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Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that pers...
Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that person know about Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University. Share this image Mason, one of Berns's test subjects, getting fitted for earmuffs that protect against the loud noises inside the fMRI. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Berns has trained 12 dogs to enter a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or fMRI, and lie still while their brain activity is mapped. This is remarkable enough in itself; it's notoriously difficult to get humans to lie still in MRI machines, which are small, cramped, and loud. But Berns has, for the first time, gotten neurological scans of fully awake, unrestrained dogs. Share this image A test subject named Honey waits patiently in a mockup of the fMRI machine used to train the dogs. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Writing on the opinion page of the New York Times over the weekend, Berns claimed that the results show that a dog's cognition and emotional responses are on a par with those of a human child. And maybe, he says, that means that it really is time for us to start thinking of dogs as people: Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must reconsider their treatment as property. One alternative is a sort of limited personhood for animals that show neurobiological evidence of positive emotions. Many rescue groups already use the label of "guardian" to describe human caregivers, binding the human to his ward with an implicit responsibility to care for her. Failure to act as a good guardian runs the risk of having the dog placed elsewhere. But there are no laws that cover animals as wards, so the patchwork of rescue groups that operate under a guardianship model have little legal foundation to protect the animals' interest. The research is undeniably interesting: How often do you get to see a dog's brain at work? But there is some room for skepticism. At this point, Berns has only one study based on the 12 highly trained dogs. A sample that size offers more opportunities for questions rather than answers. The next step is to see what happens when Berns' colleagues start to pick his research apart like a pack of Chihuahuas fighting over a new sock monkey. But for anyone who's looked into a dog's face and felt warmed by the love and loyalty, there's at least the beginnings of some evidence that they're not just looking at you as a kibble dispenser. Via the New York Times Top photo: Dog Intelligence by Shutterstock.
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For being proclaimed as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys sure are not playing like it.  And I am not only speaking of the 2013 season. Since 1997, the Cowboys have complied 130-131 re...
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For being proclaimed as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys sure are not playing like it.  And I am not only speaking of the 2013 season. Since 1997, the Cowboys have complied 130-131 record including 1-6 in playoff appearances during that span.  The Cowboys have managed to create buzz surrounding their team nearly every season but have yet to live up their fan base expectations by not reaching the Super Bowl since 1995.  For a team which has the most appearances in a Super Bowl including winning five and being the first and only NFL team to post 20 consecutive winning seasons, this is a franchise which is losing its identity as one the elite teams the league.  But where did it all go so wrong so quickly?  When did mediocrity become an added word in Cowboys history? In the 1990s, the Cowboys were a team to be reckoned with.  Led by Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, and Larry Allen, the Cowboys captured five straight NFC East Division titles and won three Super Bowls going 11-2 in the postseason.  From 1990-1997, this tandem was 77-35 to instill the tagline “America’s Team” as their motto ever since.  Nevertheless, it is been a slow and painful decline as the Cowboys of 2013 are far removed from the image they once held. 25 years ago, a businessman named Jerry Jones, who had unsuccessful endeavors until he found his luck in oil, purchased the Cowboys for $140 million from H.R. Bright.  Today, business has never been better for Jones as the Cowboys are the first American sports franchise to be appraised at more than $2 billion.  However, the same can not be said about his popularity. Criticism has followed Jones ever since his poor handling of his relationships with former Dallas head coaches Tom Landry and  Jimmy Johnson.  It has been a trickle effect of one bad decision after another for Jones which has brought the Cowboys to their current unforgiving state.  Arrogance, inexperience, and his own pompous ego are the typical reasons for the watered down product Jones has provided for the faithful Cowboys fans on display every Sunday.  With zero NFL background, his unfortunate arrogance contributed to him continuing as the general manager rather than allowing an experienced general manager to come and to be the decision maker. This has been a constant gripe with fans and the media. By neglecting this factor to ensure the possibility of running of a winning franchise, his lack of knowledge has led to consistent risky offseason transactions with high salary contracts, questionable NFL draft picks, and the never-ending carousel of coaches with no end in sight. Can all of the failures involving the Cowboys, who generated a revenue of an astounding $539 million in 2012, be blamed on solely on Jones?  To be fair, the answer would be no, but not a resounding no.  It is ultimately the players who have to perform when it is all said and done.  However,  it’s the general manager, ahem Mr. Jones, who was fully responsible for constructing the players on the team in first place. Therefore, if the players he added to his team do not perform up to par, he should be held accountable for his actions.  Unfortunately, the owner cannot simply fire himself.  For now, Jones has to look in the mirror and figure out how he feels about his Cowboys team which faces a uphill climb this season sitting at 2-3 in a weak NFC East. So, Mr. Jones, how about them Cowboys? Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys Football.  You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports or @RyanNAnthony
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: : Margaritas en terrasse with plenty of sunshine . . .: : Lots of backyard swinging . . . : : A few mandatory tourist stops . . .: : Plenty of walking and exploring . . . : : The sweetest goodbye kisses . . .
