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Higher educated people have negative attitudes towards the less educated

“In contrast with popular views of the higher educated as tolerant and morally enlightened, we find that higher educated participants show education-based intergroup bias: They hold more negative attitudes towards less educated people than towards highly educated people. […] Less … Continue reading

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Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts

“Now a team led by Michael Gilead at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report in Social Psychological and Personality Science that they have found evidence of rapid and involuntarily mental processes that kick-in whenever we encounter opinions we agree with, […]” “The key … Continue reading

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New Study: Your Face Tells If You Own A Fleet Of Luxurious Cars

“When researchers asked subjects to determine the socio-economic class of people their faces, subjects were correct 68 percent of times. This figure is considerably higher than predictions made randomly.” […] “Though subjects were not aware of how they were determining … Continue reading

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“I-Sharing”

“I-sharing, or believing one has the same in-the-moment experience as another person, constitutes a specific way in which people may share reality. I-sharing research underscores its significance for interpersonal and intergroup outcomes. I-sharing fosters liking for people who differ from … Continue reading

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PTSD treatment and visual neurofeedback

“Military doctors have added a new technique to their arsenal of treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Neurofeedback, a therapy that practitioners claim can reboot the brain’s neural networks, has been introduced at several bases, VA clinics and even in … Continue reading

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“The French spend more time eating and drinking, sleeping and shopping than any other nationality” (Study, TheIndependent)

“…according to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report. The OECD’s annual Society at a Glance survey examines a range of indicators such as family characteristics, rates of employment, poverty and inequality, and trust and tolerance, to assess … Continue reading

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“Generation FB”: The group of 15 who led Egypt’s protests (NYT)

“They were born roughly around the time that President Hosni Mubarak first came to power, most earned degrees from their country’s top universities and all have spent their adult lives bridling at the restrictions of the Egyptian police state — … Continue reading

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Robots to get their own internet (BBC News)

“Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia. European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world. Called RoboEarth it will be a place that robots can … Continue reading

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Anton Zeilinger about entanglement, quantum teleportation/computation and more

Very pleasant talk and person: Prof. Anton Zeilinger (experimental physicist) speaking in a very relaxed and easy-to-follow way about entanglement, quantum teleportation, qbits etc.

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‘Authoritarian Governments Have Immensely Benefited From The Web’ (Interview)

An interesting (and not too long) interview with Morozov about the internet and its role/function in forming political social groupings/identifiying social sentiment/political trends/upheavals etc. in autoritarian countries (but also “in general”). Interviewer: “One of your chapters is called “Why The … Continue reading

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Biotic Games with paramecia (and other living organisms). (Stanford)

“Instead of using software we use biological processes.”

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“Weizmann Institute scientists discover: A chemical signal in human tears”

“Specifically, they found that merely sniffing a woman’s tears – even when the crying woman is not present — reduces sexual arousal in men. Humans, like most animals, expel various compounds in body fluids that give off subtle messages to … Continue reading

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Negative Space

“Negative space, also known as whitespace, refers to the unmarked areas of the page. Collectively, it is the margins and the gaps between text blocks and images. Whitespace is as much a part of a composition as the titles, words … Continue reading

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Movement from nothing

“Empty space can set objects in motion, a physicist claims. Motion can be conjured out of thin air, according to a physicist in Israel. Alexander Feigel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot says that objects can achieve speeds … Continue reading

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10 Strange Things About The Universe

nice – easy to read – comprehensible: http://listverse.com/2010/11/04/10-strange-things-about-the-universe/

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Spacetime invisibility cloaks can hide entire events inside temporal voids

“The basic idea is surprisingly simple. We see things because our eyes are able to interpret information from visible light. That light travels at, obviously enough, the speed of light, which means we see things once light has traveled from … Continue reading

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Authors@Google: Chris Chabris

(start at min. 2) Talking about: 1. The invisible gorilla video (–> video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo (Gorilla is being seen (eye-tracking) but doesn’t reach level of consciousness; selective attention: “the problem is the amount of mind you have”) 2. Six … Continue reading

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A Brave New Dystopia

“Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. […] Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley … Continue reading

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NewScientist: Robot moves like senior citizen

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NewScientist’s predictions for 2011; “scientometrics”

“…Samuel Arbesman, who works on computational approaches to the study of science at Harvard Medical School in Boston.” “He is pioneering ways to employ scientometrics – a field that attempts to measure scientific progress – to make predictions about when … Continue reading

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