Good for a laugh: canned laughter makes jokes seem funnier

Research finds recording of spontaneous laughter is more effective than controlled one In research that will ensure the sitcoms of the future are as painful as those broadcast today, scientists have found that canned laughter makes bad jokes seem funnier. The impact of Ben van der Velde to read out to those taking part in the study. The focus on bad jokes was intentional and ensured there was room for improvement when the canned laughter was added. To get a …

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines This meat-allergy tick also carries a mysterious killer virus. The Lone Star tick, famous for making people …

Cockatoo choreographs his own dance moves, researchers believe

New study of Snowball the prancing parrot points to bird at peak of his creative powers When Snowball the sulphur-crested cockatoo revealed his first dance moves a decade ago he became an instant sensation. The foot-tapping, head-bobbing bird boogied his way on to TV talkshows and commercials and won an impressive internet audience. But that was merely the start. A new study of the prancing parrot points to a bird at the peak of his creative powers. In performances conducted …

NASA Is Ready to Get Down to Space Business, and More News

NASA is welcoming for-profit companies to space, Californians are slipping out of their measles vaccinations, and we've got some Father's Day gift ideas for you. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute round up as an email every week day? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The International Space Station is open for business This morning, NASA officials announced the rollback of restrictions on for-profit and marketing activities on the International …