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September 5, 2011

Robots Learn to Handle Objects, Understand New Places

Infants spend their first few months learning to find their way around and manipulating objects, and they are very flexible about it: Cups can come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have handles. So do pitchers, so …  > full story
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Manipulating Plants’ Circadian Clock May Make All-Season Crops Possible

Researchers have identified a key genetic gear that keeps the circadian clock of plants ticking, a finding that could have broad implications for global agriculture. …  > full story
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Understanding Next-Generation Electronic Devices: Smallest Atomic Displacements Ever

Scientists have developed a novel X-ray technique for imaging atomic displacements in materials with unprecedented accuracy. They have applied their technique to determine how a recently …  > full story
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New Treatments for Baldness? Scientists Find Stem Cells That Tell Hair It’s Time to Grow

Researchers have discovered the source of signals that trigger hair growth, an insight that may lead to new treatments for baldness. …  > full story
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Up from the Depths: How Bacteria Capture Carbon in the ‘Twilight Zone’

Located between 200 and 1,000 meters below the ocean surface is a “twilight zone” where insufficient sunlight penetrates for microorganisms to perform photosynthesis. Details are now emerging about a microbial …  > full story
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Woolly Rhino Fossil Discovery in Tibet Provides Important Clues to Evolution of Ice Age Giants

Fossil discoveries from Tibet offer new insights into the origin of the cold-adapted Pleistocene megafauna. A new research paper posits that the harsh winters of the rising Tibetan Plateau may …  > full story
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Biological ‘Computer’ Destroys Cancer Cells: Diagnostic Network Incorporated Into Human Cells

Researchers have successfully incorporated a diagnostic biological “computer” network into human cells. This network recognizes certain cancer cells using logic combinations of five …  > full story
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Hubble Movies Reveal Solar-System-Sized Traffic Jams: Giant Jets Spewing from Newborn Stars Revealed in Telescope’s Images

Using Hubble Space Telescope images, astronomers have created time-lapse movies that offer astronomers their first glimpse of the dynamic behavior of stellar jets, huge torrents of gas and …  > full story
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Glowing, Blinking Bacteria Reveal How Cells Synchronize Biological Clocks

Biologists have long known that organisms from bacteria to humans use the 24 hour cycle of light and darkness to set their biological clocks. But exactly how these clocks are synchronized at the molecular level to perform the …  > full story
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Examining brain damage that occurs when fetuses in the womb are deprived of oxygen, researchers have discovered that damage does not occur randomly but is linked to the specific action of a naturally occurring fatty molecule called LPA, acting …  > full story

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A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced toolmaking methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought. The study raises new questions about where …  > full story

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Contemplation: Accessing the Source of Life Energy, Compassion and Wisdom

A few moments of contemplation can help when, like Peter in conflict with his new boss, we discover that being angry does not always mean we are completely in the right. Read More


Talking with Children About Terrorism, 10 Years After the September 11th Attacks

When the walls came down on 9/11, many of us felt like our own foundations were shaken. The unthinkable had happened, with no warning! The world suddenly seemed much less predictable and much less safe. Read More


Gout for the Masses

By Dr. Mark Borigini on September 4, 2011 in Overcoming Pain

Gout, the inflammatory arthritis triggered by the crystallization of uric acid in the joints, is on the rise in the United States, most likely due to the obesity epidemic in this country, coupled with a greater incidence of high blood pressure. Gout now affects about 4% of the population, increasing in proportion to age. Read More


Is There a Legal Action That Can Actually Prevent Divorce?

By Susan Pease Gadoua on September 4, 2011 in Contemplating Divorce

Cora and John had been married for nine years and had no children. One night, they had a terrible argument over a financial issue that had been brewing for some time. John threw around the “D” word like it was nothing, They had never gone to the level of animosity before.  Read More

Race and Ethnicity

Asian American Portraits of Encounter: Navigating Multiple Identities

By Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in The First Impression

One of the many advantages of living so close to Washington, DC is the plethora of opportunities to visit cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian. Currently, the National Portrait Gallery is showcasing an exhibition entitled “Asian American Portraits of Encounter”. Read More


