Cutie (666) writes "The urge to cuddle and coo when presented with a baby turns out to be an innate response prompted, at least in part, by the structure of an infant's face, according to new research that actually shows how this baby love process works in adult brains.
The finding could explain many behaviors, including why adults connect with babies, why most parents immediately gravitate to their kids and why many men appear to be attracted to women with baby-like features.
All elicit an attraction and parental brain response beginning in the medial orbitofrontal cortex, which is at the front of the brain just over our eyeballs, the new study, published in this week's PLoS ONE, determined." Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes "The military's war on blogs continues. Now the Air Force is tightening restrictions on which blogs its troops can read. At least one senior Air Force official calls the squeeze so "utterly stupid, it makes me want to scream.""
Beagle (666) writes "The science of evolution is often misunderstood by the public and a session at the recent AAAS meeting in Boston covered three frequently misapprehended topics in evolutionary history, the Cambrian explosion, origin of tetrapods, and evolution of human ancestors, as well as the origin of life. The final speaker, Martin Storksdieck of the Institute for Learning Innovation, covered how to communicate the data to a public that 'has such a hard time accepting what science is discovering.' His view: 'while most of the attention has focused on childhood education, we really should be going after the parents. Everyone is a lifelong learner, Storksdieck said, but once people leave school, that learning becomes a voluntary matter that's largely driven by individual taste.'" Link to Original Source
I kinda thought someone would hold a/. party here at UMR, but maybe they're just too Microsoft-y here, and I'm not hard-core enough to start one up. I probably won't make it to St. Louis either (i.e. who knows if I'll even remember that far into the future, much less being up to hanging out with, like, people), but I am still giving my attendance a non-zero probability so if that's useful in your reckoning, there you go.