Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Well, I don't know about last, but they apparently earn almost 20% less than men who are significantly more disagreeable. At least according to an interesting post over at the Harvard Business Review:
"People who are disagreeable earn more than people who are agreeable, and the gap is biggest among men, according to an analysis of four surveys spanning almost 20 years. Men who are significantly less agreeable than average earn 18.31% more than men who are significantly more agreeable than average, while the comparable figure for women is 5.47%, says the study, led by Beth A. Livingston of Cornell. Men's disagreeable behavior "conforms to expectations of 'masculine' behavior," the authors say."
And that is just one in a pretty interesting list of factoids... check it out.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
P.S. If you want to read the original Philip K. Dick short story, you can get a pdf of it here
Garner AR, Rowland DC, Hwang SY, Baumgaertel K, Roth BL, Kentros C, & Mayford M (2012). Generation of a synthetic memory trace. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335 (6075), 1513-6 PMID: 22442487
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
I have been very spotty in keeping up with the old blog here lately, but I finally downloaded the blogger app, so hopefully I will get back into the swing of things. I only ask that you bear with me while I fumble around the touchpad with my giant fingers and thumbs, and try to figure out how to add videos and other content that aren't saved on my tablets. Btw, if anyone's curious, i did not get an iPad... i used to have one, but traded it in for an Asus transformer prime, which I find to be an excellent droid tablet, but only a passable autobot.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
While this should be hilarious, I find it sad that there is a place masquerading as a "science museum" that is teaching people that fire breathing dragons were real, and co-existed with humans sometime in the past 5,000-6,000 years, all because dragons happen to be mentioned quite frequently in the bible. I'm all for the right to teach people your fundamentalist religious beliefs if you so desire, but don't claim that it has anything to do with science. In fact, I'm even willing to help the cause by pointing out that the most prominent references to dragons in the bible are in the book of revelations, which relates events that, even by biblical literalist standards, have not ever actually happened. AND, in that book, the dragon is described as being red and having seven heads and ten horns... so, perhaps the joke here is that the creation museum can't even get the bible right... and yet, so many visitors will go there and think that they have actually learned something about paleontology and the history of our world.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
If you are a fan of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of books by George R. R. Martin, or the more recent "Game of Thrones" tv series adapted from them, then you likely know about dire wolves: the overly large wolves that are portrayed as almost magical beasts and tremendous hunters. Well, as it turns out, dire wolves did exist... and they could grow to about double the size of modern wolves. Though it is believed they were better scavengers than hunters, eating the leftovers (perhaps) of saber-toothed tiger kills.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
... it's a mouse retina in case you were curious.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I don't think (or at least I hope) you don't need a scientist to tell you: "DON'T EAT THE PILLS MADE FROM DEAD BABIES!" Similarly common sense should tell you that these "supplements" (made by microwaving dead human stillborn infants and then grinding them into powder) will almost certainly NOT increase your sexual stamina or cure whatever ails you (which I am not basing on any scientific studies, just the fact that every supplement that has ever claimed to cure everything has turned out to cure nothing). BUT, in case you do need some science to help you determine whether or not you should go ahead and try these things anyway, the BBC reports that harmful, antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been detected in confiscated samples. Something to think about the next time you order some poorly labeled "herbal" stamina-boosting pills from the internet or tell someone that their baby is "cute enough to eat".
Monday, April 30, 2012
If you've seen these commercials anywhere, you have probably had a strong reaction to them (good or bad). Personally, I think they are great, and I would have guessed (gut feeling only, not scientifically based) that they would not only be effective, but more effective than milder commercials. Of course, it would seem that people are terrible at guessing which anti-smoking ads are most effective, so perhaps I am wrong...
Your brain knows which ads are winners, better than you do: Study on smokers' brains may mark dawn of new age in advertising
Although, another recent study suggests that just about any anti-smoking messages that get out there are effective to some degree...
So, I look forward to seeing this and hopefully many other anti-smoking ads during my (far too regular) tv viewing.