How Our Photo Obsession is Threatening Our Memories


Where Do Recycled Electronics Go?


50 million tons of electronic waste are dumped into landfills worldwide every year.

Big city streets may sound like a hassle regarding waste, but to some, it means that a little less of the millions of tons of e-waste thrown away each year doesn’t end up in landfills, where they are notorious contributors of toxic waste. So what happens to electronics when they’re recycled?

Items that can’t be reused in their current state are wrapped up with all the other recyclable items and shipped in tractor-trailers to a designated recycling plant. After technicians have inspected them, the items are put through a powerful shredder, which breaks them into small chunks. Every plant sorts the materials a little differently but many use an optical sorting system, which uses a laser beam to identify the properties of the hunks that go by on a conveyor belt, which categorizes the pieces into bins for plastic, metal and computer chips. These bins of commodities are then sold on the global market.

Source: Popular Science

Why Sarcastic People Are Smarter Than You


Neuroscience Is The New Black

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Sarcasm, as they say, is the ability to insult stupid people without them realizing it.

In some cases, sarcasm is a means of indirectly expressing aggression toward others or insecurity about oneself, as Psychology Today puts it. In other cases, it’s more of a secret shield from all the moronic buffoons in the world – a sort of a “true lie” that listeners won’t always comprehend as being insincere.

It’s a private joke that can save you from annoying and aggravating situations, providing a respite in humor even in the crappiest situations.

So are sarcastic people just certified smart asses, or are we more intelligent (at least on an emotional level) than non-sarcastic people? … more

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