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Phatic Posts: Even the Small Talk Can Be Big

    Social media and micro-blogging have been fascinating to me ever since I first encountered them. In the last 3-4 years there has been an enormous growth in social network sites and in the numbers of people using them, especially on the two most popular services, Facebook and Twitter...

April 13, 2012 — Danica Radovanovic

Friday Fun: Cloth Monkey, Wire Monkey [video]

In the 1950s, psychologist Harry Harlow began to study mother-infant relations in monkeys. After depriving young monkeys from their biological mothers, they were placed in a room where they could either hang out with a "wire monkey" - essentially, a metal figure in the rough shape of a monkey - or a "cloth monkey," which was the same figure, adorned in a fuzzy terry cloth coat...

April 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor s Selections: Speaking In Tongues, Bi-Gendered Individuals, And The Prisoner s Dilemma

Highlighted in my ResearchBlogging.org column this week: At Geneaology of Religion , Cris Campbell has a nice summary of dissociative speech patterns—in layman’s terms, that’s to say he breaks down different ways of “speaking in tongues.” The Neuroskeptic discusses a small, self-selected study on “bi-gendered” individuals which highlights the ways social pressures can color our identities...

April 12, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

Will Computers Ever Know Everything?

What was Alan Turing's greatest contribution? Here was a man who invented the idea of the modern computer, a man upon whose insights the information technology revolution firmly rests.

April 12, 2012 — Michael Moyer

Visions: A Different Point of View

In the series "Visions," science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries...

April 12, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

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