Wednesday, April 13, 2005
- 52 stories, but nobody home? New York Metro.com on Ground Zero's rising new towers, the "building everyone will date, but no one wants to marry."
- Cartoon: putting conscience into perspective [via Trish Wilson's Blog]
- This story on parental behavior puts a new spin on some old Rodney Dangerfield jokes, bless his departed soul:
A researcher at the University of Alberta has shown that parents are more likely to give better care and pay closer attention to good-looking children compared to unattractive ones. Dr. Andrew Harrell presented his findings recently at the Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference in Edmonton, Alberta...Harrell's team of researchers observed parents and their two to five-year-old children for 10 minutes each, noting if the child was buckled into the grocery-cart seat, and how often the child wandered more than 10 feet away. The researchers independently graded each child on a scale of one to 10 on attractiveness.
Findings showed that 1.2 per cent of the least attractive children were buckled in, compared with 13.3 per cent of the most attractive youngsters. The observers also noticed the less attractive children were allowed to wander further away and more often from their parents. In total, there were 426 observations at the 14 supermarkets.
Harrell...figures his latest results are based on a parent's instinctive Darwinian response: we're unconsciously more likely to lavish attention on attractive children simply because they're our best genetic material...said Harrell, a father of five and a grandfather of three. "Most parents will react to these results with shock and dismay. They'll say, 'I love all my kids, and I don't discriminate on the basis of attractiveness.' The whole point of our research is that people do."
- Scientist have developed a way to remote-control flies - even headless ones - using laser guidance. Now that's a technological development I'm not sure what to make of yet.