Apparently intelligent behavior from the head of a toothbrush

Ig Nobel Physics Prize winner Mahadevan and his colleagues have demonstrated how to produce seemingly intelligent behavior with the head of a toothbrush. The Physics arXiv blog summarizes the study, in a few words: Toothbrushes, BristleBots, and the Nature of Intelligence: Fix a vibrating motor to the head of a toothbrush and you have an […]

About-Face on Face Shape?

A new study about faces implies than an old study about faces (which we wrote about way back when) should not be taken at face value: “Lack of Support for the Association between Facial Shape and Aggression: A Reappraisal Based on a Worldwide Population Genetics Perspective,” Jorge Gómez-Valdés, Tábita Hünemeier, Mirsha Quinto-Sánchez, Carolina Paschetta, Soledad […]

Sneaking behaviour in the dusky frillgoby Bathygobius fuscus

Want to know more about the sneaking behaviour in the dusky frillgoby Bathygobius fuscus? You are in luck: “Large- and small-size advantages in sneaking behaviour in the dusky frillgoby Bathygobius fuscus,” Takeshi Takegaki, Takashi Kaneko and Yukio Matsumoto, Naturwissenschaften, Volume 99, Number 4, 285-289. “Sneaking tactic, a male alternative reproductive tactic involving sperm competition, is […]

Do ethicists steal more books (and stuff)?

“One might suppose that ethicists would behave with particular moral scruple,” begins the little monograph, looking you straight in the eye while snorting and grinning, textily. The two co-authors, philosophy professors who specialise in ethics, thus embark on what they call a “preliminary investigation” of their fellow ethics experts. Eric Schwitzgebel of the University of […]