For many years, the hormone oxytocin was caricatured as the source of all human goodness - trust, altruism, love, and morality. Among the findings that contributed to this picture were the discovery that sniffing oxytocin increases people's trust and generosity in financial games; that it aids face recognition; and that its release is associated with maternal bonding; and with orgasm.However, the picture has grown a lot more complicated of late, with findings showing that
When a new gadget or technology enters the scene a few may stop and momentarily mourn the old stuff that must go to make room on the stage. A moment of silence please for automobile carburetion, tape cassettes, battleships, and fat, heavy cathode ray tube TVs. The US's Fermilab Tevatron accelerator is shut down - Europe's CERN with its LHC outguns it. Alas.
However, it is not such a problem in astronomy with its telescopes. Astronomers get it both ways. Just as the Mt. Palomar
(English intro to Spanish lang post) Parkinson disease could start in the guts, says an extensive story explaining that prion-like proteins could advance through the peripheral nervous system into the brain. It’s still a controversial hypothesis, but spanish researchers published several papers showing that it’s a feasible mechanism. We highlight also a great story about the new drug against hepatitis-C: The new drug is very efficient but extremely expensive, and the Spanish
Thanks to The Washington Post for breaking the story: Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, who look like a couple of nice, clean-cut guys, have been wallowing in the "seamier side of academia," where "lying, cheating, and occasionally stealing," are shockingly common.
That revelation comes in a profile by Fred Barbash, who reports that Marcus, Oransky, and their blog Retraction Watch have shown how important--and how intriguing--academic misconduct can be. And all this, Barbash writes, in "a blog