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July 19, 2014

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11:52 PM | Just a matter of perspective
I should be working on three papers that are almost done, one of them in fact, is accepted with minor changes. This is good. I could also be working on the proposal for my next book; I already have the idea and I think it’s going to be good! I have several work-ish things to …
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11:27 PM | Science 2.0: Big Data And Conservation Efforts
Though there is a deluge of new information about the diversity and distribution of plants and animals around the globe, conservation efforts outside government science remain very firmly trapped in a 1980s world of fundraising and brochures and cultural name-calling. But Big Data in a Science 2.0 environment could dramatically boost conservation efforts and biodiversity if it catches on.read more
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6:39 PM | HIV and Hepatitis C: A New Treatment Coming Soon!!
The old saying it could always be worse might not sound like it would apply to HIV patients. Then again if you had HIV and hepatitis C, that would probably […]

Sulkowski, M., Naggie, S., Lalezari, J., Fessel, W., Mounzer, K., Shuhart, M., Luetkemeyer, A., Asmuth, D., Gaggar, A., Ni, L. & Svarovskaia, E. (2014). Sofosbuvir and Ribavirin for Hepatitis C in Patients With HIV Coinfection, JAMA, 312 (4) 353. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2014.7734

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4:42 PM | Cervical Cancer Assurance: Negative HPV Test May Be Better Than Negative Pap
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is common in humans but it can lead to infection and even cancer so there have been calls to get people vaccinated. 4,000 women will die each year from cervical cancer, which is linked to HPV, and HPV can also cause genital warts and more rare forms of cancer. The two vaccines in use, made by GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, prevent about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and the CDC estimates that 7,000 HPV-associated cancers might be prevented each year […]
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4:15 PM | We only use 10% of our brains? That’s 100% wrong
Originally posted on Quartz:It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10% of our brains. In Lucy, the soon-to-be-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman [Morgan…
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4:09 PM | Our Brains as Alien Technology
Our brains are alien technology. We don’t understand how they work, and the glimpses w have gotten so far indicate that our brains work quite differently than our own smart technology. After a century of research, we are just beginning …The post Our Brains as Alien Technology appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
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12:00 PM | Want To Be Happy? Get Some Danish DNA
They say money can't buy happiness. Can genetics? Some people seem to be happy no matter what. If you visit many places in Africa, even when the existence may seem hard to Europeans or Americans, a lot of people are quite happy. The key could be genetics say....economists. Why not economists? We let sociologists and anthropologists make all kinds of claims and they don't understand statistics anywhere near as well as the economists from the University of Warwick Centre for Competitive Advantage […]
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11:00 AM | A Universal Solution For A Quantum Three-Body Problem
Have physicists conquered the scaling behavior of exotic giant molecules?When a two-body relation becomes a three-body relation, the behavior of the system changes. The basic physics of two interacting particles is well understood but the mathematical description of a three- or many-body system becomes so difficult that calculating the dynamics can blast the capacities of even modern super computers. Under certain conditions, the quantum mechanical three-body problem may have a universal […]
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7:45 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:The Trouble With Brain ScienceThe problem, argues Gary Marcus, is that we've yet to achieve a breakthrough that bridges psychology and neuroscience.Head of White House “Nudge Unit” Maya Shankar Speaks about Newly Formed US Social and Behavioral Sciences TeamNews broke last summer that the US was planning to follow the UK by setting up its own "Nudge Unit". Here the PsychReport brings us fresh details of the […]
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7:30 AM | HIV baby cure: One year on
With over 30 million sufferers worldwide, HIV remains the world’s leading infectious killer. The human immunodeficiency virus attacks the immune system, leaving it unable to fight infections, resulting in AIDS. Improving HIV care is one of the top 10 global … Continue reading →
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5:17 AM | Catastrophic Debris Avalanches - The Second Volcanic Hazard After Eruptions
Volcanic hazards aren't limited to eruptions, debris landslides can also cause a great deal of damage and loss of life.  Stratovolcanoes, with their steep, conical shapes made up of lava and unconsolidated mixed materials, can reach a critical point of instability when they overgrow their flanks. This leads to partial collapse, and the product of this slope failure is a large-scale, rapid mass movement known as a catastrophic landslide or debris avalanche. read more
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12:05 AM | Unraveling the Connections of the Brain
The brain is complex, heck if it wasn’t then we wouldn’t be smart enough to figure out how it works. I guess it’s one of those stupid catch-22 type things. […]

Yamada, T., Yang, Y., Hemberg, M., Yoshida, T., Cho, H., Murphy, J., Fioravante, D., Regehr, W., Gygi, S., Georgopoulos, K. & Bonni, A. (2014). Promoter Decommissioning by the NuRD Chromatin Remodeling Complex Triggers Synaptic Connectivity in the Mammalian Brain, Neuron, 83 (1) 122-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.039

