Michael Sparr

Michael Sparr

Ever wonder what your friends, neighbors, and co-workers are searching for online when no one else is around? Well, a new book has all those answers, plus more.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a former data scientist at Google. He spent that last four years going through thousands and thousands of pages of internet search data to write his new book “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Re- ally Are.”


In addition to Google searches, Stephens-Davidowitz also “downloaded all of Wikipedia, pored through Facebook profiles,” and even managed to get his paws on the complete (though anonymous) search and video view data from the adult film site PornHub.

So what do guys search for the most? Take a wild guess.

“Men Google more questions about their sexual organ than any other body part: more than about their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat and brain combined,” Stephens-Davidowitz writes.

One of the most popular questions they have: Does age cause one’s member to shrink? (The answer: Yes, it does! According to Men’s Health, “Normal cells, once hale and hearty, get replaced by non-elastic fibers called collagen, which just sort of reel in the whole apparatus.”)

Other questions that seem to be plaguing American males include: “How can I make my penis bigger?” and “How can I make my sexual encounters last longer?”

When it comes to what married people are searching for online, one of the top phrases is “sexless marriage.”


Stephens-Davidowitz explains: “Searches for ‘sexless marriage’ are three and a half times more common than ‘unhappy marriage’ and eight times more common than ‘loveless marriage.’ Even unmarried couples complain somewhat frequently about not having sex. Google searches for ‘sexless relationship’ are second only to searches for ‘abusive relationship.’”

Another popular search: “Is my husband gay?”

““Gay’ is 10 percent more likely to complete searches that begin with ‘Is my husband . . . ’ than the second-place word, ‘cheating.’ It is eight times more common than ‘an alcoholic’ and 10 times more common than ‘depressed’,” Stephens-Davidowitz says.

Then, of course, the thing people are perhaps most interested in: porn searches.

According to Stephens-Davidowitz, Americans seem to be going through an, ahem, interesting phase when it comes to adult content. Three of the most popular search terms are “painful,” “extreme,” and “brutal,” as well as anything focused on “nonconsensual sex.”


Interestingly, Stephens-Davidowitz writes, “search rates for all these terms are at least twice as common among women as among men.”

Another popular term people can’t seem to get enough of right now is “incest.”

“A shocking number of people visiting mainstream porn sites are looking for portrayals of incest,” Stephens-Davidowitz writes, noting that 16 of the top 100 searches made by men are seeking “incest-themed videos.”

So what’s the takeaway from all this? (Aside from the fact that America, a country Republicans love to say was founded on good, old-fashioned “Judeo-Christian values,” is actually a land full of curious perverts.) Internet searches provide perhaps of the most honest and comprehensive insights into understanding the true nature of humanity.

“I am now convinced,” Stephens-Davidowitz says, “that Google searches are the most important data set ever collected on the human psyche.”

Now, excuse us while we go scrub our browsing history…

Source: This article was published on queerty.com By 

This tiny star has 7 planets that potentially could be suitable for life.

The first step in finding life outside our own planet is to find a planet like our own: small, rocky, and at just the right distance from the star that liquid water could exist on its surface.

That’s why an announcement today from NASA is so exciting: The space agency, along with partners around the world, has found seven potentially Earth-like planets orbiting a star 40 light-years away.

“It’s the first time that so many planets of this kind are found around a same star,” Michaël Gillon, the lead author of the Nature paper announcing the discovery, said in a press conference. “The seven planets … could have some liquid water and maybe life on the surface.”


Three of the planets are directly in the star’s habitable zone, meaning water can mostly likely exist on the surface of them. One of them, Gillon said, has a mass “strongly to suggest a water-rich composition.” And it’s possible that the other four could have liquid water, too, depending on the composition of their atmospheres, the astronomers said.

The planets “e,” “f,” and “g” — marked in green are directly in the “habitable zone” of this star system. NASA

The exoplanets orbit a star in the constellation Aquarius called Trappist-1. And it’s a solar system very different from our own.

For one, Trappist-1 is a tiny, “ultra-cool” dwarf star. It’s cool because it’s small: just about a tenth of the mass of our sun and about one-thousandth as bright. But its low mass allows its planets to orbit it very closely and remain in the habitable zone.

The distance at which the planets orbit Trappist-1 is comparable to the distance of Jupiter to its moons. All the planets are believed to be rocky, and are all believed to be around the size of Earth, give or take 10 to 20 percent.

The star’s dimness is actually what led to the discoveries of these planets. When astronomers search for exoplanets, they typically look for a temporary dimming of a star — an indication that a planet has passed in front of it. This method makes it hard to find small, rocky worlds orbiting big, bright stars. If the planets are too small, they’ll get washed out.



“Maybe the most exciting thing here is that these seven planets are very well suited for detailed atmospheric study,” Gillon said. The James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018, will have the ability to measure the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres. If the atmospheres contain telltale gases like ozone, oxygen, or methane, life could exist there. “We can expect that in a few years, we will know a lot more about these [seven] planets,” Amaury Triaud, another of the paper’s co-authors, said.

If this all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because astronomers announced three potentially habitable planets around Trappist-1 in May. Today’s reveal adds four more to the mix.

Right now, the astronomers are beginning to study the planets’ atmospheres with the telescopes they have. And from these observations, they feel fairly confident that the worlds are rocky. “For detailed characterization, we will need James Webb,” Triaud said.

In the meantime, we just have our imaginations to fill in the gap. This is an artist’s rendition of what the fifth planet in this bizarre solar system might look like. These planets are believed to be tidally locked to the star, each has a permanent day side and a permanent night side. And because the planets are so close together, they’d appear in the sky like moons.

 This artist's concept allows us to imagine what it would be like to stand on the surface of the exoplanet Trappist-1f. Dream vacation? NASA/JPL-Caltech

The more Earth-like exoplanets astronomers find in the galaxy, the more they update their estimates of how many Earth-like planets could be out there. “For every transiting planet found, there should be a multitude of similar planets (20–100 times more) that, seen from Earth, never pass in front of their host star,” Nature reporter Ignas Snellen explains in a feature article. And the more exoplanets there are, the more likely it is that life exists on at least one of them.

“With this discovery we’ve made a giant, accelerated leap forward in our search for habitable worlds and life on other worlds potentially,” Sara Seager, a leading exoplanet expert at MIT, said during the announcement. This one star system, she said, gives astronomers many chances to look for life, and refine their understanding of exoplanets in small-star systems.


Also promising: Tiny, cool stars like Trappist-1 are some of the most common in the galaxy. Investigating them will likely yield more exoplanet discoveries. Which will help get us closer to finding places like Earth.

As NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said, “Finding another Earth-like planet isn't a matter of if but when.“

Further reading on exoplanets:

Source : vox.com

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