How Smiles In Yearbook Photos Have Evolved Over The Last 100 Years

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have recently completed an intensive study on the evolution of smiling in yearbook portraits over the last 100 years.

The mammoth undertaking involved sifting through 150,000 high school portraits from the digital archives of school across America, with some of them dated as early as 1905.

After filtering out non-full-frontal portraits using machine vision, the number was narrowed down to 37,000 photos from 800 yearbooks in 26 cities.

The photos were then grouped by decade and merged into one composite image to create an “average” image for that decade.

The findings reveal that both men and women wore bigger and wider smiles over the years. Another finding was that that women “significantly and consistently smile more than men”, a fact that is already known.

Read more about the study here.

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Infographic: 10 Best Indoor Plants That Help To Purify The Air In Your Home

If you’re looking to keep plants in your home but have no idea what types are suitable for the indoors, this infographic by UK-based online store Lark & Larks might help.

The plants are characterized according to their properties; all of them help purify the air and most are easy to look after, while some are toxic to pets or require lots of sunlight.

Check out the infographic below to learn more.



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Watch: How To Make Friends Easily, According To Science

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When it comes to making new friends, little interactions and subtle body language can go a long way.

This video by BuzzFeed highlights the scientific methods you can use to make friends easily.

For example, creating a time constraint lets people know they will not be trapped forever in conversation, thus being more willing to chat with you.

Click play on the video below to find out more.

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‘Perfect, World’s Sharpest’ Razor Has A Sapphire Blade, Is Now Affordable

If you are looking to upgrade your razor in the new year, you should look no further than the luxurious Zafirro, which is “the biggest advance in razor blade technology in more than a half century”.

Featuring a pure, white sapphire blade, it is the sharpest razor in the world, and lasts about 100 times longer than your regular razor.

With sapphire being second only to diamond in terms of innate hardness, Zafirro’s blade is 10 times sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel—at about just 80 atoms at the tip, its width is 5,000 times smaller than that of a human hair.

The first Zafirro product, the ‘Zafirro Iridium’, retailed at an astronomical price point of US$100,000, while the ‘Zafirro Gold’ that followed it costs a whooping US$18,000.

However, this cutting-edge razor is no longer out of the reach of the masses—the Zafirro Z2 Razor launched on Kickstarter recently, and pledges currently start from only US$179.

Prices is set to be considerably higher once the razor hits the market, so pledge for it here if you would like to be among the first to enjoy it.

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Photographer Literally Captures Wedding Through Eyes Of Its Guests

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Photographer Peter Adams-Shawn of Memories of Tomorrow Photography has put together ‘Eyescapes’, a slideshow comprising images of a wedding that he documented via the eyes of its guests.

The visuals are all single exposures taken on the special day and not composites created in Photoshop.

View the pictures in the video below and see more of Adams-Shawn’s works here.

You can also check out this enchanting video captured by a dog of its humans’ wedding day.

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Useful Scientific Ways To Prevent Awkward Conversations Once And For All


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Enlisting the expertise of San Francisco-based communication coach, Katarina Razavi, The Next Web offers three scientific ways to help you prevent awkward conversations through an understanding of how your brain perceives signals, with tips on making it work positively for you.

Double-check yourself during conversations.

To overcome situations where you find yourself going blank on the simplest details in a conversation such as a person’s name, it is key to take a moment and review the list of things your mind is juggling all at once. Once you have identified the culprits of distraction, take a breath and re-focus on the topic and person at hand.

Develop healthy social habits.

Forming a social habit that involves an engaging structure can help you remove the stress and navigate a conversation meaningfully. The Habit Loop, which consists of cues, routines and rewards is a useful example; consisting of a trigger, which initiates a habit, a go-to greeting or an open-ended question to develop a conversation, and finally, reaping the good vibes of making successful connections with people.

Write things down.

Penning your thoughts and feelings before a high-stress situation can do wonders in calming you down and helping you be more confident in conversations. Similar to how computers tend to slow down if too many tabs are open, filling our brain with too many speculations will exhaust you. To free yourself of this, form a habit of writing down your stream of consciousness, or even a creative story that visualizes the event.

Read the full article here.

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Delightful Pop Culture Puns Cleverly Depicted As Adorable Illustrations



The King Of Pop

Artist and T-shirt designer Daniel Stevens, previously featured for his minimalist designs, returns with a series of works that depict pop culture puns as adorable illustrations.

With characters like the planet Mercury as Queen’s singer Freddie Mercury, and a can of soda as “The King Of Pop”, his clever illustrations are surely a delight to look at.

Check them out below, and head to his shop for more designs.



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Infographic: Four Tips To Working Productively From Home

WhereDatApp, which previously showed us five productive habits to do throughout your day, is back with another infographic.

Created for those of you who work from home, the infographic shares four tips that you can do to be more productive while working.

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LOL: The Résumé Of Darth Vader

You’ve seen James Bond’s résumé, now check out Darth Vader’s CV.

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, résumé template website Novorésumé have created a résumé that humorously outlines Vader’s skills and achievements throughout the series.

Check it out below.



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What Your Favorite Christmas Song Says About Your Holiday Decorating Style



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You know that Christmas is just around the corner when radio stations and the malls start playing holiday tunes.

Country Living has put together a personality analysis that reveals your holiday decorating style based on your favorite Christmas song.

Jingle Bells: You like to keep your decorations classic and fun.

If Jingle Bells is your all-time favorite song, you appreciate elegant decors but would also like to include light-hearted elements throughout your home. You can adorn your tree with jingle bells and red jute webbing.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Christmas is all about cuddling.

Your ideal Christmas celebration is to snuggle up around the fireplace, or next to the tree, and spend time with your loved ones while being comfy under thick warm blankets. You may like to adorn your tree with gold lights, silver and red ornaments, along with gold letters stringed with the title of your favorite carol.

The 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas is not limited to just 25 December.

You start planning for the holidays in November, and will not leave any room spared of Christmas decorations. You go all out to spread the festive joy by adding in patterns, colors, and extravagant details. You can decorate your tree as an advent calendar, filling it up with surprises that count down to the days leading up to Christmas.

Which of these are your favorite Christmas songs?

Head over here to read the full list.

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