Coupling in Captivity

By Aaron Ben-Zeév, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in In the Name of Love

The feeling of being in captivity is common to many (some argue, most) people who are in a committed romantic framework. How can people cope with this feeling? Is such captivity so horrible? The answers to these questions are complex. Read More


How Creative Ideas Take Shape

By Liane Gabora, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in Mindbloggling

Divergent thought is divergent not in the sense of generating multiple possibilities but in the sense of producing a promising idea that is vague or unfocused, like a diverging beam of light. Similarly, convergent thought is convergent not in the sense of selecting amongst alternatives but in the sense of bringing a vague idea into focus, like a converging beam of light. Read More

Behavioral Economics

Go take a hike! (for an unexpected psychological lift)

Why are we surprised at how good it feels to take a hike? A new experiment demonstrates that people significantly underestimate the psychological boost they would get from taking a walk in a natural environment. Read More


When Chastity Bono Became Chaz, Few Cared Until Now

By Goal Auzeen Saedi on September 4, 2011 in Millennial Media

We can talk about sex until the cows come home, but somehow when it comes to transgendered populations, few know what to say. Misinformation and just plain prejudice is problematic. This doesn’t mean we can’t start changing that and opening up the dialogue on this group. Read More


Declare Your Love, Part 2: Overcoming The Fear of “I Love Me”


In my last blog post, I wrote about the difficulty many of us experience in uttering those three little, but oh-so-portentous-seeming, words “I love you.”

Conversely, how strongly and clearly are you able to say, “I love me?” Read More


Maslow and Management Theory

By Edward Hoffman, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in The Peak Experience

Abraham Maslow was always looking at the ‘big picture.” Whereas most social scientists of his day seemed to wear blinders that riveted their attention to narrow concerns, Maslow’s own vision was far-reaching. Read More

Animal Behavior

The Elephant’s Nose

Someone asks an elephant to define “nose.” Read More

Child Development

What was Maslow’s View of Peak-Experiences?

By Edward Hoffman, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in The Peak Experience

During the tumultuous years of the 1960s, Abraham Maslow devoted considerable attention to the topic of peak-experiences. Read More


The Double-Edged Sword Of Hope

I’ve taken care of many patients with cancer throughout my career, but one in particular stands out in my mind, a forty-year-old journalist who came to me with a diagnosis of a grade IV glioblastoma—a malignant brain tumor with an almost uniformly fatal prognosis. Read More


Who does the Homemaking?

By Molly Castelloe, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in The Me in We

Labor Day calls for a tribute to one work force cut out of our nation’s economic history: the job of raising children. The unpaid work of mothers is what Ann Crittenden calls the “dark matter” of our economy. Women’s work in the home is romanticized as a labor of love, its economic importance swept under the rug. Read More


The Nurturing Powers of Mother Nature

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on September 4, 2011 in The Power of Slow

No matter what time of year, the Great Outdoors offers relaxing opportunities to learn more about the Earth on which we live. Read More

Child Development

Promoting Thriving in School-Aged Children: A Checklist

By Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in Moral Landscapes

Children are designed to grow best from challenging social play outdoors in the rhythms of nature. They build a sense of belonging, competence, autonomy, purpose, as well as trust and understanding of the world. But what can we do when children have to be in school all day? Read More


The Right Tool for the Job

By Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in Emotional Sobriety

In responding to comments on an earlier post, I realized that much of my writing could be boiled down to finding “the right tool for the job.” Every tool has a purpose, and conversely, a place where it’s of no help whatsoever. The same is true when it comes to emotional sobriety, spiritual seeking, and our physical well-being. Nothing is a panacea. Read More

Animal Behavior

Moon bears, wasps, and sexy seals: Animals aren’t dumb

By Marc Bekoff on September 4, 2011 in Animal Emotions

Doctors call for the closure of cruel bear farms across Asia, wasps recognize individual faces, and female sea lions appear to be more in control of sex than previously thought. Animals are not dumb. They’re sentient, smart, and emotional, and can reason about the effects of their behavior. This is a photo of Jonah, a moon bear on his way to freedom. Read More


The Life and Legacy of Abraham Maslow

By Edward Hoffman, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in The Peak Experience

