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2009-09-03 23:30:00

New study shows striking similarity in the evolution of brains, cities Cities are organized like brains, and the evolution of cities mirrors the evolution of human and animal brains, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Just as advanced mammalian brains require a robust neural network to achieve richer and more complex thought, large cities require advanced highways and transportation systems to allow larger and more productive populations. The new...

2008-12-10 09:39:46

Findings could help marketers optimize advertising for the human mindFads have been a staple of American pop culture for decades, from spandex in the 1980s to skinny jeans today. But while going from fad to flop may seem like the result of fickle consumers, a new study suggests that this is exactly what should be expected for a highly efficient, rationally evolved animal.The new research, led by cognitive scientist Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, shows why direct exposure...

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2008-08-30 10:35:00

Forward-facing eyes allow animals to 'see through' the clutter in the world The advantage of using two eyes to see the world around us has long been associated solely with our capacity to see in 3-D. Now, a new study from a scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has uncovered a truly eye-opening advantage to binocular vision: our ability to see through things. Most animals "” fish, insects, reptiles, birds, rabbits, and horses, for example "” exist in non-cluttered...

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2008-07-23 16:26:46

Since the idea of using DNA to create faster, smaller, and more powerful computers originated in 1994, scientists have been scrambling to develop successful ways to use genetic code for computation. Now, new research from a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggests that if we want to carry out artificial computations, all we have to do is literally look around. Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science Mark Changizi has begun to develop a technique to turn our eyes and visual...

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2008-05-01 00:45:00

The latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary boasts 22,000 pages of definitions. While that may seem far from succinct, new research suggests the reference manual is meticulously organized to be as concise as possible "” a format that mirrors the way our brains make sense of and categorize the countless words in our vast vocabulary. "Dictionaries have often been thought of as a frustratingly tangled web of words where the definition of word A refers users to word B, which is...

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2008-04-30 11:31:11

The latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary boasts 22,000 pages of definitions. While that may seem far from succinct, new research suggests the reference manual is meticulously organized to be as concise as possible "” a format that mirrors the way our brains make sense of and categorize the countless words in our vast vocabulary."Dictionaries have often been thought of as a frustratingly tangled web of words where the definition of word A refers users to word B, which is...

2006-03-02 18:25:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Primates may have evolved color vision not to find the ripest, tastiest fruit but to detect that tell-tale blush on someone else's rump, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. The cone structures in the eye that help detect color seem exquisitely tuned to skin tones, the team at the California Institute of Technology reports. "For a hundred years, we've thought that color vision was for finding the right fruit to eat when it was ripe," Mark Changizi, a...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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