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The terracotta warriors are getting heavier

Each terracotta warriors has got about 4kg since it was made.  Why?  Because it turns out  bricks and ceramics absorb moisture at a fixed rate, even over thousands of years.


TED Talk ‘power poses’ don’t work

A few years ago there was a TED Talk and a lot of excitement about ‘power poses‘; how standing in a particular way before a meeting or talk might make you feel more confident and improve your performance.

Now one of the idea’s researchers says they don’t work.  The experiments were flawed, the sample size was small and they didn’t look at the results properly.

Link to article on on the story


Link to researcher’s statement PDF

Click to access pdf_My%20position%20on%20power%20poses.pdf

Here’s the talk.  Looks like we should ignore it.