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[Note: An update from 25 Sept 09 is at bottom] Here’s a sad mess. It seems a potentially important finding — that getting a seasonal flu shot might increase risk of contracting the swine flu — is being sat on by a journal, with the authors forbidden from talking about it, until they get through…

From Mind Hacks: Deodorants boost sexiness by getting men in the groove: I keep running into fascinating articles that The Economist ran over the Christmas period and this one is no exception – it covers research that suggests that men’s deodorants do increase sexual attractiveness, but by increasing confidence and hence the behaviour of the…

“Of course,” says Clay Shirky, “because people will hit the print button.”

Top Ten Ways the World Could End

CBC Radio | Ten Ways the World Could End : From the wonderful radio program Quirks & Quarks: Despite what you may think, the universe is not necessarily a friendly place. Sure, things here on Earth have been pretty stable over the past few millennia, allowing human civilization to gain a foothold. But that could…

Pebble Collection

A few that rolled away with the tide … PsychCentral not impressed with Outliers Look Who’s in the Operating Room From the Deutches Museum, tractors as core culture And from Boing Boing, a Studley tool chest. And I was all excited to get my little canvas toolbag yesterday. -

Pebble collection

A few that keep slipping out of my hands: It’s All in Your Head — Sally Satel, in the Wall St Journal, on a recent study showing about half of American doctors use placebos in practice. Satel, who wrote an interesting piece NY Times Magazine piece a while back on her search for a kidney…

GIN, TELEVISION, and COGNITIVE SURPLUS

Hi Readers. Wanted to clue you in to a couple web pleasures. One is Edge: GIN, TELEVISION, AND COGNITIVE SURPLUS A Talk By Clay Shirky, in which Shirky talks about how society’s “cognitive surplus” — the time and brain power contained in the free time created by the Industrial Revolution and the 40-hour work week…

From Mind Hacks, which turns up such gems (and thoughtful essays) with astonishing regularity Serious threats distinguished by style over substance: Last September’s Journal of Forensic Sciences had an intriguing study comparing email and handwritten threats to members of the United States Congress. While threats by letter were more thoughtfully composed, they need to taken…

There’s been a lot of attention the last couple years to the possibility of brain-based lie detector tests — most of it premature. That coverage, I see now, has overlooked (as did I!) a 2005 study that showed compulsive liars are wired differently — in an unexpected way — than the rest of us. NPR’s…

And this: Japan scientists make paper planes for space (Reuters) Reuters – A spacecraft made of folded paper zooming through the skies may sound far-fetched, but Japanese scientists plan to launch paper planes from the International Space Station to see if they make it back to Earth. I am sad that I can find no…