Author Archives: BrainiYak

The other guy is always a rat — a study of the apparently innate “attribution” bias that underlies intractable social and political conflict Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Adam Waytz, Liane L. Young, and Jeremy Ginges, Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414146111 (online before print, 20 October 2014) If we are self-aware, we have to admit that we are psychologically inclined […]

Study claims that trivial and poorly supported graphs and formulas — when added to a supposedly scientific report — enhance the public’s belief that a medication works — But the study itself is so ineptly communicated that one wonders why anyone would pay attention to it Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Aner Tal and Brian Wansink, Blinded with science: Trivial graphs and formulas increase ad persuasiveness and belief in product efficacy, Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662514549688 (online before print, 15 October 2014) Citation — to press release Cornell University, Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust […]

Northern white rhino population is now down to only one breeding male — says the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy loses one of its northern white rhinos, OlPejetaConservancy.org (18 October 2014) That pretty much does it for the northern white rhino From the Conservancy’s announcement: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our northern white rhinos, Suni. Suni […]

The mechanics of existing seafloor iceberg scours — found as far south as southern Florida — may be explained by a hydrological model of glacier melt Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Jenna C. Hill and Alan Condron, Subtropical iceberg scours and meltwater routing in the deglacial western North Atlantic, Nature Geoscience, DOI:10.1038/ngeo2267 (advance online publication, 12 October 2014) Citation — to press release University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests, ScienceDaily […]

Living methane-consuming microbes inside undersea carbonate rocks may be serving as a methane sink — or not Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Jeffrey J. Marlow, Joshua A. Steele, Wiebke Ziebis, Andrew R. Thurber, Lisa A. Levin, and Victoria J. Orphan, Carbonate-hosted methanotrophy represents an unrecognized methane sink in the deep sea, Nature Communications 5: 5094, doi:10.1038/ncomms6094 (14 October 2014) Citation — to press release Mark Floyd, Scientists discover carbonate […]