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October 21, 2014

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8:51 PM | Dude, wheres my Hover Car? Oh wait…
We all (of a certain age) remember the Jetsons, a futuristic family with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos. However, nothing said, “the future is here” quite like things hovering. Even in […]

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5:33 PM | La Base Nacional de Datos para la Investigación del Autismo (NDAR): Como el Gobierno Federal Juega con Favoritos en la Investigación del Autismo
De acuerdo con su Página web (http://ndar.nih.gov/): “La Base Nacional de Datos para la Investigación del Autismo (NDAR) es un repositorio de datos de investigación financiada por el NIH que […]
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4:46 PM | Tuesday Crustie: Welcome wagon
It’s always polite to welcome a new family to town! Nicolai Roterman tweeted about his new paper:If you like fossils and yeti crabs, then this is definitely for you!It’s like he knows me!Nicolai’s new paper in Scripta Geologica erects a new family, Pristinaspinidae, to accomodate the fossil Pristinaspina gelasina, shown as a line drawing in the upper left corner here. The other four pictures are its living relatives, yeti crabs, which remain in the family Kiwaidae.And yes, […]
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4:24 PM | RISE program at NMSU, highlighting success
We at NIF were very fortunate to have hosted the director of the RISE program from NMSU, Elba Serrano this summer attempting to develop coursework and improve outreach to students and faculty at New Mexico State. We believe that the scientific workforce in the coming decade will need to be aware of computational problems, statistics […]
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3:25 PM | Sleep Problems in Alcoholism Treatment
In a previous post, I summarized a research study six month outcome of insomnia in a group of subjects treated for alcoholism.This study found a high persistence of insomnia despite reduction, and in many cases abstinence, from alcohol.A second study recently published by investigators at the National Institute of Health provides some additional insight into this topic.Gwenyth Wallen and colleagues studied a series of 164 participants admitted to a 4-6 week inpatient program for alcohol […]
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2:49 PM | Academics, learning, and outreach
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1:56 PM | The Optimism Of Depressed People
Even depressed people are essentially optimistic - they believe that tomorrow will be better, even though that belief probably won't lead to better outcomes. That is true optimism. A paper in Clinical Psychological Science says that middle-aged adults who had a history of depression evaluated their past and current lives in more negative terms than adults without depression - but the future was just as rosy in both groups.read more
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12:20 PM | Graphene Neuro-electrode
This news item combines two technologies that I have been eagerly following, graphene and brain-machine interface. Researchers have developed a 1-molecule thick graphene electrode that is transparent and can be used for high-resolution electrophysiological recordings of brain cell activity. Before I explain why this is such a cool advance, I will quickly review these technologies. [...]
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8:29 AM | Five-year-olds can see through your bravado
Imagine you wanted to lie to a five-year-old. "The toy shop is closed Billy," you say, "it always closes at 2pm on a Monday." You reason that if you make this announcement with confidence, then Billy is sure to believe you.It's not a bad strategy. In a new study involving nearly a hundred kids aged four to five, they were more likely to believe statements made by a woman who spoke and gestured with confidence, than those made by a woman who was hesitant and uncertain. In this case, the women's […]
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7:39 AM | Getting out of “self” via Prayer and meditation
Originally posted on The Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism:When I first came into recovery I constantly heard the refrain about “getting out of self” – in fact steps 10-12 help one do so. Step 12, by helping others in recovery and step 11 which encourages prayer and mediation. Can we get out of “self” by…
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7:06 AM | Government Math: More Will Lose Health Insurance Than Gained It If ACA Subsidies Are Eliminated
Eliminating subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people purchase coverage through government-run health insurance marketplaces would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to a new paper by the section of the RAND Corporation devoted to nationalizing health care.read more
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2:52 AM | #Brain article of interest: 5 Ways To Upgrade Your Brain Before Lunch
From Leadership - Fast CompanyRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1t2eXkJ
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2:23 AM | Are evolutionary theorists ‘nob ends’?
Interview – Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince Robin Ince “Am I wrong to sometimes be scared of science idiots?” Brian Cox  “…my favoured response would be: ‘you bunch of utter nob ends’.  See also:  “The problem with today’s world...Read more
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12:30 AM | Moderate Pot Use By Adolescents Doesn't Hurt IQ
A paper presented at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Berlin says that moderate cannabis use by adolescents does not lead to educational or intellectual decline, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer exam results at age 16. read more
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12:00 AM | Seasonal Affective Disorder - Depression Linked To Serotonin
Some people suffer from 'winter blues' while others have no issue. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects people as daylight levels drop in autumn. At Northern European latitudes (for example all of Scandinavia, Glasgow and Moscow) around 1 person in 6 suffers from SAD.  Psychologists have searched for reasons why. A small longitudinal study concluded that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate the neurotransmitter […]

