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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Birds of Diverse Feathers, Problem-Solving Together

I hated group projects in middle school. Perhaps this was a clear sign of my introverted personality, but to my thirteen-year-old mind, it was easier for freeloaders to get away with a decent grade without doing their fair share of the work...

September 29, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Sunday Photoblogging: Adding Geolocation Data to Your Photos

You've gone out and taken dozens (hundreds?) of photos and now you want to show them to the world. So you upload them to Flickr or Picasa. All your EXIF data is preserved, so viewers of your photos can find out the specifics of the gear you used and the settings on your camera for that particular photo (like the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc)...

September 25, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Respect the Boundaries of The Beaver

Some animals pee on trees, and others rub their anal secretions on mounds of dirt. Some animals send Facebook messages to all the ex-girlfriends of their new boyfriends.

September 21, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Editor's Selections: Video Games and Arrogant Humans

Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. A post by Bradley Voytek on Oscillatory Thoughts about an article by Mo Costandi in Nature about a paper by Dan Simons and colleagues, about research methodology and video game studies...

September 20, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Office Parties Are Just Like Four Loko (Which Is Just Like The Copenhagen Philharmonic)

When this headline from The Telegraph flashed across Google Reader, I couldn't help but be amused: Scientists explain why the office party so often ends in embarrassment.From the article: Now scientists have come up with an explanation for why the office party is so often the cause of embarrassing and inappropriate behaviour.Researchers have found that drinking in environments not normally associated with alcohol consumption can leave drinkers less able to control their behaviour.The brain learns to compensate for the inhibition lowering effects of alcohol when in a familiar setting, such as a pub or at home with friends, they discovered.However, if they drink in an unfamiliar environment such as the workplace, where they are usually sober and focused, drinkers do not benefit from tolerance and lose control of their inhibitions...

September 14, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

There Is Music In Life, and in Fish [video]

The Quiet Ensemble sees music everywhere in nature. Quintetto promo from Quiet ensemble on Vimeo. “Quintetto” is an installation based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds...

September 12, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Sunday Photoblogging: Inverted

In about three months since Google+ was launched, I've shared 414 photos. In that time, this photo seems to have gotten the most enthusiastic response from the most people (to a single photo - not including responses to entire albums or photosets)...

September 11, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Can Dogs Pretend?

Earlier today, friend-of-the-blog Sheril Kirshenbaum (blog, twitter) asked a question on her blog, Culture of Science: Do Dogs Play "Make Believe?": ...this afternoon Happy did something unusual...

September 6, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

How Do You Figure Out How Chimps Learn? Peanuts.

What is culture? One simple definition might be: a distinctive behavior shared by two or more individuals, which persists over time, and that ignorant individuals acquire through socially-aided learning.There are at least four different ways to learn a particular behavior or problem-solving strategy...

August 31, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World