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first_imgThere’s no correlation between brain size and intelligence, and if anything, brains today have gotten smaller since the days of our Pleistocene ancestors.  That’s the gist of a report on ABC News Australia based on research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research: “The genes that are thought to have helped humans evolve big brains don’t appear to play any role in how intelligent we are, according to a DNA study.”Paleoanthropologists for decades – yea verily, for over a century – have made brain size the gold standard of evolutionary progress and fitness in humans.  Haeckel and Broca and other early researchers used brain size and head shape to rank humans on intelligence scales, promoting ugly racist eugenics programs.  Cranial capacity is still the primary metric for ranking supposed ancestors with modern man; Carl Sagan spoke glibly about evolution producing upright-walking apes with bigger brains, able to use tools, fire and language, on the upward march to modernity.  This find undercuts all of that.  It weighs in also on position of Homo floresiensis in the family tree.  Without brain size as a measure of evolutionary fitness, what else will the Leakeys and Johansons and Whites of the world do now?    Bigger is not always better.  Most of us would rather have a more compact cell phone or iPod with more features and memory.  Don’t let simplistic assumptions lead your logic astray.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A day before the 2016 Ohio State Fair officially opens to the public, a staple of the dairy industry was unveiled to the public. The Cleveland Cavaliers and their recent NBA championship highlights this year’s Butter Cow Display.“We’re really excited about Ohio’s dairy farmers being able to sponsor this display,” said Scott Higgins of the American Dairy Association – Mideast. “The celebration of the Cleveland Cavaliers becoming national champions after all these years is one we just simply couldn’t pass up. We are excited to be able to display them in butter. And the depiction we have using Moon Dog and Sir CC and of course the treasured trophy wrapped with the cavalier logo is on display here, one that you’re not going to want to miss.”The butter sculptures will be on display the entire length of the fair in the Dairy Products Building between the Coliseum and the Voinovich Building.The cooler in which the butter is kept remains a balmy 46 degrees. Overall, the works took 500 hours to complete and about 2,150 pounds of butter were used in the process. The display looks to recognize Ohio’s dairy farmers.“Of course the butter cow and butter calf always look dynamic. We have a dairy farmer who’s an artist and he comes and does this for us every other year. It’s a beautiful cow, come see her,” Higgins said.Several fair dignitaries were in attendance and spoke to the audience.The 2016 Ohio State Fair opens to the public on Wednesday and runs through August 7th.last_img read more

first_imgIf there is one Khan in B-Town who needs a reason to party, it’s Imran Khan. The actor decided to throw himself a party celebrating the success of his last two films Delhi Belly and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.Those who attended the party included uncle Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran, Deepika Padukone, Siddharth, Anushka Sharma and Shahid. When theres’ a party in B-Town, there, sure, is fun, fashion and flashbulbs.”Yeh party main apne do films ke success celebrate karne ke liye mana raha hoon. Deepika, Sonam mere co-stars rah chuke hai. So, they have come (This is to celebrate the success of my two films. Deepika and Sonam have been my co-starts, so they have come.)Most women decided to incorprate some element of white in the ensemble. So while Kiran sported a white scarf, Sonam decided to pair the pastel long gown with a white knitted jacket and Deepika donned a flowing white gown while Anushka decided to glam up in a short white dress.Family, friends and fraternity?it looks like Imran didn’t miss out on anyone. “Yes, I’ve invited Ranbir too, but he said he would be late. Katrina is in Dublin shooting, so she couldn’t be here. I had invited her too,” Imran said.One agrees that Kat is out of country, but what kept good friend, rockstar Ranbir Kapoor, at bay? Is this about professional rivalery? Would one ever get to see the two on screen together?”Yes if there’s a script, we would like to do a comedy, we have hosted two shows together and we quite enjoyed it,” Kapoor said. It looks like with success, Imran’s learnt a thing or two about diplomacy.advertisementlast_img read more