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2008-06-19 09:01:08

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones Ph.D. Question: Why do casinos stay open all night? Are there sound neuroscientific reasons for this? Answer: You can bet on it. Evidence shows that sleep enhances memory, even just a brief nap of six minutes, says John Whitfield in Scientific American magazine. A sleeping brain is not just on standby but runs through a complex suite of activities, such as "moving" short-term memories from the hippocampus over to the cortex for more durable storage. Thus...

2004-11-27 03:00:16

The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Ed. by Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Alan Bryman, and Tim Futing Liao. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2004. 3 vols. $550 (ISBN O-7619-2363-2). This three-volume encyclopedia makes a wonderful addition to reference collections supporting creators or consumers of quantitative or qualitative social science research. Its one thousand alphabetical entries run from abduction to zero-order and address topics obviously connected to social science...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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