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April 02, 2015

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3:48 AM | OYM71: SAD for SORLosers
If you will be in Montreal on April 17th and are interested in NeuroEthics, check out this conference!  OYM will be there alongside some impressive young neuroethicists, and registration is free! Another week has gone by, and Kat and Liam are back to catch up over some science.  Liam’s got the proof of his review ...read more The post OYM71: SAD for SORLosers appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

April 01, 2015

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9:26 PM | Zeiss Imaging Tech Creates A 'Google Maps' For The Body
Silicon wafer imaging technology has been modified to scan the human body down at the level of a single cell  - zooming in and out of a joint in the body like Google Maps does from the sky. Coupled with Google algorithms, the imaging system developed by German optical and industrial measurement manufacturer Zeiss is able to zoom in and out from the scale of the whole joint down to the cellular level, reducing to "a matter of weeks analyses that once took 25 years to […]
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7:14 PM | Sleep may be critical to avoid miscarriage
If you are trying to have a baby, a good night’s sleep is more important than ever. A recently published research report shows that the womb has its own “body clock” that needs to synchronize with the mother’s body clock to ensure optimal conditions for fetal growth and development. The inability of a mother’s body clock […]

Muter, J., Lucas, E., Chan, Y., Brighton, P., Moore, J., Lacey, L., Quenby, S., Lam, E. & Brosens, J. (2015). The clock protein period 2 synchronizes mitotic expansion and decidual transformation of human endometrial stromal cells, The FASEB Journal, 29 (4) 1603-1614. DOI: 10.1096/fj.14-267195

