Category: "Science"

Introducing Dr. Schrödinger

I knew it could be done, and so I did it. I taught our kitty to use the human toilet, thus earning his PhD status.

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Morality

Do you pull a lever to rescue 5 people on a runaway trolley, yet in doing so, you will take the life of an innocent bystander? I’m writing my thesis on moral decision making. Basically, I want to investigate if exposure to certain types of media content can shape certain (cognitive) aspects of decision making, […]

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Is ‘Gaydar’ real?

According to a recent experiment published in the PLoS ONE journal, yes, gaydar is real. Through briefly showing faces of people  for 50 milliseconds the data produced statistically significant results. Participants were able to judge sexual orientation through facial features alone (minus hair, ears and colour) with around 60% accuracy. Random guessing would yield results of around 50%, […]

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Yo’ momma’s so fat, you came out dumb!

A new study shows links between pre-pregnancy obesity and lower test scores in students between 5 – 7 years old. Compared to mothers with a healthy pregnancy weight, those who were obese before conception are found to be at a higher risk of producing spawn with lower cognitive functioning. Cognitive functioning was measured through commonly […]

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Is there a relationship between culture and depression?

The largest ever study of the possible genetics of depression is set to go underway in China. This is due to the recent findings of a major survey on depression, indicating that there are similar symptoms and triggers of the disorder as in the West, except with a few surprises: A higher level of education […]

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A cure for cancer?

In January 2007, Canadian researchers seem to have found a simple and effective cure for some types of cancer – namely lung, brain and breast. I’m only writing about this now as it seems like the hubpages link (here) is going viral through facebook and perhaps people may need further clarification since there isn’t even […]

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Gaming ends relationships?

According to a poll by the Daily Mail, gaming does indeed foster negative feelings in relationships, sometimes leading to their demise. For some reason, this poll was only for relationships where the male was the gamer (which is pretty typical, although it would be interesting to see the results from the other way around). Apparently […]

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Can gaming make a better world?

Jane McGonigal, a game developer has given a speech at the TED conference about how she believes that gaming can make a better world. If you’ve got 20 minutes, watch the speech below: She makes a lot of good points about gaming, although most of it is focused on World of Warcraft. McGonigal has written […]

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Cloak of invisibility almost invented!

I woke up to some pretty epic news today: Germans are one step closer to making a cloak of invisibility! Awesome!! My mind started running rampant with all the insane things that could be done once this thing has been invented. However as I continued to read on, it was clear that we’re still far […]

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What way does the dancer spin?

This has probably been all over the internet before reaching me, but it’s still something I wasted spent a lot of time trying to figure out today. Take a look at this picture of a dancer: Which way is she spinning for you? Clockwise or anti-clockwise? There is no correct answer. Depending on which way […]

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