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October 24, 2014

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2:50 PM | The Many Interacting Worlds Hypothesis
Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and his colleagues have come up with an entirely new theory to explain the weird behavior of particles at the quantum level. The idea is that quantum effects result from classical universes interacting with each other. Classical physics is essentially the physics of [...]
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12:49 PM | #Brain article of interest: If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory
From Neuroscience News -- ScienceDailyRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/12pKhQg
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5:06 AM | Cerebellar Pruning
One day you’re chopping down an unwanted palm tree, the next you’re flashing your machete through a dense forest in god knows where. The life of a tree hacker boasted plenty of travel opportunity, but not a lot of stability. Camille swung her weapon through yet another thicket. “We better be getting bonuses for this […]
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2:25 AM | Tue 28th Oct: RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS on intergroup psychology
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October 23, 2014

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11:50 PM | We're Too Late To Prevent 137,000 More Ebola Cases, Says Epidemiology Paper
The Ebola virus problem in West Africa has gotten lots of high-profile media coverage in developed nations - and no lack of reasons for people to clamor for more funding. No less than Dr.read more
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11:07 PM | The Army May Not Increase Risk Of Suicide, More Suicidal People May Join
Due to increased awareness of suicide and military life, there has been concern military lifestyle may be causing more suicides. A new study instead finds that new soldiers are twice as likely to have three or more psychological disorders, or comorbidity, prior to enlisting as civilians. They may regard the military as a solution to their problems. read more
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10:07 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Q&A: Robots and the Law, Science Upcoming Event: International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting Washington, D.C. November 13-14, 2014 In The Popular Press: New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients, Wired Burden...
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10:06 PM | "Why Behavioral Economics Isn't Better, and How it Could Be"
Recently published in SSRN (and forthcoming in Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics (J. Teitelbaum & K. Zeiler eds, (2015)): "Why Behavioral Economics Isn't Better, and How it Could Be" OWEN D. JONES, Vanderbilt University What’s holding Behavioral Economics...
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9:58 PM | The Genes Responsible for Immune System Reset after Infection
We’ve all been sick before, the aches and pains that come with it– most of the time including a fever — are all responses to our immune system kicking into […]

Brian Head, & Alejandro Aballay (2014). Recovery from an Acute Infection in C. elegans Requires the GATA Transcription Factor ELT-2, PLoS Genetics, Other:

