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In this post: the large version of the Brain & Behavior and Technology channel photos, comments from readers, and the best posts of the week.


Technology. Refueling a Tesla Validation Prototype 9 with electricity. From Flickr, by jurvetson


Brain & Behavior. From Flickr, by Barb Henry

Reader comments of the week:

In David Brooks on Genetics and Human Intelligence, Mike the Mad Biologist posts an excerpt from a New York Times opinion piece by columnist David Brooks; Brooks ponders over the growing intersection between science and the humanities as both strive to understand human behavior. Even with the entire human genetic code at our hands, he believes, it is impossible to reduce certain traits—namely, intelligence—to pure biology.

Mike agrees with Brooks, but reader D thinks he doesn’t give science enough credit:

Saying that intelligence has nothing to do with genes is plain bizarre – there’s a reason no bonobo does calculus.

Over on Framing Science, Matt Nisbet discusses John McCain’s lack of technical savvy in McCain Admits He Doesn’t Know How to Use the Web or Email. The Republican presidential candidate recently told the New York Times that he doesn’t use email (nor does he see the need to), and is just now learning his way around online.

Reader ian is not really sure what’s stopping him:

What, exactly, is the learning curve McCain faces to getting online? Opening your browser and clicking?!!

Hey, for some people…

Some other Brain & Behavior posts we thought were cool this week were:

WALL-E and Darwin

The birds and their creepy hive mind

Infants remember more by ‘chunking’ groups

Cheap Wine

Sleep loss & false memories

And from the Technology channel:

Are Science Movies Useful?

In the Future, We Live on Glorified Lilypads

Sports Doping: Analytical Chemistry is Not Magic

One more way video games might be good for you

Obligatory Reading of the Day: Opening up Scientific Culture

Look for highlights from other channels coming up!