Friday, 15 August 2008

Points of Interest 13. August, 2008

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1. The genetic component to European ethnic groups. You can see a clear distinction between individuals with northern from southern European ancestry. Interestingly, these genetic boundaries often mark linguistic boundaries too: Genetic, Geographic, And Linguistic Structure Of European Populations

2. "Jugemu" is a rakugo, verbal entertainment, which everybody in Japan knows: Jugemu Jugemu Go-Kō-no-Surikire Kaijari-suigyo no Suigyō-matsu Unrai-matsu Fūrai-matsu Kū-Neru Tokoro ni Sumu Tokoro Yaburakōji no Burakōji Paipo Paipo Paipo no Shūringan Shūringan no Gūrindai Gūrindai no Ponpokopii no Ponpokonā no Chōkyūmei no Chōsuke

3. Are nouns and verbs represented differently in the brain? A typical view is that they are, with nouns relying more on temporal cortices and verbs on frontal regions: Representation of nouns and verbs in the brain

4. Participation in most sports requires agility, impeccable timing and the planning and execution of complex movements, so that actions such as catching a ball or throwing it into a hoop can be performed. Performing well at sports also requires anticipating and accurately predicting the movements of others: The baller's brain (and his pinky)

5. Did the introduction of cooking, have caused a relaxation of selective constraints on diet-related genes: Advent Of Cooking & The Big Cognitive Leap In Human Evolution

6. Totally awesome. I think bionics is the future technology: Robot controlled by "brain" in a culture dish

7. The top thirty 顔文字 (kaomoji/emoticons) used in Japan: Top thirty Japanese emoticons

8. Rap version of LHC from CERN - soon they'll blow up the world: Large Hadron Rap

9. Post about the Japanese pronoun nanji: I want to talk about you

10. The eye tells the brain when to plasticize

11. Mélange

12. England's rock art

13. Dinosaur Supertree

14. Collectie Ver Huell

15. Simulated Linguistic Evolution In The Laboratory

16. Testosterone and aggression, or what Frank's Red Hot Sauce has to do with handgun violence

17. Tone deafness and bad singing may not go hand in hand

18. Do you choke under pressure? Depends on what you're trying to accomplish

19. If you want to persuade a woman, look straight at her

20. 'Beer goggles' are real - it's official

21. US boasts of laser weapon's 'plausible deniability'

22. Has porn become mainstream? Not really

23. Did the Baldwin Effect Give Us Language?

24. On Human Nature

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Resistance is futile

Soon I'll be one of them, i.e. accepted for computational linguistics at Heidelberg - hooray!

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