Positive psychology is in vogue these days–just look at how many book have “happiness” in the title. Studies on topics like resilience, well-being, and gratitude have made their way from academic journals to mainstream magazines. More than 200 colleges and universities in the USA offer courses in the field. Read More


She’s Just Not That Into You Sexually

By Frances Cohen Praver, Ph.D. on September 4, 2011 in Love Doc

“You’re just oversexed.” Cindy said. Adam responded, “I’m not. I’m a healthy all -American male. Yes, I desire you, but you’re too busy, too tired, to anything else than to make love with me. Do you really love me?” “Of course I love you” Cindy said. With pleading eyes, Adam said, “But you don’t seem to want me sexually.” Read More

Law and Crime

Guns at Your Work: Coming Soon to an Office Near You

By Steve Albrecht, DBA on September 3, 2011 in The Act of Violence

More and more states are creating laws that allow employees to bring their guns to work. The goal is to help them have their guns ready to stop a potential active shooter. Companies don’t like being told by legislators that they cannot ban guns on their properties. Employees want to be able to protect themselves before the police arrive. Who is right? Read More

Sport and Competition

Dedicate to Meditate

By Jim Afremow, Ph.D., LPC on September 3, 2011 in Trust the Talent

Your mind will continually drift or zone out when you want it to be focused in the moment on today’s challenges – this is normal and to be expected. However, when you notice that your mind has wandered, you are actually now back in the present! Read More


Good looks will get you that job, promotion and raise

By Ray Williams on September 3, 2011 in Wired for Success

Despite the sophisticated HR advances in hiring and compensation practices, it appears your appearance, and particularly good looks, still matter. Read More


Does taking command of emotions make you heartless and soulless?

Negative emotions are part of human nature but emotional self-regulation is key to realizing our higher nature. Read More


Bullying in the Female World

“Kick him where it hurts” – “Punch him harder” – “Pin him down till he yells uncle”.  These are some of the sounds associated with male aggression.  In fact, the word aggression was only applied to the males of our species, expressed in physical action and captured in words like hitting, pushing, punching, beating and ganging-up.  Included in any description was anger th Read More


Why Am I So Afraid of Being Alone?

Learning to be alone with oneself is surely an art. We are socially and culturally encouraged to be “with”… not alone. Having many friends, being social, connecting with community, and being part of the village are common promotions. Splendid advice, but what about that special, sacred, unfettered time you need to just be with you? Why is that such a scary landscape? Read More

Jeff Bezos’ spaceship fails during test flight

An unmanned spacecraft bankrolled by Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos failed during a recent test flight. More »Jeff Bezos’ spaceship fails during test flight

President Barack Obama leaves the White House, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, to board Marine One, en route to Camp David. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation … More »Obama yields on smog rule in face of GOP demands

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, a herd of Asiatic wild elephants gather at a national park in Minneriya, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first national survey of Sri Lanka's wild elephants shows that the Indian Ocean island has a population of more than 5,800 _ slightly higher than previous official estimates, officials said Friday Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne, File)

The first national survey of Sri Lanka’s wild elephants found more than had been estimated … More »Sri Lanka count finds more elephants than expected

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Fake TabCo Borrowed Lessons From “The Wire” To Mask A “Battered” Brand

BY Kit EatonFri Sep 2, 2011

How do you run a successful marketing campaign for a new product from a company whose first and only product so far spectacularly bombed, to the derision of the tech world? Like this:READ»


How People Have Visualized The Mind Throughout History

BY Suzanne LaBarreFri Sep 2, 2011

It’s easy to take for granted in our medically enlightened era that once upon a time people had no idea what the mind looked like. We’re not just talking about gray matter and frontal lobes and all that junk. We’re talking about … READ»


An Architect Imagines The Galapagos Islands As A Robot Zoo

BY James GaddyFri Sep 2, 2011

It’s no secret that the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most zealously guarded nature preserves: they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a national park, and occupy the second largest biological marine reserve on the … READ»


Motion Makes This Lamp Shiver And Fold [Video]

BY Belinda LanksFri Sep 2, 2011

For his latest architectural project, Drew Seskunas didn’t design a house or a restaurant or a retail shop, but an interactive light installation, presented at the 2011 DMY in Berlin. Made of folded pieces of laser-cut aluminum … READ»


