All posts tagged with society

Link: Robots in retail

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MIT Technology Review has an interview with an exec from a company making robots for Walmart: “Walmart’s new robots are loved by staff—and ignored by custome...

Combating ‘ivory tower’ syndrome

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There is much in this editorial by Andrew Hoffman that merits broadcasting more widely: “Why academics are losing relevance in society – and how to stop it”....

Link: Pääbo wins award

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Some nice coverage of Svante Pääbo in the Washington Post on the occasion of him winning one of the 3-million dollar “Breakthrough Awards” last week: “3 scie...

Paleo and "physical culture" movements

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NPR has a short piece with an interesting historical story about old-time back-to-nature fitness fanatics: “Paleo Diet Echoes Physical Culture Movement Of Ye...

Real cave people

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The LA Times has an interesting article about modern cave life in Shaanxi: “In China, millions make themselves at home in caves”.

Eating their young

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Ally Fogg: “Why the young get a bad press” reports on research into age and media bias:

The dictators will be televised

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French TV makes a game-show version of the famous Milgram experiment, all for a documentary about how easily people follow authority figures.

Alpha and omega

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Slate is running an article by Jessica Grose, titled “Omega males and the women who hate them.” The “Omega male” is basically a loser nebbish type who shows ...

Bad genes

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Well, if your genes don’t make you a bad driver, maybe they’ll make you a murderer: “Lighter sentence for murderer with ‘bad genes’”

Tom Wolfe on the moon landing

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Worth reading from last week if you haven’t seen it: The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe’s lament on NASA’s unfulfilled promise, “One Giant Leap to Nowhere”. Mo...

Science and public Pew/AAAS survey

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A Pew Institute-AAAS survey is in the news; Pew’s summary of the survey conclusions is online, very readable, and doesn’t seem to make the obvious misreprese...

Sci-fi box office

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I liked the short article by sci-fi author John Scalzi, “Scifi movies made money before Star Wars, too”:

Aboriginal digital rights management

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The BBC is carrying an interesting article that shows cultural anthropologists and software developers working together to document and preserve the history...

The real Friday Night Lights

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I have to direct you to this article on the front page of today's NY Times about Smith Center, Kansas, and their football team:

Change the world, practically

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A lot of blogs have been pointing to this Washington Post article, where young idealistic DC postgrads bemoan how difficult it is to find long-term paying w...

The economics of gold farming

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Cottage industries have a way of becoming real industries, and one of the more surprising instances of such a transformation is the phenomenon of the "gold ...

See "Pearls before breakfast"

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Please let me take a moment away from my usual anthropology content to direct your attention to this Washington Post story, "Pearls before breakfast," in wh...

Cavemen, clubs, and squash racquets

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This is that Superbowl time of year when everybody's thinking about advertising, so I thought it appropriate to point to this post (Ron Rosenbaum) about tho...

"It cost too much, staying human."

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Wired is running a feature with short stories in 6 words, by famous authors -- mainly sci-fi but with a mix of some others.

From each ape according to his ability

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I was discussing animal (and plant) rights in class yesterday, and now I see that the Spanish Socialist Party wants to make apes legal persons (via Althouse...

"Africa": the game

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MTV News has an article describing a new massively multiplayer online game, called "Africa". The game will be set in "a land of 13th century African civiliz...

A whale of a story

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Sometimes studying the past gives me a unique perspective on current events. Consider the Thames whale story. The latest update is that the whale, sadly, di...

Biology in design

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I just saw the Bionic Concept Vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. It's design in based on a boxfish, which turns out to be highly aerodynamic although it looks unga...

Social hierarchies and health in primates

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Wow, it's almost like Science is reading my mind! Just after this post on social status and this post on allostasis, the April 29, 2005 Science has printed ...