Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!
1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace
I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work. He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.
I love Sapolsky and this case study totally blew me away. Makes me wonder about the tenents of evolutionary psychology, though…if even aggression is a variable, what can be said of any behavioural realities? Can anything actually be written in stone behaviourally?
Glassware can get pretty expensive especially if you’re in college and always getting sht faced and breaking your glasses. Start just using your empty beer bottles and turning them into your new glasses. Look dope, easy to make and cheap! Follow these 5 easy steps.
- Step 1 – Grab a beer bottle preferably with thick glass such as corona bottles. Tie a string just above the label on the empty bottle
- Step 2 – Keep the string tied and soak it in lighter fluid.
- Step 3 – Put the string back on the bottle and hold it horizontally. Light the sting rotating the bottle so the flame spreads. You should hear the bottle crack slightly in about 10 seconds.
- Step 4 – After you hear the crack, pour cold water on the string and the top of the bottle will fall off.
- Step 5 – Now grab sandpaper and sand the edges of the bottle till it is smooth.
“I’m not ashamed to dress “like a woman” because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” -Iggy Pop
“His manager asked “Ig, why are you wearing a womans dress?” and Iggy replied “I beg to differ, this is a mans dress.””
Metal as fuck
"There’s a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.
Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity.”
full article here
I was looking through these thinking “Don’t let them be paintings, don’t let them be pai- FUCK, they’re paintings.”
February 13, 2013 - the day Canada’s Parliament debated the zombie apocalypse. (x)
Canada, the only nation discussing the most important issues of our day.
See? Canada has a zombie plan and so should you!
i want to emphasize that this is not from a comedy movie, it literally happened, like in real life, in parliament, between real people
I love how everyone else in the back are just cracking up!
Iridescence Everywhere. Colours from Interference.
Everything that we can see is reflecting light and it is the wavelength of that light that gives us colour. However the special way the above are reflecting light causes us to see a rainbow of colours. This property is known as Iridescence “where colour appears to change depending on viewing angle”.
This isn’t because of a pigment but actually due to the structural arrangement of the object that changes the wavelengths of light reflected. They key is in having multiple layers that interfere with the wavelengths light. Imagine a sandwich with no filling, as the light passes through the top layer it is also reflected back. But the light passing through the top and hitting the second layer is reflected back and out through the top at a different wavelength to that of the top. Now these wavelengths combine and cause constructive interference. That interference of two wavelengths essentially mixing together causes the ranibow of colours. The causes of colour has a great visual for this if you are interested.
Interesting fact. The photographer of this photo was a high school student. He committed suicide after exams.
Reblogging in memory of the photographer.
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re aproaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square infront of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in throught the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm bevarage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwitch or a whole meal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support ? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.
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I just saw this and thought it would be incredible to share this so maybe it could catch on whereever you may live
In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
"A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates."
Just let that sink in.
Whoever this woman is, I need to marry her.
this is fantastic. <3
We all know that matter is made out of atoms, and you probably also know that atoms are made up of an arrangement of different particles, protons, neutrons, and electrons. These are the building blocks of all matter in the universe, but have you ever wondered if there are even smaller components that comprise these building blocks? Well there is, they are called elementary particles. Elementary particles are zero dimensional points in space that have no inner structure, they are super tiny bits of matter that make up the particles that make up the atom. Electrons are elementary particles orbiting protons and neutrons which form the nucleus. Protons and neutrons are not elementary particles. They are comprised of elementary particles called quarks. There are six different flavors (types) of quarks: up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons are made of three quarks, two up quarks and one down quark. Neutrons are also made of three quarks, but instead, they have two down quarks and one up quark. These quarks are all held together by the strong nuclear force. To learn more about the strong nuclear force, click this link: http://scienceshockwave.com/post/60123696207
We know that these elementary particles (quarks and electrons) exist because we have gathered concrete, experimental evidence on them. But, is it possible that there are EVEN SMALLER particles that make up these elementary particles. If they exist, perhaps the reason we have not found them in experiments is because they are too small for our current technologies to detect? Yes. String Theory. String theory is a theory that even though there is NO concrete experimental evidence, very advanced mathematics yields information that have convinced many physicists (all over the world) that string theory may one day be proven correct. The current mathematical evidence for string theory is convincing because it does a remarkable job at giving us a unified theory of everything. String theory has gotten us closer to resolving specific conflicts/contradictions in physics thus, unifying all of natures laws into a theory of everything. Let me explain these conflicts/contradictions now. In order to describe the macroscopic world, the world of large objects me and you live in, physicists use einstein’s general relativity. And to describe the world of subatomic particles, physicists use quantum mechanics. The two groups of physicists never had to discuss anything with each other because general relativity and quantum mechanics were irrelevant to one another. That is until physicists realized that the two came together at something called, the singularity. When a star dies and goes supernova, it can sometimes gets crushed down by its own weight to form a black hole. The dead star is the singularity of the new black hole. Singularities behave like quantum objects, but yet at the same time, they have an enormous amount of gravity, which is general relativity. The crazy world of quantum mechanics and general relativity are intervening, thus, all equations break down and no longer allows us to make any mathematical calculations. That is why we know so little about the singularity. The singularity of the big bang is a perfect example in the extreme. String theories ultimate goal is to allow us to calculate quantum mechanics and general relativity when they intervene with each other. This not only conveniently unifies the world of the large and the small but will hopefully give us insight to singularities and the big bang. Perhaps, we will be able to answer big questions. I am not going to begin to talk about string theory because it deserves an article all to itself,. I will end on this, even if you think string theory is wrong, the path/goal string theory is progressing on is one that will give us an incredible understanding of the universe.
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines [Feminist Parody] “Defined Lines” (by Law Revue)