March 6, 2013

Capuchin Monkeys Show Bias Against People Who Deny Help to Others
When does a monkey turn down a free treat? When it is offered by a selfish person, apparently. Given the choice between accepting goodies from helpful, neutral, or unhelpful people, capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) tend to avoid individuals who refuse aid to others, according to a study published in Nature Communications. (Helen Shen, Nature)

De-Extinction
People were fantasizing about reviving extinct forms of life long before Hollywood embedded the idea into our collective consciousness with Jurassic Park. Can we really do it? And if we can, why should we? (Jamie Shreeve, National Geographic)

Is Praising Kids Good or Bad?
A study published last week in the Journal of Experimental Psychology shows that especially with kids who already have low self-esteem, the answer is somewhat complex and surprisingly important. Here’s the short answer: It comes down to what you’re praising. And it turns out there’s a big difference between person praise and process praise. (Garth Sundem, GeekDad, Wired)

Wireless, Rechargeable, Implantable Brain-Computer Interface
Humans might be next in line for testing of the device, after 13 months of successful trials in monkeys and pigs. (Leslie Horn, Gizmodo)

Evidence of Salty Water on the Surface of Jupiter’s Moon Europa
Scientists are pretty confident Europa is home to a vast subterranean ocean, but could it have any water on its surface? According to a new study, maybe yes. That’s big news for anyone hoping to send a robotic explorer to the icy moon. And it could be big news for anyone interested in the possibility of life on that Jovian satellite. (Rebecca Boyle, Popular Science)

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