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July 18, 2014

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11:23 PM | High-dose Fluticasone Effective Against Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Results from a clinical trial show that high doses of the corticosteroid fluticasone propionate safely and effectively induce remission in many people with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic inflammatory disease of the esophagus characterized by high levels of white blood cells called eosinophils. However, some trial participants did not respond to fluticasone even after six months of high-dose treatments, providing evidence that certain people with EoE are steroid-resistant.read more
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7:15 PM | Where are they now? (Veterinary edition)
Back in 2006, I wrote:In another one of those still-not-quite-sure-how-this happened events of the summer, I spent this afternoon meeting with various people about a summer internship program with high school students. I’ll have a student, Amanda, working with me for six weeks starting next Monday. Not quite sure what I'll have her do yet. Will have to spend some time sorting out project ideas next week.What happened after that? I came up with a project, Amanda rocked it for six weeks, […]
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6:17 PM | 147 Cells!
We’re getting closer to 150!  147 cells are now complete!
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5:57 PM | M’s Happy Birthday Happy Hour!
It’s M’s 25th Birthday today so we’ll celebrating with special points tiers! Our Happy Hours will run between 2-4 pm EST. The rules are as follows: Score 1,000 points, we’ll add an additional 250 points to your score. Score 2,500 points, we’ll add an additional 2,500 points to your score. …
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4:56 PM | The Brain, Down Syndrome, and Antibiotics
At first glance the title might sound a little weird. But if that is the case then you probably want to read this. Researchers  have identified a group of cells in […]

Chen, C., Jiang, P., Xue, H., Peterson, S., Tran, H., McCann, A., Parast, M., Li, S., Pleasure, D., Laurent, L. & Loring, J. (2014). Role of astroglia in Down’s syndrome revealed by patient-derived human-induced pluripotent stem cells, Nature Communications, 5 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5430

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4:25 PM | Why would robots have heads?
Or conversely, why is your head near your brain? Sensory organs came before or after cephalization? In other words, do we have a head because it is advantageous to be able to respond quickly to quickly changing incoming sensations (vision, audition)? This is interesting: However, flatworms differ from more advanced animals in that their mouths are in […]
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3:26 PM | Rare disease diagnosis, accelerated by social media
Emory geneticists' involvement in an effort to diagnose children with a rare genetic disorder. Whole exome sequencing comes up too. The post Rare disease diagnosis, accelerated by social media appeared first on Lab Land.
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3:25 PM | ¿Se puede enseñar a disfrutar con lo que hace en su trabajo?
Una de las mayores dificultades que tienen los empleadores, profesores e incluso padres, es conseguir que la persona se implique en aquello que hace a diario.
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3:25 PM | Can you teach enjoy what you do at work?
One of the major difficulties that have employers, teachers and even parents, is to get the person involved is in what makes every day.
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12:26 PM | New Organic Farming Meta-analysis – What Does it Really Show?
The Guardian’s headline reads: Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds. While this article was better than most in including some caveats, it was clearly favorable to the conclusions in the study, and failed, in my opinion, to properly put the new study into an informative context. How does this new study add to [...]
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9:10 AM | PTSD Treatment and Large Scale Propranolol Trials
Emily Anthes discusses memory dampening here, including some helpful information about ongoing, large scale trials of propranolol to treat PTSD in those who already have it. Here's an excerpt (footnote omitted): Perhaps, researchers hypothesized, propranolol could weaken emotional memories if...
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8:42 AM | Students say men are more attractive when they take risks, but only risks relevant to our hunter-gatherer ancestors
A willingness to take risks enhances men's sex appeal. This much we know from past research. What's not clear, is whether this is because of cultural beliefs about traditional gender roles, or if it's an evolutionary hang-over (or perhaps both). John Petraitis and his colleagues have put these two explanations to the test by drawing a distinction between risk-taking behaviours that reflect the challenges faced by our ancestors, and contemporary risks based around modern technology.Over […]

July 17, 2014

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10:05 PM | Zombie symposium outbreak
The latest issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology is now out! And the cover story comes from one of the papers from the parasite symposium I co-organized with Kelly Weinersmith! It’s been three years in the making, and I want to tell you how it all happened.It all started with #SciFund.I sometimes tell students, “You never know who’s going to walk through your door,” as a way of saying that research and career opportunities and plans are often completely […]
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9:42 PM | The Lion Cries Tonight? Emotions and the Animal Brain (Part 1)
“Even insects express anger, terror, jealousy and love, by their stridulation.”— Charles Darwin (1) Of philosophers who study ethics, 60% rate meat-eating on the ‘immoral’ side of a value scale (compared to 19% of the general population; 2). Such a large discrepancy in beliefs between ethicists and the general population intrigued me. What are the […]
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9:25 PM | Towards a scientifically unified therapy
Today’s edition of Nature has an excellent article on the need to apply cognitive science to understanding how psychological therapies work. Psychological therapies are often called ‘talking treatments’ but this is often a misleading name. Talking is essential, but it’s not where most of the change happens. Like seeing a personal trainer in the gym, […]
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9:11 PM | We just launched a journal. 
We just launched a journal. 
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8:39 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): The pill to banish painful memories—forget it!, Practical Ethics In The Popular Press: The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future, Wired The Trouble With Brain Science, New York Times Opinion Pages Scientists...
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8:33 PM | Naked mole rats, star-nosed moles, and tentacled snakes: the research of Ken Catania
A classic paper about Naked Mole Rats was passed around on twitter recently and I thought that it would be a good time to revisit some of the greatest hits of Ken Catania, wonder neuroethologist. There is tons of interesting neuroscience questions that pertain to the strange animals you’ll find in the wild but very […]
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