Imagine 1960. John F. Kennedy is on the campaign trail while the war in Vietnam escalates. Timothy Leary begins his exploration of hallucinogens. The Pill ignites the Sexual Revolution. Yuri Gagarin will soon be the first man in space. Daily life, on the other hand, is more difficult to picture. No personal computers, let alone tablets and smartphones. No internet. Without the sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, most of us wouldn’t even call it life. [Read more…] about Douglas Engelbart and the Mother of All Demos
Science express blog
Science express is my personal blog — so I get to choose the topic! I like to write about quirky research with relevance to everyday life.
Humans have invested more brain power in making tools than any other animal. We all apply our minds to technology, but most of us don’t realize that it goes both ways. Technology literally shapes our brains. Research shows that the advent of language, writing and arithmetic changed human brains. So, what has the internet done to us? [Read more…] about Neuroscientists focus on the internet
If you are finding it difficult to secure a date, be more poetic. New research shows that women prefer compliments that contain novel metaphors. A team from the Key Laboratory for Neuroinformation in China tested 124 women. The women looked at photos of men, paired with compliments. The compliments were either literal or metaphorical. Metaphorical compliments were either novel or conventional. The men in photos associated with novel metaphorical compliments rated as more attractive. [Read more…] about Scientists prove that sweet talk works