- NewsToo much information prompted bad currency projections by international money firms, a psychologist contends, and may have blinded them to the global financial crisis.
- NewsFinches flirt unwisely if they can only use their left eyes.
- NewsPeople prescribed beta blockers are no more likely to avoid a heart attack or stroke than those not getting them.
- NewsTwo-thirds of scientific papers pulled from journals are for fraud, suspected fraud and plagiarism.
- Letters to the Editor
Quick facial thinking
I have always found it remarkable that the average person can identify probably thousands of individuals by face “Face Smarts,” (SN: 10/6/12, p. 20) and perhaps hundreds by voice, as well as some just by their gait. Clearly such identification at a distance must have been a crucial survival advantage during our evolution; this unfortunately suggests to me that the larger threat to earlier humans was not lions or tigers and the like, but rather other members of our own species.
Peter Benson, North Oaks, Minn.
Timing human history
- SN Online
ATOM & COSMOS
Astronomers see two baby black holes where they expected none. See “Cohabiting black holes challenge theory.”
Meteorological conditions combine to make Sandy a record-breaker. See “Low central pressure among Hurricane Sandy’s unusual features.”
Warm temperatures in the Antarctic have helped hold down the size of the hole in the ozone layer this fall. Read “Ozone hole at smallest size in decades.”
- Science Future
November 29–December 2
Documentary films and other forms of storytelling explore the diversity of world cultures during the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. More information at bit.ly/SFmeadfest
Try out creative thinking processes and practice LEGO challenges at the Creativity and the Brain session at the Columbus, Ohio, Center of Science and Industry. See the COSI calendar at bit.ly/SFcosical
- 50 Years Ago
COMPUTER MIMICS WEATHER — How and why the world’s weather behaves as it does is being attacked by one of the most powerful computers yet built. The U.S. Weather Bureau in Washington, D.C., dedicated a new research laboratory aimed at gaining better understanding of the earth’s atmosphere. Mathematical models of the atmosphere up to 20 miles above the surface are tested in the new laboratory on an International Business Machines’ STRETCH computer…. The electronic “brain” is expected to simulate day-to-day changes at 10,000 points around the world, analyzing surface weather patterns plus those at nine levels above the surface.