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February 26, 2015

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7:32 PM | "The Emergence of Law and Behavioural Science: A European Perspective"
Recently published in SSRN (and forthcoming in A. Alemanno and Anne-Lise Sibony, Nudge and the Law: A European Perspective, Hart Publishing, (2015)): "The Emergence of Law and Behavioural Science: A European Perspective" ANNE-LISE SIBONY, Université de Liège ALBERTO ALEMANNO, HEC...
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7:30 PM | Cruithne: Earth's Other 'Moon' Could Reveal Mysteries Of The Solar System
3753 Cruithne's wacky orbit around the Sun. Image: YouTube, CC BY-SAWe all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name.It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To-date, it is the only other heavenly body with human footprints. read more
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6:47 PM | A little tablet time probably won’t fry a toddler’s brain
Scientists weigh the pros and cons of smart screen time for toddlers Growth CurveHuman Development,Neuroscience by Helen Thompson 4:00pm, February 26, 2015 Scientists and parents wonder whether tablets are all fun and games for toddlers.ARSELA/iStockLaura Sanders is away on maternity leave.Give a toddler an iPhone and 10 minutes, and she’ll take at least 50 selfies and […]
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5:30 PM | Rats Know How To Repay Kindness
If I scratch your back and you scratch mine, then we’re both better off as a result – so goes the principle of reciprocity, one of the most popular explanations for how co-operative behavior has evolved. But what if one partner provides a better service than another? A paper by Dolivo and Taborsky shows that Norway rats will only give as good as they get. read more
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5:21 PM | Persistent Insomina A Harbinger Of Increased Mortality Risk From All Causes
A connection between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality from all causes has been identified by a group of researchers in The American Journal of Medicine.The results apply to those with persistent insomnia, not intermittent insomnia. Persistent (chronic) insomnia affects up to 10 percent of U.S. adults. read more
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5:15 PM | Baby Formula Poses Higher Arsenic Risk To Newborns Than Breast Milk
In the first U.S. study of urinary arsenic in babies, Dartmouth College researchers found that formula-fed infants had higher arsenic levels than breast-fed infants, and that breast milk itself contained very low arsenic concentrations. The findings appear Feb. 23 online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. A PDF is available on request. The researchers measured arsenic in home tap water, urine from 72 six-week-old infants and breast milk from nine women in New Hampshire. Urinary […]
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5:15 PM | New Glioblastoma Treatment
A new film, Surviving Terminal Cancer (www.survivingterminalcancer.com) by director/writer Dominic Hill, had its premiere at Lincoln Center February 18, 2015. Through the personal stories of Ben Williams and a remarkable wave of other long-term glioblastoma survivors following in his path, the film offers for the first time some hope for an alternative to the certain death offered by the current medical establishment for what is ordinarily considered to be an invariably fatal disease.read more
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5:01 PM | The Neural System That Prevents You From Constantly Falling On Your Ass
Those living in cold climates know what a daily struggle walking and staying upright can be: every icy path is a potential hospital bill. Most of the time, the human body manages to keep us vertical. Other times, gravity betrays us, and we are down for the count. But what exactly is going on in […]
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3:30 PM | Buy New Textbooks Again? Pluto May Go Back To Planet Status
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on July 15, 2015. read more
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2:59 PM | Do Anesthetics Have Long-Term Impact On Child Brains?
Each year millions of infants, toddlers and preschool children require anesthesia or sedation for various procedures and a new review suggest caution about their use.A team of anesthesiology investigators and toxicologists writing in the New England Journal of Medicine reviewed existing animal and human studies for the impact of anesthetics on developing brains. Observational studies of children have been weak, but they still suggested a correlation between children who had […]
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2:45 PM | Yellow Rust Threatens Wheat Production - Field Pathogenomics To The Rescue
Wheat is a critical staple crop that provides 20% of the calories and over 25% of the protein consumed by humans. 'Yellow rust' caused by the fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (PST) is one of the plant's major diseases and is found throughout the major wheat-producing areas of the world. Infections lead to significant reductions in both grain quality and yield, with some rare events leading to the loss of an entire crop. New strains of the fungus have recently emerged that adapt to […]
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2:22 PM | Beyond Hubble: MUSE Brings The Universe In 3-D
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever 3-D view of the deep Universe - in just 27 hours.By taking very long exposure pictures of regions of the sky, astronomers have created many deep fields that have revealed much about the early Universe. The most famous of these was the original Hubble Deep Field, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope over several days in late 1995. This spectacular and iconic picture rapidly transformed our understanding […]
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2:00 PM | Will Tne Next MacGyver Be Female?
By Emilie Lorditch, Inside Science(Inside Science) – When I was in elementary school, I couldn't wait to get home to watch my favorite TV show, "3-2-1 Contact." Watching that show, I learned that science was fun and part of my everyday life. Seeing young women on the show – who were like older sisters that I wished I had – I believed that I could be a scientist too. read more
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2:00 PM | Will The Next MacGyver Be Female?
By Emilie Lorditch, Inside Science(Inside Science) – When I was in elementary school, I couldn't wait to get home to watch my favorite TV show, "3-2-1 Contact." Watching that show, I learned that science was fun and part of my everyday life. Seeing young women on the show – who were like older sisters that I wished I had – I believed that I could be a scientist too. read more
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1:30 PM | Should No Child Left Behind Be Re-Authorized?
Children show a vastly improved ability to absorb knowledge when they are allowed to make some of their own decisions about what they want to learn.Testing, in other words, gets in the way – and worse.Indeed, as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation comes up for re-authorization this week President Obama has himself stated that testing should be cut down to “a bare minimum.” read more
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1:00 PM | Liberals and Conservatives Both Resist Science, But Differently
There have been a number of studies looking at how ideological belief influence attitudes toward science. It is no surprise that in general people, of whatever ideological bent, engage in motivated reasoning to deny science that appears to contradict their religious or political beliefs. There are different views, however, regarding whether or not the two [...]
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12:22 PM | Family Recovery.
Today we listen to the research wisdom of William White in relation to family recovery, especially long term. Family recovery is much overlooked and not adequately supported long term in terms of “after care” which is incredible when one considers … Continue reading →
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10:43 AM | Recovered?
When does sobriety for today predict sobriety for a life time? When does the risk of relapse plummet? How long do you have to be in recovery before this risk falls below 15% which is a figure used with other diseases? According to William White it is constantly demonstrated to be between four and five […]
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10:35 AM | Some student-professor pairings lead to "unusually effective teaching" (and it's possible to predict which ones)
Video trailers can be used to predict whichlecturers are the best teachers, and whichstudents they are especially suited to.In the near future, students could be presented with a series of video trailers of different professors at their university. Based on their ratings of these videos, the students will be paired with the professors who provide the best fit. The outcome will be superior learning, and greater student satisfaction.That's the promise of a new study that asked 145 psychology […]

