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Tired? Take A Nap
Jessica Payne and Matthew Walker
Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley Sleep is such a fundamental biological drive that it's shared by practically every species, from fruit flies to humans...
The real threat isn't a changing climate upsetting the foundation of human civilization. The real threat is polar bears: At least that's the real threat according to many attendees at the recent Heartland Institute conference on global warming...
A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought By Stephen Kern From Google Books: This pioneering work is the first to trace how our understanding of the causes of human behavior has changed radically over the course of European and American cultural history since 1830...
A kaleidoscope of emotions unfolds as I watch this video of BigDog, the four-legged pack robot. According to Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that's been developing the system since 2006, BigDog clocks in at four miles-per-hour, carries a load of 340 pounds and can scale a 35-degree incline...
Our buddies over at PopSci have just put up a surprisingly accessible video (given its subject matter) that uses Super Mario to explain the multiverse.
He wore pajamas and a bathrobe, and a swollen bare foot was propped up on an ottoman. That was the figure cut by the revered science-fiction author Arthur C.
Routes to Reading
Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, and Elizabeth Norton
Tufts University Reading changed the course of intellectual development in our species...
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.
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