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April 25, 2015

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9:38 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 25, 2015
Here’s a treat for fans of movies and the brain: an article called Strange Continuity. Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:22 AM | Spike activity 24-04-2015
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential […]
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8:11 AM | A visual history of madness
The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern psychiatry seems determined […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 20 – 24, 2015 Jennifer buys bespoke draperies with a beguiling floral pattern. In a flash of perceptual ambiguity, the flowers turn into baseballs, and now she can’t unsee them. Erik outlines best practices for your next Lucha Libre bout, and Cameron interviews a former co-worker who has just published a book all about […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – new immunotherapy results, ‘personalised vaccines’, an ‘injectable lab’ and more
New immunotherapy results from a big US conference, another first step towards ‘personalised cancer vaccines’, plus what’s an ‘injectable lab’?
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8:00 AM | ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful...
ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful fossil shells like these ones.
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7:42 AM | Major Earthquake in Nepal Upgraded to Magnitude 7.9
Source: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_summaryA very strong earthquake has struck in Nepal with a magnitude of 7.9 (initial reports listed 7.5). One would expect that serious damage will result; three earthquakes in the last 110 years have approached this size, and the death toll for all three was in the tens of thousands (1934 M8.1 Bihar, 1905 M7.5 Kangra, and 2005 M7.6 Kashmir earthquakes). Although the data is preliminary, the depth listed at this point […]
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7:27 AM | Kids with autism: a highly [psychotropic] medicated group?
"In keeping with international studies this sample of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] was a highly medicated group."So said the results of the study reported by Kerry-Ann Louw and colleagues [1] back in 2013 who noted that approximately one quarter of their cohort were currently in receipt of "psychotropic medications". I don't want to linger too much on this topic given that such findings tally with other peer-reviewed reports including those with much larger […]

Louw KA, Bentley J, Sorsdahl K & Adnams CM (2013). Prevalence and patterns of medication use in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in the Western Cape, South Africa., Journal of child and adolescent mental health, 25 (1) 69-79. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25860309

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7:06 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden...
lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden Rhinopias eschmeyeri in Ambon, Indonesia at Kampung Baru down at 36m.
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7:00 AM | Link Feast
Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Man Who Couldn't Stop GivingWhat a Brazilian man's pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy
What Can We Learn From Reading Online Reviews?An analysis of millions of Amazon reviews reveals an intriguing relationship between the star ratings people give and the emotionality words that they writeThe Psychology (and Philosophy) of ‘No Regrets’A clinical psychologist argues that […]
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6:59 AM | The M=7.9 earthquake in Nepal this morning
The M=7.5 shallow earthquake in Nepal this morning is likely to have caused serious damage, especially in the epicentral region of Lamjung
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4:58 AM | California hikes
California hikes
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4:03 AM | An in-trawl camera for fish
A cod swims right past the camera. These images could make it easier to set fishing quotas.
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4:00 AM | Hot topics in Modern Cosmology
Spontaneous Workshop (SW) IX brings together specialists on recent insights in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. The aim is to stimulate debate on common topics in views of providing us with innovating ideas. The workshop’s organization is based on an optimal number of concise presentations and enough space for discussions on emerging problems in order … Continue reading Hot topics in Modern Cosmology →
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4:00 AM | Lines of Departure (Frontlines)
By Marko Kloos Synopsis: Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the Solar System… Humanity is […]
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3:15 AM | The SCICOMM 25 (4.24.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list. Top Stories: A science writing competition […]
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1:39 AM | Optogenetics: Controlling the Brain with Light
A major problem neuroscience researchers have is controlling one type of cell in the brain without effecting the function of others. Both electrodes, which stimulate the entire area in which they are inserted, and drugs, which act slower than the natural speed of the brain, are not specific enough to stimulate one particular cell type […]
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1:26 AM | That Brontosaurus Thing
So, the name Brontosaurus is back in business. After comparing, analysing, measuring and coding an extraordinary amount of anatomical detail pertaining to diplodocid sauropods, Emanuel Tschopp and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:12 AM | Jenner: 'For All Intents And Purposes, I Am A Woman'
In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20", the former gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete described a struggle with gender identity that began in childhood.
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1:00 AM | Apprehensions Along Southern Border Drop Dramatically In 2015
Apprehensions dropped by 28 percent compared to the same time period last year. Apprehensions of minors also dropped by 50 percent.
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12:32 AM | Electrons move like light in three-dimensional solid
Tracking electronic motion in a graphene-like bulk material shows fast electrons in all dimensions. Subject:  Technology
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12:25 AM | Mental disorders don't predict future violence
Substance use disorders are the only disorders that predict future violence. Most psychiatric disorders - including depression -- do not predict future violent behavior, according to new Northwestern Medicine longitudinal study of delinquent youth. The only exception is substance abuse and dependence. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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12:20 AM | sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some...
sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some of our LAMAVE team and a couple of international scientists are heading to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park.  One of our main goals is to understand the movement and residency patterns of some of the shark species that visit the park. We will be working closely with the Park’s management office (Tubbataha Management Office) with the aim of […]
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12:20 AM | sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some...
sallysnowglobe: Hi guys, As many of you know, I along with some of our LAMAVE team and a couple of international scientists are heading to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park.  One of our main goals is to understand the movement and residency patterns of some of the shark species that visit the park. We will be working closely with the Park’s management office (Tubbataha Management Office) with the aim of […]
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12:00 AM | Testing the Apple Watch: How it Works
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April 24, 2015

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11:51 PM | A Healthy Ego To Be Creative
How does a healthy self-concept impact our creative work? Don’t we need a big ego, fame and money for creative expression? One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, […]
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11:51 PM | Huggable Robot Befriends Girl in Hospital
Meet Huggable—an app-controlled robot designed by the MIT Media Lab. Created to help young patients fight cancer, Huggable is operated by an expert Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thanks to Mark Sherman.
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11:33 PM | Chinese Scientists Just Genetically Modified Human Embryos for the First Time Ever
In a controversial breakthrough, a group of Chinese researchers has admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in human history. The scientists used a genome-editing enzyme called CRISPR/Cas9, which has the ability to cut out damaged segments of DNA (that may carry genetic defects) and replace those segments with healthy DNA. In other words, CRISPR could potentially be used to “cleanse” a child’s genome of deadly […]
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11:14 PM | Link Between Yellowstone And The Magma Plume Found, Imaged
It is like finding a leak in your roof. I remember once up at the cabin, noticing that my waders were full of water and pointing this out to my wife. “You’re supposed to hang the waders upside down. Keeps dead mice from falling in there.” Well, I thought, if any mice fell in these…
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