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7:06 PM | Low doses of imatinib can stimulate innate immunity
Ties in with "Emperor of All Maladies" finale -- imatinib, a prominent example of a targeted therapy, may have utility in fighting infection/modulating the immune system The post Low doses of imatinib can stimulate innate immunity appeared first on Lab Land.
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6:17 PM | Hack Photosynthesis, Feed The World
Boosting the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields and feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, according to a new report.  Photosynthetic microbes offer other clues to improving photosynthesis in plants. For example, some bacteria and algae contain pigments that utilize more of the solar spectrum than plant pigments do. If added to plants, those pigments could bolster the plants' access to solar energy. Some scientists […]
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5:30 PM | Abortion, Miscarriage Data May Change International Policies
A recent paper shows that it is possible to replace the clinical follow-up examinations recommended today with abortions that include a home pregnancy test while another paper contends that midwives can safely and effectively treat failed abortions and miscarriages in rural districts of Uganda. The term 'incomplete abortion' is when there is residual tissue in the uterus following a failed abortion or a miscarriage. This can result in bleeding and infection and is a potentially life-threatening […]
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5:00 PM | Is Your Social Network Really Diverse?
Do you really cherish diversity? Self-identification on that issue tells us little, studies have shown that in America, liberals, for example, who claim to care more about diversity, are far more likely to unfriend people on social media who disagree with their beliefs, while both liberals and conservatives show a large amount of homophily, which makes them more polarized.read more
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4:45 PM | Insecticide Rebranded As Personalized Medicine For Insects
A new class of dopamine receptor antagonists (DARs) could provide a safer means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis. The new chemicals work by manipulating the neurotransmitter dopamine to lock into protein receptors that span the mosquito cell membrane. Disrupting the mechanics of dopamine, which plays important roles in cell signaling, development and behavior, eventually leads to the insect's death.read more
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4:38 PM | Halocarbons: Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Sped Ozone Loss, Global Warming
It isn't just the forests and tundra that can release climate warming and ozone-depleting chemicals, buildings can do it also, like when they crash into the ground following an earthquake and tsunami.  Emissions of these chemicals, called halocarbons, increased by 21 percent to 91 percent over typical levels,. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake released thousands of tons of chemicals into the atmosphere, according to a new study which suggests that the thousands of buildings destroyed and damaged […]
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4:31 PM | Presumptive Computing - Until Machines Become Intelligent, Things Like Autocorrect Will Be Flawed
Have you ever texted somebody saying how “ducking annoyed” you are at something? Or asked Siri on your iPhone to call your wife, but somehow managed to be connected to your mother-in-law?If you have, you may have been a victim of a new challenge in computing: that fine line where we trust a computer to make predictions for us despite the fact that it sometimes gets them wrong. read more
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4:13 PM | Canine consciousness
C'mon, really? With a PET scan?
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4:13 PM | Canine consciousness
C'mon, really? With a PET scan?
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4:00 PM | Why Flu Can Kill - The IRF7 Genetic Mutation Explanation
Nobody likes getting the flu, and it isn't fun, but for most people drinking fluids and getting some rest and waiting it out are all it takes. But a small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital, even needing ventilators to breathe, though family and friends recover easily. New research says that is due to a rare genetic mutation.read more
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3:30 PM | Science 2.0 Approach Finds Gephyrin Gene Underwent Rapid Evolution After Splitting In Opposite Directions
Science 2.0, a new methodology for collaboration, communication, publication and participation, has tackled the evolution of an important protein and discovered its connection in human history, as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases. read more
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3:20 PM | Fatherhood and the Biology of Infant Care Behavior
Early positive parental-infant attachment provides a key developmental advantage.The maternal-infant dyad has received the most research attention. However, fathers also can play an important role in infant development. An increasing number of studies focus on the biology of fatherhood and infant care behavior.Ilanit Gordon along with colleagues in Israel and the United States examined the role of two central neuropeptides in paternal behavior during the first six months of infancy.In their […]
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3:06 PM | My 1st Zoologger Piece: Fish Keep Intruders Away With Boatwhistles
The Lusitanian toadfish has an extensive repertoire of sounds, including grunts, whistles, and croaks. New research shows one reason why male fish whistle: to keep intruding males out of their nests. Read the whole story at New Scientist: Zoologger: Bagpiper Fish Keeps Intruders Away With Song .
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3:00 PM | Bacteria's Role In Long-Term Ocean Carbon Storage
The ocean is a huge reservoir of dissolved organic molecules, many of them stable against microbial utilization for hundreds and even thousands of years.  They contain a similar amount of carbon as compared to carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and the origin of these persistent molecules has been something of an enigma.read more
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1:45 PM | #expbio ASPET Blogging: Examining the consequences of pre-natal exposure to stress in the behavior of adult offspring
Figure <!--[if supportFields]> SEQ Figure \* ARABIC <![endif]-->1<!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->: Elevated plus maze,  a test for anxiety in rodents.  (Source: Bd008)  Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 people globally and in the United States. The onset of symptoms is during late adolescence to mid-adulthood (16-30 yrs of age). There are several ideas regarding how brain function changes
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1:30 PM | FMRI Study Finds That Mindfulness More Effective Than Scientology At Clearing Thetans
BeSlyfMRI Brain Training program, created by Dr. B. Raneded out of California State University, Las Flores, has successfully demonstrated that mindfulness can clear thetans better than Scientology. Not only can fMRI answer what is really going on in a man's head, it can also verify that men can and do think of absolutely nothing when hearing their wives speak, validating suspicions held by women everywhere.read more
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1:30 PM | Super Collider Finds Evidence We Are Not Alone In The Universe
The Anti-Proton Collider experiment of the New Jersey Super Collider (NJSC) announced today that we may not be alone in the universe. read more
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1:16 PM | Boomer Life, Alzheimer Society of BC – March 30 Edition
Core’s Dr. Julie Robillard gives a radio interview on online health information for Boomer Life (program by the Alzheimer Society of BC) last March 30, 2015. Listen to the interview here:Filed under: Uncategorized
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1:07 PM | Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality. Nicholas Fitz writes for the Scientific American on social mobility and economic inequality on recent article, Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think. He writes, “by overemphasizing individual mobility, we ignore … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Kardashian Lumbar Curvature Index - An Evolutionary Hypothesis
There are sometimes complaints that modern men only prefer one certain female body type, but we should blame evolution and prehistoric influences, according to a new study.Professor Anthony Ray from the Department of Evolution and Human Behavior at Mack University investigated male mate preferences for female figures. 200 males, ages 17-21 and receiving extra credit in an introductory psychology class at a small liberal arts college, were presented with images of women who had differing lumbar […]
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1:00 PM | New Plant Detects GMOs
Do you want to know whether or not there are GMOs in your home? There is increasing concern about GMO safety in our post-agrobacterium world. Recognizing the need for increased consumer empowerment on this issue as well as an unmet need for more GMO transparency, we here at Revolution Bioengineering are developing 'Geemo', a simple, easy to use, plant that can detect GMOs around your home. read more
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1:00 PM | Seals Happy About Global Warming Sea Ice Loss
Though the developed world is concerned about greenhouse gas emissions implicated in climate change and global warming, reactions in nature have been less consistent.Polar bears have been increasingly forced on shore due to sea ice loss, where they eat berries, birds and eggs, while ice seals, the usual lipid-rich prey of bears, couldn't be happier that thinner ice has made them harder to get to.read more
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12:30 PM | BPA Will Kill The World - Homeopathically
It is rare enough to have one accepted scientific paradigm turned on its head, but last week we had two. Pay attention. This may never happen again. A study that was just published in the oft cited “Journal of Unintentional Environmentalism and Bassoon Maintenance” got things rolling. It provided proof that proponents of homeopathy have been right all along, despite longstanding, dogmatic and arrogant protestations by second rate pseudoscientific hacks such as myself. More on this […]
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12:00 PM | The Dark Criminal Underbelly Of Kindergarten Revealed
A new paper has found that criminal masterminds have been engaging in creating future henchmen starting at the earliest ages - Kindergarten.Suitable candidates are carefully placed in Kindergarten where they develop vast academic and social networks so that when they begin their lives of crime, they have friends in all the right places. read more
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11:41 AM | La Comunicación y el Autismo
La comunicación es un proceso dinámico que transcurre entre dos o más personas. Si nos hacemos entender y obtenemos lo que queremos, hemos comunicado nuestros pensamientos efectivamente. Cuando la comunicación […]
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10:13 AM | Instead Of An April's Fool
Taking inspiration from Resonaances, who this year offers much more than an April's Fool in his blog (I am also flattered to see that I am featured there, and with a character of my liking), I am going to offer some predictions for the next run that the LHC is going to start, at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, in the next few weeks. The unconventional thing is that I will force the natural scepticism out of my brain, and try to be over-optimistic.The prediction for 2015-2016 read more
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7:00 AM | Scientific Research Helps Create First Ice Casino Blueprints
A recent study undertaken by the Institute of Polar Science has backed plans by Gala Casino to create the first ever Ice Casino.Led by Professor Ross Bight, a renowned figure in the fields of both human and animal behaviour in the Arctic, the research has found that players become more composed and focussed whilst being subjected to a colder temperature.  read more
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