* Silent Struggle: A New Theory of Pregnancy (New York Times). An interesting exploration of intra-family evolutionary pressures.
* A Wrongful Birth? (New York Times). A fascinating read on medical ethics and prenatal testing.
* Buff and Brainy: Exercising the body can benefit the mind (Science News). This is why I solve all my academic problems during or coming back from ultimate games.
* Finding dirty diesels (Science News). It turns out just a few vehicles account for most of the pollution. And the way they figured this out was also neat: simply by putting a device on the side of the road. The source article, Monitoring the Soot Emissions of Passing Cars (Environmental Science & Technology), is available online.
* Smart shoppers use unconscious tactics (Science News). A blink effect for non-experts in everyday life. Complex buying decisions are better made based upon unconscious thought (but simple ones should be thought about). The abstract of the source article, On making the right choice: The deliberation-without-attention effect (Science), is availably online.
* Many Utilities Collect for Taxes They Never Pay (New York Times). Many businesses do what they can get away with. The morale? Regulating industries is difficult because nearly every detail is important.
* The Return of Patriarchy (Foreign Policy). A thought provoking read tying together birth rates and patriarchy, leading to consequences with standards of living, politics, and the rise and fall of governments.
Posted by mark at Sunday, March 19, 2006