to a friend, and her cell phone starts ringing. She looks at it, decides not to take the call, and silences the call using the button provided. Across the cafe, another woman hears her phone ring. She looks at it, decides not to take the call, and sets her cell phone back…