- Stress Gives You Daughters, Sons Make You Liberal [via Nautilus Magazine]:
While circulating blood glucose is one likely mechanism that affects sex ratios in response to the environment, it is probably not the only one. A growing literature shows that stressful events like natural disasters and political upheavals also affect sex ratios, even in humans. Florencia Torche, for example, found that exposure to an earthquake in Chile during the third month of pregnancy led to a reduction in the number of males born.
- Study finds online movie pirates are happy to pay while stealing [via DigitalTrends]:
Those who steal movies appear to be of an entirely different strain of data marauders, separate from their music-nabbing counterparts. According to the research, which was published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, movie pirates tend to be “less likely to stop paying for movies in addition to stealing them.”
- Scientists have successfully created an organism with six-letter DNA… in other words, unlike anything else on Earth. [via The Verge]:
Floyd Romesberg, a chemist at Scripps who led the study, told the New York Times that adding letters to the genetic code will allow researchers to “write more words and tell more stories.” But creating “new words” — new life forms and never before seen proteins — is bound to ruffle a few feathers.
- A forlorn and beautiful ode to modern living. This album nears perfection for me. [Damon Albarn’s “Everyday Robots” via Spotify]:
It’s hard to be a lover when the TV’s on and there’s nothing in your eyes.
- Why do I study physics? Xiangjun Shi explains in 3 mins. [via Aeon Magazine]:
Almost everything is everything else.