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March 06, 2015

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4:58 PM | Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors
In the absence of food, neurons that normally control appetite initiate complex, repetitive behaviors seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anorexia nervosa, according to a new study by Yale School […]
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4:58 PM | Weekly Beat | 18 | Feat. Mbongwana Star
News The forever wonderful The Sound of Music celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on Monday. Here’s ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ to big you up. Not quite news but this is a fab snap of Peaches and Feist. Kim Gordon consistently has insightful things to say, here’s a gem when asked what she would like younger people to learn from her memoir, ‘Girl [...] The post Weekly Beat | 18 | Feat. Mbongwana Star appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:58 PM | The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns
Let's rewind the clock 150 years to the end of the Civil War, when Southern planters had to find new laborers.
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4:57 PM | Coenzyme Q10 likely ineffective, study finds
The popular dietary supplement ubiquinone, also known as Coenzyme Q10, is widely believed to function as an antioxidant, protecting cells against damage from free radicals. But a new study by […]
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4:57 PM | NASA spacecraft orbits dwarf planet
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf plan-et. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator […]
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4:55 PM | Onion extract may improve high blood sugar and cholesterol
The extract of onion bulb, Allium cepa, strongly lowered high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol levels in diabetic rats when given with the antidiabetic drug metformin, according to a […]
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4:54 PM | The brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way
The human brain can select relevant objects from a flood of information and edit out what is irrelevant. It also knows which parts belong to a whole. If, for example, […]
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4:54 PM | Pot Can Trigger Psychotic Symptoms For Some, But Do The Effects Last?
Scientists are sharply divided on whether the disordered thinking and paranoia sometimes caused by marijuana is just a temporary thing or the start of long-term disorders like schizophrenia.
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4:54 PM | Sewage Bacteria Reveal Cities' Obesity Rates
Urban 'microbiome' can offer glimpses into disease trends.
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4:53 PM | Most men with borderline testosterone levels may have depression
Men with borderline testosterone levels have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than the general population, new research finds. The results will be presented Saturday, March 7, at ENDO […]
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4:52 PM | Quotable Genius: Martin H. Fischer
Martin H. Fischer was an American doctor and writer known for his pithy comments on the practice of medicine. Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | In Japan, embattled RIKEN chief to step down
Nobel laureate Ryoji Noyori had been engulfed in stem-cell scandal
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4:44 PM | Why haven’t we cured inflammatory bowel disease?
A conversation with David Rubin, MD, Section Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, about why it's hard to define a "cure" for chronic diseases like IBD, and how new developments are getting us closer than ever.
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4:42 PM | Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
By: Nadine Fattaleh Every year, the Clinton Global Initiative, in partnership with the Hult Business School, organizes a social entrepreneurship start-up competition challenging students to address the world’s toughest problems. Winners of the prize receive USD 1 million in seed capital to launch their start-up, as well as membership to Hult’s start-up incubator. This year, [...]
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4:38 PM | Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs in the SCOTUSblog, on King v. Burwell
Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs was quoted today in the SCOTUSblog: Wednesday’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the challenge to the availability of tax subsidies for individuals who purchase their health insurance on a marketplace created by the federal government, continue … Continue reading →
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4:37 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases
  # 9788   Riyadh’s nosocomial MERS outbreak continues apparently, with another HCW with hospital exposure reportedly in stable condition.  This marks the 6th Health Care Worker from Riyadh to be infected in less than two weeks (2 reported on 2/23  – 1 reported 2/28 – 2 reported 3/1).    The second case hails from Jeddah, with reportedly a recent animal exposure.   One recovery, and one death – both from Riyadh […]
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4:33 PM | A Note on Dennett’s Curious Comparison of Words and Apps
I continue to think about Dan Dennett’s inadequate account of words-as-memes in his paper, The Cultural Evolution of Words and Other Thinking Tools (PDF), Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, Volume LXXIV, pp. 1-7, 2009. You find the same account in, for example, this video of a talk he gave in 2011: “A Human […]
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4:31 PM | Weird, Tiny Comet Survives Solar ‘Death Dive’,...
