In this long overdue edition: the science of puns, the imaginative capabilities of canines, and vegetarianism as a mental defect.
* Scientists sequence the DNA of a woman who lived to be 115.
* The promise and challenges of sequencing patients’ genomes to search for the cause of disease.
* Pun-lover Virginia Hughes explains why such wordplay is funny.
* Advances in psychoacoustics are helping engineers “make dens and living rooms sound like concert halls and movie theaters.”
* Just two chatbots, shooting the breeze–check out their somewhat surreal conversation.
* The EPA approves the first contraceptive for wild animals.
* Why some languages sound faster than others.
* Haunting photographs of abandoned state mental institutions.
* The irony of police officers expressing uneasiness about having their DNA collected.
* Lessons in flirting, courtesy of the wild kingdom.
* Official “genius” Jad Abumrad discusses Radiolab.
The Small Wonders: Oct. 21, 2011 by Wonderland, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.