Newsletter 837

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Best of the Moment

Are Geeky Couples More Likely To Have Kids With Autism?

Simon Baron-Cohen | Scientific American | 9 November 2012

Anecdotal evidence from Silicon Valley and Bangalore suggests so. So does Baron-Cohen's own research in the Netherlands. Can other factors, such as fetal testosterone levels, also affect one's chances of developing autism? Comments (

Obama's Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity To Reframe The Economic Debate

Robert Reich | Robert Reich | 7 November 2012

President Obama now has an opportunity to recast the economic debate. "Our central challenge, he should say, is not to reduce the budget deficit. It’s to create more good jobs, grow the economy, and widen the circle of prosperity" Comments (

Chris Anderson: Leaving Digital For DIY

Richard Florida | Atlantic Cities | 5 November 2012

Long-time Wired editor quits to build drones. Hobby that became a business. "Once, to get into manufacturing, you needed to own a factory. Now all you need is a web browser and a credit card to get robots in China to work for you" Comments (

An Emergency Program For Greece

Yanis Varoufakis | Thoughts For The Post-2008 World | 5 November 2012

Under intense external pressure, Athens is giving "the wheel of depression another powerful turn". It's the greatest fiscal squeeze ever attempted in peacetime. Not only will it not work, it'll be counterproductive, says Varoufakis Comments (

How Other Animals Choose Their Leaders

Rob Dunn | Slate | 2 November 2012

Left to their own devices, queen bees fight each other to the death. The bigger one almost always wins. Inside the hive, that's not the case: Somehow the workers influence the result so it's not always the biggest that wins. How? Comments (

Uncovering The Truth Behind The Myth Of Pancho Villa, Movie Star

Mike Dash | Smithsonian | 6 November 2012

How did newsmen get their pictures from the battlefield when cameras were bulky to carry around? "The best solution was to wait for the fighting to die down and then enlist any nearby soldiers to produce a sanitised reconstruction" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Michela Wrong on Africa

The long-time foreign correspondent and author of books on Zaire, Eritrea and Kenya tells us where to turn for engaging foreign perspectives on Africa
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Mind And Brain

Everything you wanted - or didn't want - to know about your mind. From how many friends your brain can cope with, to experts discussing consciousness and mental illness Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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The Alice B Toklas Cook Book  by Alice B Toklas

Ruth Reichl says: “ She was an amazing woman. She was Gertrude Stein’s great love as well as being her secretary. This is the brilliant quirky tale of their travels and what they cooked and ate.” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Air New Zealand: Hobbit Safety


Real. Except, of course, for the wizard in the pilot's seat. And the hairy feet More videos (

Quote of the Day

Francis Heylighen, on models (

"Models must be simpler than the phenomena they are supposed to model. Otherwise, no anticipation would be possible"

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