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ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Tipping, Chomsky, and Cartoon Psychiatry

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"Using data on tipping behaviour in 32 countries (collected from The International Guide to Tipping) and comparing this against the Corruption Perception Index, the researchers found that rates of corruption are higher in countries that tip more." What could explain this curious correlation?...

September 4, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Imaginary Presidents and Imaginary Gods: The Real "Empty Chair" Effect

If you were to have told me just last week that one of my psychology experiments would soon be brought to life on stage by none other than Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention, all to the fêted laughter and applause of tens of millions of people who, in the true spirit of literalism for which so many of them are accustomed to thinking, would fail to see the irony of their own rapturous enjoyment of the scene before them, I’d have thought you were insane...

September 4, 2012

Who Needs Investment: Let's Have an Infrastructure Film Festival

The television show “Revolution” is getting ready to start, with its plot based on the failure of the electrical grid. That’s nothing new, though -- the most recent Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," and Spiderman movie, "The Amazing Spiderman," came out this summer, each with significant events or themes involving infrastructure systems...

September 4, 2012 — Scott Huler

A Grimm Tale of Reproductive Conflict

A new study argues that in-law competition drove the evolution of menopause. But is the story too good to be true?In the classic Scandinavian folktale "The Twelve Wild Ducks," also known as "The Twelve Brothers" in Grimms' Fairy Tales , a wicked old Queen is jealous of her daughter-in-law's beauty...

September 4, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

SciArt of the Day: Rhinoceros 1515

What do you see when you look at this painting?Do you only see the original drawing and woodcut by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, done from a description of a rhino in 1515?The future artists' rendition of rhinos after they have gone extinct?...

September 4, 2012 — Glendon Mellow

Pressing Pause in Alaska

I spent this past week in Alaska with my family, during what was the entirety of my summer vacation this year (thank you medical school). We flew into Seattle early last Saturday and boarded a cruise liner from that beautiful pine and spruce-lined coast.After only two relaxing days at sea, which involved a lot of sleeping and quiet reading, we reached the Alaskan coastline...

September 4, 2012 — Samyukta Mullangi

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