Tuesday, October 19

Hearing a story helps hospitalized children heal

Parents, teachers, and caregivers have long sworn the magic of storytelling to calm and calm children. Researchers working in pediatric intensive care units have now quantified the physiological and emotional benefits of a well-told story. "We know that narrative has the power to transport us to another world," says Guilherme Brockington, who studies emotions and learning at the Federal University of ABC of Brazil in São Paulo and was the lead author of the new article, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences. Previous research suggested that stories help children process and regulate their emotions, but this was mainly carried out in a laboratory, with the subjects answering questions while lying inside functional MRI machines. "There are few studies on t...

The sacred baboons of Ancient Egypt, steam storms and the fight against hunger

If you look across cultures and history, there is a deity for just about anything. The sun, the ocean, the harvest, the rays, love, poetry, everything good. For some of us in American scientist, our favorite is the Thoth of the ancient Egyptians, god of science, knowledge, wisdom and writing. Thoth is often depicted as a baboon, making him the only god in the pantheon whose animal representative was not native to Egypt. Egyptologists have wondered where, exactly, the mummified baboons buried with the pharaohs came from and why a certain species was considered sacred. Now the primatologist Nathaniel J. Dominy analyzes how the behaviors of Papio hamadryas It fits into the theology of ancient Egypt and how the isotope analysis of these baboons points to the location of the lost kingdo...