This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.
SFGate.com's article says it seems as if single men are discovering what single women have known since ancient Egyptian times: Cats are worthy of worship. At least unmarried British men say so, in a recent survey conducted by Cats Protection, a leading animal welfare society in the United Kingdom. And judging by the delirious worship that single men I know lavish on their kitties, I'd like to think American men -- those brave enough to stand up and be counted -- feel the same way.
This Daily Yomiuri On-Line article says computer games in which children can identify with a hero or heroine who attacks his or her enemies are more likely to make them aggressive than games featuring indiscriminate violence, according to a recent survey. In November and December 2001, researchers led by Ochanomizu University Professor Akira Sakamoto conducted a survey on the effects of video games popular among 592 fifth-grade students at six primary schools, mainly in Kanagawa and Niigata prefectures.
Blue's News posted a Mail Online article about computer game addicts failing in the classrooms. Children who spend hours playing computer games and watching television are failing to develop the skills to succeed at school. The warning comes from leading scientist Professor Robert Winston, who said youngsters are not acquiring the long-term powers of study and application they need in class. This is because the games they play and programmes they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.
Either I am still dreaming (someone please poke me!) or this story is crazy!
Biddybot, a member on my ant message board, mentioned and posted a couple links (#1, #2, and #3 (third one is my find)) about ants cutting people's hair. It is a localized scalp hair shedding/focal alopecia (aka bald spots), in human beings, caused by Pheidole ants and overview of similar case reports.
This National Geographic article says spiders and insects that eat other creepy crawlies purposely seek a balanced diet to maintain their health, according to a new study. Scientists found that three predatory invertebrates--all of which use different hunting methods--adjust their feeding to correct nutritional deficiencies. Researchers behind the study say other, much larger predators, like leopards and sharks, may also monitor what they eat to maintain a balanced diet.
This BBC News UK article says the way airflow around the nose is more complex than that in a jumbo jet's wing according to scientists. The structure of the nose meant air eddied, whirled and re-circulated as it passed through the nose, the team said. Principal researcher, Dr. Denis Doorly, said people are used to the flows around an aeroplane being complicated but that is in some ways simpler than understanding the flows inside the nose. "The geometry of the nose is highly complex, with no straight lines or simple curves like an aircraft wing and the regime of airflow is not simply laminar or turbulent."
Broadband Reports and Techdirt report that Mayo clinic concluded that Wi-Fi won't disrupt your pacemaker, despite a number of recent concerns. One recent study showed that certain pacemakers get confused by some signals from GSM phones. This study tested a HP Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC fitted with a Cisco Aironet WLAN card around certain pacemakers and found no issues.
This Yahoo! News story say researchers/scientists, in Australia, concluded that the best-fed male cr
Technology and Happiness says by most standard Americans are better off now than they were in the middle of the last century. If you ask Americans how happy they are, you find that they're no happier than they were in 1946 (which is when formal surveys of happiness started).
This Yahoo! News story mentioned experts saying the tales of great white sharks developing a taste for human flesh and turning into rogue maneaters are a myth. They also point out that on average more people die in Australia every year from three bumble bee stings than in one shark attack.
Blue's News posted an article on the field of culinary evolution faces one great dilemma: why do most cooked, exotic meats taste like cooked Gallus gallus, the domestic chicken? It is curious that so many animals have a similar taste. Did each species evolve this trait independently or did they all inherit it from a common ancestor? That is the burning question.
email@example.com's story says the mystery of 'chirping' pyramid was decoded. Acoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature. El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations. A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists.
This CNN story says video games calm kids before surgery, more effectively than tranquilizers or parental presence. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect. Dr. Anu Patel conducted the study after noticing a friend's 7-year-old son was so absorbed with his Game Boy at a restaurant that he ignored the adults and the food at his table.
New Scientist's article reports that left-handed people may be better equipped for close range mortal combat than those who rely on their right hands, according to researchers.
This CNN story is an amusing and interesting read about a professor who studies 'dude'. Scott Kiesling is a linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.