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  • Dogs’ Brains Have Human-like “Voice Area”
    By on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “When you hear a friend’s voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can’t see her. And from the tone of her speech, you quickly gauge if she’s happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a ‘voice area.’ Now, scientists using brain scanners and a crew of eager dogs have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. The finding helps explain how canines can be so attuned to their owners’ (more…)

  • Human Ingenuity: A 100,000-Year-Old Story
    By on July 11, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Humans have been the most successful species on the planet (roaches and rats have done well, too). Scientists credit our success to three traits: technology innovation, group collaboration, and communication. Humans not only have all three abilities, but we excel at all three. The question of when we started being human and flexing our abilities has been coming under constant revision in recent years.


  • Religious belief is human nature, huge new study claims
    By on May 12, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    By Richard Allen Greene, CNN London (CNN) — Religion comes naturally, even instinctively, to human beings, a massive new study of cultures all around the world suggests. “We tend to see purpose in the world,” Oxford University professor Roger Trigg said Thursday. “We see agency.


  • Real life HAL 9000: computers reacting to human emotions?
    By on March 3, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    We are posed on the brink of computers recognizing and responding to users’ emotions. Would you view that as cool or as a privacy invasion? Are you ready for HAL 9000 in real life?


  • Study of MMOG Proves Human Interaction Theory
    By on July 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “A new study analyzing interactions among 300,000+ players in an online game universe, called Pardus, has for the first time provided large-scale evidence to prove an 80-year-old psychological theory called Structural Balance Theory. The research, published in PNAS, shows that individuals tend to avoid stress-causing relationships when they develop a society, resulting in more stable social networks.”

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  • Western nations slam Iran over human rights record
    By on June 17, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Western nations rebuked Iran for its human rights record after overcoming an attempt by Iran to block the statement from being read aloud in the Human Rights Council. The nations expressed concern over a “lack of progress in the protection of human rights in Iran,” especially since the widespread arrests and bloody crackdowns this year.


  • Incorporating Human Behavior Into Wall Street Mathematical Models
    By on September 13, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    After watching the stock market struggle for the past year, financial experts from Wall Street and academia are putting more effort into bringing behavioral modeling into their complex financial calculations. “The risk models proved myopic, they say, because they were too simple-minded. They focused mainly on figures like the expected returns and the default risk of financial instruments. What they didn’t sufficiently take into account was human behavior, (more…)