Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better : The Salt : NPR

We eat first with our eyes. When strawberries are , they seem to taste sweeter. When , it’s disturbing. The understood that, and certainly today’s top chefs exploit it when they plate their food.

via Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better : The Salt : NPR.

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If a cat could talk – David Wood – Aeon

Saturday was a small snake. Each morning for six days, Berzerker — half-Siamese, half-streetcat, with charcoal fur and a pure white undercoat — had deposited a new creature on the doormat. On this last day, the snake was as stiff as a twig; rigor mortis had already set in. I wondered if there was a mortuary under the porch, a cold slab on which the week’s offerings had been laid out. What were these ritualistic offerings all about? Gift, placation, or proof of lethal skill? Who knows. On the seventh day he rested.

via If a cat could talk – David Wood – Aeon.

Chimpanzee intelligence has a genetic basis

Not all chimpanzees are created equal. Not only are some more intelligent than others, but about half of this variation is genetically inherited, according to research published today in Current Biology.Professor William Hopkins and colleagues from Georgia State University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center tested chimpanzees using 13 different cognitive tasks to give a generalised measure of intelligence.

via Chimpanzee intelligence has a genetic basis.

Operation Sovereign Borders

There’s a time-tested ‘law’ in the history of modern self-government: when a bounded nation-state democracy prosecutes war abroad, the spirit and institutions of its democracy are usually vandalised at home.The Life and Death of Democracy analyses many historical instances of a rule that most definitely applies to the Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign Borders. Let us not mince words. In waters well beyond Australia’s north-west shores, it is now prosecuting a form of war against people who have already suffered rape, torture, war, poverty and humiliation.

via Operation Sovereign Borders.