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November 27, 2007

We have ten years to fix the environment, or we are doomed.

World must fix climate in less than 10 years: U.N. - Yahoo! News

The U.N. Human Development Report issues one of the strongest warnings yet of the lasting impact of climate change on living standards and a strong call for urgent collective action.

"We could be on the verge of seeing human development reverse for the first time in 30 years," Kevin Watkins, lead author of the report, told Reuters.

The report, to be presented in Brasilia on Tuesday, sets targets and a road map to reduce carbon emissions before a U.N. climate summit next month in Bali, Indonesia.

Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere help trap heat and lead to global warming.

"The message for Bali is the world cannot afford to wait, it has less than a decade to change course," said Watkins, a senior research fellow at Britain's Oxford University.

November 23, 2007

Babies prefer helpful individuals over griefers

Babies can spot the good, the bad, and the ugly - being-human - 22 November 2007 - New Scientist

Babies are good judges of character long before they learn to speak, according to a new study. Infants as young as six months preferred characters which helped rather than hindered others in a simple puppet show.

Researchers say the findings reveal that humans begin making social evaluations far earlier than previously thought.

"This is the very first experiment in anywhere near this age that shows babies develop preferences for individuals based on their actions," says Karen Wynn at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, US, who led the study.

Wynn and her colleagues studied the reactions of infants to a sketch in which a brightly coloured wooden block with goggly eyes attempts to climb up a hill. Much like in a puppet show, the infant could not see the person behind a curtain who controlled the character's movement with a wooden stick.

November 21, 2007

String Theory Explained with a Ducky (QUACK!)

Science and Technology News, Science Articles | Discover Magazine...

November 17, 2007

Emissions Growth Must End, UN Says
-- or --
Oh, Jesus, are we ever fucked

I'm sure the Chinese and Indians will get right on...

November 16, 2007

The Black Winds

Warren Ellis | The Black Winds An anonymous student posts...

Surfer with a Spirograph -- the new Einstein?

This is how the surfer-cosmologist models "everything" -- the Unified...

November 15, 2007

CDC: Mutant cold virus has killed 10

CDC: Mutant cold virus has killed 10 ATLANTA (AP) --...

Tropical fish discovered that can live for months out of water

Tropical fish can live for months out of water - Science- msnbc.com

GUATEMALA CITY - A tropical fish that lives in mangrove swamps across the Americas can survive out of water for months at a time, similar to how animals adapted to land millions of years ago, a new study shows.

The Mangrove Rivulus, a type of small tropical killifish, seeks refuge in shallow pools of water in crab burrows, coconut shells or even old beer cans in the tropical mangrove swamps of Belize, Brazil and the United States.

When their habitat dries up, they live on the land in logs, said Scott Taylor, a researcher at the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program in central Florida.

November 13, 2007

"Missing link" found?

Experts find jawbone of pre-human great ape in KenyaNAIROBI (Reuters)...

The evolution of creationism

Salon | The evolution of creationism | After their notorious...

November 12, 2007

Curvy mothers have smarter kids

Curvy mothers have brainier kids - being-human - 10 November 2007 - New Scientist

CURVIER women may have smart children because hip fat contains polyunsaturated fatty acids critical for the development of the fetus's brain.

Using data from the US National Center for Health Statistics, William Lassek at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Steven Gaulin of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found a child's performance in cognition tests was linked to their mother's waist-hip ratio, a proxy for how much fat she stores on her hips.

Children whose mothers had wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio scored highest, leading Lassek and Gaulin to suggest that fetuses benefit from a rich supply of useful fatty acids

November 08, 2007

Crater From 1908 Russian Space Impact Found, Team Says

National Geographic | Crater From 1908 Russian Space Impact Found,...

How to waste your riches from the genetic lottery

Children of doping athletes born with buckets of problemsA recently...

November 06, 2007

Gene 'links breastfeeding to IQ'

via | Beeb | Gene 'links breastfeeding to IQ'A single...

November 02, 2007

Chupacabra Discovered, then Undiscovered!

BBC NEWS | Americas | Tests end Texan goat-sucker stir...