Things I Learned From New Scientist This Week

Sat 11 June 2011

Clever

Robot with corkscrew legs travels over rough terrain

Australia is considering a plan to make all cigarette packaging generic -- no branding or design on the cigarettes or packages, just the name in a generic font. The cigarette companies are freaking out, obviously.

Interesting

A study seems to show "we see inaction as less immoral only because we typically lack proof that it was deliberate." It makes me wonder about deliberate inaction in politics.

Elephants are evolving shorter or absent tusks in the face of selection pressure a.k.a. poachers.

Laughter may be a reward mechanism for recognizing incorrect explanations, i.e., to  aid the culling of mental models that are flawed.

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