Victoria Hazlitt, Ability, a psychological study, 1926.
Early formulation of the idea that emotions and motivation are part of intelligence. Via Rosalind Arden.
The result is what I call the “scientific surprise” two-step: (1) When defending the plausibility of your results, you emphasize that they are just as expected from a well-estabilished scientific theory with a rich literature; (2) When publicizing your results (including doing what it takes to get publication in a top journal, ideally a tabloid such as Science or Nature) you emphasize the novelty and surprise value.
Don’t get me wrong: It’s possible that a result can be (1) predicted from an existing theory, and (2) newsworthy. For example, the theory itself might be on the fringe, and so it’s noteworthy that it’s confirmed. Or the result might be noteworthy as a confirmation of something that was already generally believed.
But if the result is genuinely a surprise, even to the researchers who did it, this should suggest that the finding is more exploratory than confirmatory."
— Andrew Gelman, The “scientific surprise” two-step
X-ray structure of the GluN1–GluN2B NMDA receptor., via Nature.
NMDA receptors an involved in synaptic plasticity and are linked to a number of psychiatric disorders.
Since 2009, genome-wide analyses of the genetic loci associated with schizophrenia (including the current study by the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, labelled 2014) have yielded increasing numbers of ‘hits’Over this time, there has been a correlation between the number of people tested and the number of susceptibility-associated loci found.
Flint & Munafò, Schizophrenia: Genesis of a complex disease
Douglas D. Price, Ornithology-07, 2014
— Thomas Bouchard, Jr. (2014). Genes, Evolution and Intelligence. Behavior Genetics, 1–29. doi:10.1007/s10519-014-9646-x
long tailed tit by hebrideanwild
A long tailed tit which appears regularly at our windows, its favourite being this one, it doesn’t look for insects but just sits there sometimes appearing to doze off.
via Hello, Tailor
Plotting a scatterplot (using R/d3.js) with way too big point radiuses (on mtcars R dataset).