: : Margaritas en terrasse with plenty of sunshine . . .: : Lots of backyard swinging . . . : : A few mandatory tourist stops . . .: : Plenty of walking and exploring . . . : : The sweetest goodbye kisses . . .
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Paris Fashion Week included so many designers that it was nearly impossible to cover them all. But – forgive the lateness – there were a few still deserving of shout-outs.
Paris Fashion Week included so many designers that it was nearly impossible to cover them all. But – forgive the lateness – there were a few still deserving of shout-outs.
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In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. Starting with his stint as the bassist for verbose Canadian punk act Propagandhi...
In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well—some inspired by a weekly theme and some not, but always songs worth hearing. Starting with his stint as the bassist for verbose Canadian punk act Propagandhi, John K. Samson has since been associated with musical long-windedness. Samson himself is a singer-songwriter who never met a verse he couldn’t cram too many words into; his post-Propagandhi project, The Weakerthans, hit a creative and critical peak just as such wordiness was coming into vogue in indie-rock circles, putting Samson in the same league as fellow Canadian Dan Bejar, John Darnielle, Will Sheff, and other musicians who value vocabulary as much as a decent chord structure. But Destroyer and Okkervil River have never delivered anything quite like The Weakerthans’ “Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961),” a taut-and-refreshing blast of thesaurus rock where ... Read more
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Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hello everyone,Chess.com caught up with Russian talent Alexander Grischuk on the sidelines of the Paris Chess Grand Prix. Here is a must-watch interview for all fan...
Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hello everyone,Chess.com caught up with Russian talent Alexander Grischuk on the sidelines of the Paris Chess Grand Prix. Here is a must-watch interview for all fans of the Russian Grandmaster.Check this out: Robot vs. Humans at Chess: KUKA Monster beats Grischuk 4.5-1.5From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel
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VIDEO: "No Talking" Restaurant in Brooklyn Focuses on FoodQuiet, please. Your dinner will now be served. That's the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $...
VIDEO: "No Talking" Restaurant in Brooklyn Focuses on FoodQuiet, please. Your dinner will now be served. That's the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $40 prix fixe, four-course meal. Nicholas Nauman, head chef at Eat in Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, said he was inspired to pitch the tight-lipped consumption sessions after spending time in India, where Buddhist monks take their breakfast without exchanging words. "It's just an opportunity to enjoy food in a way you might not have otherwise," said the chef, noting that the sounds of forks on dishes and cooks in the kitchen provide some background noise to the experience. "There's such a strong energy in the room." The silent-dining experience, experts said, seems to fit with other attention-getting shticks that many restaurant owners and chefs often resort to in the notoriously competitive restaurant business. At Moto, in Chicago, diners can eat the menu. In Paris, London, Barcelona and Moscow, restaurant-goers at Dans le Noir? — French for "In the Dark?" — are served in the pitch-dark. And pop-up restaurants — where one chef takes over another's restaurant for the night — have long been the rage. "As a mother of two 15-year-old boys it is kind of a fantasy to go do that," Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com, said of the silent-dining experience at Eat. "But as someone who pays money to go out, I would feel like I'm in some kind of silent film; it would be incredibly difficult." At a recent evening at Eat, restaurant-goers didn't seem to mind the silent treatment as they noshed on salads and sipped their soups. One polite customer walked out the door to sneeze in order to avoid breaking the silence. Another could barely hold back a strong case of the giggles. And one couple found ways to communicate with facial expressions, instead of words. "It's kind of like a meditation," Eat owner Jordon Colon said. "The silence speaks for itself." Published: October 9, 2013
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The post Splurge: Christina Milian’s Create Nightclub Ivy Kirzhner Black Revolver Embellished Western Booties appeared first on The Fashion Bomb Blog : Celebrity Fashion, Fashion News, What To Wear, Runway Show Reviews.Christina Mi...
