By EMILY BAUMGAERTNERAfter researchers created a virus from mail-order DNA, geneticists sound the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in garages and living rooms... Already a research team at the University of Alberta has recreated from scratch an extinct relative of smallpox, horsepox, by stitching together fragments of mail-order DNA in just six months for … Continue reading As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’
By Alex Fradera Although criminal investigation has been transformed through technological developments in DNA, phone tracking, and online data, the way a detective works through a crime has remained much the same. The first suspect is often the true perpetrator, but not always, and snowballing biases continue to lead to miscarriages of justice. Proficient detectives need … Continue reading Can a reasoning test predict who will make a good detective?
Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs. While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories … Continue reading Plum Tea Crazy: A new Tea Shop Mystery by NYT Bestselling Author Laura Childs
By Alex Fradera “Sorry to bother you – I’m just after three pounds sixty-five for a bus ticket to Bromley.” Living in an urban area you frequently hear this kind of request, which showcases a persuasion approach called the “pique technique”, whereby people are more likely to comply with requests for an unusually specific quantity, because … Continue reading The pique persuasion technique plays on our curiosity and it’s surprisingly effective
By JOANNA KLEINA The New York Times Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on Earth — and one of the most active — covers half the Island of Hawaii. Just 35 miles to the northeast, Mauna Kea, known to native Hawaiians as Mauna a Wakea, rises nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. To them it represents … Continue reading Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different
Microscopic Cars Square Off In Big Race This car race involved years of training, feats of engineering, high-profile sponsorships, competitors from around the world and a racetrack made of gold. And it's invisible to the naked eye.Read more on NPR Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog | Facebook … Continue reading Microscopic Cars Square Off In Big Race
I was reading about certain words that should never be used in advertising because they yield poor results. The article pointed out that people are far less likely to click on the word “submit” on a web site because it is too committal. As an alternative, “click here” is better, and “click here to receive … Continue reading Which Hot Button Words Are Dealbreakers in Relationships? (I’ll say “fava beans” and “Chianti”)
A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.Read more on NPR Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free … Continue reading Just when I bought all those reusable shopping bags: A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic
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There are certainly different types of drunks. “Sober Dave is boring, you should hang out with Drunk Dave, he’s wild!” or “She is usually a sweetheart, but watch out, she’s a mean drunk.” Having documented the transition to our drunk alter-egos for 100s of years, we are no strangers to the concept of drunk personality … Continue reading Which one is the “I love you, man”?