Sunday, July 12, 2009

Odds and Ends, Sun 12 July 2009

1. "Humans prefer cockiness to expertise"
"The research ... shows that we prefer advice from a confident source,
 even to the point that we are willing to forgive a poor track record".

2. "Why your brain just can't remember that word"
"In tip-of-the-tongue experiences, for instance, words suddenly and
 perplexingly go missing only to reappear seconds or minutes later.
 Another brain quirk — déjà vu — confirms the fallibility of memory.
 Now two new studies have shed light on both phenomena."

3. "Our complex brains thrive on the edge of chaos"
"Chaotic thinking is rarely a recipe for success, but evidence is
 emerging that operating at the edge of chaos may drive our brain's
 astonishing capabilities."

4. "MBA: Mostly bloody awful"
"Something happened to management culture decades ago and now being
 a Master of Business Administration, especially from Harvard, is
 rather on the nose. MBA, it's being said, can also stand for 'Mediocre
 but Arrogant', or 'Management by Accident'."

5. "What's Better: Stocks, Bonds, or Lobbyists?"
"Looking for a 22,000 percent return on your investment? Hire a
 lobbyist, send her to Washington on your behalf, and watch the
 money roll in."

6. "Health insurers want you to keep smoking, Harvard doctors say"
"Health and life insurance companies in the U.S. and abroad have nearly
 $4.5 billion invested in tobacco stocks, according to Harvard doctors.
 'It's the combined taxidermist and veterinarian approach: either way
 you get your dog back'."

7. "Teens capture images of space with £56 camera and balloon"
"Proving that you don't need Google's billions or the BBC weather
 centre's resources, the four Spanish students managed to send a camera-
 operated weather balloon into the stratosphere."

8. "How to Develop Film Using Coffee and Vitamin C! Srsly!"