Scientists Claim Brain Memory Code Cracked
"In the March 8 issue of the journal PLoS Computational Biology, [they] demonstrate a plausible mechanism for encoding synaptic memory in microtubules, major components of the structural cytoskeleton within neurons."
Jean Giraud aka Moebius has died
Strangely, I've owned several of his comics for ten years but left them unread until I knew enough French to read them comfortably. I finally read them this morning, and not two hours later I get the news that he's died. I hope it's not my fault somehow.
Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany
"A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting the fairytales that have since charmed adults and children around the world."
6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying
"Well, $500,000 a Year Might Sound Like a Lot, but I'm Hardly Rich."
"Hey, I Worked Hard to Get What I Have!"
"If I Can Do It, So Can You!"
"You're Just Jealous Because I Made It and You Didn't!"
"You Shouldn't Be Punishing the Very People Who Make This Country Work!"
"Stop Asking for Handouts! I Never Got Help from Anybody!"
Another reason to distrust fungi.
Nio flytta sig mycket långsamt av spikar
American evangelical Christians weren't against abortion until the 1980s
In 1979, Christianity Today published a special issue devoted to the topics of contraception and abortion. That issue included many articles that today would get their authors, editors — probably even their readers — fired from almost any evangelical institution. By the time of the 1988 elections, everyone in American evangelicalism was wholly opposed to legal abortion and everyone in American evangelicalism was pretending that this had always been the case.
Brainstorming doesn't really work
Typically, participants leave a brainstorming session proud of their contribution. The whiteboard has been filled with free associations. But there is a problem with brainstorming. It doesn’t work.
The first empirical test of Osborn’s brainstorming technique was performed at Yale University, in 1958. The solo students came up with roughly twice as many solutions as the brainstorming groups, and a panel of judges deemed their solutions more “feasible” and “effective.”
Although the findings did nothing to hurt brainstorming’s popularity, numerous follow-up studies have come to the same conclusion. Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas.
And if cooperation is necessary, one should criticize and debate the presented ideas; Osborn thought that imagination is inhibited by the merest hint of criticism, but Nemeth’s work and a number of other studies have demonstrated that it can thrive on conflict.
Woman spends 20 years writing a dictionary in a language she can't speak; it ends up being indecipherable to native speakers
"Johnson and Makinen look at each other as the disc plays, shaking their heads. They try to pick out the occasional words, but to these elders, who learned Tlingit at the knees of their parents and grandparents, this is gibberish."
Police officer chases himself for 20 minutes
The CCTV operator radioed that he had seen someone “acting suspiciously” in the area. But he failed to realise that it was actually the plain-clothed officer he was watching on the screen. Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the police constable was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace. The officer spent around 20 minutes giving chase before a sergeant came into the CCTV control room, recognised the “suspect” and laughed hysterically at the mistake.
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