Category archives: Humanities & Social Sciences

MI weekly selection #16

MI weekly selection #16

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Our metastable universe Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is eventually unstable and destined to fall apart. Scientific American Could flow batteries back up electric grids? To power flow batteries, two aqueous electrolytes held in different tanks are pumped through a membrane into a separate chamber, causing […]

MI weekly selection #15

MI weekly selection #15

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bat-eating spiders are more common than you think Bat-eating spiders are more common in the world than once believed. These spiders are found on all continents except Antarctica. Almost 90% of the web-building spider and tarantula species live in warmer climates, and can capture bats both with and without a web. LiveScience Nyffeler M, Knörnschild […]

Artificial distinction and real discrimination: Manipulating physical appearance

Artificial distinction and real discrimination: Manipulating physical appearance

EconomicsEthology

By Invited Researcher

Scientific experiments using animals frequently involve the marking of animals that artificially changes their phenotype. For instance, penguins with flipper bands have been used to study climate change. However, as Saraux et al. show, this banding reduces penguins’ survival rate. Consequently the study may mix up the effects of banding with other changes in penguin […]

Experiments in fairness

Experiments in fairness

Economics

By José Luis Ferreira

This is the ultimatum game: You are provisionally allocated USD10 with the following instructions. You have to decide a way to divide this money with another person. If she or he agrees, the division is carried out. If not, you both get nothing. What would you do? How would you react if you were the […]

MI weekly selection #14

MI weekly selection #14

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

3-body problem gets 13 more possible solutions Scientists have come up with 13 new solutions to the “three-body problem,” a situation in which three objects orbit each other in a pattern. The discoveries, which will help astrophysicists further understand planetary systems, brings the total number of solutions to 16. Science now Milovan Šuvakov, V. Dmitrašinović […]

MI weekly selection #13

MI weekly selection #13

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bunnies implicated in the demise of Neanderthals in Iberia Excavations are shedding light on what might have been a significant factor in the demise of the Neanderthal: the inability to hunt small game. The remains of large animals are prevalent in Neanderthal cave excavations, but the bones of smaller animals such as rabbits were prevalent […]