Posts Tagged ‘research’

Life on Earth is dying again

in 1996 or so i saw noted biologist E.O. Wilson give a talk in which he said we would soon see the signs that we are in midst of the next mass extinction and that not many species would make it through. to him the evidence was clear ( and even him admitted ) and […]

common pesticides associated with bee colony collapse may affect prenatal nervous system development

neonicotinoid the class of the insecticides linked with colony collapse disorder through a growing body of research including a smoking gun molecular mechanism are now being investigated by the european food safety authority which suspects “two neonicotinoid insecticides – acetamiprid and imidacloprid – may affect the developing human nervous system…” how common are they? the […]

Humans not smarter than animals, just different

reinforcing research which concluded we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence and dogs are as conscious as human children, australian professors echo the theory of multiple intelligences and report that humans are not smarter than animals, just different. indeed new reptilian research suggests that “… “intelligence” may be more […]

Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell

the harvard business review blog covers research from the university of sydney that finds that, “…enclosed private offices clearly outperformed open-plan layouts…” the guardian has better headline writers with their coverage of the study, “Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell”. the findings support previous research which found, “…collaboration-friendly environment […]

on the necessary and sufficient conditions for consciousness

panpsychism is not exactly a new theory but neuroscientist christof koch has been refining the idea with three decades of research and concludes that consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. relatedly, “google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.”

No such thing as ‘right-brained’ or ‘left-brained,’ new research finds

the “right brained/left brained” lay theory of brain lateralization has been on the ropes for awhile and the results of a new two year study confirm that there is no such thing as ‘right-brained’ or ‘left-brained’ personality types. maybe the title to “drawing on the right side of the brain” (which is a great book […]

on the effects of long commutes

studies show that people with long commutes( 45-90 minutes ) are 40% more likely to divorce and have to earn 40% more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to work. while the average commute in the U.S. is 25.4 minutes, 8% of workers have a 60 minute or longer commute […]

Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

previous research has indicated we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence so i suppose it should come as no surprise ( and certainly no surprise to “dog people” ) that brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children. original article, “dogs are people, too”. no word […]

Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”

the topic of woman in computing and the gender gap is so established and recognized that it has its own long and detailed wikipedia entry which somehow fails to mention the irony that programming in particular was viewed as “lowly”, feminine, clerical work and most early computer programmers were women. the programming field was once […]

Oral Argument: Sublingual Findings Challenge Key Assumptions about BPA Exposure

bpa has been associated with numerous health effects from anxiety and hyperactivity, “deranged metabolism” and human infertility ( just to name a few ) and has been banned in infant formula packaging. new research on bpa challenges key risk assessment assumptions. namely, most risk models that are used to create “safe dose” recommendations assume most […]

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