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Smoking moms, flying pigs and racists

February 5, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Three posts that caught my attention on science blogs

Interesting post  here on a study in which a connection is shown between smoking moms, birth weight and anti-social behavior. Nothing new there and was the connection related to genetics or the environment or a combination of both.  I was  intriguedwhen I discovered that the study was done on a group of “test tube babies.”

Another link to a more technical study in which researchers found the part of the brain in which idioms like “when pigs fly” and “when hell freezes over” are processed.  I didn’t quite understand why this is important!

Finally, a hopeful study which shows that people can be trained to become less racist as they learn to identify and distinguish unique characteristics between individuals within another race. In other words, one is inclined to be more racist if you “see” all _____ people as looking alike.

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