Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Did Modern Humans Get Smart Or Just Get Together?

"The first archaeological signs of art and symbolism may mark new heights of social interaction rather than a cognitive leap.". News focus @ Science.

See also:

Michael Balter [2010]. "Did Working Memory Spark Creative Culture?". Science 328 (5975), 160. [DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5975.160]


Conquering by Copying

"A computer tournament has revealed the benefit of copying someone else's actions over solving a problem solo, a finding that has implications for cultural evolution." Full news story @

See also:

L. Rendell, R. Boyd, D. Cownden, M. Enquist, K. Eriksson, M. W. Feldman, L. Fogarty, S. Ghirlanda, T. Lillicrap, and K. N. Laland. [2010]. "Why Copy Others? Insights from the Social Learning Strategies Tournament". Science 328 (5975), 208. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1184719]


Monday, April 12, 2010


Life is complicated : Nature News

"The more biologists look, the more complexity there seems to be. ". News Feature @ Nature News

Part of the Human Genome at 10 feature.


Animals That Live Without Oxygen

"Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above.". News article @ ScienceNOW.

Research article:

Danovaro, R., A. Dell'Anno , A. Pusceddu , C. Gambi , I. Heiner and R.M. Kristensen. [2010] "The first metazoa living in permanently anoxic conditions". BMC Biology, 8:30.

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