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If I could, I’d bring politicians who doubt the reality of human-caused global change to spend a few days on the Juneau Icefield
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Who knew that I'd have occasion to write about the hobbits again, so soon after my last post on the subject? A paper published yesterday in PLoS ONE is fanning the flames of controversy over the wee human remains from Flores, Indonesia.
The Neural Substrate of Trust and Reputation Management
Chris and Uta Frith
University College London When Leo Kanner first diagnosed a group of 11 children as autistic in 1943, he described the syndrome as one of "extreme aloneness." ("Aut" is greek for "self," and autism translates as "the state of being unto one's self.") The syndrome afflicts 1 in every 160 individuals, and it leaves them emotionally isolated, incapable of engaging in many of the social interactions that most of us take for granted.
If you've been following paleoanthropology's hobbit saga, you know that scientists have been sparring over the tiny bones ever since their unveiling in 2004.
Arizona State University It has become commonplace in neuroscience - and even in everyday conversation - to compare human cognition to that of computers.
This kind of meaningless bloviation comes from the ideologically-driven disinformation machine so often that it's hardly worth highlighting here, except that this is a particularly egregious example of it.
The village of Kivalina--population roughly 400--is suing 14 electric power producers, 5 oil companies and the company that sold 238 million tons of coal last year--fuel for a full 10 percent of U.S.
At Scientific American, we don't just make science media; we're also, of necessity and by choice, avid consumers of it. We sit around making catty comments about Wired Science the way most people dissect celebrity outfits at the Oscars.
Before we get to this week's post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonah Lehrer and I'm the new editor/curator of Mind Matters, taking over from David Dobbs, who did such a wonderful job developing this site and getting it off the ground.
The U.S. Navy has successfully shot down NROL 21 (aka USA 193), the crippled and covert National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite. (See SciAm's slide show here.) Whereas skepticism was voiced by some, the mainstream media outside of the science and technology press largely went along with the U.S.
It's not quite the worldwide phenomenon of last March, but a partial eclipse hits the U.S. east coast at 8:43 PM tonight and proceeds to totality at 10:01 PM.
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