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The cat gap

Friday, July 13, 2012
Category: Science

From en.wikipedia.org

The cat gap is a period in the fossil record of approximately 25 to 18.5 million years ago in which there are few fossils of cats or cat-like species found in North America.

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Are Prodigies Autistic?

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Science

From www.psychologytoday.com

The first thing they noticed is the wide spread of IQ scores- ranging from 108 to 147. Consistent with the work of Feldman and Morelock, it appears that a high IQ is not necessary to be a prodigy. What was particularly striking, however, was their subtest scores.

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Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Science

From www.psychologytoday.com

There is more than a grain of truth to the left-brain right-brain myth. While they look alike, the two hemispheres of the brain do function differently. For example, it’s become almost common knowledge that in most people the left brain is dominant for language.

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Could ‘Mirror Neutrons’ Account for Unobservable Dark Matter?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Science

From www.universetoday.com

The oscillations between the parallel worlds could occur within a timescale of a few seconds, the team says. “Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other,” the authors say.

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What Darwin′s Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Science

From www.theatlantic.com

To this day many people cannot get their heads around the unsettling idea that a purposeless, mindless process can crank away through the eons, generating ever more subtle, efficient, and complex organisms without having the slightest whiff of understanding of what it is doing.

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Dolphins understand zero, elephants rescue each other

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Science

From www.washingtonpost.com

Dolphins are so distantly related to humans that it’s been 95 million years since we had even a remotely common ancestor. Yet when it comes to intelligence, social behavior and communications, some researchers say dolphins come as close to humans as our ape and monkey cousins.

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Primates, What Are They Thinking?

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Science

From www.stuff.co.nz

The evidence that animals are more intelligent and more social than we thought seems to grow each year, especially when it comes to primates. It′s an increasingly hot scientific field with the number of ape and monkey cognition studies doubling in recent years, often with better technology and neuroscience paving the way to unusual discoveries.

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The Moon′s Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still

Friday, June 29, 2012
Category: Science

From news.yahoo.com

For 40 years, geologists struggled to understand just what gave lunar soil these pixie dust properties, but geologist Marek Zbik of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia may finally have cracked it.

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Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease spread

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Science

From www.upi.com

A decline in foxes, not an increase in the deer population, may be responsible for the explosion of Lyme disease in parts of the United States, researchers say. Normally, small mammals get infected by the bacteria and ticks get infected by feeding on the mammals.

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