Bankman tops nominative determinism; Non-newtonian milk; Manly pursuit


This week’s Feedback column (that I write) in New Scientist magazine has three segments. Here’s how they begin:

  • What’s in a name?—This month, Sam Bankman-Fried returned to the head of the nominative determinism parade of tech entrepreneurs, following his portentous appearance earlier in the year.….
  • Non-Newtonian milk—Research is “the mother’s milk of feeding [and] fueling the economy”, according to testimony that was given at a 1997 hearing conducted by a US House of Representatives’ subcommittee. Politicians who wish to extend that metaphor can now, 25 years later, turn to a study published in the Journal of Biomechanics.….
  • A manly pursuit—Menelaos Apostolou and Chistoforos Christoforou at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus looked at the singularity in some lives. Their new study is called “What makes single life attractive: An explorative examination of the advantages of singlehood”. It advises that “low scorers in mating performance found the identified advantages more important than high scorers”….