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March 03, 2015

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11:48 AM | Putting a Face on Recovery
Putting a Face on Recovery – Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery We can change how people see recovery via recovery communities being visible in the world.Filed under: Recovery, recovery communities Tagged: connecticut community of recovery, recovery, recovery communities
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11:26 AM | Healing Communities via Recovery
Recovery is healing. From the personal to the communal. Here is a great example of recovering in recovery communities. It illustrates how recovery is a gradual move from isolation from,  to commune with other people. We recover via communal contact and interaction with others. It is the new “secure attachment” with others which helps heal […]
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10:40 AM | Recovery is Contagious
In our final blogs on the invaluable insights into the Recovery process given by the research and experience of William White we finish by looking at the rise of recovery communities in the US in particular and discuss whether this “New Recovery Advocacy Movement” is the future of recovery (treatment) which is much more long […]
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10:20 AM | Recent Results From Super-Kamiokande
(The XVIth edition of "Neutrino Telescopes" is going on in Venice this week. The writeup below is from a talk by M.Nakahata at the morning session today. For more on the conference and the results shown and discussed there, see the conference blog.) read more
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9:50 AM | Visual illusions foster open-mindedness
From sworn witness accounts of alien visitations, to deep-rooted trust in quack medical treatments, the human trait that psychologists call "naive realism" has a lot to answer for. This is people's instinctive feeling that they perceive the world how it is, encapsulated by the saying "seeing is believing." The truth, of course, is that our every perception is our brain's best guess, built not merely with the raw material of what's out in the world, but just as much with the bricks of […]

Hart, W., Tullett, A., Shreves, W. & Fetterman, Z. (2015). Fueling doubt and openness: Experiencing the unconscious, constructed nature of perception induces uncertainty and openness to change, Cognition, 137 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.12.003

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8:31 AM | Downsides of being a convincing liar
People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them. Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised in the art […]
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8:18 AM | What Color is Distress?
We operate based on a model of reality made of our own expectations: welcome to the matrix.
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7:58 AM | Saving Energy: Increasing Oil Flow In The Keystone Pipeline With Electric Fields
Researchers have shown that a strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings. Traditionally, pipeline oil is heated over several miles in order to reduce the oil's thickness (which is also known as viscosity), but this requires a large amount of energy and counter-productively increases turbulence within the flow. In 2006 Rongjia Tao of Temple University in Pennsylvania proposed a more efficient way of improving […]
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7:58 AM | New Compounds Protect Nervous System From Structural Damage Of MS
A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord, where for unknown reasons, the body's immune system begins an inflammatory attack against myelin, the protective nerve coating that surrounds nerve fibers. Once myelin is stripped from these fibers, the […]
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4:41 AM | Salish Sea Seagull Populations Are Half Of That In The 1980s
The number of seagulls in the Strait of Georgia is down by 50 per cent from the 1980s and University of British Columbia researchers say the decline reflects changes in the availability of food. Researchers collected 100 years of data on population numbers of Glaucous-winged Gulls, the most common seagull species found in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Nanaimo and elsewhere in the region. They found that the population increased rapidly beginning in the early 1900s, but started to drop after the […]
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4:41 AM | Newly Discovered Algal Species Helps Corals Survive In The Hottest Reefs On The Planet
A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius - temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere. Researchers from the University of Southampton and the New York University Abu Dhabi identified the symbiotic algae in corals from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the world's warmest coral reef habitat. New type symbiotic alga lends its brown color to a Porites coral from Abu […]
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12:14 AM | Olive Oil Destroys Cancer Cells
Extra virgin olive oil is believed to have heart health benefits but a new paper takes that one better and shows why it has been identified for its rapid destruction of cancer cells. While scientists have shown that the oleocanthal compound found in  extra virgin olive oil   causes cell death in cancer cells, they have been unable to provide an explanation for this phenomenon until now. read more

March 02, 2015

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11:22 PM | Why Are Earth And The Moon So Different? It May Be The Iron Rain
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11:04 PM | Women With Endometriosis Need More Support, Less Judgment
Known for years as the “career woman’s disease” based on the idea that women without children develop disease in their reproductive organs, endometriosis is a painful condition thought to affect one in ten women worldwide. read more
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10:51 PM | Mysterious Bright Spot On Ceres Might Soon Have An Answer
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is approaching its historic orbit insertion at Ceres, which will happen on Friday, March 6th. Ceres is named for the Roman goddess of agriculture and harvests. Ceres is considered a 'dwarf planet', according to 237 astronomers who outvoted their opposition, as is Pluto now. It was first spotted by Sicilian astronomer Father Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801 and since then has been called a minor planet and an asteroid, before getting an upgrade in 2006, along with […]
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10:33 PM | When Humans And Neanderthals Interbred?
A partial human skull found in northern Israel  excited paleontologists because it seemed to hold clues about when and where humans and Neanderthals might have interbred. The Manot Cave is a natural limestone formation that had been sealed for 15,000 years. It was discovered by a bulldozer clearing the land for development and the partial skull, sitting on a ledge, was found by spelunkers exploring the newly-opened cave. Five excavation seasons uncovered a rich deposit, with stone […]
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9:43 PM | Drug already on the market could help treat MS and other neurological diseases
Multiple sclerosis, unless you suffer from nerve damage it is a pain you (thankfully) will never have to feel. In most cases, treating the brutal pain caused by this (and other neurological diseases) is the only help that can be offered to people. The pain is caused by damage to myelin, the fatty insulator that […]

