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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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7:24 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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2:30 PM | Microwave Electron Guns: A Field-Emission Plug-And-Play Solution
On a quest to design an alternative to the complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers have demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in a high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam. Unfamiliar with microwave electron guns? They provide a higher current and much higher quality electron beams than conventional DC guns for X-ray sources . Beams of this sort are also used in free-electron […]
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2:00 PM | The Whip, The Lash And The Blood, Sweat And Semen Of Jazz
Dr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) and Andrew (Miles Teller) in WhiplashBy Lauren Rosewarne, University of MelbourneA decade of piano lessons with a woman who never allowed my lack of passion, prowess or practice ruin a good thing, exists as a mere red herring. A good woman, a sane woman, but even ten years with her wasn’t enough to ameliorate the (mis)education I got from music classes in primary school. read more
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1:52 PM | #SfN14: A “how-to” guide to finding the Fountain Of Youth
Image credits: Wikia Nanosymposium: Castellano JM, Wyss-Coray T et al. Factors present in young plasma enhance neuronal function in old mice. Stanford U, Palo Alto....
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1:00 PM | Peer Review Has Problems And We Need A Fix
Where it begins. NatureBy Andy Tattersall, University of SheffieldDirty Harry once said, “Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one”. Now that the Internet has made it easier than ever to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning to show their age.We can now leave a public comment on just about anything – including the news, politics, YouTube videos, this article and even the meal we just ate. These comments can sometimes help […]
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12:25 PM | Italian Prime Minister Meets School's and UON Staff at post-G20 function
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11:19 AM | School’s Celebrations for Daphne Keats’ Book Launch
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11:00 AM | Cosmic Alignment Of Quasars Across Billions Of Light Years
There are cosmic alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe - the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in quasars billions of light years apart are parallel to each other. Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centers. These black holes are surrounded by spinning discs of extremely hot material that is often spewed out in long jets along their axes of rotation. Quasars can shine more brightly than all the stars […]
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4:55 AM | SfN2014: Day4 – Presenting a poster, Parties and Reunions
So today was showtime. Today I presented my poster. I think it went well. A good amount of traffic.  Great questions.  Made some good connections that may lead to possible … Continue reading →
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4:53 AM | I'm at it again. #drawing another #brain #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education
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3:55 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, with Megan McGlynn
Image credit: Megan McGlynn This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post with Michele...
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3:19 AM | SfN14 blogging: Careers Beyond the Bench with Dr. Sally Rockey from the NIH
This is a guest blog post by Bruce Felts, PhD candidate at the University of North Dakota. On the opening morning of SfN 2014 I had the pleasure of attending a workshop entitled "Careers Beyond the Bench." The tone was set right away to start the morning by the fact that even prior to the session getting started at 9 AM, the conference room was completely packed with graduate students and
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3:04 AM | SfN Art of Neuroscience: Greg Dunn Designs
This post is part of my coverage of the Art of Neuroscience Exhibit held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through Wednesday. The artists are located in the Convention Center’s L Street Bridge. Two Pyramidals Greg Dunn has a doctorate in neuroscience and an interest in "exploring the fusion of art and science through designs in gold leaf". He began his art career with minimalist neurons painted in
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2:52 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, with Kathleen Childress
Image credit: Kathleen Childress This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post with Michele...
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2:26 AM | Eliminating correlations from evolutionary ecology
De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes clearly links food odors via amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in mosquitoes, and in nematodes, flies, honeybees, etc. It would be surprising if cause and effect did not extend to vertebrates...Read more
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2:07 AM | SfN14 blogging: Successful Career Advancement Through Networking: Is it Who You Know?
Organizer/ Moderator: Dr. Mark Baxter and Dr. Rebecca Shansky What Networking is Not and What it is Dr. Rebecca Shansky, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University Dr. Shansky started the session off by explaining what networking is NOT. She says “Networking is not meeting famous people just to meet them.” Instead, networking is about meeting people who will help your career. Dr.
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2:00 AM | Interstellar Is A Dangerous Fantasy Of US Colonialism
A new America? Warner Bros. PicturesBy Peter Bloom, The Open University"Interstellar" has been praised for its attempt to make the “hard science” of astrophysics both accessible and exciting to a popular audience. Through cutting-edge special effects, it takes audiences on a journey through space and time. It does so by drawing on groundbreaking scientific theories involving relativity, wormholes, black holes and the power of gravity. read more
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12:30 AM | Vaping – The 2014 Word Of The Year
You're twice as likely to chat about vaping than you were in 2013. Tibanna79By Robbie Love, Lancaster UniversitySelfies were so 2013. But vaping’s in: Oxford Dictionaries have announced vape as its international Word of the Year 2014. The runners up are bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore and slacktivism. read more

