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BBC Future column: Why we love to hoard

BBC Future column: Why we love to hoard | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

It’s not really about hoarding, its about the endowment effect and a really lovely piece of work that helped found the field of behavioural economics (and win Daniel Kahneman a Nobel prize).

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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:23 PM

There is a lot to be said for attachment to things. It is amazing however to notice how good we feel once we purge ourselves of superfluous stuff!

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The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math

This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart...
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Brief Remedies and Notes for the Curious Mind.: Tweet Sweets

Brief Remedies and Notes for the Curious Mind.: Tweet Sweets | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

From Toyota Etios in South Africa comes this heart warming window installation driven by tweets. It rewarded South Africans for stopping and tweeting what makes them smile and the hashtag #etiossmile.
Upon completing this request, a delicious sweetie is set free released and can be seen rolling through the Rube Goldberg-style machine was theirs.

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Lego technic mechanical seven-segment display

A seven-segment digital display. Counts from zero to nine by purely mechanical means. There is just one motor and no electronics.
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Holy levitating Slinky!

In this series of slow motion clips, you can see that if you hold a Slinky by one end and drop it, the bottom end doesn't actually move until the top end catches up with it...

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25 Really Creative Floor Sticker Ads

25 Really Creative Floor Sticker Ads | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

Below you will find a collection of creative, provocative and sometimes funny floor sticker ads that caught our eye. It’s fascinating to see the ideas ad agencies can come up with when they are not constrained by the restrictive borders of a magazine or billboard.

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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:29 PM

Love the creativity in these. They make you stop in your tracks and take notice. Hard to do in today's marketing saturated ways.

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Economists demonstrate exactly why bank robbery is a bad idea | Ars Technica

Economists demonstrate exactly why bank robbery is a bad idea | Ars Technica | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it
The typical return on a bank holdup is, "frankly, rubbish."...
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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:35 PM

I love when stats makes sense of the nonsensical. Yes I know I'm a nerd.

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The Graph of Ideas: Graphing 'every' idea in history

The Graph of Ideas: Graphing 'every' idea in history | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

http://griffsgraphs.com/2012/07/03/graphing-every-idea-in-history/

 

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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:24 PM

Given how the increasing speed of information - I wonder what the graph for the next 20 years would look like.

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Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics

Unusual Words Rendered in Bold Graphics | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

"Acersecomic"

A person whose hair has never been cut.

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Duffy London - Swing Table

Duffy London - Swing Table | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it

"Putting a little extra fun into dinner time, this four poster table uses its structure to suspend a central GEO lampshade and eight hanging chairs that sway playfully.

This design creates an exceptionally divergent dining experience and aesthetic, creating a room within a room, with chairs that hover around the table, it also makes vacuuming a breeze."

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Design Inspiration: 10 Famous Artworks Recreated with Lego Pieces | Inspiration Mix

Design Inspiration: 10 Famous Artworks Recreated with Lego Pieces | Inspiration Mix | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it
For your dose of design inspiration, I've put together today a really cool gallery of famous paintings recreated with Lego pieces. Yes, you've heard me. Lego pieces.
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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:31 PM

Much innovation hinges on design and style.

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12 Dream Desks That Will Make You More Creative - Flavorwire

12 Dream Desks That Will Make You More Creative - Flavorwire | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it
Flavorwire: Cultural news and critique from Flavorpill...
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Maria Ioia's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:38 PM

Love the creativity in these... how different would our thinking become if we changed our workspace??

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Curious About Curiosity? How to Make People Curious | Ars Poetaka

In a nutshell, the information gap theory of curiosity states that we get curious when we become aware of a gap in our knowledge or understanding. Such a gap induces the feeling of deprivation akin to hunger and motivates us to obtain the missing information to reduce or eliminate this feeling.

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What Facebook Knows - Technology Review

What Facebook Knows - Technology Review | Curating the Curious | Scoop.it
The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior. What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data—and remake our view of society.
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