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Creativity Potentially Linked To Schizophrenia 215

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the better-make-a-few-more-loony-bins dept.
mcgrew writes "New Scientist is reporting that creativity may be linked to schizophrenia via a common gene. Szabolcs Kéri, a researcher at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, carried a study of creative people. 'Kéri examined a gene involved in brain development called neuregulin 1, which previous studies have linked to a slightly increased risk of schizophrenia. Moreover, a single DNA letter mutation that affects how much of the neuregulin 1 protein is made in the brain has been linked to psychosis, poor memory and sensitivity to criticism. About 50 per cent of healthy Europeans have one copy of this mutation, while 15 per cent possess two copies. People with two copies of the neuregulin 1 mutation — about 12 per cent of the study participants — tended to score notably higher on these measures of creativity, compared with other volunteers with one or no copy of the mutation. Those with one copy were also judged to be more creative, on average, than volunteers without the mutation.' They hypothesize that people with this gene with high IQs are creative, while those with lower IQs are simply prone to the hallucinations that characterize the disease."

Comment: Re:Support is pending (Score 1) 95

by highonv8splash (#28734741) Attached to: Free Rainbow Tables Looking For New Admin
The computer club at Western Michigan University is entertaining the idea of hosting these tables, we've been in contact with the admin over there about the data and bandwidth requirements, and it looks like we have the resources needed to host them. Unfortunately we don't have a quorom to vote on the issue until the fall semester begins and the majority of our members are in town.

+ - Danish firm actively employs autistic workers 1

Submitted by xiox
xiox (66483) writes "A danish computer company, Specialisterne is actively employing autistic workers and now has 40 of them. The firm is planning to expand to the UK in Glasgow. The owner of the company was motivated to do this when one of his sons was diagnosed as autistic. The company provides a quiet environment and fixed routines. Given the right conditions, the staff are said to excel at technical tasks. In addition, robots and Lego models are used to test their skills."
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+ - Unusual physics engine game ported to Linux->

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christian.einfeldt writes "Halloween has come early for Linux-loving gamers in the form of the scary Penumbra game trilogy, which has just recently been ported natively to GNU-Linux by the manufacturer, Frictional Games. The Penumbra games, named Overture, Black Plague, and Requiem, respectively, are first person survival horror and physics puzzle games which challenge the player to survive in a mine in Greenland which has been taken over by a monstrous infection/demon/cthulhu-esque thing. The graphics, sounds, and plot are all admirable in a scary sort of way. The protagonist is an ordinary human with no particular powers at all, who fumbles around in the dark mine fighting zombified dogs or fleeing from infected humans. But the game is remarkable for its physics engine — rather than just bump and acquire, the player must use the mouse to physically turn knobs and open doors; and the player can grab and throw pretty much anything in the environment. The physics engine drives objects to fly and fall exactly as one would expect. The porting of a game with such a deft physics engine natively to Linux might be one of the most noteworthy events for GNU-Linux gamers since the 'World of Goo' Linux port."
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Comment: Re:You mean racketeering (Score 1) 398

by highonv8splash (#28593917) Attached to: We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?
The product not existing isn't a result of there not being a demand or a drive for such a thing to exist. The problem with the textbook industry is that we have professors getting kickbacks from the book publishers, and the students are stuck with the inflated bill as a result. Given the choice, any student would obviously pick an open source textbook over one they have to pay $150 for. The plethora of open source software is proof that we aren't in a shortage of people willing to donate their time to open source projects, supporting the freedom of information.

Maybe if the students had a say in the textbooks that they were being taught with, we wouldn't have the duopoly that is currently being abused by professors and textbook publishers.

Optimization hinders evolution.