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April 09, 2014

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4:07 PM | Biomedical Research: Europeans Want To Embrace The US Model
The legacy of European science and biotechnology is good - Europeans say that health research is important - but modern acceptance of science remains lacking. However, a new survey by Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - Inserm - shows that Europeans may discard their recent stance against science and embrace progress again. It will take a culture of science literacy on par with the United States and a culture that shakes off government control, according […]
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4:00 PM | Bet on your Brain: The Psychology of Winning
~ Infographic courtesy of the team at A Winning Personality.
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3:46 PM | Cheers, Muad'Dib: Urea Bioreactor Electrochemical System Recycles Astronaut Urine
On the less glamorous side of space exploration, there's the more practical problem of waste — in particular, what to do with astronaut pee. But rather than ejecting it into space, scientists are developing a new technique that can turn this waste burden into a boon by converting it into fuel and much-needed drinking water. read more
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3:26 PM | The Nature Versus Nurture Debate: Are You Born With Language Structure?
Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic "nature vs. nurture" debate. While languages differ from each other in many ways, certain aspects appear to be shared across languages. These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains. A […]
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3:17 PM | Have you tried optogenetics?
It has become pretty common to see someone, after a neuroscience talk, ask, “Interesting – but have you tried doing this with optogenetics?” As if this technique to precisely activate neurons was something that was trivial to implement. It’s not, obviously, it’s quite expensive and hard (for many systems). Otherwise everyone would be doing it already! Who […]
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2:48 PM | USA Has Faltered In Economic Freedom But Still Leads The World In Entrepreneurship
A giant chunk of America may want to regulate, restrict and drive out business but this is still the best place to be for entrepreneurs. The USA remains the most entrepreneurial economy in the world, according to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI).  Australia and Sweden came in second and third place. The GEDI index combines data on entrepreneurial activities and aspirations with data describing how well the country supports entrepreneurial activity in the US and […]
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2:22 PM | Abell 33 And HD 83535: A Long-Distance Engagement
Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs; small, very dense, and hot bodies that slowly cool down over billions of years. On the way to this final phase of their lives the stars throw their atmospheres out into the space and create planetary nebulae, colorful glowing clouds of gas surrounding the small, bright stellar relics. An captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), shows the remarkably round planetary nebula Abell 33, located about 1,500 […]
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1:47 PM | Autism related efforts in China
I am coming back from China after a whirlwind tour of several cities. My first stop was in Shanghai where I spent three days in a workshop discussing Transcranial Magnetic […]
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12:30 PM | OPEN POSITION: RESEARCH ASSISTANT / LAB MANAGER, Georgetown
We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager in the Brain and Language Lab at Georgetown University (http://brainlang.georgetown.edu). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects, using a range of behavioral, neurological, electrophysiologial (ERPs), neuroimaging (fMRI), and biological (genetic, endocrine) approaches. S/he will have primary or shared responsibility for various aspects of research and laboratory management, including […]
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10:10 AM | Psicología vs. Psiquiatría: apostando por la salud mental
Entrevista a Dª. Laura Cubero Plazas, docente en la Universidad Católica de Valencia, quien nos habla de los avances en la salud mental desde la psiquiatría Aquí únicamente se muestra el resumen, para leer la entrada entera pulsa sobre el título.
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9:22 AM | "Conflicts of Interest in Recommendations to Use Computerized Neuropsychological Tests to Manage Concussion in Professional Football Codes"
"Conflicts of Interest in Recommendations to Use Computerized Neuropsychological Tests to Manage Concussion in Professional Football Codes" by Bradley Partridge and Wayne Hall has been published in the most recent issue of Neuroethics: Abstract Neuroscience research has improved our understanding...
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8:30 AM | New: Better Tissue Trauma Repair Than Grafts And Synthetic Material
A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma, as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery.  By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own blood vessels, the team created tissue that could be transferred to other parts of the body along with the patient's blood supply. Current techniques – including grafts and synthetic material – for reconstructing such trauma often fail because […]
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8:00 AM | Global Health Care Is 1 Percent Of Domestic Health Spending
Global health funding hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013, five times greater than in 1990, but its 3.9% growth from 2012 to 2013 shows it is at least slowing down a little, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Health Affairs. As funding from many bilateral donors and development banks has declined, growth in funding from the GAVI Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, […]
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8:00 AM | You don't have to be well-educated to be an ‘aversive racist’, but it helps
Are you a racist?Most likely, your answer is no – and perhaps you find the very notion offensive. But according to two Cardiff University psychologists, Kuppens and Spears, many educated people harbor prejudiced attitudes even though they deny it. Their research was published recently in Social Science Research.Kuppens and Spears analysed data from a large survey of the general US population, the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2008-2009. They focused on over 2,600 individuals […]
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7:49 AM | What Next ?
Yesterday I was in Rome, at a workshop organized by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), titled "What Next". The event was meant to discuss the plan for basic research in fundamental physics and astrophysics beyond the next decade or so, given the input we have and the input we might collect in the next few years at accelerators and other facilities.read more
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6:30 AM | ACA Ripple Effect: Auto, Malpractice And Other Insurance Will Go Up Also
The mandate for health insurance isn't just raising the costs for the health care of almost all Americans,  it will also alter costs for several major types of liability insurance, according to a new RAND Corporation report. Automobile, workers' compensation and general business liability insurance costs may fall under the Affordable Care Act, while costs for medical malpractice coverage could be higher, according to the study. Researchers say the changes could be as much as 5 percent of […]
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5:19 AM | OYM 29: Learning the Milky Way
    Last week, OYM made its conference debut at a local interdisciplinary graduate research symposium and, although it meant we all had to switch up our approach to conferences, it was a great experience.  Welcome to all the new listeners we talked to over the two days, it’s nice to have you with us! On ...read more The post OYM 29: Learning the Milky Way appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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5:09 AM | GM Crops Debated At Irish Food Conference
Genetically Modified crops - GMOs – are not popular with organic shoppers and anyone else obsessed with the naturalistic fallacy. When program topics at a food conference include "Enforcing the consumer’s right to be stupid", you can be sure they are not talking about raw milk. Wednesday, April 9th, Queen's University Belfast will see the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference - ASSET 2014 - take place.read more
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2:25 AM | What's Missing From The World's Largest Cephalopod Exhibit
Guess who’s not being displayed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's new "Tentacles" exhibit, opening April 12? Who is just too difficult for this award-winning institution to handle?read more
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1:58 AM | Is The Power Grid Too Big?
WASHINGTON D.C., April 8, 2014 -- Some 90 years ago, British polymath J.B.S. Haldane proposed that for every animal there is an optimal size -- one which allows it to make best use of its environment and the physical laws that govern its activities, whether hiding, hunting, hoofing or hibernating. Today, three researchers are asking whether there is a "right" size for another type of huge beast: the U.S. power grid. David Newman, a physicist at the University of Alaska, believes that smaller […]
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1:52 AM | Brain programming
There is nothing more fascinating to me than hearing my husband and his colleagues  when they talk about programming problems. The programming language allows any device capable of responding to such code, to do so fabulous things that make us buying them, looking at them or playing for hours and hours with them, virtually we become addicted to them.A simple task, as accepting a click on a button or the touch on a tab, involves long chains of operations that allow  to the device to […]
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1:02 AM | Elafin Protein Discovery May Mean Treatment For Celiac Disease
The human protein Elafin plays a key role against the inflammatory reaction typical of Celiac disease and researchers have developed a probiotic bacterium able to deliver Elafin in the gut of mice.Celiac disease is an auto-immune pathology that occurs in individuals genetically predisposed to gluten intolerance. Affected people do not harbor the enzymes required to degrade gluten during digestion and inflammatory reactions are induced by this abnormal digestion which can lead to the destruction […]
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12:49 AM | Sea Otters Can Get The Flu, Too
Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. During an August 2011 health monitoring project, USGS and CDC scientists found evidence that the Washington sea otters were infected with the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus, although the exact date and source of exposure could not be determined. The findings […]
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12:48 AM | NASA's LRO Mission And North America To Experience Total Lunar Eclipse
When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow.read more
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12:48 AM | LRO Mission (And North America) To Experience Total Lunar Eclipse April 15th
This week we get Mars in opposition and a bright red planet, but next week is a treat for space enthusiasts also. In the early morning hours of April 15th, north Americans can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow.read more

