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November 24, 2014

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8:26 PM | Hiding cells to prevent HIV transmission
The fight against HIV is ongoing and despite our rapid progression against the disease we still lack a cure or even adequate treatment for people infected. However, new research suggests […]

Byrareddy, S., Kallam, B., Arthos, J., Cicala, C., Nawaz, F., Hiatt, J., Kersh, E., McNicholl, J., Hanson, D., Reimann, K. & Brameier, M. (2014). Targeting α4β7 integrin reduces mucosal transmission of simian immunodeficiency virus and protects gut-associated lymphoid tissue from infection, Nature Medicine, DOI: 10.1038/nm.3715

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November 23, 2014

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7:09 PM | Love, it’s in your genes
Most kids worry about passing tests, winning games, lost phones, fractured bones—and whether or not they will ever really fall in love. While the first few things are of relatively low […]

Liu, J., Gong, P. & Zhou, X. (2014). The association between romantic relationship status and 5-HT1A gene in young adults, Scientific Reports, 4 7049. DOI: 10.1038/srep07049

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November 22, 2014

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7:45 PM | Mental Health- The invisible barrier for women’s care
A while back I wrote a post about mental health and jail sentences, it seems like no one takes mental health seriously and that leads to lack of care for […]

Xiang, X. (2014). Serious Psychological Distress as a Barrier to Cancer Screening Among Women, Women's Health Issues, DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.09.001

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November 21, 2014

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9:54 PM | The impact of powered prosthetic failures on the user
  Prosthetics have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. With the ongoing wars in the middle east the need for better prosthetics technologies has become […]

Zhang, F., Liu, M. & Huang, H. (2014). Effects of Locomotion Mode Recognition Errors on Volitional Control of Powered Above-Knee Prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2327230

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November 20, 2014

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9:21 PM | Designing a better flu vaccine
We all hate getting sick and the flu can be the seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent a time of serious illness. Unfortunately the vaccine is usually an educated guess […]

Fonville, J., Wilks, S., James, S., Fox, A., Ventresca, M., Aban, M., Xue, L., Jones, T., Le N. M. H., ., Pham Q. T., . & Tran N. D., . (2014). Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination, Science, 346 (6212) 996-1000. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256427

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November 19, 2014

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7:28 PM | Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets
Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  Rita Garza considers herself very fortunate. In the past 18 months, she has been able to combine her “two passions: improving services and increasing awareness for victims of domestic violence” with her “deep love for animals.” Rita works for Urban Resource Institute (URI) in…
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7:24 PM | How gut microbiota changes the blood-brain barrier
Don’t be alarmed, but we are outnumbered. When figuring out what makes us, “us” we need to remember that there are far more bacteria genes in us than human genes, […]

Viorica Braniste, Maha Al-Asmakh, Czeslawa Kowal, Farhana Anuar, Afrouz Abbaspour, Miklós Tóth, Agata Korecka, Nadja Bakocevic, Ng Lai Guan, Parag Kundu & Balázs Gulyás (2014). The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice, Science Translational Medicine, Other:

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5:17 PM | Obama Expected To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday
The president will then address the issue in a speech at a Las Vegas high school on Friday, a source familiar with the process tells NPR.
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4:43 PM | Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad
The Singapore activist created World Toilet Day in 2001, got U.N. sponsorship last year and posed for us on a toilet outdoors on a freezing day. That's how committed he is to bringing toilets to all.
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4:36 PM | U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru
The Home Office said Julien Blanc's presence wasn't conducive to the public good. Blanc, a dating coach, makes racist and derogatory references to women, and appears to condone violence toward them.
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4:28 PM | Marriage Equality | Referendum Registration Closing Soon
There’s less than a week left to register to vote for the forthcoming marriage equality referendum, with registration closing on November 25th. Once this time lapses, it will only be possible to join the Supplemental Register of Electors after the 1st of February 2015. This is a little bit more hassle, probably best avoided by […] The post Marriage Equality | Referendum Registration Closing Soon appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:18 PM | You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?
A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child's heartbeat and other vital signs. But they're not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.
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4:00 PM | Un nuevo alótropo del silicio promete revolucionar la industria fotovoltaica
Este texto es una colaboración del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica con Next. Que la estructura cristalina es fundamental para las características físicas que va a presentar una sustancia química es de todos conocido. Ahí está el clásico ejemplo del grafito de la mina de los lápices y el diamante, ambos con idéntica composición química (carbono puro), pero diferente estructura cristalina. […] Seguir […]
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3:59 PM | WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe
A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.
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3:56 PM | The Exhibitionist (Week c/17 Nov) Pull Bite Rally
There are some interesting happenings this week in the art world. Dublin City Council’s Vacant Space scheme is back and they have a few new venues to offer for ‘creative groups to use for cultural purposes’. It’s a fairly open scheme with reduced rent an incentive for cash-strapped artistic types. Obviously it’s a big undertaking […] The post The Exhibitionist (Week c/17 Nov) Pull Bite Rally appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:25 PM | The Ghosts and Gains of Waziristan
Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a military offensive being conducted by Pakistani military forces against various militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are involved in Zarb-e-Azb, described as a "comprehensive operation" to flush...
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3:07 PM | PR headline: “Car crash survival rates increase with being younger, male and driving a big vehicle”
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3:03 PM | The effect of beer foam on resisting beer spills
Beer foam, as a subject of experimental inquiry, will be on tap at a physics meeting next week: Abstract: H16.00009: “Damping of liquid sloshing by foams: from everyday observations to liquid transport“ 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Sunday–Tuesday, November 23–25, 2014; San Francisco, California, Session H16: Free-Surface Flows V: General, […]
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3:00 PM | The Art of Science: Sculpture with Deep Roots
Artist Dalya Luttwak takes hard steel and transforms it into the sinuous shapes of roots.  For a recent show at the Greater Reston Art Center in Virginia, Luttwak chose as one of her subjects the root system of Cannabis Sativa.  … Continue reading →
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2:55 PM | Amid Scandal, Mexican First Lady Decides To Sell Mansion
The modern structure dubbed "The White House" was owned by a construction company awarded millions in government contracts. Angélica Rivera said she had "nothing to hide."
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2:44 PM | Towards perfecting men’s necktie lengths
Following our recent improbable article on the non-linearities of Windsor Knot tying may we also recommend a paper which might be of particular interest to adult Korean males who wear neckties. Eun-Kyung Park and Jee-Won Hong presented a paper in the Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles, Vol 27, No. 11, 2003, pp. […]
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2:40 PM | What is COPD?
My Dear Sexy Readers,Do you know what COPD stands for? I think it's one of those things, if you don't know anyone affected by it, it's highly unlikely you would know about it. However the disease is fairly common unfortunately (estimated 3 million of people in the UK!) and has been attributed its own World Awareness Day - 19th November 2014.Worldwide, COPD affects 329 million people or nearly 5% of the population.In 2012, it ranked as the third-leading cause of death, killing over […]
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2:38 PM | Top 7 Toilets in Movie History
Today is World Toilet Day (I’m not making that up… it’s an actual thing) so to celebrate we have decided to dedicate a list to the oft forgotten porcelain heroes of the cinematic world. Some are plain crude… some are part of film history… some feature dinosaurs… all are toilets! Please note some of these scenes feature […] The post Top 7 Toilets in Movie History appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:00 PM | Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm than Good
Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.
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2:00 PM | Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert
If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile
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1:59 PM | 6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job
Even if your health insurance is provided by an employer, your plan may be changing quite a bit in 2015. Here's a guide to the questions you should keep in mind when looking over your options.
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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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1:14 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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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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