Weird, Tiny Comet Survives Solar ‘Death Dive’, Brightens "Unofficial orbit solution puts this comet at ~4 solar radii on Feb. 19th (2015). That’s insanely close," according to the Naval Research Lab’s Karl Battam. Comets of this size seldom survive such a close encounter. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered this object. — Revisit Comet ISON’s Death Dive - Video: http://www.space.com/23916-comet-ison-dead-sun-flyby.html By: Video From
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4:30 PM | Chocoholism, don’t touch that Snicker bar!
“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst Chocolate has been the food of indulgence since its arrival in Europe in the 16th century.  Since then chocolate has taken a multitude of forms as candy, an […]
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4:28 PM | Is Apple’s real watch innovation a gold case that’s as tough as steel?
Interview with Jony Ive claims "the molecules are closer together in Apple gold."
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4:28 PM | Compte à rebours des animaux qui changent de couleur en hiver
Découvrez ce compte à rebours des animaux qui sont complètement différents de l'hiver à l'été.
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4:28 PM | Beautiful Photos Of Everyday Life In 20th-Century Iran
The Smithsonian is giving Iranian-Americans a chance to look back on a world many had to leave years ago.
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4:27 PM | #ScienceWoman
I recently made a video about Maud Menten. I used Lego, of course, but this time also added myself. Menten is a famous name in Biochemistry, but for years I didn’t know that her first name was Maud, or that she was a woman in the first place. I just...
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4:27 PM | For The First Time, A Manmade Spacecraft Is Orbiting A Dwarf Planet
At 7:39 EST this morning, the dwarf planet Ceres captured the Dawn spacecraft in its gravity. After a journey of more than seven years, the spacecraft will spend the next…
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4:26 PM | Fast Food Commercials Aimed At Kids 'Deceptive'
Fast food advertising doesn't emphasize healthy menu items enough, and by giving away toys in things like Happy Meals restaurants are being deceptive even by their own self-regulation standards, according to scholars who showed 100 children aged 3–7 years McDonald’s and Burger King children and adult meal ads, randomly drawn from ads that aired on national U.S. television from 2010–11. After seeing the ad, children were asked to recall what they had seen and transcripts […]
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4:24 PM | The First Selfie In Space Sells For $9,000 In London Auction
The photograph below, showing Buzz Aldrin with Earth glowing beautifully behind him, sold for $9,000 last month at London’s Bloomsbury Auction. Being the second man to set foot on the moon, it only seems fair that Buzz Aldrin can claim to be the first to take a selfie in space. According to Business Insider… “Aldrin snapped the photo in November 1966, during Gemini 12, the last mission of a program meant to test astronauts’ ability to dock with spacecraft […]
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4:24 PM | The light at the end of the tunnel
A polytunnel in the schools’ garden at Cambridge Botanic Garden, in 2009 It’s at this time of year, I think, that a polytunnel or greenhouse really comes in handy in the garden. Over the summer it may just be a tangle of tomato vines – productive, but a space that you really only go in to keep up with the watering chore, or to harvest ripe tomatoes. You know you’re going to come out with green stains on your clothes and hands that smell funny – tomatoes are like […]
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4:23 PM | Researcher loses second bid to quash Diabetes expressions of concern
It hasn’t been a good week for scientists going to court to silence criticism of their work. Yesterday, PubPeer won a near-complete victory in a case seeking the identities of their commenters. And also yesterday, a Massachusetts judge struck down — for the second time — a request by Mario Saad to remove expressions of […]The post Researcher loses second bid to quash Diabetes expressions of concern appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:07 PM | Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul
Umarali Kuvatov, who was a harsh critic of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, was shot on a street in the city in Turkey, where he had been living in exile.
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4:00 PM | sedaDNA sleuths: embracing your inner Sherlock
Awhile back fellow TME contributor Rob Denton posted about a recent review on environmental DNA by Pedersen et al. (2015). Environmental DNA (eDNA) is obtained from samples such as sediments, ice or water and can provide scientific sleuths with tantalizing clues about past … Continue reading →
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