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Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic?

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:44pm

People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids.

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West Coast's Early-Warning System For Quakes Still Spotty

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:01pm

Japan already relies on a system that helps prevent industrial accidents and train derailments by sending warnings as much as a minute before the ground starts shaking. That much time could save lives after a major earthquake in California, but seismologists say the U.S. network still has big gaps.

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