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November 19, 2014

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1:44 PM | How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud | Daniel and Jason Freeman
A study suggests that an intensive programme of intervention starting at six reduces long-term risk of mental illness and drug or violence-related convictionsMalcolm Gladwell calls it the “law of the few”: a small number of people can make a huge impact on the world. The law of the few certainly springs to mind when we look at the effect on society of those individuals who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They number about 1% of men and 0.2% of women, […]
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1:39 PM | Researchers convert agricultural waste to high-value silicon carbide
Scientists are aware that these agricultural wastes have significantly high silica content in a molecular state, similar to hydrocarbons. Armed with that knowledge, researchers have discovered that these agricultural waste products can be economically transformed into silicon carbide consisting of nanostructures and nanorods in various polytypes.
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1:33 PM | Researchers advance understanding of atomically thin crystal growth
The scientists focused on the role of epilayer-substrate interactions in determining orientational relations in van der Waals epitaxy.
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1:14 PM | A Day After Attack, Worshippers Return To Jerusalem Synagogue
Israeli troops also razed the home of a Palestinian suspected in an earlier attack, signaling that the government will continue with the controversial practice.
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1:09 PM | Wordless Wednesday: Places cats lie
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1:06 PM | mBio: Not All LPAI Flu Subtypes Are Created Equally
Credit NIAID     # 9343   Until avian H7N9 showed up a couple of years ago, LPAI (Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in birds was considered to constitute a minor human health threat, and our concerns were mostly they would evolve into HPAI (highly pathogenic) strains – with most of that concern focused on H5 and H7 subtypes.   H7N9 showed us that an avian influenza could be LPAI in birds and yet extremely pathogenic in humans. Furthermore, in the summer […]
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1:00 PM | Miscellaneous math notes
This web site started as static HTML files. Later I added a WordPress blog, but still wrote some things as static HTML pages for various reasons. Now I’ve moved most of those static pages to WordPress pages so that they’ll have the same style as the blog. There’s not a good way to find these […]
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1:00 PM | Sea star wasting disease is caused by a virus
For nearly a year and a half, sea stars – in particular, those of the taxonomic family Asteroidea have been suffering from mass die-offs. The cause of the widespread sea star mortality has been uncertain, so it has simply become known as “sea star wasting disease” (SSWD). But now a large group of researchers from
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1:00 PM | Peer Review Has Problems And We Need A Fix
Where it begins. NatureBy Andy Tattersall, University of SheffieldDirty Harry once said, “Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one”. Now that the Internet has made it easier than ever to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning to show their age.We can now leave a public comment on just about anything – including the news, politics, YouTube videos, this article and even the meal we just ate. These comments can sometimes help […]
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1:00 PM | A Meal More Powerful Than The NFL
Biology concepts – genetic code, neurotransmittersA turkey dinner with all the fixins can lead to a satisfying nap. But the meal usually takes a little longer than this to have an effect. This fellow might be more affected by last night’s activities than today’s meal.Turkeydinner at Thanksgiving brings the family together, celebrates the bountiful harvest, and puts you to sleep just as the NFL games are ready to start. Many people think that if you eat less turkey and fill up […]

Musil, R., Zill, P., Seemüller, F., Bondy, B., Meyer, S., Spellmann, I., Bender, W., Adli, M., Heuser, I., Fisher, R. & Gaebel, W. (2012). Genetics of emergent suicidality during antidepressive treatment—Data from a naturalistic study on a large sample of inpatients with a major depressive episode, European Neuropsychopharmacology, DOI: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2012.08.009

Russo, E., Scicchitano, F., Citraro, R., Aiello, R., Camastra, C., Mainardi, P., Chimirri, S., Perucca, E., Donato, G. & De Sarro, G. & (2012). Protective activity of α-lactoalbumin (ALAC), a whey protein rich in tryptophan, in rodent models of epileptogenesis, Neuroscience, 226 282-288. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.09.021

