Madagascar’s Eastern Sucker-footed Bat
This bat has adhesive organs on its wrists and ankles that it uses to hold on to the smooth surfaces of leaves. It can even hang upside down from a horizontal pane of glass! But that’s not what makes it Madagascar’s most mysterious microbat. Have a listen.
The paper is:
Ralisata, M., D. Rakotondravony, and P. A. Racey 2015. The Relationship between Male Sucker-Footed Bats . Myzopoda aurita and the Traveller’s Tree Ravenala madagascariensis in South-Eastern Madagascar Acta Chiropterologica. DOI: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.008.
On average, how many rolls does it take to roll a six?
Evan Brock has cracked the case. His solution is
here. Thanks, Evan!
Seeing poor people makes subjects
less supportive of laws to help poor people.
What the hell is wrong with humanity?
Depressing? Maybe. But if you’re someone who tries to build support for social programs, there’s some important stuff here.
The paper is:
Sands, M. L. 2017. Exposure to inequality affects support for redistribution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1615010113.
Big thanks to Evan Brock for his work on the Nails and String Puzzle Solution!
Man that guy can make graphics, eh?
Nice job, Evan. Thanks again.
Solution to RP-DP Puzzle 027.
If you ask a large group of people a question, to which only some of them know the right answer, how can you use their responses to find the truth? A new paper in
Nature describes a method that the authors show works really well.
The paper is called:
Prelec, D., H. S. Seung, and J. McCoy. 2017. A solution to the single-question crowd wisdom problem. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature21054.
Puzzle 29 is called “Rolling a Six.”
Episode 28 is up. It’s about group decisions in schools of fish. There’s also a marvelous puzzle about Saskatchewan. And who doesn’t love a little Saskatchewan now and then?
Here’s the paper:
Couzin, I. D., J. Krause, N. R. Franks, and S. A. Levin. 2005. Effective leadership and decision-making in animal groups on the move. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature03236.