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December 18, 2014

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2:03 PM | You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People A Fast-Acting Treatment […]
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1:51 PM | Happy Holidays: Gifts for the Deceased in Anglo-Saxon England
The holiday season is upon us, and that means that many of us are thinking about gifts. As I’ve been wrapping the presents I’ve bought for my family, I’ve been […]

King, J. (2004). Grave-Goods as Gifts in Early Saxon Burials (ca. AD 450-600), Journal of Social Archaeology, 4 (2) 214-238. DOI: 10.1177/1469605304041076

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1:27 PM | A Frightening Episode.
A couple of days ago, I passed out at my desk. Now, I have a lot of experience passing out from alcohol. This was not like that. I felt hot and tingly. It came on very suddenly. I felt very disoriented, and then I lost consciousness. I awoke a moment or two later, drenched in […]
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1:00 PM | New uses for the pubic microbiome?
A few weeks ago I posted that 80,000,000 bacteria may be transferred when you make-out with someone for greater than 10 seconds. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that a bacterial signature may also be transferred during other intimate activities. At one point in the study, the two people who lived together suddenly had more similarity […]
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1:00 PM | Volunteering and the Elderly
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderCynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your HealthThe Geography of Suicide 
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12:09 PM | Watch An iPad Land An Airplane [Exclusive]
High above rural Arkansas, I'm jammed in the back of a small four-seat airplane. Andrew Barker pilots the aircraft while Austin Meyer sits beside him. Everything is going…
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12:04 PM | Welcome To The SURE House: Students Respond to Climate Change
We’ve all gotten the memo: climate change is real and it’s happening. That means we have to adapt to it while working to fix it. Our contribution to the cause is the SURE…
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11:59 AM | Logos for science projects – NQO COST Action
Here some test for the logo of our COST Action on Nanoscale Quantum Optics that will start shortly. Together with Andrè Xuereb we have produced this first logo. I like that it highlights that nanotechnology deals with the constituent of matter down to the nanoscale. In particular nanophotonics is the science of light (hence the […]
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11:13 AM | Six Citizen Science milestones from 2014 – number four is out of this world
From vast lengths of DNA to years of collective teamwork, we look back on the achievements of our 300,000 Citizen Scientists in 2014.
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11:10 AM | The many Rs of e-Research
The 6 12 many Rs of e-Research…what else could/should we add to this (especially in the context of research objects and supporting reproducible research)?Filed under: Research, Science
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10:46 AM | Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The Complete Shortlist
Are you travelling over Christmas? Looking for something to read while you digest your Christmas dinner? Or perhaps just wanting to expand your knowledge to impress your friends… Well we’ve got the answer – twenty brilliant articles about science, nicely packaged into a downloadable pdf for you to savour.. it’s the Science Writing Prize 2014 […]
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10:36 AM | Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 4
Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 4
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10:28 AM | We’re Number One! We’re Number One!
Some great news this week – the joint SRUC and University of Edinburgh submission to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework was ranked as number one in the UK for agriculture and veterinary sciences. There’s a lot of very happy and … Continue reading →
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10:25 AM | A child's popularity is related to where the teacher seats them in the classroom
Teacher training doesn't usually include a module on how to arrange the seating of pupils. Perhaps it should - a new study by psychologists finds that where children are placed in the classroom is associated with how well-liked they are by their classmates.Yvonne van den Berg and Antonius Cillessen studied 34 classrooms at 27 elementary schools in The Netherlands. The 336 participating pupils had an average age of 11, and 47 per cent of them were boys. In all classrooms, it was the school […]
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10:08 AM | Autistic traits in adults with epilepsy
"Increased autistic characteristics found in adults with epilepsy without an ASD [autism spectrum disorder] diagnosis suggest that epilepsy syndromes may incorporate behavioral aspects of autism in the absence of some of its core cognitive features."Contrariwise, if you think we're alive you ought to speak to us.That was the intriguing finding reported by Sally Ann Wakeford and colleagues [1] who examined test performance on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) and "systemizing […]

Wakeford S, Hinvest N, Ring H & Brosnan M (2014). Autistic characteristics in adults with epilepsy., Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 41C 203-207. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25461216

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10:00 AM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Portal 2 Atlas + P-Body
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9:42 AM | Dividing up the pie in relation to REF2014
OK, I've only had an hour to look at REF results, so this will be brief, but I'm far less interested in league tables than in the question of how the REF results will translate into funding for different departments in my subject area, psychology. I should start by thanking HEFCE, who are a model of efficiency and transparency: I was able to download a complete table of REF outcomes from their website here. What I did was to create a table with just the Overall results for Unit of Assessment 4, […]
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9:15 AM | Memory of seasons past controls germination
In research published this week in PNAS, Steve Penfield (formerly Exeter, now John Innes Centre) and Ian Graham (CNAP, York) and collaborators have shown that ‘mother’ plants remember seasons and use this memory to program germination time into their seeds. Working on Arabidopsis thaliana, Penfield found that the mother plant plays an important role in sensing temperature and forms[...] The post Memory of seasons past controls germination appeared first on […]
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9:06 AM | Auckland eateries pass food hygiene tests
Auckland diners should feel reassured heading into the holiday season, with almost 98 per cent of the region’s eateries practicing good food hygiene practices. Auckland Council said since it implemented the Food Safety Bylaw last year, which covered inspection, staff … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | How to Write a Science Feature
1. Write late at night, preferably the night before your deadline. That’s when the creative juices will really be churning. Your gut will be churning too. With panic. 2. Don’t write the whole piece in one fell swoop. Focus on a single sentence. Make sure that sentence is perfect before you move on to the […]
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8:45 AM | With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt
U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.
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8:39 AM | Studiare musica per aver maggior successo a scuola
Le ore di musica infatti favorirebbero lo sviluppo di aree del cervello legate al linguaggio nei giovani che provengono da situazioni socioeconomiche più svantaggiate
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8:36 AM | Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth
Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
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8:30 AM | At An Isolated Camp, Iraqi Police Prep For A Showdown With ISIS
Iraqi security forces are training with the goal of reclaiming territory lost to the Islamic State. Police at a camp near the front line say such a battle would be personal.
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8:27 AM | Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out
Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson end their late night TV shows this week. Colbert is getting a boatload of attention as he moves to succeed David Letterman, but Ferguson deserves some too.
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8:23 AM | Le 10 personalità scientifiche del 2014
In cima alla lista di Nature c’è l’italiano Andrea Accomazzo, responsabile delle operazioni della missione Rosetta
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8:18 AM | Amazing but watch with caution: camera phone footage of the deadly Banjarnegara district landslide in Indonesia
There is a video on Youtube that apparently shows the moment that the Banjarnegara district landslide in Indonesia occurred, killing over 100 people
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8:02 AM | Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Drivers Licenses For 'Dreamers'
Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
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8:00 AM | Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration
This new report from the King’s Fund is timely, given the emphasis on the need for transformation in current policy (for example, the new care models proposed in the Five Year Forward View in England).  The climate of financial pressures alongside increasing demand is driving the need for change at a system level.  However, despite the [read the full story...] The post Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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8:00 AM | You Really Can Buy Happiness
If money could buy happiness it seems that our society, which is practically obsessed with consumption, would have the happiest people on Earth. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. However, it doesn’t mean that money is incapable of buying happiness; we just have to spend it the right way. According to psychologists, we’re far happier when we purchase experiences as opposed to things. And the more we can involve other people in those experiences, the more content we will […]
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