November 18, 2014

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11:39 PM | "Frontal love": monitoreo de la activación de un aprendizaje basado en la recompensa, seleccionado después de una inhibición
El frontal lobe (lóbulo frontal) es el verdadero frontal 'love' ("amor" frontal) de la Psicología. Más especialmente aún, su parte "prefrontal", la cual -aunque suene raro porque da la idea que está más allá del frontal, algo como "antes de la frente"-, está en el mismo lóbulo frontal, sólo que en su parte más anterior. Y no es para menos, pues es este componente el que quizás define nuestras
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11:30 PM | Health Risks Of Nicotine Cast Doubt On 'Safer' E-cigarettes
E-cigarettes should not be sold in Australia, as a therapy or a consumer product. gdvcom/ShutterstockBy Ross MacKenzie; Benjamin Hawkins, London School of Hygiene&Tropical Medicine, and Thomas Novotny, San Diego State University read more
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10:30 PM | The 27 Club Is A Myth: 56 Is The Bum Note For Musicians
Jimi Hendrix is a member of the so-called 27 Club. A very exclusive club, as it turns out. EPA/Eduardo MirandaBy Dianna Kenny, University of SydneyI refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. – Groucho MarxNow he’s gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to … – Kurt Cobain’s mother upon hearing of the death of her sonWhat do Otis Redding, Gram Parsons, Nick Drake, Jimmy McCulloch, James Ramey (aka Baby Huey), Bryan Osper, and Jon Guthrie have […]
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10:14 PM | Does brain training really work?
Ever wonder if you could be the next Einstein if only you could do some brain training? Well as it turns out, while computer based ‘brain training’ can boost memory […]

Lampit, A., Hallock, H. & Valenzuela, M. (2014). Computerized Cognitive Training in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effect Modifiers, PLoS Medicine, 11 (11) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001756

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10:00 PM | Artificial Intelligence Software Using Images Boosts Web Searches
New artificial intelligence software uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before, showing for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video - rather than just text -- to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the […]
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9:30 PM | To Survive A Car Crash, Be Young, Male And Drive A BFC
Vehicle fatalities are the most common cause of accidental death around the world. In the US alone, there are 30,000 deaths in car crashes each year. read more
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9:04 PM | Musicians Have Better Long-term Memory
Imagine we gave you three letters, say G, C and D. Then we gave you a name to associate to some combination of those three letters. How many could you recall on command? Guitarists in cover bands do that all of the time. They can play thousands of songs from memory, and it's not uncommon in most musicians. There have been numerous studies regarding music and memory and a peek inside the brains of professional musicians adds to that.read more
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8:50 PM | #SfN14 Day 3: How to Effectively Communicate Your Science to the Public
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14.My positively GORGEOUS new cell scarf from Artologica (Michele Banks)!Check out her Etsy store for this and other incredible art!Talk about exhaustion. I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday because I was too busy meeting Internet friends at #sfnbanter. In case anyone […]
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8:45 PM | Maybe Volcanoes Have Been Slowing Global Warming
Volcanoes have long been known to have an impact on climate - the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption is famous for its impact on climate worldwide, making 1816 the 'Year Without a Summer'. Maybe they are the reason global warming has not taken off the way climate researchers estimated it would. Sulfur dioxide gas that eruptions expel might be cooling the atmosphere more than previously thought, contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study.read more
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