Abiraman, K., Pol, S., O'Bara, M., Chen, G., Khaku, Z., Wang, J., Thorn, D., Vedia, B., Ekwegbalu, E., Li, J. & Salvi, R. (2015). Anti-Muscarinic Adjunct Therapy Accelerates Functional Human Oligodendrocyte Repair, Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (8) 3676-3688. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3510-14.2015

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9:35 PM | Joshua Sanes: Regulation of Retinal Repulsion (and Rainbows)
This week, the Dart Neurosciences Seminar hosts Joshua Sanes, a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard. Dr. Sanes’ scientific interests revolve around key fundamental questions in systems neuroscience: How do circuits form in development, how do they change over maturity, and how do they function to process signals in adulthood? To this end, […]
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9:22 PM | Climate Change Drought Linked To Syrian Civil War
A new paper believes that a record drought in Syria from 2006-2010 and the 2011 Syrian uprising is not a coincidence. The rebellion was stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, they write.The drought, the worst in modern record-keeping, destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region of northern Syria, driving dispossessed farmers to cities, where poverty, government mismanagement and other factors created unrest that exploded in spring 2011. The conflict has since evolved into a […]
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7:00 PM | Synthetic Biology: New Method Makes Protein Engineering More Accessible
Deep in the heart of synthetic biology are the proteins that make it tick and that is why protein engineering is crucial to the new discipline: Scientists grow, harvest, and reprogram proteins to become new drug therapeutics, environmentally friendly fuels, and vaccines. But producing proteins quickly and in large quantities has been and remains a major challenge in the field, so Northwestern University synthetic biologist Michael Jewett and colleagues have pioneered a new protein production […]
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6:16 PM | Are You Cut Out To Be A Teacher? The VAIL Assessment Might Be Able To Tell
In America, teachers with tenure can't be fired and so it is more important than ever that the best people get the jobs in the first place. Accountability is not going away in the American educational system, and neither are education unions, so new mechanisms for selecting individuals into teacher preparation could boost the quality. A new Video Assessment of Interactions and Learning (VAIL)  tool can inform teacher selection and help stop the ongoing educational reform […]
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6:13 PM | ¿Existe relación entre la depresión y el nivel económico?
Se han investigado muchos factores que podrían estar favoreciendo o protegieron a la persona de sufrir una depresión, y en caso de padecerlo superarlo. El artículo original está en ¿Existe relación entre la depresión y el nivel económico?
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6:13 PM | Is there a relationship between depression and economic level?
We have investigated many factors that could be contributing or protected the person suffering a depression, and in case of suffering through it. The original article is in Is there a relationship between depression and economic level?
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5:56 PM | Do You Want To Donate Your Genetic Information After Death?
After they die, people are happy to donate their hearts, their eyes, even whole skeletons, without knowing anything at all about what will happen to them.What about genetic information? Under current law, your genetic information is not inherited by default, so a child with a heritable form of cancer can't access their parent's genetic information after death if no consent was ever established. Clearly there needs to be a policy in the post-Human Genome Project age.read more
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4:39 PM | Monday Open Question: The unsolved problems of neuroscience?
Over at NeuroSkeptic, there was a post asking “what are the unsolved problems of neuroscience”? For those interested in this type of questions, there are more such questions here and here. This, obviously, is catnip to me. Modeled on Hilbert’s famous … Continue reading →
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4:36 PM | Too Much Of A Good Thing: Warning Labels For Licorice Advocated
A 10-year-old boy suffered seizures after over-indulging in licorice sweets and that has led to calls for manufacturers to put a warning on the labels of licorice. After suffering a 2 minute tonic-clonic seizure, a 10-year-old boy was admitted to hospital in Bologna, Italy.  Three more generalized seizures occurred over the next few hours and so Dr. Davide Tassinari and colleagues used cranial computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to investigate […]
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4:31 PM | Young Adult Brains Have Amyloid Clumps Linked To Alzheimer's
Amyloid, an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, according to a new study based  on brains obtained from the Northwestern University Alzheimer's Disease Center Brain Bank and from pathologists throughout the United States.  read more
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4:00 PM | Francis Halzen On Cosmogenic Neutrinos
During the first afternoon session of the XVI Neutrino Telescopes conference (here is the conference blog, which contains a report of most of the lectures and posters as they are presented) Francis Halzen gave a very nice account of the discovery of cosmogenic neutrinos by the IceCube experiment, and its implications. Below I offer a writeup - apologizing to Halzen if I misinterpreted anything. read more
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3:45 PM | Choosing Mates Wisely Is All The More Important When They Try To Eat You
A praying mantid pair. Photo by Oliver Koemmerling at Wikimedia Commons.Choosing our mates is among the most important decisions of our lives. We agonize over finding "the one", and for good reason. If we are going to spend the rest of our lives with one person and depend on that person to help create and raise our children, the stakes of choosing that person well are high. But at least we don't have to worry that if we choose wrong our partner will bite our head off... not literally, […]
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3:30 PM | Teens At Risk For Synthetic Marijuana Use
Synthetic cannabinoids ("synthetic marijuana"), with names like Spice, K2, Scooby Doo and hundreds of others, are often sold as a safe, "legal" alternative to marijuana but that is just marketing by drug dealers. Synthetic marijuana was linked to 11,561 reports of poisonings in the United States between January 2009 and April 2012. It's no surprise that it has grown popular among teens, that is why legal businesses like cigarettes and alcohol cannot market to kids. In 2011, synthetic […]
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