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12:58 PM | Merck Serono brings electronic MS device to six more countries
RebiSmart works alongside the company's MSdialog web-based software
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12:55 PM | Oppenheimer’s Folly: On black holes, fundamental laws and pure and applied science
Einstein and Oppenheimer: Both men in their later years dismissed black holes as anomalies, unaware that they contained some of the deepest mysteries of physics (Image: Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE magazine)On September 1, 1939, the same day that Germany attacked Poland and started World War 2, a remarkable paper appeared in the pages of the journal Physical Review. In it J. Robert Oppenheimer and his student Hartland Snyder laid out the essential characteristics of what we today […]
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12:53 PM | Low Dow Aspirin for Primary Prevention
A new study published in JAMA sheds further light on a controversial question – whether or not to prescribe low-dose aspirin (81-100mg) for the primary prevention of vascular disease (strokes and heart attacks). Primary prevention means preventing a negative medical outcome prior to the onset of disease, in this case preventing the first heart attack […]
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12:40 PM | Martin weaves more magic in a welcome trip to Westeros
Neela Debnath in The Independent: The eagerly anticipated companion guide to George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has finally arrived. While it may not be as chunky as the original novels, The World of Ice &...
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12:30 PM | What Exploded Over Russia This Time?
[Please see update below; it appears this was a ground blast and not a meteor.] On Nov. 14, 2014, something exploded over the skies of the Sverdlovsk region of Russia, about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. I’m not sure what it was, but the videos coming out are pretty dramatic: As we learned from Chelyabinsk in 2013, Russian cars commonly have dashboard cameras, so I’m hoping more footage will surface soon. A couple of teenagers managed to catch it on a phone camera: It’s very […]
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12:25 PM | Italian Prime Minister Meets School's and UON Staff at post-G20 function
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12:24 PM | Magic tricks using artificial intelligence
From KurzweilAI: Queen Mary University of London researchers have developed a Google Play app called Phoney based on a mind-reading card trick, part of a research exploration into what can be achieved when human intelligence is replaced or assisted by...
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12:19 PM | World Toilet Day - attitudes to poop in the past
I found out that today is World Toilet Day! What better chance then to have a think about toilets and the disposal of human waste in the past. Regular readers will know (and the blog title perhaps suggests...) that coprolites, or fossilised faeces, are a regular feature of my work. A big part of World Toilet Day is about education and the problems of sanitation that many people face on a daily basis. The campaign highlights the fact that excrement is a bit of a taboo topic for many people, it's […]
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12:18 PM | Give A Shit on World Toilet Day
Do you scrunch or fold? Should the roll be under or over? Do you take a book or read the newspaper? I haven’t said it yet, but you already know exactly what I’m talking about. The loo. Toilet. Dunny. Crapper. Lav. Powder room. Shitter. WC. Restroom. Throne. The pool. Latrine. John. The can. Today is […] The post Give A Shit on World Toilet Day appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:17 PM | Lykke Li | Live At Vicar Street
  Swedish musician Lykke Li made a captivating return to Dublin on Sunday. (Disclaimer: BIAS. I lived in Stockholm a couple of years ago and Lykke Li’s music is mad linked with that time, I’ll try to rein in my bias buzz but no promises. Hashtagmemorylane. Hashtagnotanotherswedenstory) The crowd in Vicar St. began to swell […] The post Lykke Li | Live At Vicar Street appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:14 PM | Google contro la pesca illegale con i big data
Ogni anno la pesca di frodo produce danni all’economia globale per decine di miliardi di euro, oltre a provocare danni ambientali incalcolabili. Per questo motivo Google, assieme a Oceana e Sky Truth, ha deciso di sostenere la lotta alla pesca illegale lanciando un nuovo strumento, Global Fishing Watch, per il monitoraggio delle attività ittiche e la salvaguardia delle aree protette. Il Global Fishing Watch, presentato a Sydney durante il World Parks Congress, è una […]
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12:03 PM | Take The Plunge Into World Toilet Day
They say every dog has its day. So does every toilet. And that day is today: World Toilet Day.
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12:03 PM | Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 5
Driven by the lake effect, the storm dumped up to 60 inches of snow in some areas, paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.
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12:00 PM | Why choose a PICO session at EGU 2015?
Some of the sessions scheduled for the upcoming EGU General Assembly are PICO only sessions. This means that, rather than being oral or poster format, they involve Presenting Interactive COntent (PICO). The aim of these presentations is to highlight the essence of a particular research area – just enough to get the audience excited about […]
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12:00 PM | Some handy tips towards stress-free PhD completion…
Laura and I both submitted our theses at the end of September after four years of intense work. We felt there’d be some value (nostalgic to ourselves, hopefully useful to others) in putting together some tips of our own now that we can look back on our achievements. There are loads of brilliantly-written and extremely […]
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12:00 PM | When Your Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist...
Source: Link belowNote: Dr. Holt represented New Jersey, but hey: we're close enough! Okay, he was actually a plasma physics person, but you get the drift. Go with the bit...Rush Holt, a physicist, educator, and eight-term Democratic member of Congress, has been named the new CEO of AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider). He will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist who is stepping down this winter after leading AAAS since 2001.Holt, 66, has represented a New Jersey district since 1999, but in […]
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11:54 AM | Egypt: 2nd H5N1 Fatality In Two Days
Credit Wikipedia   # 9342   Over the past three days we’ve seen 3 H5N1 human infections announced out of Egypt; one child and two adults (see here and here).  It should be noted that this is not the same (H5N8) strain that has recently turned up in Europe, which is believed to present a vastly lower public health threat. On Monday we learned that the first adult announced– a 19 y.o. – had died.  Late yesterday, it was announced that the […]
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11:50 AM | Injectable treatment to prevent blood loss from serious internal injuries
Internal bleeding is a leading cause of death on the battlefield, but a new, injectable material could buy wounded soldiers the time they need to survive by preventing blood loss from serious internal injuries.
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11:45 AM | How Meditation Helps Anxiety
You’ve probably heard or read that meditation is helpful for anxiety. It is — but not in the way you might think. “Many people have the misconception that meditation is like a magic elixir that will quickly and effortlessly reduce their stress and anxiety,” said Tom Corboy, MFT, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD. […]
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11:45 AM | Why a Young Boy is Claimed To Be Reincarnated Marine
A young boy is claimed to have lived a past life as a Marine killed in combat, though psychology can likely explain this mystery.
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