Here now, for the week of April 7th, 2014, This vs That’s top 5 science stories.
1. OTHER THAN “GOING MISSING” WHAT IS AMERICA’S #1 AIRPLANE COMPLAINT?
One of America’s top astrophysicists, Dr. Jason Steffon of Chicago’s famed Fermi Lab — who also oversees the Kepler Project — has teamed with the new science series, This vs That, in a first of it’s kind experiment to demonstrate an airplane boarding procedure that he believes is — remarkably — 50% faster than any other airplane boarding procedure. To find out if Dr. Steffon’s computer simulations prove accurate under real world conditions, you’re invited to see the series premiere of This vs That — FREE — as Dr. Steffon oversees an experiment featuring 100 airplane passengers, a 757 and a guy who makes a ham sandwich with his feet.
Researchers studying a pod of wild dolphin in the Caribbean have – amazingly – decoded the animal’s clicking and high pitch squeaking. Well, at least some of it. It’s the first leap towards fully understanding dolphin “language.” For years, dolphins have demonstrated their ability to map human commands — meaning, we tell them to “fetch the blue ring,” and they do — but, this is the first time scientists know what the dolphin is saying! Not surprisingly, the dolphin, whose near every move has been monitored, tracked, and quantified by scientists over the last 25 years first words to the scientists was: “Would you please leave me the fuck alone.” It also may have been “seaweed.” Get the rest of the details HERE.
3. WAKE IT SHAKE IT MOE-NAY MOE-NAY
According to new research, giving money to employees is perhaps the worst way to motivate them to do their jobs better. It has long been argued that the best motivator to improve employee productivity, accuracy & loyalty has been to give them a monetary bonus. However, according to a new report in the Harvard Business Review, monetary incentives don’t work over a long period of time, in the same way monetary incentives fail to stop a person from overeating or smoking. A better method of improving employee productivity researchers say is to provide them with stability, job security, compliments and more difficult work. Although, researchers did concede that giving the IT guy the newest Xbox will get your lap top repaired more quickly. Also, I might have made that last part up.
4. MEET THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO CURE CANCER & WANT CHILDREN TO DIE
Dozens of scientists working on the campus of UCLA have been living in fear for their lives from an ultra radical group of animal activists who have gone from legally expressing their 1st amendment right to disagree… to outright terrorism. This video has all the details.
5. THERE’S A REASON YOUR MOM SAID: “WRITE IT DOWN, STUPID.”
Students who take notes by hand do better on exams than students who type notes on a laptop, says this new study.
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