Science:[Sc1] Here’s an interesting study on rats and empathy, which discovered that rates will forgo chocolate to save a drowning comrade.
[Sc2] Everything you may have wanted to know about chasing gravitational waves.
[Sc3] Geoff Watts looks at the rational and irrational fears of radiation.
[Sc4] I could be wrong, but it sort of seems to me that planets like these are too precarious to harbor advanced life. The margin-of-error being kind of small for the millions of years of evolution that would be needed.
[Sc5] Better space exploration through chemistry.
[Sc6] Nature.com has a solid list of science myths that won’t die.
Body:[B1] In addition to not saving money, cancer screening may not reduce overall mortality.
[B2] Most addicts – at least unpoor ones, simply grow out of doing drugs.
[B3] Given the sanitation issues, is there a reason why we don’t brush our teeth in the kitchen?
[B4] It’s no coincidence that top competitive eaters are skinny. The lack of fat gives them more room for food.
[B5] The rise and fall of Quaaludes
[B6] The effects of caffeine on the brain.
Mind:[M1] When consuming an audiobook, your brain does mostly the same things as when reading, depending on what you’re consuming. This tracks with my own experience, where the meatier something is the better it is in text. But the difference is overestimated by some.
[M2] Scott Barry Kaufman argues that neurosis and creativity aren’t linked.
[M3] Why do we believe the viral myths we believe? Because they have the right heroes and villains.
[M4] This makes sense: There is an important distinction between resilience and endurance.
[M5] Here’s a fascinating look at visual stereotyping of people’s face. What I find interesting is when my mind draws connections between people who don’t look alike in describable features, but nonetheless make that connection.
Soul:[So1] Linked: Cleanliness, neuroticism, and God.
[So2] Mormons and boy scouts (there is some overlap) say… Be Prepared.
[So4] Phil Zuckerman looks at our hatred of atheists.
[So5] Causality is always murky on these things, of course, but religious service attendance correlates with lower suicide rates.
[So6] A story of crime and bigotry.
Earth:[E1] So as the oceans rise, who gets saved? NASA says we may be needing to say our goodbyes to Louisiana and Galveston.
[E2] Stop trying to get me to like the Secretary of Energy, it’s not going to work.
[E3] As if there wasn’t enough reason to hate Monsanto, they’re working to save bees.
[E4] For the sake of wildlife conservation, folks are burning ivory. Wolf Krug explains that might not be a good idea.
[E5] I’m inclined to agree… these are plants we can probably do without.
[E6] We developed TCP/IP… ants discovered TCP/IP.