Olfactory Artist Has Crafted A ‘Holy Water’ Sculpture That Smells Like Vagina

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Peter De Cupere, our favorite olfactory artist, has created a new work exploring the space between divine and embodied representations of women. His piece, entitled “The Deflowering,” contains a rather unusual medium: the (organically and mysteriously obtained) scent of vagina.

De Cupere has crafted a statue of the Madonna made from what he refers to as “frozen holy water.” In an olfactory performance, the statue is placed atop a spot carefully fashioned to smell like woman (i.e. vagina). When the holy water begins to melt, the immediate vicinity of air is imbued with the scent of passion. The work will only be on view for two hours, while the Madonna figure melts. Viewers are then permitted to rub their fingers in the puddle of holy water, but doing so results in a vaginal odor lingering on your person for an extended period of time.

When we reached out to De Cupere for more information on this unorthodox endeavor, our first question was: Why? His answer was twofold. “Religion has always been an interesting issue in art,” he began. “The reason is simple, because it’s conservative, an old and closed idea and art is the opposite, it’s progressive and —> Read More Here

Scientists Say We’re All A Little Bit Face-ist

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Seems everyone’s a little bit “face-ist,” sometimes. That is, we make subtle and essentially irrational judgments about people based on their facial features — and use these judgments to make important decisions like hiring a new employee, voting for a political candidate, or determining the guilt or innocence of someone accused of a crime.

That’s the troubling take-away from a new research paper entitled “Social attributions from faces bias human choices.”

“Although we would like to think our judgments and choices are rational, impartial, consistent, and solely based on relevant information, the truth is that they are often biased by superficial and irrelevant factors,” Dr. Christopher Olivola, lead author of the paper and a marketing professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, said in a written statement. “This is a troubling human tendency that needs to be corrected, or at least mitigated, because faces are not valid predictors of a person’s traits.”

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Faces generated by data-driven computational models of evaluations of (A) competence, (B) dominance, (C) extroversion, and (D) trustworthiness. The face in the middle column represents an average face in the statistical model. Faces in the right column are above average for each trait, —> Read More Here

Questioning the Impact Theory: What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

Which is the main culprit for the terminal Cretaceous extinction: the Chicxulub impact or Deccan Traps volcanism? Upper Image: Donald Davis, NASA JPL Lower Image: USGS

Which is the main culprit for the terminal Cretaceous extinction: the Chicxulub impact or Deccan Traps volcanism? Upper Image: Donald Davis, NASA JPL
Lower Image: USGS

About sixty five and a half million years ago, the Earth suffered its largest known cosmic impact. An asteroid or comet nucleus about 10 km in diameter slammed into what is now the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. It gouged out a crater 180 to 200 km in diameter; nearly twice as large as the prominent crater Copernicus on Earth’s moon. But did this impact really cause the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other forms of life? Many earth scientists are convinced that it did, but some harbor nagging doubts. The doubters have marshaled a growing body of evidence for another culprit; the enormous volcanic eruptions that produced the Deccan Traps formation in India. The skeptics recently presented their case at a meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, Canada on October 19.(…)
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World population likely to peak by 2070

World population will likely peak at around 9.4 billion around 2070 and then decline to around 9 billion by 2100, according to new population projections from IIASA researchers, published in a new book, World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century. Alternative scenarios included in the projections range from 7 billion to almost 13 billion by 2100. The book was officially launched today at an event at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. —> Read More Here

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