Uncategorized — September 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Top Five Science Stories

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These are the Top Five Science Stories for Sept. 12, 2013.

DOES FLATTERY GET YOU TO BUY STUFF YOU DON’T WANT OR NEED? 

Consumers have negative reactions to flattery by salespeople, even if they think the compliments are sincere, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. But disliking a salesperson doesn’t mean a customer won’t buy from the store.
(cont’d) Phys.org

ARE PRECOGS REAL OR JUST SCI-FI CREATIONS?

The Prophecy Program is an exploration of the human capabilities in sensing future events, as well as an examination of the nature of the scientific experiment. This project has been created as part of the Media Design Practices summer research program, and took place within the wind tunnel of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

(cont’d) adafruit.com

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WHAT IS THIS VS THAT? IT’S A NEW SCIENCE SERIES…. THIS VIDEO EXPLAINS.

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HONORED: THE SCIENTISTS WHO HELPED THE DEAF HEAR

The Lasker–DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, announced September 9, recognizes the contributions of three pioneers of cochlear implantation: Graeme Clark, Ingeborg Hochmair, and Blake Wilson. Their collective efforts have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who would otherwise be deaf.

(cont’d) New England Journal of Medicine

CAN SCIENCE EXPLAIN CREATIVITY?
The contemporary philosopher Dan Dennett once asked the following rhetorical question: “Do you need a theory to ride a bike?” I think we can say the same thing about creators and creativity. Artists make art without knowing how the science of creativity works and entrepreneurs launch companies without consulting creativity researchers, right?
(cont’d) CreativityPost
EXTRAVERSION & INTROVERSION
Extraversion and introversion are recognized as core aspects of people’s personalities. Today, they are included as part of a number of different personality scales, including the ever popular Myers-Briggs Type indicator and the Big Five Aspects Scales, but the idea of E/I goes back nearly a century.

(cont’d) io9

MCDONALDS UNVEILS CRISPY WINGS

After some test runs, McDonald’s has debuted Mighty Wings nationwide this month. The chicken wings were first launched in 1990 until they were taken off menus in 2003.

The wings are extremely crispy, even after hanging out in a to-go bag for close to 10 minutes. They wouldn’t be out of place at KFC, for example. And they are pretty good too. None of our tasters had any complaints, except for maybe the intense black pepper aftertaste. The greasiness level was about standard for wings — you’ll want a napkin afterwards but you won’t feel like you’re drowning in grease. In short, these are pretty solid fried wings. We wouldn’t mind a cold pint of beer with them, though.

(cont’d) HuffPost

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