Category: Knowledge

  • Children. Adults. Lies.

    Children. Adults. Lies.

    ‘If you don’t behave, I’ll call the police,’ is a lie that parents might use to get their young children to behave. Parents’ lies elicit compliance in the short term, but a new psychology study suggests that they are associated with detrimental effects when the child becomes an adult. (1) At the end, the truth […]

  • Expert decisions…

    Expert decisions…

    Does a mass on a mammogram indicate breast cancer? Will Serbia be a member of the EU by 2025? Will there be more floods in Germany in five years’ time? The diagnoses and predictions made by doctors, scientists, and experts often have far-reaching consequences. And in many cases, it is only years later that it […]

  • What colour?

    What colour?

    What colour were fossil animals? Scientists have evaluated fossil color reconstruction methods and proposed a new study framework that improves and expands current practice. (1) What a weird era. Our knowledge gets accumulated in amazing rates. And yet, we are still here. Only knowing about us. Yes, we know about the dinosaurs. But we will […]

  • Seeing what cannot be seen…

    Seeing what cannot be seen…

    Identifying geological features in a densely vegetated, steep, and rough terrain can be almost impossible. Imagery like LiDAR can help researchers see through the tree cover, but subtle landforms can often be missed by the human eye. A team of scientists has tapped into the power of machine learning to identify hidden geologic features. Specifically, […]

  • Reading. Seeing. Seeing better!

    Reading. Seeing. Seeing better!

    Reading is a recent invention in the history of human culture — too recent for dedicated brain networks to have evolved specifically for it. How, then, do we accomplish this remarkable feat? As we learn to read, a brain region known as the ‘visual word form area’ (VWFA) becomes sensitive to script (letters or characters). […]