The Made For Good Model Of Successful Cause Marketing

BY Shawn ParrFri Sep 2, 2011

Cause-related marketing has been proven to boost sales, engagement, and customer loyalty, but are the new models of embedded generosity a passing fad or the new fundamental?READ»


This Week In Bots: Space Droids, Dog Droids, Chatting Droids, And Farming Droids

BY Kit EatonFri Sep 2, 2011

Fear not the robocalypse–recent developments in robotics are showing how advanced robots will help everyone from astronauts to farmers to doctors do their jobs more easily. READ»


Infographic Of The Day: What’s The Most Eco-Friendly Way To Eat A Hot Dog?

BY Suzanne LaBarreFri Sep 2, 2011

Kajsa Westman posted a larky infographic on Frog design’s blog that tries to settle, once and for all, the question that has vexed eco-minded hot-dog connoisseurs since time immemorial: Which is better for the environment, a bun or … READ»


2011′s Top Do-Good Design: Yves Béhar’s Glasses For The Poor

BY Alissa WalkerFri Sep 2, 2011

For the second time, San Francisco industrial designer Yves Béhar has won the INDEX Award, a 100,000 Euro prize given to five life-improving design projects by a Danish nonprofit. This year, Béhar’s program “See Better to Learn … READ»


Want To Win The Talent War In Emerging Markets? Start Recruiting Women

In the entrepreneurial economies of emerging markets, women are key to connecting with the main engine of growth: the small-to-medium business market. READ»


Per-Ivar Sellergren Talks Electric Power Airplanes

BY Rachel Z. ArndtFri Sep 2, 2011

Here comes the next generation of innovators revolutionizing batteries. Per-Ivar Sellergren is helping Volvo put energy storage–both batteries and high-power supercapacitors–in the body panels of cars.READ»


NYC’s MTA Takes The 2/3 Train To Yesteryear For HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” Campaign

BY Teressa IezziFri Sep 2, 2011

New York commuters can ride a vintage 1920 train in September, compliments of Nucky Thompson.READ»


Razoo, The App That Helps You Fundraise Without Ever Touching Money

BY Morgan ClendanielFri Sep 2, 2011

Collect donations and send out automated updates over social media, all from the comfort of your phone.READ»


Where Hurricane Irene Really Wreaked Havoc

BY Curt StagerFri Sep 2, 2011

Irene may not have lived up to expectations where the cameras were, but its impact is still being felt farther inland, where the real damage was. A report from the floods.READ»


An “Ebay For Science” Promises To Transform The Business Of Research

BY Michael J. CorenFri Sep 2, 2011

Instead of being held captive by massive startup and infrastructure costs, Science Exchange allows anyone to have an experiment performed for them–for a fee.READ»


Think You’re An Industry Leader? Not So Fast

BY Anthony FrancoFri Sep 2, 2011

I was recently at my bank, telling the branch manager that I don’t like its online banking system. She was literally offended: “But we are the best in our industry, I’ll show you the results of our survey.” I said, “But it … READ»


30 Second MBA: When Do You Collaborate And When Do You Go It Alone?

BY FastCompany StaffFri Sep 2, 2011

Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships, answers this business question at READ»


Visualizing Regulations To Prevent You From Being Snookered By Greenwashing

BY Morgan ClendanielFri Sep 2, 2011

It’s hard to know what products mean when they say they are “environmentally friendly” or “fully compostable,” but there are rules about what companies can and can’t claim about their products.READ»


Co:Collective Founders Launch Coworking Space “Grind” In Heart Of NYC Startup Scene

BY Teressa IezziFri Sep 2, 2011

Beyond Wi-Fi and a seat: Grind founders look to build a community of “free radicals” in a Manhattan nabe where they might bump into their future funders.READ»


The Amazingly Cute Fridgeezoo Berates You For Leaving The Fridge Door Open

BY Ariel SchwartzFri Sep 2, 2011

Will having a cartoon animal that lives in your fridge and firmly tells you to save energy get you to close the fridge door faster? Perhaps. Is it adorable? Just take a look.READ»

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