ResearchBlogging editor’s selections: the artful dodge, ancient drugs, supermassive black holes and quantum spin

skyskull “Dr. SkySkull” selects several notable posts each week from a miscellany of ResearchBlogging.org categories. He blogs at Skulls in the Stars.

  • The ‘artful dodge’: The danger of a smooth talker. These results could explain pretty much all of politics!  Rita Hendrich at The Jury Room describes a study that demonstrates that, in politics, answers that artfully dodge questions poll better than direct answers.
  • Looking to the Past in Search of New Drugs. Dan Bailey at Smells Like Science describes an ironically novel approach to drug development — analyzing the remnants of chemicals used by the ancients!
  • Supermassive Black Holes. How much do you know about black holes?  At his eponymous blog, The Astronomist introduces us to the ideas of black holes, popular misconceptions about them, and the importance of supermassive black holes!
  • Get those computers spinning. An important ingredient in quantum computing schemes is the idea of quantum spin; at All That Matters, Joerg Heber explains the concept and how it relates to recent research results.

Check back next Monday for more “miscellaneous” suggestions!

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