February 19, 2014 at 7:52pm
Reblogged from singularitarian

Pomegranate-inspired design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries  →


An electrode designed like a pomegranate - with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind - overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Reblogged from brutereason

The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.

[…]Study author Buckels actually isn’t sure that fix is a realistic one. “Because the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists, comment moderators will likely have a difficult time curbing trolling with punishments (e.g., banning users),” she said by email. “Ultimately, the allure of trolling may be too strong for sadists, who presumably have limited opportunities to express their sadistic interests in a socially-desirable manner.”


Internet troll personality study: Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, sadism.

Two things to note here:

1. I don’t think the correlation between time spent commenting and the Dark Tetrad traits should be taken as an insult to people who enjoy commenting online. While this overview doesn’t give averages, I’m inclined to believe that the amount of time actual trolls spend commenting far, far exceeds the amount of time most people who just really, really enjoy chatting and discussing things online do. Because substantial discussions require a substantial time investment per comment, whereas troll comments can be copy-pasted or typed out in seconds.

2. The study author notes that trolling is “intrinsically motivating” for people with these traits. This is CRUCIAL. Why? Because people are always blaming the victims of trolling for “provoking” it, or for “reacting.” They often claim that even sharing publicly the trolling you receive is somehow “giving the trolls what they want.” No, it’s not. What they want is the feeling they get when they troll. It’s not about the target’s response, although that can maybe make it more or less satisfying by small amounts.

I’ll definitely be reading the full study once I get a chance, to make sure this write-up is fair.

(via brutereason)

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Reblogged from scandalousnurse

Body Language (Part 2) →


OK I’m back on the body language topic. Mostly because I’ve been doing some more research and feel that the post from the other day barely scratched the surface when we consider our Admiral and Mermaid.

Today’s topic covers two very telling type of behaviors; touch and “ventral fronting”. It is…