Diabetes’ genetic underpinnings can vary based on ethnic background, Stanford studies say – the researchers “found a clear geographic pattern in the genetics behind type-2 diabetes. The genetic risk is highest for Africans and drops along the trajectory the first humans took when migrating out of Africa toward East Asia (primarily Japan, China and Korea), where diabetes-linked genes appear to be more protective. Based solely on what is currently known about type-2 diabetes genetics, native Africans would appear to be at higher risk for diabetes, while East Asians would appear to be protected.” – see also genetic risk world map|diabetes.
Skin color affects ability to empathize with pain – “Humans are hardwired to feel another person’s pain. But they may feel less innate empathy if the other person’s skin color doesn’t match their own, a new study suggests.”
Motion quotient – “A brief visual task can predict IQ, according to a new study. This surprisingly simple exercise measures the brain’s unconscious ability to filter out visual movement. The study shows that individuals whose brains are better at automatically suppressing background motion perform better on standard measures of intelligence.”
Yikes! Cockroaches Evolved to Avoid Sugary Baits – natural selection is really a nuisance!
The Italian Invasion of American Culture – from steve sailer!
A response to two critical commentaries on Woodley, te Nijenhuis & Murphy (2013) – from woodley, te nijenhuis, & murphy @dr. james thompson’s blog. see also: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” – with respect to the claim of intelligence decline since Victorian times – from bruce charlton. (ftr, i never said either that woodley, et al., made an entirely “extraordinary claim,” or that i require any extraordinary evidence.) see previous posts here and here.
More population structure in the Netherlands (Lao et al. 2013) – “Clinal distribution of human genomic diversity across the Netherlands despite archaeological evidence for genetic discontinuities in Dutch population history.” – from dienekes.
Are There Atheists in Foxholes? Combat Intensity and Religious Behavior – “Study 1 shows that as combat became more frightening, the percentage of soldiers who reported praying rose from 42% to 72%.”
Heroes of the Dark Enlightenment @radish magazine!
Fight Clubs: On Napoleon Chagnon – “One anthropologist’s place in his field’s ongoing battle over questions of power, means and ends.”
Syphilis, sex and fear: How the French disease conquered the world – “Researching the Borgias, Sarah Dunant learnt how syphilis took Europe by storm during the 1490s, and the far reaching effects it’s had ever since.” – previously: stds and miiiind control.
bonus: Genuinely, unironically, shocked – from mr. mangan.
bonus bonus: Viruses and mucus team up to ward off bacteria – “Phages may play unforeseen role in immune protection.”
bonus bonus bonus: Dog sniffs out grammar – “A border collie takes command of sentence rules.”
bonus bonus bonus bonus: 2-Child Limit for Muslims in Parts of Myanmar – burmese eugenics.
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: The Multiple Origins of Wine Grapes
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: What the heck is this strange red rectangle doing in our galaxy?
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