Facebook Will Today Debut New Ways to Filter News Feed, Larger Images
Facebook is holding a press event today (March 7th) to announce a new look for the news feed, and reports were out Wednesday that the social networking giant is going to debut new ways to filter the news feed, as well as the incorporation of larger images. Users will be able to have a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos, as well as a revamped Music feed of what friends are listening to, concerts, and new albums. There will also be larger images from users, Pages and ads, and more image-based ads in both the web and mobile feeds. According to TechCrunch, the goal is to keep users on Facebook longer, which will allow them to see more — and with the larger images feature — more “in your face” ads.
Is Howard Stern Being Eyed to Take Over ‘Late Night’ From Jimmy Fallon?
Hot on the heels of the recent report that NBC is looking to retire Jay Leno when his Tonight Show contract ends next year and replace him with current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, comes a new story that the network is eyeing longtime radio “shock jock” and current America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern to take over for Fallon on the later show when that happens. The New York Post’s Linda Stasi reported Wednesday (March 6th) that Stern is being, quote, “groomed” by NBC for the job, citing sources close to him, although Stasi said someone she described as a “high-placed source” at NBC denied the rumor. Some factors argue against it, most prominently Stern’s raunchy reputation, although the time he’s put in on America’s Got Talent showing he can perform clean could help mitigate that. Then there’s the age concern: if NBC is looking to move on from Leno because he’s too old, why would they hire Stern, who at 59 is just three years younger than him, to host Late Night, which traditionally has a younger host and skews towards a younger audience?
Placebos Work Better On Nice People
Researchers find that placebos have a greate effect on nice individuals. For the study, scientists administed personality tests to 50-health participants and then gave each one a painful injection followed by a fake, or placebo, pain killer. They found that participants who were found to be resilient, straightforward or altruistic experience a greater reduction in pain from the placebo compared to those who were found to have an angry or hostile personality. Brain scans taken during the experiement to measure the amount of natural painkillers present in the brain called mu-opioids found that the brains of people with more “agreeable” personalities released more mu-opioids than those with angry personalities. (Scientific American)
The Science Of Beer Goggles
U.K. researchers say that men and women don’t actually see each other differently after a few drinks, but that they do have more desire. Dr. Amanda Ellison, a researcher at Durham University in the U.K. says that the part of brain responsible for making us want to mate continues to work even when we are very intoxicated. However, drinking alcohol shuts down the part of the brain responsible for impulse control, including sexual impulses. Ellison says that these two things together can mean people are less selective about who to mate with. In a related study, scientists found that people who were made to believe they were drunk and then asked to deliver a speech gave themselves better marks than those who believed they were sober– regardless of how drunk they actually were. The study concluded that the more alcohol one consumes the more attractive they find themselves. (TIME)
We’re Buying American Again
More of us are making an effort to seek out and buy products that were made in the U.S., CNBC reports, as the Great Recession and slow economic recovery have helped many Americans realize that the trade-off for cheap goods made overseas in places like China is the loss of manufacturing jobs here at home. Partly due to this shift in the zeitgeist, companies are focusing more on U.S manufacturing again. Walmart announced earlier this year that it will increase sourcing of U.S. products by $50 billion during the next 10 years, and General Electric is investing $1 billion through 2014 to revitalize its U.S. appliances business and create more than 1,500 American jobs. CNBC says that even small independent retailers are catering to the desire for American-made products. It’s not just patriotism driving this for companies, however. A combination of factors including rising labor costs are reducing the price advantage of overseas manufacturing for U.S. companies.