Tag: modern civilization

  • Adapting…

    Adapting…

    Researchers tried to assess the effect of a new road to the local turtle populations. “It turns out that turtles liked to hang out (a lot) in fun places like thick patches of greenbrier and multiflora rose,” says Weigand, one of the researchers. “Overall, we found that turtles at both roadless and roadside sites used […]

  • Harsh sounds…

    Harsh sounds…

    Neuroscientists have analyzed how people react when they listen to a range of different sounds, the aim being to establish the extent to which repetitive sound frequencies are considered unpleasant. Their results showed that the conventional sound-processing circuit is activated but that the cortical and sub-cortical areas involved in the processing of salience and aversion […]

  • Greenland (movie critique): A case on our demised civilization…

    WARNING: Major spoilers for the movie Greenland (2020) ahead. Please move away if you have a problem with knowing how the movie ends. I recently saw the movie Greenland with Gerard Butler. It is a typical Hollywood movie with action, drama and a lot of special effects. A nice movie overall, given of course the […]

  • Societies… Cooperation… A lone man in the forest…

    Societies… Cooperation… A lone man in the forest…

    Researchers are exploring how cooperation arises in human societies, where people tend to cluster into various group types — political, religious, familial, professional, etc. Within such groups, people can cooperate or ‘defect’ and receive payoffs based on those exchanges. Cooperation, they observed, is most favored when allowing for the existence of ‘loners’ — people who […]

  • Komodo. Staying home.

    Komodo. Staying home.

    Komodo dragons live on a handful of islands in Indonesia, but their reputation has spread far and wide. Reaching lengths of up to 10 feet, the razor-toothed monitor lizards hunt deer in packs and have even attacked humans on occasion. But actually, they are real homebodies, according to a study published Wednesday in Proceedings of […]