Top science news this week:
- I interviewed Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss about the origins of the universe and how it could have came from nothing.
- A new form of graphine weighs 1,000 times less than Styrofoam, supports 50,000 times its own weight, recovers from intense compression, and conducts electricity.
- About 500 million years ago, a genetic mutation paved the way for intelligence.
- Curiosity has analyzed its first soil samples.
- Canadian scientists developed a virtual brain capable of passing a basic IQ test.
- Narcissists, psychopaths, and dark personalities are more skilled at making themselves attractive to others, furthering their ability to manipulate those around them.
- Humans are gearing up for evolutionary changes. The genetic potential of the human race is vastly different than it was just 10,000 years ago, and 73 percent of the variation has happened in just the past 5,000 years. Mutations have been happening faster than natural selection can keep up with.
- New research suggests men and women literally see the world differently. While both men and women prefer looking at women, women tend to focus on them longer, and spend more time looking at their bodies (in complete opposition to the stereotypes). Women also make fewer eye movements, yet look at more things than men.
Featured Science Book This Week:
Mad Science: Einstein’s Fridge, Dewar’s Flask, Mach’s Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World