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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sunspots 282

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Science: Wired reports on a fossil penguin, which stood about 5 feet (1.6 meters) in height. I was surprised to find out that there is evidence of the color of the feathers, and at least some of the bird's feathers were red.

Wired also reports on experiments in group behavior. Groups that did better on the tests administered did not have the most intelligent individuals, but the most socially aware individuals -- and women are more socially aware than men.

National Public Radio has a conversation with a behavioral scientist who has studied how we interact with dentists. It turns out that, the more we trust our dentists, the more they are likely to administer expensive, or unnecessary, treatments.

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