Psychologists' face off reveals humans can recognise 5,000 people | Science | The Guardian
Through a series of recall and recognition tests on volunteers, the researchers discovered that the human ability to recognise faces varies enormously. The study found that people know between 1,000 and 10,000 faces of friends, family members, colleagues and celebrities, with most racking up about 5,000.
face  recognition  vision 
6 days ago
Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise | Michele Gelfand | Opinion | The Guardian
communities that face financial danger – hunger, poverty, bankruptcy – and higher occupational hazards, are substantially tighter. This helps explain why those on low incomes have consistently told us they desire strong rules and leaders. In fact, when we ask respondents to free-associate from the word “rules”, low-income subjects consistently write positive words such as “good”, “safe” and “structure”, while wealthier ones write down words such as “bad”, “frustrating”, and “constricting”. These preferences arise early: in our lab, three-year-olds from low-income families were more visibly upset than peers from wealthier homes when they saw puppets violate clear rules.
rule  society  culture 
29 days ago
Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
Last week, a consortium of European funders, including major research agencies in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy, published their “Plan S”. It insists that, from 2020, research we have already paid for through our taxes will no longer be locked up. Any researcher receiving money from these funders must publish her or his work only in open-access journals.

The publishers have gone ballistic. Springer Nature argues that this plan “potentially undermines the whole research publishing system”. Yes, that’s the point.
science  publishing 
29 days ago
Nick Saban: Do your job and trust the process — Quartz at Work
Goals aren’t conducive for action. You don’t know what you need to do to achieve the goal.

The process gives you a mental checklist of items to tick off. There’s always the next deliverable and something you can do to get better.
process  goal 
july 2018
Specialized's New Super-Fast S-Works Venge Bike - Cool Hunting
"For every shape in the library, it is impossible to make it more aero without also making the shape heavier," says Yu, "We are maxing out what computers are capable of doing right now." Although the shapes were computer-generated, they have an intuitive look and feel. "We can get a shape that looks 90% the same from free-hand drawing it," he says. However, it is that extra 10%—those small tweaks and millimeter adjustments of surface area, like the Venge’s new handlebars which have a unique shape that cuts down on material, weight, and offers more aero—that have truly distinguished the computer’s inputs.
bicycle  aerodynamics 
july 2018
E-waste mining could be big business - and good for the planet. - BBC News
Expenses included the costs of waste collection, labour, energy, material and transportation, as well as capital costs for the recyclers' equipment and buildings.

And when these costs - and the effects of Chinese government subsidies for recycling - were taken into account, the team found that mining from ore was 13 times more expensive than e-waste mining.
july 2018
'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 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
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 
may 2018
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 
april 2018
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