Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will
Are genes our destiny? – “Salk scientists discover ‘hidden’ code in DNA evolves more rapidly than genetic code” – epigenetics.
Why fathers are faithful: Becoming a dad causes a testosterone drop that makes men less likely to stray – “Scientists have discovered fatherhood can halve testosterone levels – and stop men from straying.” – the study was of filipino guys.
Serotonin levels affect the brain’s response to anger – “Research provides new insight into why some individuals may be more aggressive than others”
Earliest Known Use of Marine Resources by Neanderthals – neanderthals eating shellfish ca. 150,000 years ago.
Neanderthals vs Humans? German Scientists Bring Fossils into the Computer Age
Lesbian cops? – @the inductivist.
Moms who eat high-fat diet before, during pregnancy ‘program’ babies to be fat, at risk – “This is the first study to demonstrate that a long-term maternal high-fat diet results in the deposition, in utero, of excess body fat in the newborn.”
How dark chocolate ‘boosts fitness in the same way as jogging’ – YAAAAAAAAAAY! (oh. in mice. squeak?)
bonus: Scientists on trial: At fault? – “In 2009, an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L’Aquila and killed more than 300 people. Now, scientists are on trial for manslaughter.”
bonus bonus: The most surreal sunset in the universe – they’ve discovered
tatooine kepler 16b!
bonus bonus bonus: It’s All in the Head: Songbirds With Bigger Brains Have Benefited from the End of Communism – of course they have! via diversity is chaos.
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Still Red in Tooth and Claw
Tortoise and Hare, in a Laboratory Flask – on evolvability
First sex linked to better body image in men, not women – “On average, college-age males become more satisfied with their appearance after first intercourse, whereas college-age females become slightly less satisfied.” (heh.)
Better Genes, Better Brains – from al fin
Study Undercuts View of College as a Place of Same-Sex Experimentation – via half sigma
On the Left Hand, There Are No Easy Answers
Girls more virginal than they’ve been in at least a generation – from the audacious
Skin color and the discrimination paradigm – from evo and proud via diversity is chaos
In a Brazilian Town, a Rogue Gene and a Boom in Twins
Darwinian Lessons from the Earthquake in Japan – “[H]uman morality is not a dictate of pure reason, because reason without desire or emotion does not move us to action.”
Low-serotonin mice less choosy about sex of partners
Artifacts in Texas predate Clovis culture by 2,500 years, new study shows – neato! see also: Paleo-Indians settled North America earlier than thought, study suggests
Does belief in free will lead to action?
Why Some Kids Are Harmed by Mother’s Alcohol, But Others Aren’t – “Exposure to alcohol in the womb doesn’t affect all fetuses equally.”
DNA and the New Identity Politics
The Brain: The Trouble With Teens – “Fast driving, drugs, and unsafe sex: The risk-loving behavior of adolescents may result from a neurological gap in the developing brain.”
bonus – Caution: Middle East under construction
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