Conformity Starts Young

first_imgScientific American:Nobody likes a show-off. So someone with a singular skill will often hide that fact to fit in with a group. A recent study reported for the first time that this behavior begins as early as two years old.In the study, led by a team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and published in Psychological Science, two-year-old children, chimpanzees and orangutans dropped a ball into a box divided into three sections, one of which consistently resulted in a reward (chocolate for the children; a peanut for the apes). After the participants figured out how to get the treat on the first try, they watched as untrained peers did the same activity but without any reward. Then the roles were flipped, and the participants took another turn while being watched by the others. More than half the time the children mimicked their novice peers and dropped the ball into the sections that did not produce chocolate. The apes, on the other hand, stuck to their prizewinning behaviors. The children did not simply forget the right answer—if no one watched them, they were far less likely to abandon the winning choice.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Egypt voices rejection of foreign, non-Arab intervention in Yemen

first_imgEgypt Mulls Military Intervention in Libya Mexico’s Foreign Minister in Egypt Egypt warns western forces against Libya interventioncenter_img Egypt supports Yemen’s security and stability and rejects any foreign, non-Arab intervention in the country, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told reporters on Sunday.Egypt backs the efforts of legitimate Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to reconstruct Yemen and restore security and stability across the country, Madbouly told a joint press conference with his visiting Yemeni counterpart Maeen Abdulmalik.For his part, Abdulmalik said Yemen and Egypt have the same position on national security, noting “Yemen is going through a difficult period due to foreign interventions and the policies of Houthi militias.”Earlier in the day, the two prime ministers, along with a number of ministers and officials from both countries, held discussions in Cairo on various aspects of joint cooperation.Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of much of the country’s north and forced Hadi’s government out of the capital Sanaa.A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been fighting Houthi militia-members since early 2015 in support of Hadi’s government.The conflict in Yemen has killed tens of thousands, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million and pushed more than 20 million to the verge of starvation.Relatedlast_img read more

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Athletes impress at selection trials

first_imgAthletics BY NICOLE JOANNES TAUTIK Athletics PNG president Tony Green says he is happy with the outcome of the weeklong final national selection trials for the Pacific Games held in Kimbe, West New Britain. Green said the athletes displayed some impressive performances. He added that the team for the Pacific Games will be selected from the trials. The selection trials held at the Sasindran Muthuvel stadium in Kimbe saw the athletes participating in track and field events. PNG sprint queen Toea Wisil who participated in the selection trials is happy with her timing in the 100m. “Here, I ran 11:57 seconds, in January it was 11:69 seconds. I need more competition to cut my time down and I’ll be going back to Australia to compete there to better my times,” Wisil said. She said last year was a rough one for her missing out on the Commonwealth Games but she will not let that situation bring her down. She is confident of winning medals at the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa in July. In the sprint results, Wisil ran 11:57 in 100m followed by Leonie Beu 11.84 and Adrine Monagi 12.30. For the other sprint events, Leonie Beu ran a time of 25.13 seconds in the 200m with Isilia Apkup clocking 26 seconds. In the women’s 400m, Beu clocked the fastest time of 55.85 seconds followed by Donna Koniel 57.84 and Apkup 59.35. In the men’s 100m, Michael Penny ran a time of 10.80 seconds, Linus Kuravi 10.90 and Manoka John 10.92. For the men’s 200m, Thoa Ora 24.44 seconds, Linus Kuravi 22.66 and Manoka John 22.77 seconds while the 400m saw Shadrick Tansi clocking 48.34, Daniel Baul 48.35 and Emmanuel Wanga 48.65 seconds.last_img read more

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