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In reverse order: 5.  David Sloan Wilson, pissing off the angry atheists. “I piss off atheists more than any other category, and I am an atheist.” This sparked some lively action in the comments. 4. Lively or not, Wilson and Dawkins lost fourth place to snail jokes. A turtle gets mugged by a gang of snails. …

Ravens via PDPhoto Ravens show that consoling one another is also for the birds, Yet another finding that other species have qualities previously thought uniquely human. Our greatest distinction is that we’re highly social. Yet in that we’ve got a lot of company.   Human brains excel at detecting cheaters. FMRI’s, not so much, says Vaughan Bell…

Would you believe this brain? Every few months, sometimes more often, someone tries to ramrod fMRI lie detection into the courtrooms. Each time, it gets a little closer. Wired Science carries the latest alarming story: A Brooklyn attorney hopes to break new ground this week when he offers a brain scan as evidence that a…

Cordyceps in glass, by glass artist Wesley Fleming — a strange depiction of a rather horrid business. For more, do go to the source, the lovely Myrmecos Blog, which is all about bugs. Now, the best of the week’s gleanings. I’m going to categorize them from here out, and at least try to keep them…

Reading the Mindreading Studies – Science Progress seeks a handle on fMRI hype, hope, and horizons The evolving Swine Flu story [Effect Measure] The skinny on a scary run of deadly swine flu, from people who’ve been doing this a while. Green Issues Fade Is green losing its lustre? Eli Lilly Tops List of Drug-Company…

“How We Decide” author Jonah Lehrer, fresh from a book tour of the UK, offers what he calls a “spluttering answer” (it’s really quite lucid) to a question he says he’s getting a lot these days: What decision-making errors were involved in our current financial meltdown?? The short version of his answer — well worth…

How Jazz Players Get into the Zone

A jazz player’s brain: Brain activation while improvising. Blue areas are deactivated comparable to normal, orange and read are ramped up. From PLOS One. An intriguing finding: While improvising, jazz players seem to turn OFF the part of the brain that (to quote a new study just published in PLOS One) “typically mediate self-monitoring and…