||[Mar. 21st, 2005|05:21 pm]
I read a couple interesting science news articles recently. I'm a little trepidatious about posting them here, because I know that the links are likely to rot away in a few weeks (maybe not for the SF Gate one, but almost assuredly for the stupid LA Times) and I really hate that, but they're neat enough that I feel compelled to share.|
Archaean bacteria from the Lost City and the Abyssal Hills!
About primitive microbes on the bottom of the ocean. Contains the bonus phrases "autonomous benthic explorer", "slurp gun", and "Hey, it's alive!".
Neurobiology of trust
A neat article about what goes on in your brain when you're thinking about trading, trusting, and economics. Warning: do not read if you cherish your illusions that economic theory understands the stock market.
Note to self: time to finish that Python script to use stock quotes for a random number generator.
Those researchers in the second article are funny. Neurobiologists today are about as hubristic as economists used to be. I'm guessing they'll hit their wall one day as well.
Very, very cool.
Are you familiar with the work of Princeton psychologist Danny Kahneman
- winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002? I had the pleasure of meeting him in person for an intimate Q&A session early in my MBA studies.
Ah! Not by name, but I've come across the concepts in his work. Cool!