That’s Not Nice: New Study Says Babies Are Complete and Total Jerks
If you ask any parent, they will probably tell you their baby is the sweetest most precious little thing the world has ever known. I sure would, but it seems like that might not be the case after all. The results of a new study show that children as young as nine months display a preference towards individuals who mistreat others who are different than they are. Put simply, babies are jerks. Except mine, because she's the sweetest most precious little thing the world has ever known.Read on...
Planet Hunter Volunteers Discover 15 Potentially Habitable Planets, Still No Way to Get There
Planet Hunters is a project that enlists the help of "citizen scientists" to help sort through the extensive data provided by NASA's Kepler mission. 15 new planets have been discovered by Planet Hunters that fall into the habitable, or "Goldilocks" zone, where the planet is at the right distance from a star to have liquid water. The discovery of the planets could mean there are many more of these worlds than initially thought, which is good news for anyone desperate to get off this planet just as soon as possible.Read on...
5-Year-Olds are Generous, but Only When Being WatchedIt's good news, bad news time again, everyone! The good news? Five-year-old kids can be very generous and inclined to share their toys. The bad news? They're only likely to do so if they know they're being watched. So anyone who was still holding onto that dream wherein we're all just naturally good people who are inclined to help one another out: You can let that one die. On the plus side, the rest of us will finally stop laughing at you. Y'know, to your face anyway.Read on...
Scientists Attempt to Induce Schizophrenia on a Computer
A recent study by researchers at the University of Texas in Austin and Yale University sought to create the thinking of a schizophrenic mind on a computer using a virtual neural network. Their work is based on the so-called hyperlearning theory of schizophrenia, which holds that the disease springs from an inability to forget or ignore non-essential information. In their work, the research team taught a series of stories to a computer model they call DISCERN. Using natural language processing, the computer maps out the stories in a manner similar to the human brain. In their model, a simulated dopamine release is used to mark significant information as DISCERN learns the stories. To model hyperlearning, the team increased the dopamine releases. This meant DISCERN "forgot" less, and perceived more information as "important." When asked to recount the stories, the hyperlearning DISCERN produced bizarre and delusional narratives from the input information.Read on...