Cavemen Are Better at Art Than Modern Artists?

ResearchBlogging.org

I was going to write a post on an interesting paper about genetic variation in the USA but I’ll save it for another day as I found this gem.

A research group in Hungary have found the time to judge who is the best at drawing animals, cavemen or modern artists. Amazingly they found cavemen won the competition! To be fair, what amazes me is that these people came up with this research in the first place. How and why do they have the time to sift through a thousand images and then do a statistical analysis to find which group had the greatest error?

Nevertheless, I’ve learnt something new today. Apparently four legged animals walk in the following way:

The usual succession of the ground-contacting feet of walking quadrupeds, termed as foot-fall formula, is -LH-LF-RH-RF-, where L/R and H/F mean left/right and hind/fore, respectively.

As an illustration the authors provide this figure, follow the (more…)

Want a Nobel Prize? Eat Chocolate

A study published in the NEJM last month(1) seems to show a pretty convincing positive trend that those countries who consume more chocolate per capita also receive more Nobel Prizes.

The author of the study, Dr. Franz Messerli, continues to associate this trend with one of the key active ingredients in chocolate (flavonol’s). Flavonol’s have previously been implicated in increased brain performance and brain related anti-ageing effects. OK so I’m willing to accept (more…)

Hiatus

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t posted in the last couple of weeks.

A lot of stuff is happening at the moment, as I’m in the final run up to final exams, writing my dissertation and expecting the birth of my son.

As a result I’m putting this little project on hiatus for a couple months so I can get everything else finished. When I come back I’m going to try and do a complete restructuring of the site to make past posts more accessible.

Hopefully it’ll mean that this blog can actually be used as an easily navigable resource, rather than a blog that might on occassion make interesting reading.

I have a post or two already half drafted so I might put them out when I have the time, otherwise if anyone wants to throw a guest post this way to keep the site mildly active I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Thanks everyone for following so far, I’ll see you in a couple months!

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m tempted to copy and paste EvoAnth‘s post (or just reblog it) to make my life easier, but no I might as well do this properly!

I’ve never been completely sure how much worth these awards seem to hold, although I have seen a couple floating around in the blogosphere. Chain blogging isn’t the most attractive of things to do… and I’m sure it doesn’t take a huge amount of work to win one, but people have put effort into sharing, and it’s nice to be recognised by a fellow blogger, so I might as well do the same.

So these are the guidelines:

• Nominate 15 other bloggers
• Inform your nominees
• Share 7 random facts about myself
• Thank the one who nominated you
• Add a picture of the award to this post

Let’s see how well I stick to them. I don’t know if I’m allowed to nominate people that the person who nominated me nominated (lots of nominates…). But I happen to agree with a few of his choices so I might add them if I run out of ideas!

I’ll just quickly add the photo:

Next I would like to thank EvoAnth who, like me, is also a versatile blogger. The recognition is greatly appreciated. And I am also thankful for the posting of my blog URL twice on his award post. If you didn’t mean to do it, you can keep it up there. I don’t mind :).

OK my nominees are:

Two bloggers who have interesting philosophies on how the world works, or should work. Well worth a read:

A couple of science bloggers who give an amusing, but accurate, outlook into the life of a scientist:
Some more science based blogs:

Science and Religion:

And I’m going to steal two from my nominators nominees:

  • Eye on the ICR – Creationist angst, which many will sympathise with, many will disagree with
  • Simian rivalry – two bloggers who hold completely different perspectives over science and religion battling it out over wordpress.

There! 15 blogs nominated. Sorry if some of it comes out in a weirdly small font, WordPress is acting up a bit today for me.

Now the 7 random facts:

  1. I play the piano.
  2. I was in Turkey when this earthquake hit.
  3. I have a slight fascination with all things developmental (especially neuro and psycho).
  4. I have eaten coco pops all my life and still have it almost every day.
  5. I am a lifetime member of the Beano (despite my parents begging me not to make such a commitment as a child).
  6. I’ve been reading a series of Sci-Fi fantasy books by Robert Jordan (the wheel of time) since I was 13. It’s over 10,000 pages long and the guy died before finishing it. so 8 years later I’m still waiting for the final book to come out…
  7. Final random point, and probably the most awesome/scary/crazy thing in my opinion: I’m going to have a son in a few months!

What’s Your Favourite Sense?

I’ve added a new poll in the sidebar so people can vote for their favourite sense.

I thought it might be interesting to see which ones people can’t live without. (bear in mind all those who live without some of these senses already)

Just a quick reblog for anyone who still has doubts about evolution. A small recommendation.