Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.  BY Jyoti Madhusoodanan PICTURE A SUNLIT Grecian sea or the deep hues of Santorini’s rooftops. They’re both called “blue” in English. But to Greek speakers, the lighter hue is “ghalazio” and the darker color “ble.” When researchers showed native speakers of both languages squares of light and dark blue, they found the Greek speakers viewed the two colors as more unlike each other. Did a different language influence how people viewed the two colors? Many researchers now … Continue reading Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

Why San Francisco is a nightmare, according to science

Despite appearances, living in the Bay Area is not for the faint of heart.f11photo/Shutterstock by Hilary Brueck San Francisco can be a tough place live for a lot of reasons. Sky-high housing prices can make it nearly impossible to find a place. In February, a 1,000-square-foot home with no working plumbing and a pile of rotting mattresses stacked in the kitchen sold for more than $520,000. Even tech moguls and startup founders are having trouble finding homes in an area where nearly every spare piece of real estate is gobbled up by the highest bidder. One firm estimated that a home buyer needs to make about $300,000 … Continue reading Why San Francisco is a nightmare, according to science

Old Electronics Could Be More Profitable Than Literal Gold Mines

Getty Images  by Kristin Houser  Forget panning for gold or extracting copper ore. A new study shows that recovering metals from discarded electronics, a process known as urban mining, is far less expensive than mining them the traditional way. If you’re reading this, you’re part of one of our planet’s biggest problems: e-waste. Eventually, your smartphone slows down or you simply give in to the hype and decide it’s time to upgrade. You may forget all about your discarded device the minute you get your hands on its shiny new replacement, but the planet won’t. In 2016 alone, the world discarded 44.7 … Continue reading Old Electronics Could Be More Profitable Than Literal Gold Mines

Creepy or cute? Russian company can print a 3D model of your unborn child based on ultrasound photos

(Natural News) The future of ultrasound has arrived: expectant mothers may soon be able to acquire 3D print models of their unborn babies.  by: Frances Bloomfield This unique service is being offered by Russian firm, Embryo 3D. Their process is simple enough. Once they’ve been given a complete ultrasound scan of an embryo, they then go about converting it into a 3D print. The models used to be made solely of plastic, but the company has since upgraded to printing with heavy-duty plaster as well. Soon-to-be mothers wanting to add a bit more pizzazz can even opt to have the models … Continue reading Creepy or cute? Russian company can print a 3D model of your unborn child based on ultrasound photos