The post Splurge: Christina Milian’s Create Nightclub Ivy Kirzhner Black Revolver Embellished Western Booties appeared first on The Fashion Bomb Blog : Celebrity Fashion, Fashion News, What To Wear, Runway Show Reviews.Christina Milian showed to Create Nightclub to support Paris Hilton at the release party for her latest single, Good Time, wearing a pair of $750 Ivy Kirzhner Revolver Embellished Western Booties: Her Western-inspired come in leather and suede and features a 3.5″ heel. Love these! If you’re looking to splurge, get yours here. The lady of the hour wore a black embellished dress and black ankle boots. Thoughts on her ‘fit? ~Cliché The post Splurge: Christina Milian’s Create Nightclub Ivy Kirzhner Black Revolver Embellished Western Booties appeared first on The Fashion Bomb Blog : Celebrity Fashion, Fashion News, What To Wear, Runway Show Reviews.
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Rajon Rondo is doing and saying all the right things as the one and only leader of a new look Boston Celtics franchise. Rondo is the face of the Celtics now, and that’s quite fine with him. The mercurial point guard has been mentio...
Rajon Rondo is doing and saying all the right things as the one and only leader of a new look Boston Celtics franchise. Rondo is the face of the Celtics now, and that’s quite fine with him. The mercurial point guard has been mentioned in trade rumors since the moment Danny Ainge chose to blow up the roster. Rondo though disagrees with the notion that he might want to leave Boston, and according to Celtics Blog, it’s clearly Rondo’s team. “I love it here,” Rondo said. ”The fans are great here. And Danny [Ainge] has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out? I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with coach [Brad] Stevens. It’s a brand new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen, so I’m very excited.” Rondo while discussing his ACL recovery avoided the talk about an Adrian Peterson like recovery. “I want to be like Rajon Rondo,” Rondo said with a smile. “Obviously he came back and had an MVP season. That’s the type of season I want to have when I come back. I don’t want to come back and just be mediocre or have excuses about why I’m not playing up to par. When I come back, I won’t have any excuses. I’ll be ready to go. And if I’m not playing up to par, it’s just on me. I won’t blame it on my knee.”
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Author Stephen Byler sent me an email yesterday in which he said he had been in touch with Joel Whitney about Whitney's Salon piece "The Paris Review, the Cold War, and the CIA." Stephen and I had talked about it, an I had remarked that ...
Author Stephen Byler sent me an email yesterday in which he said he had been in touch with Joel Whitney about Whitney's Salon piece "The Paris Review, the Cold War, and the CIA." Stephen and I had talked about it, an I had remarked that it was maybe the best thing the CIA had ever done. Whitney text messahed Ste[hen the following comment: "My brother said the same: namely, that starting lit mags is better than assassinations. It would be nice if they were one or the other. The fact is they started lit mags to avoid blowback while ramping up their assassinations and coups. And it got writers/lovers of freedom confused about whether they were allowed to oppose the assassinations without being called red or communist or pink or Stalinist.They were afraid that calling out the CIA might hurt their writing careers.The fear persists." I fear so. Whitney's essay is listed in Best American Essays of 2013 as among the Notable Essays of 2012. (So is "Time Crystals,: an essay of mine that was published in Boulevard.)
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