April 08, 2014

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11:31 PM | Lipid Levels During Prenatal Brain Development Implicated In Autism
Researchers writing in Cell Communication and Signaling say that abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain can affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early prenatal brain development, which can trigger autism. Environmental causes such as exposure to chemicals in some cosmetics and common over-the-counter medication can affect the levels of these lipids, according to the researchers.read more
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9:34 PM | Genomic Analysis Leads To More Accurate Classification Of Brain Tumors
Comprehensive genomic analysis of low-grade brain tumors using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) brain tumor studies sorts them into three categories, one of which has the molecular hallmarks and shortened survival of glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal of brain tumors, researchers reported at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014. Brain tumors arise in the glia, or supportive cells, of the brain and now are classified by their histology – […]
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9:25 PM | Pop Music Implicated In Teenage Drinking
Scholars from the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center are associating binge drinking in both adults and teens with liking, owning and identifying a certain kind of music. The weak observational results are published in Alcoholism: Clinical&Experimental Research and are certain to cause a buzz in mainstream media because the finding is based on a national randomized survey of over 2,541 people ages 15 to 23 and says that musicians who make alcohol […]
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9:09 PM | Dark Matter Has Conferences, Now It Needs Evidence
In February, the University of California, Los Angeles held its 11th Symposium on Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe - "Dark Matter 2014" was aimed at discussing the latest progress in the quest to identify dark matter, the umbrella term for the unknown stuff that makes up more than a quarter of the universe yet remains a mystery. So where does the hunt stand? Between sessions, three leading physicists at the conference spent an hour discussing the search for […]
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7:29 PM | ‘Primitive’ cardiovascular systems
A 520-million year old cardiovascular system: It was both modern and unsophisticated. A simple, tubelike heart was buried in the creature’s belly—or thorax—and shot single blood vessels into the 20 or so segments of its primitive body. In contrast, x-ray scans of the specimen revealed profoundly intricate channels in the head and neck. The brain […]
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