February 2016 archive

Feb 12

Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

“Since the origins of agriculture, the scale of human cooperation and societal complexity has dramatically expanded. This fact challenges standard evolutionary explanations of prosociality because well-studied mechanisms of cooperation based on genetic relatedness, reciprocity and partner choice falter as people increasingly engage in fleeting transactions with genetically unrelated strangers in large anonymous groups … Here …

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Feb 12

Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

“In 1916, the year after the final formulation of the field equations of general relativity, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves … On September 14, 2015 at 09:50:45 UTC the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal … This is the first direct detection of gravitational …

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Feb 11

Dietary flavonoid intake and weight maintenance

“Higher intake of foods rich in flavonols, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, and flavonoid polymers may contribute to weight maintenance in adulthood and may help to refine dietary recommendations for the prevention of obesity and its potential consequences. (1)” 1. Bertoia, M. L., Rimm, E. B., Mukamal, K. J., Hu, F. B., Willett, W. C., & Cassidy, A. …

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Feb 11

Diabetes and sweetened beverages

“Habitual consumption of sugar sweetened beverages was associated with a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes, independently of adiposity. Although artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice also showd positive associations with incidence of type 2 diabetes, the findings were likely to involve bias. None the less, both artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice were unlikely …

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Feb 03

Why your nation’s IQ matters more than your own.

“Within a country, the link between IQ and income appears modest, with one IQ point predicting 1% higher income per person. But across countries, that same IQ point predicts 6% higher income per person. Why would it be that the IQ of the country you live in matters more than your individual IQ for predicting eventual income? This …

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Feb 03

Inner life of the cell

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzcTgrxMzZk&feature=youtu.be   Some fascinating animations by Drew Berry of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.

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