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August 20, 2014

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1:00 PM | Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Using Earth's Magnetic Field
Earth's magnetic field, a familiar directional indicator over long distances, is routinely probed in applications ranging from geology to archeology, and now it has provided the basis for a technique which could characterize the chemical composition of fluid mixtures in their native environments. Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a proof-of-concept nuclear magnetic resonance experiment in which a mixture of hydrocarbons and water was analyzed using a […]
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1:00 PM | Lizards Help Us Find Out Which Came First: The Baby Or The Egg?
By Oliver Griffith, University of SydneyHave you ever wondered why we give birth to live young rather than lay eggs? Scientists have pondered this for a long time and answers have come from an unlikely source: some of Australia’s lizards and snakes!In research published this month in the American Naturalist, my colleagues and I at the University of Sydney studied reptile pregnancy to identify the factors necessary for a placenta to evolve.Although most reptiles lay eggs, live birth has […]
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12:34 PM | Paul Patterson: Revalorando la cotribucion genetica en el autismo
Paul Patterson fue una figura icónica en el campo del autismo. Su nombre es sinónimo a la teoria que implica una posible anormalidad de mecanismos inmunológicos en el autismo. A […]
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12:30 PM | Indication Of Considerable Added Benefit Using Ruxolitinib For Myelofibrosis
Ruxolitinib (trade name: Jakavi) has been approved since August 2012 for the treatment of adults with myelofibrosis. Myelofibrosis is a rare disease of the bone marrow, in which the bone marrow is replaced by connective tissue. As a consequence of this so-called fibrosis, the bone marrow is no longer able to produce enough blood cells. Sometimes the spleen or the liver takes over some of the blood production.  Then these organs enlarge and can cause abdominal discomfort and pain. The […]
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11:30 AM | Tesla At Last? Researchers Send Electricity Through Thin Air
Researchers have created highly focused pathways that can channel electricity through the atmosphere.It's not a new idea, Nikola Tesla worked on powering wireless lamps using electrostatic induction, but the new technique can potentially direct electricity up to 30 feet away, shattering previous distance records. It may also finally put us on the path to channeling lightning with laser power. read more
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11:00 AM | Sociologists Link Breastfeeding To Lower Risk Of Postnatal Depression
Survey results of over 10,000 mothers have led sociologists to conclude that women who breastfed their babies are at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who do not.The paper in Maternal and Child Health notes that mothers who planned to breastfeed and who actually went on to breastfeed were around 50% less likely to become depressed than mothers who had not planned to, and who did not, breastfeed. Mothers who planned to breastfeed, but who did not go on to breastfeed, […]
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10:00 AM | NGC 3603 And NGC 3576: A Spectacular Landscape Of Star Formation
A new captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. On the left is the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20,000 light-years away in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. On the right, about half as far from Earth, is a collection of glowing gas clouds known as NGC 3576.Both were discovered by English astronomer John Herschel in 1834, during his three-year expedition […]
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8:40 AM | Inspired by a Soprano? Psychologists investigate whether fictional characters can aid our self development
"... forming a relationship with an interesting but potentially dangerous character does not present the same obstacles in the narrative world as it might in the physical world.”By guest blogger Robin Abrahams.If you’ve been on the internet at all this year, you may have noticed an explosion of fiction-based personality quizzes. What house would you belong to in Hogwarts—or in Westeros? Which “Mad Man” are you? What Shakespeare role were you born to play?Why […]

Shedlosky-Shoemaker, R., Costabile, K. & Arkin, R. (2014). Self-Expansion through Fictional Characters, Self and Identity, 13 (5) 556-578. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2014.882269

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8:00 AM | How subject to teens the parental divorce?
In a critical developmental stage, where changes are continuous, divorce or parental separation can be an important factor of stress.La entrada How subject to teens the parental divorce? aparece primero en Novedades en Psicologia.
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6:25 AM | Are There Evidences For Cosmic Inflation? (I)
My post of July 22 « BICEP2 Data, CMB B-modes, Inflation, Alternative Cosmologies... (II) » already discussed the situation after the publication (19 June 2014) of the Physical Review Letters 112, 241101 version of the BICEP2 article « Detection of B-Mode Polarization at Degree Angular Scales by BICEP2 ». read more
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2:16 AM | Common Antibiotic Clarithromycin Linked With Heart Deaths
The antibiotic clarithromycin is widely used for treating common bacterial infections and has been linked to an increased risk of heart deaths by a study on BMJ. The absolute risk is small and prescribing practice should not be changed until results have been confirmed in an independent study but the authors say their findings require urgent confirmation, given that many millions of people are prescribed the drug each year. read more
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1:22 AM | Just playing with a word cloud generator…
Just playing with a word cloud generator… Created with http://worditout.com/. ~~~~~~~ You can subscribe to my blog! Just go to the “Home” page, right hand side. Facebook page Twitter: @BaldscientistFiled under: Blogging Tagged: Books, Planaria, Planarians, Random musings, Science
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1:00 AM | Cloud Technology Is The Final Piece Of The Globalization Puzzle
If you were a 1990s protester in a developed nation, you probably hate the idea of globalization, though democratization of culture and wealth have clearly been very good things. Globalization used to be controversial but by now no one sentient really thinks cultures that condone rape and stoning of women should be preserved.Cloud computing will take that globalization to the next level, because it is a key enhancer of innovation and economic development - and it gives groups without giant […]
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12:37 AM | Astrobiology: Conspicuous Clay Ovoid In Nakhla And Implications For Life On Mars
Water has been detected on Mars in the form of permafrost and there is strong evidence that liquid water was a major component of the martian surface in the past.Clays are an important mineral group for discovering the past on Mars, not only to the presence of water, since clays are hydrous minerals, but they also provide clues as to the source, type, and volume of fluids, along with indications of timescale and mineral alteration. If you are going to search for textural and chemical […]
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12:30 AM | African Dust Impacts South America Air Quality
A recent study analyzed concentrations of African dust transported to South America and finds large seasonal peaks in winter and spring, which provides new insight into the overall human health and air quality impacts of African dust, including climate change-induced human health effects. Researchers analyzed the dust concentrations in aerosol samples from two locations, French Guiana's capital city Cayenne and the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, to understand the amount, source regions, and […]
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12:00 AM | Militarized Policing Is Not The Answer To Ferguson’s Problems
By Chris Cocking, University of BrightonThe town of Ferguson, Missouri has now seen ten days of almost nightly disorder following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by the police. The decision to bring in the National Guard has not quelled the disorder and in fact may be aggravating the situation. read more