Gross, J., Lakey, B., Lucas, J., LaCross, R., R. Plotkowski, A. & Winegard, B. (2015). Forecasting the student-professor matches that result in unusually effective teaching, British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85 (1) 19-32. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12049

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5:19 AM | ANAVEX 2-73 Preserves Mitochondrial Integrity, Prevents Alzheimer's Disease In Mice
A pre-clinical study of ANAVEX 2-73 found that it prevents mitochondrial dysfunction and blocks resulting oxidative stress and apoptosis (cell death) in a nontransgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Mitochondrial damages have been consistently reported as an early cause of Alzheimer's disease and appear before amyloid-beta plaques and memory decline in Alzheimer's patients and transgenic mice. If so, by preserving mitochondrial functionality and reducing other key Alzheimer's […]
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4:27 AM | From 3-D to epigenetically-effected 4-D genome make-up
Discoveries in 3-D Genome Make-Up and Genetic Changes: Clarification of differences amidst chromosome pairs and how gene expression is effected by chromosome folding Excerpt: “…offers a useful guide for future studies of the epigenome’s function in our evolution and diseases...Read more
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1:54 AM | OYM66: Life of PI with Dr. Michael Nestor
    Our guest this week is Dr. Michael Nestor (mnestor@hussmanautism.org), a researcher at the Hussman Institute for Autism in Maryland who’s calling in from behind a wall of snow to talk neuroscience, science communication, and the path from PhD student to PI, with Liam and Kat. The OYM hosts have had opposing experiences with ...read more The post OYM66: Life of PI with Dr. Michael Nestor appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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12:46 AM | Animal Research Up 73 Percent Among Largest Federal Grant Recipients
The use of animals in experimental research has soared at US laboratories, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and taxpayer-funded scientists are the culprits.The 25 largest recipients of government funding increased animal experimentation 73 percent in 15 years, despite growing public opposition to the practice and mounting evidence that animal studies often do not faithfully translate to people, they write.They also say the data contradict government claims of […]
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12:29 AM | Palbociclib Promising In Patients With Hormone-resistant Breast Cancer
Palbociclib, an investigational oral medication that works by blocking molecules responsible for cancer cell growth, is well tolerated and extends progression-free survival (PFS) in newly diagnosed, advanced breast cancer patients, including those whose disease has stopped responding to traditional endocrine treatments. Results of the phase II study, led by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania , were published this […]
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12:29 AM | How T Cells Cause Inflammation During Infections
Case Western Reserve University dental researcher Pushpa Pandiyan has discovered a new way to model how infection-fighting T cells cause inflammation in mice. The hope is that the discovery can lead to new therapies or drugs that jump-start weakened or poorly functioning immune systems, said Pandiyan, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. Pandiyan believes the process could lead to identifying and testing new drugs to replace antifungal medicines that have […]

February 25, 2015

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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #music #forsale
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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #depression #forsale
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10:35 PM | Excited to have a couple #brain #paintings as part of @Pfizer's exhibit. #sciart #science #neuroscience #artistsofinstagram #art #artist #fineart #contemporary #commission #newyork #NYC #blackhistorymonth #STEM
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10:14 PM | Competition For Wealthy Elites Drives Up Antibiotic Prescription Rates
Competition between doctors' offices, urgent care centers and retail medical clinics that cater to wealthy elites often leads to an increase in the number of antibiotic prescriptions written per person, finds a new analysis.The number of physicians per capita and the number of clinics are significant drivers of antibiotic prescription rate, they found, with the highest per capita rates of antibiotic prescriptions found in the southeastern U.S. and along the West and East coasts. The team's […]
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10:00 PM | Is Medical Tourism Really Good For Developing Countries?
Medical tourism is an awful term. It conveys an image of people from a cold climate flying off to some warm beach resort for a bit of nip and tuck, some dental repair or a few weeks of health spa rejuvenation. Although this does occur, many people crossing borders for health care are doing so for serious medical conditions. read more
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