By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press Thu., Feb. 7, 2019 NEW YORK - Scientists report that a fish can pass a standard test of recognizing itself in a mirror — and they raise a question about what that means. Does this decades-old test, designed to show self-awareness in animals, really do that? Since the mirror test was introduced in 1970, scientists have found that relatively few animals can pass it. Most humans can by age 18 to 24 months, and so can chimps and orangutans, says the test’s inventor, evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. of Albany College in New York. Outside of ape species, many researchers say there’s also good evidence for passing the test in bottlenose dolphins, Asian elephants and European magpies, although Gallup is skeptical of those results. The test exposes animals to a mirror and looks for reactions that indicate some recognition of themselves. For example, do the animals do unusual things to see if the image copies … [Read more...] about Fish pass mirror test, but does it mean they’re self-aware?
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's administration has boasted that nearly all households in Indonesia have electricity, saying that the country had reached an electrification ratio of 98.05 percent as of September. However, does this mean that 98.05 percent of the nation’s households enjoy 24-hour electricity for all their electronics like residents in Java’s big cities enjoy? In early January, the ministry’s Twitter account got flooded with angry comments after it told a PLN customer, Lucky, who complained about a 10-hour blackout in Manado, North Sulawesi, that he should be “grateful”. “You should be grateful Pak Lucky that the blackout only lasted 10 hours. [Some of] our brothers and sisters in remote areas can’t even enjoy electricity. Minergi [the ministry account’s administrator] is sure that our friends over at @pln_123 have tried their best. If there are shortcomings, please understand. Thanks,” @KementerianESDM … [Read more...] about Govt says 98.05 percent of households have electricity. What does it mean?
NEW YORK: Part of the U.S. Treasury yield curve "inverted" this week, setting off debate over whether it is delivering a classic signal of oncoming recession or it has just developed a short-term kink that can be explained away by technical reasons.Whatever the reason, investors and economists ignore this message from the bond market at their peril: yield curve inversions - when shorter-dated securities yield more than longer maturities - have preceded every U.S. recession in recent memory by anywhere from 15 months to around two years."The yield curve has sent a chill down investors' spines in regard to the future outlook of the U.S. economy," said Chad Morganlander, senior portfolio manager at Washington Crossing Advisors in New Jersey. "It's the what-if scenario."To be sure, this week's inversion has been limited so far to the front-end of the yield curve rather than more closely studied recession harbingers such as the gap between 2-year and 10-year note yields. In the current … [Read more...] about One part of the US yield curve just inverted; what does that mean?
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 15, 2018 The camera moves in for a close-up of a shackled ankle. As if the orange jail jumpsuit hasn’t already set the dateline. Then back to the woman’s face. A pretty face, though scrubbed now of the gaudy makeup — scarlet lips and thick eyeliner — as seen on selfies that Jacqueline Ades posted on Instagram. A tour through her social media portfolio also shows Ades sitting on an ornate chair, wearing a push-up corset, long naked legs and stiletto-heeled f-k-me pumps. The commentary babble speaks of her obsession with the number “3” — the age of Jesus Christ at crucifixion (believed to be roughly 33), the year Hitler came to power (1933), the geographic co-ordinates of Atlantis and a Walt Disney club apparently called “33.” Some of this we’ll have to take on faith. Article Continued Below But the jailhouse video is deeply disturbing. Because it must … [Read more...] about What does it mean to love someone too much? How about 65,000 text messages
Here are five questions and answers on what it means: - Why did Duterte do it? - The ICC announced on February 9 a preliminary examination into allegations Philippine police have killed thousands of alleged users or dealers as part of Duterte's anti-drug war that he launched after taking office in mid-2016. Duterte had previously threatened to withdraw from the international body as a result of what he has called a politically slanted inquiry. - Can ICC still investigate? - Philippine lawyers say Duterte's withdrawal will not stop any ICC inquiry. "The withdrawal from the ICC only takes effect after a year from notification," said Celeste Mallari, a professor at the University of the Philippines Law College's Institute of International Legal Studies. This means that the ICC can continue looking into any acts that took place since Duterte took office … [Read more...] about Philippines moves to quit ICC: What does it mean?