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9:17 PM | Ferns Will Survive
Ferns are an old plant species, dinosaurs munched on them over 200 million years ago. If we want to know how to survive against nature's onslaught over the long haul, ferns are as good a place as any to start. Even recent ones can show us how to evolve and outlast. A group of ferns evolved much more recently, and they did it while colonizing the extreme environment of the high Andes. Their completely new morphology (form and structure) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. How […]
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9:02 PM | Ironically, Asking Questions To Identify Teens At Risk Of Hearing Loss Doesn't Work
There is no substitute for a hearing test, especially in an age group that doesn't self-report very well. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Bright Futures children's health organization recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions but that does not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine.  "We found that you can't rely on the Bright Futures questions to select out teenagers at […]
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7:49 PM | Extreme Ice Age Living: Human Settlement 15,000 Feet In The Andes
Think you're extreme? 12,000 years ago Ice Age Humans lived and worked at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet, high in the Peruvian Andes. The sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes, are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites found to-date. The primary site, Cuncaicha is a rock shelter at 4,480 meters above sea level, with a stone-tool workshop below it. There is also a Pucuncho workshop site where stone tools were made at 4,355 meters above sea level. […]
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7:33 PM | Deinocheirus Mirificus Puzzle Solved, Revealing The Weirdest-Looking Creature To Walk The Planet
Deinocheirus mirificus. Credit: Yuong-Nam LeeBy Stephen Brusatte, University of EdinburghEverywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And this continues with the announcement of perhaps the strangest dinosaur find over the past few years: the toothless, hump-backed, super-clawed omnivore Deinocheirus mirificus that lived about 70m years ago in what is now Mongolia. read more
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7:01 PM | The World's Continents Weren't Always Created In The Way That We Thought
How many continents can you count on one hand? Image: ChonesBy Nick Rawlinson, University of Aberdeen read more
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6:17 PM | It Takes More Than Singing To Strike A Chord In Music Education
Credit: Khairil Zhafri, CC BYBy Anita Collins, University of Canberra read more
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6:00 PM | New Microscope Puts the Life Back in Biology (with Videos!)
Life moves. Or more precisely, as neuroscientist Eric Betzig and his colleagues put it in today’s issue of …
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5:30 PM | Type 1 Diabetes Surges In White Kids
White children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group, according to a new paper in Diabetes. read more
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5:01 PM | Disabled People In The US Have Poor Nutrition
A new study finds that though most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, those with disabilities do substantially worse. At least 10 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, to those who cannot use their legs or struggle to accomplish routine tasks, such as money management or household chores.read more
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4:53 PM | Herbal Medicines Found To Have Dangerous Levels Of Toxic Mold
Up to 64% of people worldwide use medicinal plants to treat illnesses and relieve pain, and the herbal medicine market is worth $60 billion annually. Despite the increasing popularity of herbal medicine, the sale of medicinal plants is mostly unregulated, because they do not claim to be medicine in countries where regulation happens.  It's obvious why people in developing nations embrace herbal alternatives to medicine - medicine is expensive. In wealthier countries, it is instead […]
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4:24 PM | Are headaches associated with apnea?
One of the most disabling conditions for anyone are the headaches that can become disabling.
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3:40 PM | Oppression, Mental Health, and the House Science Committee
By Steven Folmar, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology, Wake Forest University      On September 15 of this year, I learned from my Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) that the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space … Continue reading »The post Oppression, Mental Health, and the House Science Committee appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
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2:20 PM | Smartphone App Boosts Alcoholism Treatment Outcome
Smartphone apps and other mobile technology are emerging as promising tools in medical treatment.A recent randomized study published in JAMA Psychiatry found evidence that a smartphone app improves alcoholism treatment outcomes.David Gustafson and colleagues conducted a study funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.A series of 349 adults with DSM-IV alcohol dependence were enrolled as they entered a alcoholism residential treatment program.Approximately half of the […]
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2:04 PM | Morning #painting working in between the lines #brain #science #sciart #neuroscience #neuroscience
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12:19 PM | A Brain-Training Update
Can playing video games or specifically designed computer games improve your cognitive function? There are many companies who claim that they can and who would like to sell you such games that they claim are “scientifically designed.” So-called brain-training is a burgeoning business, with perhaps the best known product being Lumosity. Lumosity promises: “Scientifically designed [...]
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12:00 PM | Could Life Have Existed Just 15 Million Years After The Big Bang?
A new paper suggests that planets from the remnants of the universe's earliest stars could have supported life on dim, warm planets. Credit: NASA/WMAP Science TeamBy: Ker Than, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as fifteen million years after the Big Bang, according to a provocative new idea proposed by a Harvard astrophysicist. read more
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12:00 PM | The Strange Organic Molecules In Titan's Atmosphere
While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations. "This is an unexpected and potentially groundbreaking discovery," said Martin Cordiner, an astrochemist working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, […]
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11:30 AM | How Gut Bacteria Ensure A Healthy Brain – and Could Play A Role In Treating Depression
Your second brain? Credit: hey__paul, CC BYBy Clio Korn, University of Oxford read more
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9:38 AM | Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences Fellowship
Quoting from here: Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship Program at the Center for Law and the Biosciences. The Goal: This fellowship is intended for people who want an academic or policy career working on legal and...
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9:05 AM | Different addictive behaviours all centre on the same inherent difficulties.
by alcoholicsguide   Commonalities across all addictive disorders.  There are those, and some in treatment centres, who maintain that addiction is addiction is addiction. I have not always been convinced by this, mainly because I see differences in temperament and personality among different types of addicts (i.e alcoholics often appear different to heroin addicts in […]
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8:50 AM | How reminders of money affect people's expression and perception of emotion
Bank robbers and gamblers will tell you what people are prepared to do for the sake of money. But money also has more subtle influences. Back in 2006, researchers showed that mere reminders of money made people more selfish (although note a later attempt failed to replicate this result).In the latest research in this field, a team led by Yuwei Jiang have shown that exposing people to pictures of money, or to money-related words, reduces their emotional expressivity and makes them more sensitive […]

Jiang, Y., Chen, Z. & Wyer, R. (2014). Impact of money on emotional expression, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55 228-233. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.07.013

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