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Mitchell Slep
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For anyone who's ever been to a Sichuan Chinese restaurant and experienced the "numbing spiciness" of a Hot Pot, this is why those peppers cause that sensation. The researchers make an interesting point: the peppers don't have much flavor themselves, which makes you wonder why it's so pleasant to eat them and how much tactile sensations play into our sense of taste:

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Narrow escape from a Darwin Award.

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Some intense ant action on my way to work. #autoawesome  
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Love the idea of a biotic arcade: "action games that use real-life organisms."

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Fun fact of the day.
Okay so this is just nuts: "The more people were likely to endorse the idea Princess Diana was murdered, the more they were likely to believe that Princess Diana is alive." Why conspiracy theories make no sense to me: http://www.livescience.com/28428-conspiracy-beliefs-by-political-party.html

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Congratulations to the +Princeton University Fencing Team for winning the NCAA Championships for the first time in nearly 50 years!

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Great story about a Russian family of 5 who lived in a remote part of Siberia for 40 years without outside contact. Two of the children had never seen anyone outside their family until they were discovered. When will the world be too crowded for people to live like this?

"The family's principal entertainment... was for everyone to recount their dreams."

"What amazed him most of all... was a transparent cellophane package. 'Lord, what have they thought up—it is glass, but it crumples!'"

"Famine was an ever-present danger... and by spring the family had been reduced to eating shoes and bark."

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Beautiful sunset tonight.
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