first_imgAlt rockers The Pixes have officially announced the details of their forthcoming studio album, ‘Indie Cindy,’ the band’s first release since 1991’s Trompe le Monde.Available via the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic, the new record is a compilation of recent EPs.Produced by Gil Norton (who was also behind Doolittle, Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde) the recording features Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering as well as bassist “Ding,” also known as Simon Archer. Not on the record are former bassists for the band Kim Deal and Kim Shattuck. Their current touring bassist—Pax Lenchantin—won’t be featured on the new release either.Indie Cindy will be released on April 29th in a variety of forms. A limited number—5,000 to be exact—of deluxe editions featuring a 13 live track album Live in the USA , recorded on the band’s recent tour, will also be available via their website.Along with the announcement of Indie Cindy came a video for “Snakes,” one of the tracks off the new album:-Sarah Compo (@sarahcompo)last_img read more

NAFCU, others set record straight on data security

first_imgIn joint letters sent to both the House and Senate yesterday, NAFCU and five other financial trades refuted “misleading and counterproductive” statements being made by retailers about data security breaches in hearings this week.The letters recognized and appreciated the acceptance of responsibility taken on behalf of Target and Neiman Marcus, whose executives have testified before Congress this week on their data breaches. The executives, in their testimony, accepted responsibility and agreed to work with lawmakers and the financial industry to better protect consumers.However, the industry trades also pointed out that many in the retail industry do not appear to share the views expressed by Target and Neiman Marcus and attempt to divert attention and duck responsibility. In an effort to set the record straight, NAFCU and the other financial trades noted the following:In 2013, 77 percent of data breaches occurred at healthcare facilities and other retailers and only 4 percent at financial institutions.Chip-and-pin technology is not a cure-all, as these recent breaches involved intrusions into computer networks of companies. The companies’ internal firewalls were breached, and new card technology could not have prevented that.Currently, it is up to financial institutions to make breach-affected consumers’ whole. They are the ones replacing cards and reimbursing consumers for fraudulent charges and often are not reimbursed themselves. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New Research in Psychological Science

first_imgHigher-Level Meta-Adaptation Mitigates Visual Distortions Produced by Lower-Level AdaptationXinyu Liu and Stephen A. EngelThe human visual system adapts to the environment to improve perception—a low-level adaptation that can have negative consequences, such as perception errors (e.g., in visual illusions). Liu and Engel investigated how the visual system may resolve these negative consequences. Participants observed flickering checkerboards that caused a normal face to appear distorted because of the referred low-level adaptation. Through repeated viewing, participants’ visual systems adapted to the adaptation-distorted face. This process, which represents meta-adaptation, made the distorted face gradually appear more normal, indicating that it might be a general strategy to correct negative consequences of low-level adaptation. Transaction Frame Determines Preferences: Valuation of Labor by Employee and ContractorIlana Ritov and Amos SchurrDoes an economy heavily reliant on freelancing and job contracts (vs. a traditional economy with fixed wages) change how individuals value labor? In three experiments, Ritov and Schurr found that individuals were willing to pay more in employment-wage settings than in contract-pricing settings, despite finding no evidence that the effort put into the task was higher in employment-wage settings than in contract-pricing settings. These findings support the idea that today’s economic reality, in which wage setting is often replaced by contract pricing, might increase inequality among workers. Anxiety Impedes Adaptive Social Learning Under UncertaintyAmrita Lamba, Michael J. Frank, and Oriel FeldmanHallIndividuals with anxiety may have less tolerance for uncertainty and, therefore, greater difficulty learning in uncertain contexts. Participants invested money in partners who then decided how much money to return to the “investors.” Unbeknownst to the participants, the return followed a researcher-determined pattern that changed across the experiment, creating uncertainty. Participants without anxiety quickly learned to stop investing when the partner was exploitative, whereas participants with anxiety overinvested in exploitative partners. Computational modeling attributed this pattern to reduced learning from negative events among anxious individuals, indicating a lack of adaptive social choice. Strong Effort Manipulations Reduce Response Caution: A Preregistered Reinvention of the Ego-Depletion ParadigmHause Lin, Blair Saunders, Malte Friese, Nathan J. Evans, and Michael InzlichAfter exerting mental effort, people are likely to disengage and become uninterested in exerting further effort, this research suggests. Participants either counted symbols, which demanded high effort, or watched a wildlife video, which demanded low effort. Afterward, they performed a Stroop task in which they indicated the colors of letters used to write out color names. Lin and colleagues applied a diffusion model to the data and performed Bayesian analyses. The results showed that the high-effort task reduced participants’ caution in responding but not their information-processing speed or inhibition. Making It Harder to “See” Meaning: The More You See Something, the More Its Conceptual Representation Is Susceptible to Visual InterferenceCharles P. Davis, Gitte H. Joergensen, Peter Boddy, Caitlin Dowling, and Eiling YeeThe meanings of things people see frequently appear to be partly represented in the visual system, this research suggests. Davis and colleagues show that a concurrent visual task (e.g., identifying a previously presented form) slows down the judgment of word meanings (e.g., is sunset an animal?, is breeze an animal?) in proportion to how much visual experience people have with the words’ referents (e.g., sunsets are seen but not breezes). Thus, having to visually scan through unrelated things while searching for something specific may interfere with our ability to think about the thing we are searching for. Think of those times you looked inside the refrigerator only to forget what you were looking for in the first place.last_img read more

