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Discovered: That scary asteroid that came close to Earth last fall is coming back, this year's early spring is bad news for flowers and butterflies, multitasking is still real, more evidence against faster than the speed of light neutrinos, and how fruit flies are like humans.

  • Again, multitasking is real. Science once again has proven that our brains can multitask just fine. Lots of research has suggested that maybe our productivity or work suffers as a result. But that's not true, according to this science at least. A wandering mind is just prioritizing, explained researcher Daniel Levinson. And, better minds wander more. "People with higher working memory capacity reported more mind wandering during these simple tasks,"  Levinson said. And, these people did not compromise test performance. So, no need to feel guilty about all those Gchat windows open over there. [Psychological Science
  • How fruit flies are just like humans. Sexually deprived fruit flies resort to excessive drinking. We've all been there. When the lady fly rejects the man fly, the man fly's brain pushes it off the fly-sized equivalent of "the wagon." They don't want to mate, they just want to booze. It has something to do with what rejection triggers in one's mind. "It's a switch that represents the level of reward in the brain and translates it into reward-seeking behavior," Galit Shohat-Ophir said. [UCSF]

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