October 20, 2014

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11:30 PM | Fecal Transplant Might Mitigate Lupus
Can probiotic yogurt help with lupus? While most of science disagrees, corporate marketing departments have embraced every chance to imply their product helps with digestion and whatever else can sell product. A new paper in  Applied and Environmental Microbiology adds to that, finding that Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate in the guts of mouse models, with mitigation of lupus symptoms, while Lachnospiraceae, a type of Clostridia, correlate with […]
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10:18 PM | Dopamine Receptor Agonist Drugs Linked To Gambling And Hypersexuality
Unusual and severe impulse control disorders, including pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping, have been reported in patients taking dopamine receptor agonist drugs. Dopamine receptor agonist drugs, which activate the dopamine receptors, are commonly prescribed and there were 2.1 million dispensed outpatient prescriptions in the fourth quarter of 2012. To find answers, the authors analyzed adverse drug event reports for six dopamine receptor agonist drugs marketed in […]
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10:01 PM | HPV Vaccine Does Not Cause Multiple Sclerosis
Vaccines have been associated with autism and various other conditions and diseases. Most recently, the hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS). A study to seek answers found no long-term association of vaccines with disease and short-term increased risk in younger patients was likely resulted from existing disease, write authors Annette […]
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9:30 PM | Finding Fracking Fluids In The Environment
New geochemical tracers can identify any hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that could have spilled into the environment, according to field tests at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. read more
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9:25 PM | CDC: Mississippi Leads US In Vaccination Coverage Among Kindergarten Children
State and local vaccination requirements for school entry seek to protect schoolchildren from vaccine-preventable diseases.  But not all parents agree medicine is a good thing and the newest CDC results show what states are leading and what states are lagging in protection for kids.read more
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9:00 PM | Superspreaders: How Disease Propagates In Infected Animals - And Antibiotics Help
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free - a new study may answer why. When researchers in a new study gave oral antibiotics to mice infected with Salmonella typhimurium, a bacterial cause of food poisoning, a small minority — so called "superspreaders" that had been shedding high numbers of salmonella in their feces for weeks — remained healthy; they were unaffected by either the disease or the antibiotic. The rest of the mice […]
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8:58 PM | Reading Novels Increases Connectivity of Areas in the Brain
Immersing yourself in reading a good novel is an excellent way to take a break from the stresses of daily life. By seeing things from the protagonists’ point of view while you are reading those few hundred pages, not only do you feel as if you have access to another world, but you may also [...]
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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

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8:48 PM | Tracking one hundred students
I am a romantic, I guess. I would like to see universities as places where everyone can thrive regardless of their background. A leveler, if you will, which provides an opportunity for people to improve their lot in life. My current university helped do that: UTPA has been credited with creating a middle class in South Texas.So this graph is important:It shows that American universities are more often than not reinforcing existing class structures instead of minimizing them.It’s also […]
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8:22 PM | Tropical Storm Ana Over Hawaii
At 2 AM local time in Hawaii, Tropical Storm Ana was just below hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center expects it to weaken before it intensifies again. The center of tropical storm Ana was located near latitude 20.6 north and longitude 162.6 west. That puts the center of Ana about 225 miles (360 km) west-southwest of Lihue Hawaii and about 325 miles (525 km) southeast of French Frigate Shoals. Ana is moving toward the west near 9 […]
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8:00 PM | Antibiotic Levels In Farm-Raised Fish Are Safe, But Need Watching
Modern food science has meant a lot fewer people starving, but there has also been an increase in products designed to keep animals and fish healthy, like antibiotics. Antibiotics do not just disappear. Even in trace amounts, over time they can build up in the environment and that gives bacteria another path to developing resistance.read more
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7:20 PM | Ashes And Vegetables: The Diet Of Roman Gladiators Was Rather Poor
Ancient Greeks used onions as a performance-enhancing drug. Roman gladiators ate ashes and vegetables. If common-sense does not tell us that there was no ancient civilization with futuristic technology building pyramids, anthropology certainly can.Historic sources claimed referred to gladiators  as "hordearii" ("barley eaters") because they had an inferior diet, heavy in beans and grains, the hallmark of poor status. Even 2,000 years ago people made fun of vegetarians, it seems. Though the […]
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7:16 PM | Why you need lots of good quality sleep: Sleep loss affects work performance, ethics, memory and health
Sleep is hugely under-rated as a cognitive enhancer – proper sleep is a necessity Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia) for learning and memory, … Continue reading →
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7:01 PM | The End of Combusted Tobacco?
With E-cigarettes, a mixed bag of possible outcomes.E-cigarettes represent a controversial and uncertain future for nicotine addiction, and for this reason they have attracted acolytes and naysayers in what feels like equal measure. It has been almost 8 years since e-cigarette imports first reached our shores, and the FDA’s determination that they are subject to regulation as tobacco products brings the industry to a crucial crossroads. On the one hand: “Marked interdevice and […]
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