See You At Skepticon!
As I mentioned earlier, I'll be at Skepticon IV this weekend in Springfield, Missouri, and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. Given the sheer number of fantastic speakers, we're at serious risk of overwhelming the laws of physics and collapsing the fabric of reality into a singularity of skeptical awesomeness.
There's going to be a meetup for atheist and skeptic bloggers Saturday night at 9:30, at the Farmers' Gastropub, and I definitely plan on attending. If you're also going to be there, come and say hi! I'll also be in the area on Friday night and Sunday night, and I assume other gatherings will be taking place, so I'll post details on those if and when I have them.
I'll report from the convention if I can, though blogging will most likely be light through the weekend. (I hear that PZ is glad for all the young people coming this year, as we're needed to, quote, "soak up all the alcohol". Eek?)
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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