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Bright Ideas: De pracht van Prisma
Een foto van de kat veranderen in een Mondriaan? Of in een tekening die zo uit een Manga-strip lijkt te komen? Zelfgemaakte foto's omzetten in een heus kunstwerk: met behulp van de app Prisma is het een kwestie van een paar simpele handelingen. Sinds de lancering begin juni is Prisma al 55 miljoen keer gedownload. Meer dan een miljard foto's is tot kunstwerk omgetoverd. "Het succes van de app was een complete verrassing voor ons", zegt Aram Airapetyan (22), één van de in...

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Nieuwe Dyson-ventilator met verwarmer en luchtreiniger
Dyson maakt al jaren strakke ventilatoren zonder zichtbare bladen. En het merk van de Britse uitvinder James Dyson maakt ook luchtverwarmers en luchtreinigers volgens hetzelfde ontwerp. Met de nieuwe Pure Hot+Cool Link-ventilator krijg je alle drie de functies in één apparaat. In de zomer koelt hij, in de winter verwarmt hij en ondertussen reinigt hij de lucht die hij versneld weer uitblaast met een verwisselbaar HEPA-filter. Bovendien is de multifunctionele model ook vanaf een afstand te...

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Video: Snowden over de negatieve én positieve impact van technologie
De animaties in onderstaande video zijn gemaakt met inzendingen van internetters, door acteur en regisseur Joseph Gordon-Levitt verzameld via zijn samenwerkplatform HitRecord. Kijk meer Video's van de Dag Tonie van Ringelestijn Video van de Dag Kleine weergaveBreaking push notifications Tonen in hoofdsectie Snowden over impact van technologie in hippe clipNiet tonen op sectiepagina Zichtbaar 431810

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Science Finally Explains Why The Word “Moist” Makes You Cringe

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Can we all agree that “moist” is the worst word to ever enter the English language? One study found that at least 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population finds the word repulsive, as they should.


Surprisingly, word aversion is fairly common. Words like “crevice,” “slacks,” and “luggage” cause similar reactions to “moist,” though to a much lesser degree. So what is it about “moist” specifically that is so grating to human ears? Psychologist and assistant professor Paul Thibodeau published a study this past April that examined the root cause behind this specific trigger.

According to Scientific American, Thibodeau and his team asked participants to judge 29 words based on six specific qualities. Among those qualities were how often they used the word, what negative or positive associations they connected with it, and how exciting or arousing it was. All 29 words either had phonologically similarities to “moist” or semantic ones—that is, they either sounded alike or had similar sexual or bodily connotations. 

Four hundred participants and five separate experiments later, Thibodeau found that people hate “moist” largely due to its bodily associations. Surprised? If so, you’re likely unbothered by semantically similar words like “wet” and “damp,” which particularly irked the “moist”-hating crowd.  Predictably, “phlegm” and “puke” didn’t rank so well in the word popularity contest, but then again, how can you blame two words with mental imagery that strong?

Though there is something almost poetic about moist when you squint your eyes and view it from a distance. The way you have to pucker your lips to say it and focus on the bacteria haven within your own mouth deserves some credit. It definitely has more character than “joist” or “hoist,” two words that sound like the etymological equivalent of 1950s pod people. Yeah, I’d even argue “moist” has some grit.

Love it or hate it, “moist” is here to stay (if only because we’re not going to stop eating cake anytime soon). 

Russia Wants Its Olympic Medalists To Ride In Style

Sofya Velikaya won a gold and silver for Russia in fencing. (Getty Images / Yekaterina Shtukina)

After surviving doping bans, revoked doping bans, and constant heckling from the crowds in Rio, Russia’s top Olympians finally caught a break this week. At a ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the Kremlin announced it will give new BMWs to the country’s 56 medalists.

In addition to the cars, Russian Olympic medalists also earn cash rewards—$62,000 for gold, $39,000 for silver, and $26,000 for bronze. For comparison, the U.S. Olympic Committee pays gold medalists $25,000 and zero cars.

Despite the honor of receiving a crossover vehicle from President Putin himself, an unnamed athlete has already listed his Olympic-branded whip for sale. You can purchase it for 4.7 million roubles, around $72,000.

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