Why all babies love peekaboo

Originally posted on Mind Hacks:

Peekaboo is a game played over the world, crossing language and cultural barriers. Why is it so universal? Perhaps because it’s such a powerful learning tool.

One of us hides our eyes and then slowly reveals them. This causes peals of laughter from a baby, which causes us to laugh in turn. Then we do it again. And again.

Peekaboo never gets old. Not only does my own infant daughter seem happy to do it for hours, but when I was young I played it with my mum (“you chuckled a lot!” she confirms by text message) and so on back through the generations. We are all born with unique personalities, in unique situations and with unique genes. So why is it that babies across the world are constantly rediscovering peekaboo for themselves?

Babies don’t read books, and they don’t know that many people, so the surprising durability and cultural…

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Apple Will Now Recycle Any Product You Give Back—and Give You Credit for It

Originally posted on TIME:

Starting today, Apple Stores will begin accepting any of the company’s products for recycling at no charge. Even better, if the items look resealable, you might even get a store credit, a.k.a. an Apple gift card. CEO Tim Cook last month told shareholders the company wants to “leave the world better than we found it,” and this initiative is part of that. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives (and a former EPA administrator) told the AP Apple aims to “use all our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better.” The move caps off an evolution from a few years ago when the company was criticized by some groups as contributing to electronic waste. Since then, Apple has unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at cutting its environmental impact.

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Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher

treacl - Tony Harewood:

More information on fore-planned directions of CG, SG’s & ‘Invisible Injury’ media.

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Cover of "The Godfather (Widescreen Editi...

Cover of The Godfather (Widescreen Edition)

At the beginning of Jared Diamond’s magisterial  “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” the author recounts a conversation he had with a native of New Guinea. Why, the New Guinean asks, do the people of the West have so much more “cargo”? “Cargo” is his term for material wealth. Diamond’s answer is that Europe had the three elements of his book’s title on its side. With such advantages, the accumulation of “cargo” was almost inevitable.

I have often reflected on this passage when the question of the relative success of for-profit and not-for-profit (NFP) publishing enterprises comes up. Although there are some conspicuous exceptions, most of the big dogs in scholarly communications are commercial enterprises.  What is it about the for-profit world of publishing that has enabled it to become dominant over its well-intended, hard-working fellows in the NFP camp?

On the face of it, you would have to say that…

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Justice, jails, and the “mentally ill”

treacl - Tony Harewood:

BI often runs parallel to mental illness. Worth taking a further look, if interested.

Originally posted on Hopeworks Community:

We have reaped what we have sown.  If you do not pay for the cost of mental health services you will pay for the consequences of “mental illness.”  Those who raise loud voices and debate what “we can afford to do” might look at the psychiatric hospitals our jails have become and consider for a moment “what we cant afford not to do.”

It is a debate already raging.  There are those who assure us that if we would build bigger and better psychiatric hospitals it would all be okay.  Like many easy answers this one gets betrayed by the facts.

1.  It assumes that things were better when we had bigger and better hospitals.  They werent.  People were not getting the treatment they needed.  They were going there to die.  And the road to their death was littered with abuse, horror, and pain.  The good old days were never…

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The need for speed: Why broadband network upgrades are critical to economic growth

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Much like the debate over whether raising the US federal debt ceiling is the right choice for the country, the networking industry all too regularly engages in a debate about whether the need for faster data connections is real. The significant role of broadband as an economic driver deserves to be elevated to a similar level of attention as progress and innovation are stifled when network capacity is constrained, which doesn’t bode well for consumers, businesses, research communities and the economy on the whole.

High-speed, high-capacity networks are critical to our future because they power the world’s Internet and digital economy. For the most part, networks based on 100G technology have become mainstream to address current demands – and this represents a giant leap forward from traditional network architectures and scale. However, it won’t be long before we need to go beyond 100G and even 400G and start to build…

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