September 18th, 2009 | brainjuice
- Human-made Crises ‘Outrunning Our Ability To Deal With Them,’ Scientists Warn
"The world faces a compounding series of crises driven by human activity, which existing governments and institutions are increasingly powerless to cope with, a group of eminent environmental scientists and economists has warned."
- New virus from rats can kill 80 per cent of human victims
"A PREVIOUSLY unknown virus that killed four of the five people it struck in an outbreak in South Africa last year has been identified as part of a family of viruses humans can catch from rats. The virus, named Lujo, is an arenavirus that over nine days caused rash, fever, muscle pain, diarrhoea, severe bleeding, vomiting, organ failure and death…"
(tags:med ratwar doom dooooom dooooooooom )
- Evidence Points To Conscious ‘Metacognition’ In Some Nonhuman Animals
"there is growing evidence that animals share functional parallels with human conscious metacognition — that is, they may share humans' ability to reflect upon, monitor or regulate their states of mind."