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The people who want their language to disappear

The people who want their language to disappear | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
It's not unusual to hear about attempts to save a disappearing language - but some people in rural California actually want their language to die with them.
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How English became language of science

How English became language of science | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A world war, xenophobia and the rise of American research made English the universal language of science.
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Spurious correlations: Margarine linked to divorce?

Spurious correlations: Margarine linked to divorce? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A new website that spots unexpected correlations teaches us to look carefully at statistics in headlines.
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DNA to shed light on yeti claims

DNA to shed light on yeti claims | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A UK-Swiss team is to use genetic testing to investigate the origins of remains claimed to have come from "yetis" and "bigfoot".
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Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Researchers are experimenting with sounds, shapes and colours to alter how we perceive the flavour of different food and drinks.
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Good for perception influenced by deliberate manipulation of different senses
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Diet’s Link to Longevity: After 2 Studies Diverge, a Search for Consensus

Diet’s Link to Longevity: After 2 Studies Diverge, a Search for Consensus | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
After two studies of low-calorie diets among monkeys reached opposing conclusions, one team has struck back, asserting that the other study was in error because its control group was also fed a lean diet.
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"Science depends on replication" - read to this concluding quote - this article is a great example of Problems of Knowledge in Science which could really be developed further though a class discussion.

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Stem cell scientist 'misled world'

Stem cell scientist 'misled world' | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A Japanese committee investigating problems with a supposedly groundbreaking stem cell study has found the lead researcher guilty of scientific misconduct.
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Written all over your face: Humans express four basic emotions rather than six

Written all over your face: Humans express four basic emotions rather than six | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Human beings are emotional creatures whose state of mind can usually be observed through their facial expressions. A commonly-held belief posits there are six basic emotions which are universally recognized and easily interpreted through specific facial expressions, regardless of language or culture. These are: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. New research suggests that in fact, there are really only four.
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'Love-test' predicts marriage success

'Love-test' predicts marriage success | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Scientists devise a new "love test" that they believe is a better guide to the success of a relationship than the good intentions of newly-weds.
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New ideas for how Earth core formed

New ideas for how Earth core formed | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Experiments on samples of iron and rock held at immense pressures have led to new ideas of how Earth's core formed.
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British public wrong about nearly everything, survey shows

British public wrong about nearly everything, survey shows | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A new survey for the Royal Statistical Society and King's College London shows public opinion is repeatedly off the mark on issues including crime, benefit fraud and immigration.
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Sarcasm tool 'used by UK government'

Sarcasm tool 'used by UK government' | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
The Home Office and EU Commission are among authorities using an automated analytics tool that claims to recognise sarcasm.
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Tom Ripley and a talent for evil

Tom Ripley and a talent for evil | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
The view of evil in Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels - as expressed through her amoral title character - fascinates John Gray.
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10 things you may not know about laughter

10 things you may not know about laughter | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist and part time stand-up comic Prof Sophie Scott reveals 10 things you probably didn't know about laughter
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Painted caves challenge art origins

Painted caves challenge art origins | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
The discovery of 40,000-year-old artworks in Indonesian caves challenges established views on the origins of humans' artistic capabilities.
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Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'

Red wine health benefits 'overhyped' | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Drinking red wine may not be as good for you as hoped, say scientists who have studied the drink's ingredient that is purported to confer good health.
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Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that?
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certainty, causation, reliability, genes vs environment ... lots of problems of knowledgE tapped here
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BBC NEWS | Health | Could water really have a memory?

BBC NEWS | Health | Could water really have a memory? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
It is 20 years since a key scientific paper appearing to support the basic theory of homeopathy appeared in a leading journal.
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Happily disgusted? Scientists map facial expressions for 21 emotions

Happily disgusted? Scientists map facial expressions for 21 emotions | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Study finds strong consistency in how people move facial muscles to express wide range of emotions
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Beau Lotto: Optical illusions show how we see - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-ha...
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'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig'

'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig' | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
the startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals.
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Blow to multiple human species idea

Blow to multiple human species idea | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
The earliest humans from two million years ago in Eurasia and Africa were all part of the same species, refuting suggestions that several distinct types were around at the same time, a study finds.
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Do left-handers really die young?

Do left-handers really die young? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A paper in the influential scientific journal Nature 25 years ago suggested that left-handed people die younger than right-handed people - but the research was flawed.
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Could one man have shortened the Vietnam War?

Could one man have shortened the Vietnam War? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
Good for bias and filters... Malcolm Gladwell on the little-known defence analyst who might have changed the course of the Vietnam War - if only people had listened to him.
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Why do we see faces in inanimate objects?

Why do we see faces in inanimate objects? | open theory of knowledge | Scoop.it
A group plans to scour the planet via satellite imagery for human-like features. Why do we see faces in our surroundings?
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