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Monday, December 6, 2010

Today's Overflow Dec. 6, 2010

Imitating someone's accent will allow you to understand them better!  It seems to make sense intuitively (which is a response you can't trust,) but I'd never considered that before.  Article on PhysOrg 

There was a hype a while ago for a study on dogs "catching" the yawns of their human owners.  NeuroDojo calls out the twisting of information in headlines, and points out the follow-up research that could NOT replicate any of the results whatsoever.  Article on NeuroDojo

CERN discovers some wacky new asymmetrical fission.  The isotope Mercury-180 splits into krypton-80 and ruthenium-100 rather than the expected 2x zirconium-90.  They had a hypothesis, then it made a complete (mercury)180.   /guffaw... Article on PhysOrg


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