Archive for the ‘research’ Category

The Power of Networks

May 29, 2012

Manuel Lima, Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of VisualComplexity.com, recently addressed the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Video of his lecture is here, but the short animated excerpt above is more fun.

Illustrator: Andrew Park of Cognitive Media for RSA Animate.

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Organic Foodies: Naturally Selfish?

May 23, 2012

Organic Foodies: Naturally Selfish?

“Does organic food turn people into jerks?” asks Diane Mapes at MSNBC. “Study Suggests that Eating Organic Foods Contributes to Moral Depravity,” elaborates Doug Barry at Jezebel.

The study in question:

“Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments,” Kendall J. Eskine, Social Psychological and Personality Science (abstract)

The moral? “Stop organics, become a better person,” says Tom Jacobs at Pacific Standard.

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Shocking New Discovery of Oldest Cave Art

May 14, 2012

Shocking New discovery of Oldest Cave Art

Scientists have determined that a big block of rock in southern France is engraved with the earliest example of prehistoric wall art. Research indicates that the limestone carving is 37,000 years old and shows what Early Aurignacian human artists were thinking about.

The carvings are of prehistoric lady bits. This is important for art historians and huge news for standup comic/archeologists.

More:

“Engravings of Female Genitalia May Be World’s Oldest Cave Art,” Michael Balter, ScienceNOW

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A Juicy Helping of Lab-Grown Meat

April 23, 2012

A Juicy Helping of Lab-Grown Meat

Reporter William Little visited a laboratory that’s manufacturing meat, and wrote about it in the Financial Times:

“You wouldn’t normally expect to find a thick red steak quietly pulsating in an oversized Petri dish inside a laboratory. But such is the hype around the team scheduled to produce the world’s first lab-grown cut of meat this October that I can’t help but imagine it. The research being done by bioengineer Dr Mark Post at Maastricht University in the Netherlands has provoked global headlines about “test tube meat” and fierce ethical and scientific debate. Getting access to his laboratory is about as exciting as it gets in the world of food engineering.

But when I arrive, the home of in vitro meat is quiet – no research assistants racing to turn out joints of beef, chicken or lamb. Instead, Post slowly opens the door to what looks like a large fridge, or a bioreactor. Within lie row upon row of tiny Petri dishes in which float minute fibres of almost transparent meat. I find it rather deflating but Post is excited. ‘I’ll need about 3,000 pellets of meat to make a hamburger,’ he says.”

It’s a meaty article. Read it here:

“How do you like your meat?” William Little, Financial Times Magazine

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Leave Congress, Cash In

March 15, 2012

Leave Congress, Cash In

It’s a sad day when our public servants leave the halls of Congress. They cry all the way to the bank. An analysis by Lee Fang finds that when congressmen become lobbyists, their income increases astronomically:

“When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452% Raise (on Average),” Lee Fang, Republic Report

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What a Pair

February 24, 2012

What a Pair

Foot fetishes flourish during epidemics of sexually-transmitted diseases, according to a 1998 study. The paper, published in the PubMed database of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), was unearthed by the Discovery Magazine Discoblog:

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Brevity is the Soul of PowerPoint

February 22, 2012

Brevity is the Soul of PowerPoint

At last, a study that proves what you already knew about PowerPoint:

“Slide presentations as speech suppressors: When and why learners miss oral information,”  Christof Wecker, Computers & Education (2012) [abstract]

There’s a nice summary by Eric Horow, but here it is in bullet points:

  • If your slides aren’t brief, you should
  • A)  Speak without them, or
  • B) Put the entire presentation on slides and don’t say a word.

We’ve always liked Guy Kawasaki’s rule of thumb: 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30-point font.

What happens when your slides aren’t concise?

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Thoughts of Women Stupify Male Brains

January 22, 2012

Thoughts of Women Stupify Male Brains

“Casually mentioning a female instead of a male name was sufficient to impair men’s cognitive performance,” according to a research team from Radboud University in the Netherlands. “Moreover, these effects occur even if men do not get information about the woman’s attractiveness.”

When heterosexual males interact with attractive women, they put so much effort into trying to make a good impression that they don’t have the resources left to think clearly. Caveat: by “males” the scientists mean their usual research animals, university students.

More:

“Sex on the Brain Proves Costly for Men,” Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune

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What Men Think About

November 30, 2011

What Men Think About

Everyone thinks that men think about sex all the time, but it’s not true. They also think about sex.

No, seriously, a study by an Ohio State psychology professor claims they also think about food, sleep, fashionable shoes and other things. The conventional wisdom that men think about sex every seven seconds would mean they do it 8,000 times a day, but they only admitted doing so 18 times daily. Women said they thought about sex 10 times a day. Figuring 16 waking hours, that’s 54 minutes between naughty thoughts for men, 96 minutes for women.

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Evolution, American-Style

November 18, 2011

Evolution, American-Style

Northwestern University researchers predict continued growth for more Americans. But this is not good news, since they’re not discussing economics, they’re talking about obesity.

In the USA of 2020, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be overweight or obese. 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women will have dysglycemia (either diabetes or pre-diabetes).

More:

“On Track to Getting Even Fatter,” Erin White, Northwestern University press release

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