We already know who causes the incredible stench in a summer…

first_imgRiding in a crowded tram or public transport bus brings one unpleasant experience in the summer – the smell of sweaty bodies. Manufacturers of deodorants and antiperspirants have therefore been trying for years to find out exactly how this abrasion occurs.Now they have the help of a team of researchers from the University of York, who published the article The molecular basis of thialcohol production in human body odor in the prestigious journal Nature.Thioalcohols (thiols) are quite common in living matter and are part of the smell of both garlic and skunks. In the case of a sweaty human body, it is not directly a secretion that would produce our own organism, but behind it is microbes – bacteria that have settled in our armpits.Researchers in York traced the cause of the odor in the armpitThis is especially Staphylococcus hominis, for which our armpit sweat and one of its components – Cys-Gly-3M3SH – is literally a royal feast. But it has one catch. The metabolism of the bacterium transforms harmless, odorless material into those sulfur thiols.The discovery of scientists could lead to the next generation of deodorants that will target this bacterium directly, thus preventing it from producing that often incredible odor.last_img read more

Brazil legend Zico to stand for FIFA presidency

first_img“I feel I am capable. For sure, certain rules need to change,” not least the constant “horse-trading” necessitated by the need to gather the support of at least five federations.“That need to have five federations behind you, I think that is where the corruption starts” as favours are offered, asked for or called in, Zico said.“Much needs to change and much is going to happen”He pointed out he had come to the conclusion he ought to make a formal bid to stand after talking with former Portugal star Figo, who briefly expressed his own desire to stand for the post before pulling out last month.“I was asked if I had talked with Figo about his being a candidate for FIFA. I said I had and that set me thinking.”Blatter has already announced he will stand down from the job after the organisation he has headed since 1998 was engulfed in a series of corruption allegations.Zico, who has experience of the game at managerial level having notably coached Japan, said he believed the game had to undergo wide-ranging reforms.But he added he believed it was right that Blatter be allowed to stay in place prior to a vote on a successor due to be elected between December and March.“This will allow him to make an orderly handover,” Zico told reporters in Rio.Zico, nicknamed the “White Pele” during a playing career which never yielded a World Cup triumph, joked that controversial Argentine legend Diego Maradona might be a potential vice-president.Maradona, a World Cup winner in 1986, was banned for doping eight years later and a previous drugs ban while playing in Italy would suggest he has little chance of joining the game’s establishment.But he is a football name — and he has every right therefore to “put his name forward” if he wished to do so, Zico said.He stressed that his own — albeit brief — experience two decades ago of serving as Brazilian minister of sport was an extra string to his bow.“I bring to the table experience and knowledge,” he insisted.While underlining his interest in standing for a revamped FIFA, Zico said he would first insist on a simplified voting system which is less open to “horsetrading and exchanging of favours.”And he added he would also call for a system of “one re-election at most,” noting that Blatter and predecessor, Brazilian Joao Havelange, had held the post between them for the past four decades — his own entire career as player and coach.He also said current UEFA president Michel Platini would make a good leader of the game’s world body.Zico added that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) also needed a total overhaul with former president Jose Maria Marin one of seven top FIFA officials arrested in Zurich late last month as part of an FBI probe into corruption in the sport.“But that is even more difficult” than reforming FIFA, Zico suggested, in wearily acknowledging that Brazilian football politics has long been a murky business.He added he did not have close links with the CBF top brass.On Thursday the organization will hold a general assembly at its Rio headquarters where Marco Polo del Nero, who replaced Marin in March, will have to address the fallout from the FIFA corruption scandal after his predecessor was ensnared by the probe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Brazilian footballer Arthur Antunes Coimbra “Zico”, speaks during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 10, 2015.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 11 – Former Brazil star Zico on Wednesday confirmed he will stand in the election to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, although he admitted he may struggle to find enough support.“I would like to confirm the decision to be a candidate,” the 62-year-old told a news conference.last_img read more