The End of Ego-Depletion Theory?

It's not been a good month for the theory of ego-depletion - the idea that self-control is a limited resource that can be depleted by overuse. Two weeks ago, researchers reported evidence of bias in the published literature examinig the question of whether glucose can reverse ego-depletion. Now, the very existence of the ego-depletion phenomenon has been questioned by an international collaboration of psychologists who conducted a preregistered replication attempt (RRR). The results have just

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote Harambe the Dead Ape for President

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote Harambe the Dead Ape for PresidentImage: Cincinnati Zoo/EPA

A new national survey from Public Policy Polling has revealed some startling truths about the American public. Specifically that 5 percent of voters believe that Harambe, the dead ape widely understood to be in Ape Hell, is the best possible candidate for President of the United States.

For those who might have forgotten, Harambe was assassinated by the Cincinnati Zoo back in May after dragging around a four-year-old who had fallen into his enclosure. And now, a not-insignificant number of voters want to hand over the nuclear codes to Harambe (who is in Hell where he belongs).

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote Harambe the Dead Ape for President

Interestingly enough, when Harambe isn’t on the ticket, there’s a higher percentage of undecided voters than when he is.

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote Harambe the Dead Ape for President

While things are looking up for Harambe, the poll doesn’t have lot of good news for Putin pal Donald Trump. Potential voters, by a margin of nearly 50 percent, said that they’re less likely to vote for a candidate if they believe Russia wants them to win.

Trump’s got problems at home, too. Sixty-two percent of voters think that Trump “should release his tax returns.” (Good luck with that.) And a whopping 51 percent do not believe that Donald Trump can be trusted with any sort of classified information on national security.

Of course, Hillary’s got her own problems to deal with.

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote Harambe the Dead Ape for President

While 18 percent of voters that think Hillary Clinton definitely has ties to Lucifer, 36 percent of total voters and 74 percent of Trump voters believe that she should be put in prison. Still, and for reasons I can’t entirely articulate, none of that is quite as troubling as the 21 percent of voters who are still unsure whether or not Hillary is directly connected to Satan, Prince of Darkness.

You can see PPP’s poll in full below. And to Harambe—best of luck this November. Otherwise, we’ll see you in hell.

Seen from space: eight days of a blazing California wildfire

The Soberanes Fire has scorched an area twice as large as Manhattan. Watch nearly its full duration so far in this animation of satellite images. Since it started on July 22, the Soberanes Fire along California's Big Sur coast has scorched at least 33,668 acres — an area nearly two and third times the size of Manhattan. Along the way it has destroyed 68 structures and resulted in the death of one bulldozer operator. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, equipped with 511 f

Americans Fear Enhanced Humans Will Worsen Inequality

Americans have long celebrated fictional superheroes with extraordinary powers such as flight, superhuman strength and incredible speed. In real life, a survey shows Americans seem wary of technologies leading to enhanced humans with better brainpower or greater athletic abilities. Many Americans worry that biomedical technologies such as gene editing, brain chip implants, and synthetic blood will increase the wealth inequality that already exists between "haves" and "have nots," accordin

This Week’s Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

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Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

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Make a “Caveman Ziptie” In the Wild With a Palmetto Plant

If you ever find yourself lost in the wilds of a warmer climate, the strong leaves from a palmetto plant can help you build a shelter.

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Learn All Kind of Coding Skills Using a Raspberry Pi and Minecraft With This Free Book

There are few things that go together better than Minecraft and the Raspberry Pi, and the little microcomputer meant to teach kids coding can do even more with Minecraft. The folks at MagPi, the official magazine of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, have a free PDF that teaches you everything you need to know.

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You Can Still Get Windows 10 For Free If You Use Assistive Technologies

Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer officially ended yesterday . However, the company has left a loophole. If you need to use assistive technologies, you can still upgrade for free. Microsoft also isn’t verifying if you do.

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