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Friday Reads

Some favorites from this week-

Rivalry leaves its mark on primate brains
(New Scientist)
...those species in which there is more social mixing between males and females have evolved bigger brains with higher-level thinking.

Ceiling Height Alters How You Think
(Livescience.com)
...ceiling height affects problem-solving skills and behavior by priming concepts that encourage certain kinds of brain processing.

Urban Unplanning (Discover)
...people will drive more cautiously if they believe they are in a dangerous environment.

Clothing Created to Block Flu, Colds
(ABC News)
How about a shirt that eats smog, letting you breathe clean air?

Millimeters Matter (Samsung)
Insects of all types get miniature pies flung at them all for science.

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