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April 11, 2014

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4:34 AM | Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted In 4 Young Patients
A report in The Lancet describes the first instance of human recipients receiving laboratory-grown vaginal organs. The research team describes long-term success in four teenage girls who received the vaginal organs, engineered with their own cells.read more
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1:23 AM | "Psychological Science's Replicability Crisis and What It Means for Science in the Courtroom"
Recently posted to SSRN (and forthcoming in the Journal of Psychology, Law, and Public Policy): "Psychological Science's Replicability Crisis and What It Means for Science in the Courtroom" JASON MICHAEL CHIN, University of Toronto - Faculty of Law In response...
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12:49 AM | 5 Patients Get Nose Reconstruction With Cartilage Grown From Their Own Cells
The first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory has been done by the University of Basel.  The details are upcoming in The Lancet. The cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane and then the engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted. The cartilage was grown from the patient's own adult stem cells and the technique was used with five patients, […]

April 10, 2014

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11:18 PM | Security Update: EyeWire is Heartbleed Protected
Hey EyeWirers, Immediate takeaway: If you consider your EyeWire password valuable, please change it. Use the “Forgot?” link on the login page or contact support and we can help you out. Please change your valuable passwords for every site on the internet that you use. For those of you who …
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10:08 PM | Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo Introduces Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act For New GMO Products
Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo, a Congressman from Wichita, is behind a bill to create a national standard for mandatory for review of GMO foods by the FDA, called the"Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act."What? Have Republicans gone over to the anti-science dark side too? No, Pompeo sides with science and recognizes GMOs are safe. He says this is more to cut off state ballot initiatives popping up across the country, which are invariably hijacked by homeopaths, alternative medicine gurus and the […]
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9:53 PM | Explore Mode Bugs are Dead
Will has successfully exterminate the bugs in explore mode (yay, woohoo!) The basics are the same (ctrl+e turns explore mode off and on, ctrl+m permanently commits what you’ve added in explore mode and ctrl+d discards everything you’ve added in explore mode) A few notes about using explore mode from now …
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9:51 PM | Medical Liability Isn't The Biggest Hidden Health Cost In America - But It's Big
Depending on how a topic is framed, people quickly change their minds when the discussion is about medical liability. If the scenario is presented as 'Doctor X was incompetent and did Y' the perception is that incompetent people should have to pay but when the scenario is presented as unlimited lawsuits crippling health care, people feel like we need tort reform. Most people believe that malpractice insurance is the biggest problem after infrastructure costs and employees, but that isn't so; […]
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9:38 PM | Early Tibetan Plateau Larger Than Previously Thought - And Younger Too
The Tibetan Plateau — the world's largest, highest, and flattest plateau — had a larger initial extent than previously documented.   Known as the "Roof of the World," the Tibetan Plateau covers more than 970,000 square miles in Asia and India and reaches heights of over 15,000 feet. The plateau also contains a host of natural resources, including large mineral deposits and tens of thousands of glaciers, and is the headwaters of many major drainage basins. read more
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9:35 PM | 4-Quark Hadron Confirmed At LHC
The existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model - has been confirmed in a forthcoming article prepared by the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) Collaboration at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.Quarks are hard, point-like objects found within the nucleus of an atom. When quarks combine in threes, they form compound particles known as baryons. Protons are probably the best-known baryons. Sometimes, quarks interact with […]
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6:28 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Run Now, Remember More Later, Time In The Popular Press: The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows, NY Times Paralysed men move again with spinal stimulation, BBC News Stress alters children's genomes, Nature News Why...
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:22 PM | Main-lining the Secret Truth of the Universe: Pessimism and the Brain (part 1)
Cohle: I’d consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I’m what’s called a pessimist. Hart: Um, okay, what’s that mean? Cohle: Means I’m bad at parties. Hart: Let me tell you, you ain’t great outside of parties either. A friend in college told me that she only felt like she knew the truth when […]
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4:50 PM | Are there mental health effects cannabis consumption?
The legalization of cannabis use is discussed in several countries, but they have effects on the mental health of young cannabis use?
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4:15 PM | If The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife Is A Forgery, It Isn't A Modern One
Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen L. King believes that an ancient Coptic fragment, the first-known explicit reference to a married Jesus Christ, is authentic, and supports the argument with an article in Harvard Theological Review.The fragment, announced at the International Coptic Congress in Rome in 2012, contains a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus speaks of “my wife” and so it was informally given the title The Gospel of Jesus's Wife.Here is the […]
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3:56 PM | Does Your Insurance Cover Terrorism?
If religiously-motivated terrorists attack, they may claim it is an Act of God. You had better hope your insurance company does not. To insurance companies, an act of God is any event not influenced by man and minimum coverage often does not include it. Because of the fuzzy nature of those definitions, there is specific terrorism insurance. But after Muslim fundamentalists hijacked and crashed planes on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism risk insurance quickly became very expensive or unavailable. […]
