Archive for the ‘Human Interest’ Category

Shifting employee bonuses from self to others increases satisfaction and productivity at work

Providing employees with a bonus to spend on charities or co-workers may increase job satisfaction and team sales, according to results published September 18 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Lalin Anik from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and colleagues from other institutions.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-shifting-employee-bonuses-satisfaction-productivity.html#jCp http://phys.org/news/2013-09-shifting-employee-bonuses-satisfaction-productivity.html

The effect of subliminal priming on sleep duration

Two experiments primed college students with either sleep-related or neutral words and then assessed sleep during a 25 minute nap period. Both experiments showed that participants primed with sleep-related words reported having slept longer than did those primed with neutral words. Furthermore, both experiments showed that sleep-primed participants exhibited lower heart rate. Experiment 2 also […]

Google Ngram Viewer

This tool allows you to view how often case-sensitive comma-separated phrases appear in Google Books (until 2008 as far as I can see) from various languages. Interesting to see Love scores a lot lower than Sex and “yes we can” was popular in 1930 – 1935 as well as 1944 – 1950 and started on […]

Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose

Ever send a bottle of wine back at a restaurant? If you weren’t just being a pretentious snob, then it was probably because the wine seemed “corked”—had a musty odor and didn’t taste quite right. Most likely, the wine was contaminated with a molecule called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), the main cause of cork taint. But a […]

Why people commit virtual identity suicide

This study goes in depth about why people are quitting social networking sites and finds some interesting conclusions http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cyber.2012.0323

Scientific evidence of what works in education often ignored

According to Gina Kolata in the New York Times, The Institute of Education Sciences in the Department of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, has supported 175 randomized controlled studies, like the studies used in medicine, to find out what works and doesn’t work, which are reported in the What Works Clearinghouse. Surprisingly, the choice of […]

Synchronized virtual reality heartbeat triggers out-of-body experiences

Strange one, this Synchronized virtual reality heartbeat triggers out-of-body experiences.

Computer can read letters directly from the brain

Nijmegen researchers can use an fMRI to replicate what letter you’re looking at. Computer can read letters directly from the brain – Radboud University.

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

It turns out that not much correlates with how good a candidate will be, especially at leadership. Test scores (eg GPA’s) and brainteaser questions are especially worthless for finding out how someone will do at an interview. In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal – NYTimes.com.

Rudeness reinforces conservatism and antipathy

The NY Times ran a story about a new technology past 1000 + people. Some got to see itmwith civil comments, others with rude comments. The peoplemwho read the rude comments became more polarised against the new tech and also reinterpreted the article to be more negative. nyt

Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobile

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Digital DNA Sequences can be resolved easily to individuals and their families

So how is DNA data stored? It turns out that it’s easily reverse solvable using just the web. Governments don’t have a particularly good track record when it comes down to protecting databases. Do you really want your government holding on to your DNA? Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities – NYTimes.com.

Pollution makes Europeans unhappy

Researchers in Canada have found a correlation between air pollution and people’s happiness. Their deep analysis, reported in the latest issue of the International Journal of Green Economics, suggests that air pollution may lead to unhappiness while the converse is also true, the unhappier the citizens of a country the more air pollution. via Pollution […]

Transportation research finds roundabouts are the way to go for drivers of any age

I’m a big fan of roundabouts, they’ve allways seemed to me to improve traffic flow no end and reduce driver frustration. It turns out I was right! Transportation research finds roundabouts are the way to go for drivers of any age.

The Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette

Swissotel hotels and restaurants has put this online. Useful! The Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette.

Harvard creates cyborg flesh

They have managed to grow rat and human cells over a scaffolding of nanowires and transistors wrapped in collagen. So far they use the wiring to monitor data, such as the contractions of the cells, but it’s imaginable that they will use it to send impulses to the cells too. Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s […]

Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family

It looks like English and German made it to Europe starting in Anatolya, Turkey. Using a method used to track the spread of virusses strong evidence was found that the spread of language and genetic markers matched the spread from Turkey. Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family.

How retail uses numbers to sucker consumers

The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

Using EEG for incredibly rapid human image processing

This is an incredible story of a commercial neuroscience application being used to analyse images at the rate of 20 per second in order to pre screen them by sorting the chaff from the wheat. The brain can regonise and analyse images at that rate and spikes in electrical activity 300 milliseconds after seeing the […]

Glasses that show what’s happening to your bloodstream

These glasses can show where your veins run, and shade your hemoglobin levels to show the affective state a person is in. These Awesome Glasses Will Make Your Veins Glow So Nurses Won't Have to Keep Stabbing You.

Concluding the Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment

It turns out that most people can’t tell the difference in sound quality above 160 kbps. So having a raw CD doesn’t make the sound ‘better’. Concluding the Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment.

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Here is a theory that says that some fraud perpetrators are not actually evil, but they don’t see that they are being evil, depending on the frame of mind they are put into. Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things : NPR.

NL .gov PvdA proposes to get rid of useless fingerprint on passport

It turns out that not only is it a massive privacy invasion, but has a 20% (!!) error rate. Besides that it’s useless, because no border guard system can read the fingerprints on the passport. Tweede Kamer wil af van vingerafdruk in paspoort – update | Webwereld.

Association Between More Frequent Chocolate Consumption and Lower Body Mass Index

Eating chocolate often makes you thin! Arch Intern Med — Association Between More Frequent Chocolate Consumption and Lower Body Mass Index, March 26, 2012, Golomb et al. 172 6: 519.

Scientists Have Worked Out How to Stop You Going Bald

tissue in bald areas has three times the concentration of a fatty compound called Prostaglandin—PGD2 to its buddies. The research is published in Science Transnational Medicine. Fortunately, there are already 10 drugs available that can block the receptor that allows PGD2 to work—which means it shouldn’t be too long before a baldness treatment, in the […]

 
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