Why do we laugh and cry? - A Week in Science
Why do we laugh out loud or weep and wail?
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Gordon Moore (the chemist, not the musicians from Sonic Youth) is coming to the Distillations blog. Every day next week we’ll post something about Moore and his law—his prediction that the number of transistors that fit on a microchip would double every year (a prediction Moore revised to doubling every two years in 1975). This month marks the 50th year in a row Moore has been right. The incessant crowding of transistors Moore predicted has made possible the computers, cell phones,
4 Mental Shortcuts That Cloud Your Judgement
These cognitive biases affect how we make decisions – and it often happens subconsciously.
Do Carrots Really Give You Better Eyesight?
Common wisdom says that eating lots of carrots will power up your vision to Hawkeye levels. But is there any truth to this vegetable factoid?
Learn more at HowStuffWorks.com: http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/eye/carrots-eyesight.htm
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“I had a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;Morn came and went – and came, and brought no day”“Darkness” (1816) by Lord Bryon (1788-1824)In the year 1816 Europe was slowly recovering from the Napoleonic wars, ended just one year earlier. After years of desperation
Brontosaurus, thunder lizard, is an excellent name for a dinosaur, but fossils can have surprisingly fluid names. Lots of fossils have been named, but sometimes from incomplete skeletons, so the same species gets two names. When this happens the first...
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Can you believe this? A family correlation taken as a genetic link–for a predisposition to crime. This is so simplistic it’s like 1910 all over again. It’s not back to the future–it’s ahead to the past. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32221589 h/t Alexandra Stern
My last post hardly scratched the surface of Kathleen Lonsdale’s amazing life & career. Before moving on to other topics, I can’t help but share one more cool story about her from her biographical memoir, which incidentally is free to read … Continue reading →
What Your Nose Can Tell You? - Epic Science #112
Sure the eyes can suss out a lot about your environment, but don’t shortchange your schnoz – it can detect more than a trillion smells. Why? Because for our ancestors, it might’ve been the difference between life and death.
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