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3:52 PM | Git for non-hackers pt. 1: Organizing your research one commit at a time
Version control is all the rage in academia. And when people talk about version control, they generally mean Git, which is by far the most popular version-control system. But what exactly is Git? We all want to control our versions. Especially when you have experienced versions-run-amock situations like these: document-v1-latest_(commented)-trackchanges_3.2-wed_12:00.docx But how?! In very simple terms, Git is a program that allows you to take snapshots of your files at […]
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3:41 PM | Parallax Geometry Extreme: How Our Galaxy Measurements Just Got 10X More Accurate
The universe is big, as you can imagine. Even our galaxy is almost beyond comprehension. But measure it we do, at least as best we can. The most reliable method for making astronomical distance measurements is to use geometry - the 186-million-mile diameter of Earth's orbit is used to construct a baseline of a triangle, much as a land surveyor would use. read more
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3:12 PM | Backtesting And Pseudo-Mathematics: The Road To Financial Charlatanism
It's been a decades-long experiment to throw darts at a dartboard and see if it outperforms the picks of experts. Darts win and lose at the same rate as the average of experts. Some people clearly make money in financial markets but the old saying among brokers = 'we make money selling stocks, not buying them' - still applies. Yet someone must know what they are doing. And backtesting is a good way to seem empirical. Example: Your financial advisor calls you up to suggest a new investment […]
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3:03 PM | Fruit Flies Have Latent Bioluminescence
Fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark —otherwise known as bioluminescence - according to a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. read more
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2:58 PM | Ruminate On This: Camels Emit Less Methane Than Cows Or Sheep
Ruminant cows and sheep account for a major proportion of the methane produced around the world - an estimated 20 percent of global methane emissions stem from ruminants. In the atmosphere, methane is a shorter-term problem than CO2 but has 23X the warming effect  – that's why researchers are looking for ways of reducing methane production. Comparatively little is known about the methane production of other animal species, but one thing seems to be clear: Ruminants produce more of […]
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2:06 PM | Neurologist Chooses A Different Path
When I taught at the University of San Diego, I saw this guy at the beach on several occasions. The fifteenish minute documentary is rather interesting.
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11:05 AM | ¿Tienen efectos en la salud mental el consumo de cannabis?
La legalización del consumo de cannabis está debatiéndose en diversos países, pero ¿Tienen efectos en la salud mental de los más jóvenes el consumo de cannabis? Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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11:03 AM | NECSS 2014
I will be at NECSS this weekend – the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, in New York City. This is an excellent conference full of science and critical thinking lectures and panels. My podcast, the SGU, will be recording a live show on stage Saturday. I will also be running two 1-hour workshops on [...]
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10:30 AM | The Blood Moon Is Coming - Get Ready To Open That Sixth Seal
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth - Revelation 6:12-14We've only had a few doomsday events come and go in 2014 but a new one arrives April 15th. No, it isn't the IRS, though that is doomsday for American wallets. read more
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10:03 AM | Are you afraid of happiness? Take the quiz and find out.
Underlying most of the traditional research on happiness is the assumption that personal happiness is a valuable goal that should be actively pursued.You’re not ‘happy’?  Well, that‘s a cause for concern! UNhappiness, on the other hand, is to be prevented, avoided or eliminated at all costs. Many people look to self-help, coaching or therapy because […]The post Are you afraid of happiness? Take the quiz and find out. appeared first on Your Brain Health.
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7:30 AM | Ice Age Leafcutter Bee Fossils At La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits in California are known for saber-toothed cats and mastodons but they also have insects. Recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells, led by Anna Holden of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and colleagues, reveal insights into the habitat and climate at the La Brea Tar Pits toward the last Ice Age.  Holden conducted the study with bee specialists Jon B. Koch and Dr. Terry Griswold from Utah State University, paleobotanist Dr. Diane M. Erwin, from […]
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6:30 AM | Upside To Age-Related Decline In Memory - Lower Risk Of Cancer Death
Older people without dementia but who are starting to have memory and thinking problems may have a lower risk of dying from cancer, according to a paper in Neurology. People with dementia are less likely to develop cancer also. The study involved 2,627 people age 65 and older in Spain who did not have dementia at the start of the study. They took tests of memory and thinking skills at the start of the study and again three years later, and were followed for an average of almost 13 years. The […]
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5:30 AM | 102 Year Ago Today, The Titanic Set Sail: It Wasn't Simply Unlucky
Speculation goes that part of the problem for the RMS Titanic, which set out on its maiden voyage 102 years ago today, was bad luck; an exceptional number of icebergs.Not really, according to a new analysis. There are more icebergs now.Previously it had been suggested that the seas which sank the famous cruise ship had an exceptional number of icebergs, caused by lunar or solar effects, but using data on iceberg locations dating back to 1913 – recorded to help prevent a repeat of the […]
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5:02 AM | Extinct Carnivorous Marsupial May Have Hunted Prey Larger Than Itself
The reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial's skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, suggests that it may have had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own body size, according to results published April 9, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marie Attard from the University of New England together with colleagues from the University of New South Wales.read more
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