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Quote"Milgram recorded how far his participants were willing to go when told to deliver larger and larger shocks. In one version of the study, 26 out of 40 participants continued to the highest shock level – two steps beyond the button labelled "Danger: severe shock".
But this was 50 years ago – surely the same wouldn't happen if the experiment were conducted today?"
QuoteNew Milgram replication in Poland finds 90 per cent of participants willing to deliver highest shock
QuoteFirst coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution
QuoteBoston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' hybrid robot
Meet Handle, the two-wheeled, four-legged creation from the Google-owned robotics firm that even company founder Marc Raibert says is frightening
The footage of Handle had previously leaked at a presentation from Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert to investors, when even Raibert described it as a "nightmare-inducing robot".
QuoteGoogle's parent company Alphabet is reportedly looking to offload Boston Dynamics, following tensions within the company about its subsidiary's fit within the wider corporate culture. After a previous robotics video was posted to YouTube, Google communications staff sought to distance the company from the hardware, according to emails leaked to Bloomberg News, citing the feeling that such technology could be "terrifying".
QuoteThe new findings suggest that any politician who ferments in their followers a grandiose belief in the in-group, combined with encouraging them to believe the in-group is being insulted or slighted by others, is arguably fostering collective narcissism and sowing the seeds for future conflict and hostility. One positive way to intervene might be to see if collective narcissists can be encouraged to channel their envy and sensitivity toward constructively helping their in-group rather than harming out-groups.https://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/12/09/theres-such-a-thing-as-collective-narcissism-and-it-might-explain-a-lot-thats-going-on-at-the-moment/#more-15011
QuoteThree police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in the southern US city of Baton Rouge.
One suspect is dead and two others may still be at large. Witnesses reported a man firing indiscriminately.
QuoteIn a recent interview, he said: 'There was a lot of speculation in Nigeria. He was a well-known figure. I don't really want to go into it, but things in Nigeria don't operate like here.
'It's not like you're going to get an official post mortem or a proper police investigation.'
QuoteAfter 17 years of fruitlessly searching the galaxy, Australian scientists have discovered the source of mysterious radio signals hitting a telescope.
QuoteThe coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.I don't much like Oborne's politics but it seems like he is taking quite a principled stand. Yay for principles.
QuoteMP says letter from No 10 used false name and signaturehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13364121
QuoteOne in 10 children thinks the Queen invented the telephone, a survey of children's science knowledge suggests.
Others gave credit for the invention to Charles Darwin and Noel Edmonds.
One in 20 of the 1,000 pupils polled thought Star Wars character Luke Skywalker or Richard Branson had been the first to set foot on the Moon.
Some 60% of nine- and 10-year-olds thought Sir Isaac Newton discovered fire, the survey for science campaign Birmingham Science City found.
Despite these misconceptions, more children want to win a Nobel prize for science than the X Factor.
QuoteIn fact, nearly 70% of nine and 10-year-olds would like to be famous for winning a Nobel Prize in science, yet this drops to only 33% among 11 to 15-year-olds.
QuoteVlatko Vedral: "I'd like to explain the origin of God"
Quantum physicist Vlatko Vedral thinks he has found what the universe is made of: information.
QuoteSilly English people.
No wonder you had to hire Germans to run your country.
QuoteIn one of this year's loonier lawsuits, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has been subpoenaed by an American videogamer and asked to testify on the subject of "alienation". Erik Estavillo is suing the makers of World of Warcraft, alleging that the game has alienated him from the real, orc-less world.and the guy is a real trier too
According to the San Jose, California resident, World of Warcraft is a "harmful virtual environment" and its developers follow "sneaky and deceitful practices". Despite this, Estavillo admits he "relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life". He just wants World of Warcraft to cost less money. And to stop making him so sad.
QuoteThe gamer's past grievances, all unsuccessful, include a suit against Microsoft, claiming a broken Xbox 360 caused him undue stress; a claim against Sony, alleging they violated his First Amendment rights by banning him from their network; and a claim against Nintendo, arguing that by blocking certain Wii software they interfered with his inalienable right to seek happiness.
QuoteTHE HIPPY, HIPPY SHAKEDOWN
BREAKING NEWS.... THE BIG GREEN GATHERING HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY POLICE!
The Big Green Gathering, a fixture in the alternative calendar, was due to return after two years this week. 15–20,000 people were expected to turn up on Wednesday (29th) to the site near Cheddar, Somerset, for Europe's largest green event - a five-day festival promoting sustainability and renewable energy, with everything from allotments to alternative media. Hundreds of staff and volunteers are already on site, and its cancellation comes just days before gates were due to open. Organisers, most of whom work for nothing, are gutted. One told SchNEWS "We are so disappointed not to be having this year's gathering – it means so much to so many people".
QuoteSpano Mark L., Ditto William L. and In Visarath
Maintaining chaos in physical and biological systems
Mark L. Spano , William L. Ditto and Visarath In US Naval Surface Warfare Center, White Oak Laboratory,
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA 20903; Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Physics, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30332
Although for many complex systems the appearance of chaotic behavior may be something to be avoided and perhaps to be controlled, chaos may actually be desirable in, and may enhance the function of, other systems. Possible examples are the functioning of the brain and the mixing of fluids. We have developed a general methodology for maintaining chaos in such systems. The method is based on the return map of the experimental data and requires only small, very infrequently applied perturbations of a single system parameter. It does not require any model equations for, or a priori knowledge of, the system dynamics. This "anticontrol" of chaos has been successfully implemented in a simple experiment based on a magnetoelastic ribbon.
Book of abstracts
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett is recovering after being injured by a charging cow in Derbyshire.
The incident happened on Saturday while Mr Blunkett was out walking on his 62nd birthday with his guide dog Sadie in the Peak District.
It is believed the cow ran at the dog and while trying to protect her, the blind MP fell and was trampled.
He suffered a broken rib and "painful bruising" but was declared well enough to attend a Labour Party meeting later.
A spokesman for Mr Blunkett said: "He has a broken rib and a lot of painful bruising, but he's all right and, given the critical nature of the political circumstances at the moment, he is going - albeit extremely slowly - to be in London this week, doing his job."