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Submission + - Reinforcements Ordered in the War on Brains [video (scientopia.org)

grrlscientist writes: Rachel Maddow talks about her former show, The War on Brains — she mentions that even though the program no longer exists, America’s war on brains continues. Perhaps the most ridiculous example is the woman who claims that “the separation of church and state” is not mentioned in the US Constitution — a fact that can be easily confirmed by anyone who can read by checking the original document.
Idle

Submission + - A Monkey Economy is as Irrational as our Human Eco (scientopia.org)

grrlscientist writes: A Monkey Economy is as Irrational as our Human Economy. Why do people make irrational decisions in such a predictable way? Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. This video documents a clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
Science

Submission + - Foldit: Innovative Biology for Gamers (scientopia.org)

grrlscientist writes: Guessing how a protein will fold up based on its DNA sequence is often too complex for even the most powerful computer programs. Now biochemists and computer scientists at my alma mater, the University of Washington, have collaborated to create Foldit, a free online computer game where online gamers and citizen scientists do the work.
Education

Submission + - Zircons: Time Capsules from the Early Earth [video (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: Zircons are tiny crystals with a big story to tell. Some of these minerals are the oldest Earth materials ever discovered, and therefore yield clues about what the planet was like after it formed 4.5 billion years ago. In this new Science Bulletins video, travel to a remote island off Greenland's coast and a zircon-making lab in New York State to learn how geologists are using these time capsules to build new hypotheses about the early Earth.
Education

Submission + - Parrots, People and Pedagogies: A Look at Teaching (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: My thoughts on a research paper that describes an interesting technique for increasing active student participation in the classroom, improving reading comprehension and familiarizing students with quickly reading and evaluation scientific manuscripts whilst decreasing boredom and that passive classroom atmosphere that gets in the way of actual learning.
Education

Submission + - Empathy is For The Birds (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: Common Ravens have been shown to express empathy towards a "friend" or relative when they are distressed after an aggressive conflict — just like humans and chimpanzees do. But birds are very distant evolutionary relatives of Great Apes, so what does this similarity imply about the evolution of behavior?
Education

Submission + - The Truth Behind the 'Cala Boca Galvao' Campaign [ (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: Anatomy of an elaborate hoax: If you know anything about birds, then you know immediately that none of the parrots portrayed in these 'Cala Boca Galvão' Campaign videos are known as the "Galvão", nor are (most of them) endangered, nor are their feathers used in any sort of Brazilian celebration. In short, this amusing campaign is possibly the first example of a "flash mob hoax" that took on a life of its own on twitter.
Crime

Submission + - SPAM: Black Market Soccer [video]

grrlscientist writes: Sadly, slavery is not dead after all. This video shows a scene from the documentary "Soccer's Lost Boys." In this video, correspondent Mariana van Zeller goes undercover to explore the last, desperate hope of young West African players living illegally in Paris: a pick-up game with sketchy middle-men who try to sell the players to outside agents.
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