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March 04, 2015

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6:25 PM | Fun with Neuroscience with Dr. Jennifer Watson - HowStuffWorks...
Fun with Neuroscience with Dr. Jennifer Watson - HowStuffWorks Interviews Christian Sager interviews Dr. Jennifer Watson on how parts of the brain affect why we are the way we are. Learn more about your physiological personality in this interview from HowStuffWorks. By: How Stuff Works.
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6:23 PM | An alternative to medical marijuana for pain?
Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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6:16 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/03/04/176083441/
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6:15 PM | Higgs particle can disintegrate into particles of dark matter
The Standard Model of particle physics successfully describes the smallest constituents of matter. But the model has its limitations: It does not explain the dark matter of the universe. Christoffer Petersson, a research scientist at Chalmers Univ. of Technology, has found a solution. His theories are now being tested at the particle physics laboratory CERN. Subject:  Technology
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6:15 PM | 8 Surprising Things We Might Find On Ceres
When NASA’s Dawn mission gets to Ceres on March 6, it’ll be our first up-close look at a dwarf planet. The spacecraft will spend the next year or so orbiting this big rock,…
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6:13 PM | Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women
With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. Forthcoming in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple generations and regardless of age. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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6:11 PM | Wordless Wednesday: My brain is fried…erm…baked.
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6:07 PM | UK Government Is Selling Its Share Of Eurostar
The move is part of an effort by the British government to sell off national assets to raise $20 billion by the year 2020.
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6:06 PM | The brain works as a 'cyclops,' compensating the optical differences between the eyes
The eyes differ in their optical properties what results in a blur projected in each retina, despite we see sharp images because the visual system calibrates itself. An international research performed by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas has discovered that when each eye separately has a different level of blur, our brain uses as sharp reference the image projected through the less aberrated eye. The research has been published in Current Biology. […]
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6:04 PM | TWiM #99: Careers in Biodefense
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Maria Julia Marinissen, Edward H. You, and David R. Howell Vincent meets up with Maria, Edward, and David at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research meeting to talk about alternative careers for scientists. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app.   A video version of this episode is available […]
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6:01 PM | That Time Again: #NephMadness and #ISpyPhysiology
March, that time when our attention turns to kidneys! After all, the second Thursday of this month, March 12* this year, is World Kidney Day. Have you finished your shopping and planned your celebration yet? March also heralds the onset of NephMadness, an exploration of the kidney that pits advances in science and therapy against […]
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6:01 PM | People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care
Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.
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6:00 PM | Google's Knowledge Vault Helps Rank Sites By Accuracy
Google researchers have come up with a way to judge websites by their factual accuracy instead of just their popularity.
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6:00 PM | Oldest known member of human family found in Ethiopia
A skull fragment 2.8 million years old may mean our ancestors were around 400,000 years earlier than thought
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6:00 PM | Modified yeast perfume: What the future smells like
Genetically engineered microorganisms could replace flowers as sources of ingredients for perfumes – and even recreate scents from plants long extinct
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6:00 PM | Remains of First Known Human Found in Ethiopia
Newly unearthed remains push back the origin of our genus by an incredible 400,000 years.
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6:00 PM | Humans Emerged Much Earlier Than Thought
The very first human dates to at least 2.3 million years ago, a new study concludes, suggesting that the origins of our genus could go back 3 million years ago.
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6:00 PM | Massive Exoplanet Evolved in Extreme 4-Star System
For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed.
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5:59 PM | What’s Going on Inside the Richards Medical Research Building These Days?
The early 1960s were a heady time on the medical school campus and another wonderful chapter in its past 250 years. In 1960, Peter Nowell and David Hungerford discovered the Philadelphia chromosome, which linked cancer to genetic abnormalities for the first time. In 1962, Aaron Beck devised a revolutionary form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. Both of these achievements were destined for international fame and utility. In between those clinical accomplishments, in 1961, an […]
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5:55 PM | The British Group With A Very Different Take On 'Jihadi John'
Cage is a controversial group founded by a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay. It has presented a sympathetic portrait of "Jihadi John," drawing criticism that it defends terror.
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5:52 PM | MS Student Work Inspired by Waste Management
Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) student Agustina Besada was inspired to work in sustainability because of her interest in waste management. “I always found it interesting how materials generate so much waste during their processing and transportation and knew that this system had the potential to be more efficient,” Agustina says. Agustina’s self-proclaimed “love for trash” eventually inspired her to co-found Bulavu Laboratorio, a […]
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5:52 PM | The “Right to Try” – Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine, 5th Annual Cathy Shine Lecture
The “Right to Try” –  Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine 5th Annual Cathy Shine Lecture Thursday, March 19, Noon – 1 p.m. Boston University Medical Campus Instructional Building Bakst Auditorium 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA Free and open to … Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | Turkish Airlines' Near-Miss Creates Big Problem At Kathmandu's Tiny Airport
What do you do when a plane crash-lands at your country's only international airport and you have no equipment to move it out of the way? Nepalese airport officials are grappling with that question.
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5:50 PM | Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall
Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.
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5:49 PM | Invitation to Submit Questions for Respiratory Unit
As I’ve been doing lately, I wanted to offer the opportunity to my students (and anyone else who would like to) to submit questions for the Respiratory Unit Exam of my Pathophysiology class. Topics covered on this exam will focus primarily on the outline below. However, I wish to remind students that they are responsible for […]
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5:47 PM | 43 Words Invented by Authors This week, John looks at words...
43 Words Invented by Authors This week, John looks at words invented by authors. By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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5:46 PM | UPDATE: Death Spirals…Really to the Rescue?
UPDATE: I posted what follows in January, reflecting on the JALSA amicus brief led by Prof. Abigail Moncrieff from BU that argues that petitioners’ interpretation in King v. Burwell would make the ACA unconstitutional by forcing states to choose between … Continue reading →
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5:45 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: Facebook's intelligence test, cheap wonder metals and why the US is being urged to eat less meat
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5:41 PM | Podcast: Supernova Neutrinos
Supernovae are the swan song of giant stars. These cosmic cataclysms are tremendous explosions lasting a few weeks and bright enough to outshine entire galaxies. But the light and heat that astronomers see with telescopes is make up only about one percent of what's happening. Mostly they produce a deluge of neutrinos, the small, ghostly particles that barely interact with normal matter. This week on the Physics CentralPodcast, how neutrinos are key to unlocking the secrets of these interstellar […]
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5:40 PM | NASA's Chandra Observatory Finds Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth
This galaxy cluster comes from a sample of over 200 that were studied to determine how giant black holes at their centers affect the growth and evolution of their host galaxy, as reported in our latest press release. This study revealed that an unusual form of cosmic precipitation enables a feedback loop of cooling and heating, stifling star formation in the middle of these galaxy clusters. Abell 2597, shown here, is a galaxy cluster located about one billion light years from Earth. This image […]
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