Science

11:16am

Fri December 13, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Do Men And Women Have Different Brains?

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A sharp and well-reasoned letter in The Guardian a few days ago by University of Cambridge philosophers Rae Langton and John Dupre makes a much needed observation: If there are behavioral or cognitive or mental differences between men and women, you would expect these to reveal themselves in neural differences.

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10:26am

Fri December 13, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Congratulations, Tania Lombrozo!

Kudos to our fellow blogger Tania Lombrozo! Her Boston Review article on science and religion has been selected, by that publication, as one of its best for 2013.

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10:08am

Fri December 13, 2013
The Salt

How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 10:38 am

"A lot of people are eating seafood all the time, and fish are eating plastic all the time, so I think that's a problem," says a marine toxicologist.
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We've long known that the fish we eat are exposed to toxic chemicals in the rivers, bays and oceans they inhabit. The substance that's gotten the most attention — because it has shown up at disturbingly high levels in some fish — is mercury.

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:23 am

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

About Amy Cuddy

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9:29am

Fri December 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:45 pm

"It is really peculiar on the face of it that our languages exist to prevent us from communicating with each other." — Mark Pagel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.

About Mark Pagel's TEDTalk

Biologist Mark Pagel says our complex language system is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

About Mark Pagel

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9:28am

Fri December 13, 2013
NPR Story

Spoken And Unspoken

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:28 pm

TED speakers explore the power of how we communicate.
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We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:52am

Fri December 13, 2013
Mental Health

Does Winter Really Bring On The Blues? Maybe Not

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, it is that time of year again. For millions of Americans, the good cheer of Christmas and all the other festivals is marred by what many call the winter blues. Counselors, therapists, self-help books counsel us on how to beat the onset of depression brought on by wintertime.

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5:19am

Fri December 13, 2013
The Salt

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

Oranges ripen in a Plant City, Fla., grove on Wednesday. Growers in Florida, Texas and California are worried about citrus greening, a disease that makes the fruit bitter and unmarketable.
Chris O'Meara AP

The citrus industry is facing a crisis. It's called citrus greening — a disease that has devastated orange production in Florida since it first showed up eight years ago. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new effort to try to control the disease before it destroys the nation's citrus industry.

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9:11pm

Thu December 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Ag Scientists Charged With Stealing Patented Seeds

Two agricultural scientists from China have been accused of trying to steal patented seeds from a biopharmaceutical company in Kansas.

Separately, six men from China, including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate, were charged Thursday with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation's leading seed developers, prosecutors said Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

It wasn't immediately clear if the arrests were related, but The AP wrote of the group of six charged:

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5:48pm

Thu December 12, 2013
Environment

Long Island Wins Ultimate Faceoff Against Hurricane Sandy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:50 pm

Sediment samples from the seafloor near Long Island.
UT Austin Institute for Geophysics

Hurricane Sandy last year did more harm to coastal cities and homes than any hurricane in U.S. history, except Katrina. Most of that damage has been repaired. But there's other damage that people can't see to the underwater coastline, known as the shore face.

Apparently, Long Island's shore face did remarkably well against the storm of the 21st century.

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