On the fast food franchise system, and why the franchise-owners are just as marginalized as the hourly employees who work for them.
Meet Keith Muscutt, 67, the former university administrator-turned-explorer who puts the likes of Christopher Columbus, Robert Peary, and Hiram Bingham to shame.
In the 21st century, the quixotic adventures of overgrown Boy Scouts have lost their hold on the scientific community—even if they are still big at the box office.
Muscutt is a real explorer, a strange and gentle variation on a bombastic antique archetype.
Hello Tumblr friends and the world! At long last, we’ve returned to Tumblr to deliver you daily doses of exciting research, weird quotes that researchers have said, photographs of unlikely cultural phenomena, and cool charts that won’t make your head explode.
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Turns out, the “Save Darfur Cause” Facebook group members didn’t care quite that much about saving Darfur.
Our hypothetical graphs prove that it’s not how many dates you’ve been on before you had sex, but how many dates you’ve been on, period.
So can we finally put this sexist trope to rest and stop taking dating advice from Justin Long?
The actual name of computer software that simulates bee colonies to help us understand colony collapse disorder.
Proving that software engineers do have senses of humor!
A new wearable brain scanner measures your neuroimpulses and can be used to control various objects with your mind:
On a mid-December evening last year, I attended a party at the old San Francisco Mint to celebrate a new product called Insight, a “neuroheadset” that promises to read your thoughts. Attendees wandered the neon-lit corridors, refilling their cocktail glasses and checking out displays of older-model neuroheadsets, which some people placed on their heads and employed to levitate a toy helicopter and control virtual shapes with their mind. That sort of thing.
Coming to a mass market near you, for just $299, in 2015. Really.
In Defense of Studying Duck Penises
A duck-penis researcher defends her work against cost-cutting conservatives.
Brennan’s own research has not been immune to criticism; she once fended off conservative detractors in a viral riposte for Slate about why duck genitalia matters. It prompted a dimwitted retort from the titans of patriotism over at Breitbart.com. “Of course the government should fund the study of ducks’ genitalia rather that [sic] allow tours of the White House,” it read in part… It’s difficult to parse drivel.
Not only does her own work make a difference for those with the penis disorder hypospadias, but tons of other “oddball” research has contributed to significant breakthroughs in science, including:
- “personal armor based on the structural properties of mantis shrimp appendages”
- “invisibility technology based on studies of structural color in insects”
- An “adhesive pad that can hold up to 700 pounds” comes from studies of “gecko toepads.”
- An important enzyme used “to make in vitro DNA replication more efficient … was discovered in a study on the distribution of photosynthetic organisms along a thermal gradient in Yellowstone National Park.”
- “a promising new diabetes drug (exenatide) was based on studies of the composition of Gila monster venom.”
So, what’s your favorite #duckpenis science moment?
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And that’s a sign of human progress!
Brandon Sneed spoke to a Yale professor about what happens to kids who find out that their heroes lied to them, and how their parents should handle it.
What do you mean, you can cause trauma?
This is a separate sort of issue, this example I’m about to give you, but it’s a bit interesting in passing: When 9/11 happened, a lot of children watched TV. And many had no connection at all to 9/11. They didn’t have parents hurt in the attacks, they didn’t live in the city. But they still experienced terrors, secondary terrors, and they developed a traumatic reaction. From exposure to the events on TV, they developed post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
You have to be gentle. Some say, “Well, I believe in tough love.” That’s a move in the wrong direction.
If someone’s drowning, you don’t try to give them a swimming lesson. You just get them back to shore and teach them how to swim later.