'Memory transplant' achieved in snails - BBC News
Traditionally, long-term memories were thought to be stored at the brain's synapses, the junctions between nerve cells. Each neuron has several thousand synapses.

But Prof Glanzman said: "If memories were stored at synapses, there is no way our experiment would have worked."

The UCLA professor of integrative biology holds a different view, believing that memories are stored in the nuclei of neurons. The paper might support hints from studies conducted decades ago that RNA was involved in memory.
brain  memory 
5 weeks ago
How a Virus Spreads Through an Aeroplane Cabin | Gizmodo UK
Approximately 40 percent of passengers never leave their seats during transcontinental flights (which tend to be on the short side), another 40 percent get up at least once, and 20 percent get up two or more times. About 40 percent of passengers who sit next to the window will get up, compared to 60 percent in a middle seat and 80 percent with an aisle seat. Passengers who got up did so for an average of five minutes.
airline  disease  model 
6 weeks ago
The Fascinating Science Behind Why We See 'Faces' In Objects | Mental Floss
Research has shown that rhesus monkeys see illusory facial features on inanimate objects such as toasters or sliced vegetables.
face  recognition  vision  pareidolia 
7 weeks ago
I wouldn’t go to Harry and Meghan’s pay-as-you-go bash. It’s pure meanness | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian
What makes people wait for hours to do this, I remember asking a bored policeman. “We call them cat-stranglers,” he said. I didn’t know what that meant. “Women so mad they strangle their own cats,”
monarchy  money 
7 weeks ago
An Interview with Jonathan Ward, Founder of Icon (Part 2) - Core77
Jonathan Ward: We're trying to evolve products, and put more passion and longevity into a product. Versus the big-box whorehouse [disposable mentality]. We all have enough shit. Now people are starting to realize instead of buying a big-box $20 piece of shit backpack that their kid destroys in three months, start thinking a little more before the next consumption transition and find a product that someone gave a shit about designing. And, yeah, maybe you're going to blow 200 on that bag, but you'll have it for decades.
product  design  durability 
8 weeks ago
An Interview with Jonathan Ward, Founder of Icon - Core77
"We'll do what we think the original designer would've wanted to do before the focus groups and the accounting department fucked up the details."
car  design  skill  quality 
8 weeks ago
BBC - Future - Inside the world of instruction manuals
“Often products don't have manuals ­– either because the product has been designed so well so that you never need to know how to do anything with it, or you're 'not allowed' to get under the bonnet and do anything with it,” says Ballard. “I think that's a major shift: that people don't expect to have to do anything with the product anymore.”
manual  documentation  design 
10 weeks ago
Mosquitoes learn not to mess with you when you swat them | Popular Science
If you try to move your arm to shake them off or try to swat them, they will feel the vibrations of the swat and learn a negative association between those vibrations and your scent. Given that we each have our own scent fingerprint, we found that they can actually remember certain individuals.”

In other words, the bugs could learn to avoid the scent of a swatty human. They replicated an annoyed human with an experiment baited with thin nylon socks worn by undergrads to get them nice and smelly (to mosquitoes, anyway. The scent was too faint for a human nose.)

“What was interesting about this was the individuals that they remembered the most were the ones that were highly attractive,” Riffell says.
insect  animalintelligence 
march 2018
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