Why We Do the Things We Do
Crying, planting, eating, making silly decorations from marshmallow treats
I feel for tears — they’re usually looked down upon or feared, their producers shunned or coddled, but I guess that’s also part of their power. A neuroscientist has conducted an experiment that gives a little more insight into how people respond to and interpret the sight of tears.
Also in today’s links: parasites breed and library patrons read.
- Maybe this will be the next frontier for Green Porno: parasite sex. It’s pretty interesting. Researchers have found that the parasite that causes a horrific skin disease and other vile symptoms or death does in fact reproduce sexually, exchanging genes.
- Scientists believe that the first farm in the eastern U.S. may have been planted motivated by taste, rather than a need for food. The abundance of wild food sources suggest the sunflowers and gourds being grown at the site in Illinois were not a necessity.
- Yet another new ethical debate prompted by new technology. Librarians are debating whether it is okay to lend out a Kindle.