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From Abstract Shapes to Cartoon Eyebrows: a story of science-news sensationalism

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Photo Credit Growl Roar, Via Flickr Creative Commons

We at Word of Mouth are always on the prowl for breakthrough technologies and other intriguing science news – a frequent source of new ideas and research is a website called Science-Daily, where we found an article called “Evil Eyebrows and Pointy Chin of a Cartoon Villain Make Our ‘Threat’ Instinct Kick in.”  The article was based on the work of Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove, teaching fellow and researcher at Warwick University in England.  Funny - her research makes no mention of cartoons... Is this another example of science-news sensationalism, or just a PR boost for a research topic not easily explained?