A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence”
Expressing sadness or seeking protection? By Emma Young You’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a strike. Do you instantly grin with delight? Not according to a study of bowlers, who smiled not at a moment of triumph but rather when they pivoted in their lanes, to look at their fellow bowlers.  That study provided the earliest evidence for a controversial hypothesis, the Behavioural Ecology View (BECV) of facial displays, outlined in detail in a new opinion piece in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Carlos Crivelli at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Faces Social Source Type: blogs

“More than twice the size of Germany, but with just over 2...
"More than twice the size of Germany, but with just over 2 million people, #Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries on the planet. Or as the writer @bysarahkhan put it in @nytimestravel, the country is blessed with "plenty of space, but few humans to fill it." The @nytimes staffer @joaosilva_nyt photographed the road (or lack of) to Sandwich Harbour, a lagoon on the Atlantic coast, while retracing @bysarahkhan's 7-day, 1,500-mile road trip for #nytassignment. Visit the link in our profile to read more about @bysarahkhan's road trip and see more photos of Namibia's surreal desert landscape. #r...
Source: Kidney Notes - January 29, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Comparing children's sharing tendencies across diverse human societies
Up until about the age of seven, children across the world show similar levels of sharing behaviour as revealed by their choices in a simple economic game. The finding comes courtesy of Bailey House and his colleagues who tested 326 children aged three to fourteen from six different cultural groups: urban Americans from Los Angeles; horticultural Shuar from Ecuador; horticultural and marine foraging Fijians from Yasawa Island; hunter-gathering Akas from the Central African Republic; pastoral, horticultural Himbas from Namibia; and hunter-gatherer Martus from Australia. In one game, the children had to choose whether ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

i-calQ Point-of-Care Diagnostic Smartphone Sensor for Remote Environments
One of the finalists in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is i-calQ, a Salt Lake City, Utah firm that’s developed a portable smartphone-based diagnostic technology that it hopes can bring clinical care to remote parts of the world, and maybe even reach your home. The system integrates a smartphone app, a biosensor, and a disposable test cassette to be able to spot specific compounds in blood or saliva. So far the company has focused on designing a test for thyroid function that measures relevant hormone levels in blood, something typically requiring a lab and a few spare days to get the results. The i-calQ test, on the ot...
Source: Medgadget - August 28, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Editors Tags: Diagnostics Net News Public Health Source Type: blogs

Building Unity Farm - The Barn Swallows of Unity Farm
One of the side effects of creating the orchard at Unity farm was opening about 2 acres of airspace adjacent to our pasture.  This has attracted  many new species of birds which now dance and dive in the clearing between our woodland and marsh.   Since adding the orchard we've seen a significant increase in our barn swallow population.  Throughout the day, at least 5 adults dash at high speed around their own open air playground, eating mosquitos and enjoying their social community of birds.Our barn has two sliding doors which open to the male and female paddocks.  The swallows retreat to the ...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - July 18, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Source Type: blogs

rambo
south africa is such an interesting place. things happen here that surely can't happen anywhere else in the world. take illegal mining in barberton for example. barberton has some of the oldest deep gold mines in the country, maybe even the world. the gold rush in barberton happened long before gold was even discovered in johannesburg. of course the massive amounts of gold in johannesburg drew all the prospectors away and left barberton as a tiny, insignificant lowveld town with ghost mines. as time went on, it once again became financially worthwhile for the mines to be opened, although really only on a much smaller leve...
Source: other things amanzi - July 6, 2012 Category: Surgeons Authors: Bongi Source Type: blogs