August 19, 2014

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11:30 PM | No Proof Of Added Benefit For Perampanel In Epilepsy
The drug perampanel (trade name Fycompa) has been approved since July of 2012 as an adjunctive ("add-on") therapy for adults and children aged 12 years and older with seizures - colloquially also known as epileptic fits. In a new early benefit assessment, according to the Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products (AMNOG), the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) examined whether perampanel offers an added benefit over the appropriate comparator […]
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9:21 PM | Top 200 terms in cognitive neuroscience according to neurosynth
Tonight I was playing around with some of the top features in neurosynth (the searchable terms with the highest number of studies containing that term). You can find the list here, just sort by the number of studies. I excluded the top 3 terms which are boring (e.g. “image”, “response”, and “time”)  and whose extremely high weights would […]
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8:39 PM | Blog’s views per day so far… Thank you!
Thank you! ~~~~~~~ TFB is available as an ebook (Kindle, Nook, as well as in iTunes). The hardcover is available at Amazon and at the Oxford University Press’ website.  There’s even a 20% discount code from OUP.  Shoot me a message if you have any questions! You can subscribe to my blog! Just go to the …
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8:14 PM | Engineering New Bone Growth With Implantable Tissue Scaffold
A new implantable tissue scaffold coated has been created, with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form new bone that looks and behaves just like the original tissue.read more
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8:12 PM | Taking lab mice back to their roots
Lab mice are incredibly useful for biomedical research. But they are also incredibly inbred. A new study shows that bringing wild mouse traits back could help uncover new links between genes and behavior.
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7:36 PM | Tuesday Crustie: Feast!
Saduria entomon is the Latin name of this isopod, photographed on the sea bottom as it chows down on a meal.Photo by Mercury dog on Flickr; used under a Creative Commons license.
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7:33 PM | For E. Coli Outbreaks, Cinnamon Spice Makes Everything Nice
(Inside Science) - For centuries, cinnamon has been used to enhance the flavor of foods, but new research shows that the spice could also help make foods safer.According to a study by Meijun Zhu and Lina Sheng, food safety scientists at Washington State University in Pullman, the ancient cooking spice could help prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. read more
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7:27 PM | Mirror neurons may have been inadvertently trained into laboratory macaques
Even though there is a growing consensus that mirror neurons are not the basis of action understanding (or language, theory of mind, autism, etc.), the question remains, What are mirror neurons doing? There are now a couple of good theories.  One is the idea promoted by Cecelia Heyes that observation of self-action results in an association between executed and observed actions, which is then generalized to others' actions.  Another is the view proposed by Michael Arbib that […]
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7:25 PM | Taking lab mice back to their roots
Wild traits are bred back into lab mice, revealing a new gene function on the way ScicuriousBiomedicine by Bethany Brookshire 4:12pm, August 19, 2014 This wild mouse has some behaviors, such as aggression toward other mouse pups, that aren’t present in its soft, docile lab counterpart. A new study shows that breeding lab mice back to the wild could uncover new […]
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7:08 PM | #Brain article of interest: Brain scanning the deceased
From Mind HacksRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1sMO98R
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7:08 PM | #Brain article of interest: Migraine and Stroke – What’s the Link?
From Brain BloggerRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1Ao7T3x
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6:17 PM | Hobby Lobby and the War on Race and Women
There is a war going on and it’s not on foreign soil. This war is the fight for the status quo, a war where you are only worth your skin color, a […]

Weisman CS & Chuang CH (2014). Making the Most of the Affordable Care Act's Contraceptive Coverage Mandate for Privately-Insured Women., Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25128037

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5:00 PM | Love, Commitment Make Sex Better For Most Women
Love and commitment make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to Penn State Abington sociologist Beth Montemurro. In interviews of 95 heterosexual women between the ages of 20 and 68 and from a range of backgrounds, most believed love was necessary for maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage. The benefits of being in love with a sexual partner were more than just emotional, most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more […]
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4:47 PM | The Recent History of “Contagious Shooting” (1982-2006) and more recent events in Ferguson, Missouri
In the decade since the “Decade of the Brain” the neurosciences have acquired a spectacular cache in the humanities and social sciences. One need look no further than the work of Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached, scholars who argue in their striking volume Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and Management of the Mind that governing in the future will occur through the brain (2013). While for contemporary neuroscientists and neurologists such an expansion of a-disciplinary […]
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