The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Graphic: GOP candidates face-off with facial analysis

It's all in the face –  at least according to experts at Sensory Logic. They analyzed the facial reactions of the major contenders for the Republican presidential candidate and rated them on their chances of winning the nomination based on facial appeal. Sounds simple, but it's really quite an in depth analysis.  Fast Company, has taken the data and compiled it in this very interesting graphic.

From Sensory Logic:
"Sensory Logic quantifies and analyzes the emotions shown by consumers, executives, politicians, professional athletes, witnesses, and others, to learn what their faces reveal about the emotional responses to stimuli/situations, as well as their personalities."

From Fast Company:
"Fast Company, exclusively, met with [Dan] Hill [president of Sensory Logic] to understand his methodology and get an initial read and deconstruction of the Republican faces of 2012. This first-ever facial coding of the full presidential field is based on Hill’s methodology, which correlates 23 Facial Action Units to 7 Core Emotions plus the widely accepted Big 5 Personality Traits model producing Sensory Logic’s EmoTraits®. [The methodology builds off of a 19th century foundation laid by biologist Charles Darwin and refined more recently by Paul Ekman.]"

Fast Company's much deeper analysis  can be can read here.

Credit: Doogie Horner/ Fast Company/Sensory Logic

New mineral discovered in meteorite - could be a problem for Superman

Scientists have discovered a new mineral embedded in a meteorite, believed to be one of the oldest minerals in the solar system: krotite. The solar system was formed from the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The streaks of krotite within the meteorite are called as refractory inclusions. This one has been more playfully named "Cracked Egg".  
From Science Daily:
 "It is the main component of an unusual inclusion embedded in a meteorite (NWA 1934), found in northwest Africa. These objects, known as refractory inclusions, are thought to be the first planetary materials formed in our solar system, dating back to before the formation of Earth and the other planets."
Will this new mineral be the new Achilles' Heel for Superman?  Is this payback for renouncing his U.S. citizenship? Stay tuned ....

The "Cracked Egg" grain, in which krotite was discovered. Credit: Image by Chi Ma