Unrelated to all that, 2/7 edition


(above: “the dangers of women voting”)

A down week as I came down with a cold. Normally I write up everything for my blog on Saturday or Sunday morning but this week I was unable to write anything coherent. So enjoy these links!

On the web

Multilevel mating success in water striders

Meaning is a subtle concept. On translating (part of) Leopardi’s Zibaldone

Even though there is a clear category distinction: pondering the limits of anthropomorphism

Which neuroscience conference should you go to? It really depends on the bars.

This is why rent sucks in San Francisco. I once plotted the amount of housing in Portland, OR (metro) vs SF-Oakland; despite having drastically fewer people, Portland had built more housing over the past ten years!

TruliaPriceMonitor_Scatterplot_Jan20141I have a thing for maps and infrastructure: US bus and Amtrak routes

“Higher status people were also more likely to help themselves to candies that were intended for children”

Genetic determinism: why we never learn – and why it matters

Hits a little too close to home. If Harry Potter was submitted to an academic journal

Because no one uses Google+. Multi-platform use of social media

Ecology is everywhere. A living nest!

It’s been a good week for pretty pictures. The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Unexpected complexity in fMRI imaging

Heterogeneity increases group decision making. I talked about this a bit before on this blog.

Picture of the week

elephant“With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.” – Enrico Fermi [initially misattributed to John von Neumann, sorry]

Tweet of the Week




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