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March 23, 2015

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1:00 PM | Apparently The Frog-pocalypse Is Still A Thing
Lost in all of the hype and hysteria and White House panels on how industry is killing bees is the last indicator species that was being doomed by non-organic pesticides: frogs.read more
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12:30 PM | Does Exposure Enhance Memory? Effect Of Everyday Visual Stimuli Examined
Each day we are bombarded with branding and repetitive advertising. Is it feasible that we dutifully soak up visuals and messages and store them accurately?An experiment tested the concept by examining our memory of the ubiquitous Apple logo and our perceived ability for recall.  Apple has long been a logo recognized the world over and now it is riding a wave of unparalleled fan adulation, with people standing in line for hours just to overpay for phones, tablets and watches and the […]
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12:14 PM | Keep up to date with our research…
Click here for our Spring Newsletter 2015
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12:00 PM | Evolution Of The Dorso-Ventral Axis In Humans Revealed
Most animals have a dorso-ventral (back-to-belly) body axis which determines the position of the central nervous system - dorsal in humans, ventral in insects. Though there are obviously morphological differences, the same signaling molecules of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) molecules establishes the dorso-ventral axis including the central nervous system in both insects and vertebrates, which led to the conclusion that this molecular mechanism was already present in the common […]
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11:50 AM | Autism Self Diagnosis: The Seinfeld Syndrome
A few months ago, during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC’s “Nightly News”, Jerry Seinfled proclaimed that on a very drawn-out scale he fell on the autism spectrum. When […]
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11:47 AM | Sting Shows Supplement Regulation Worthless
It seems that the regulation of supplements, homeopathy, and “natural” products in Canada is as bad as the US. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC, the equivalent of NPR and PBS in the US) recently conducted a demonstration of just how worthless and deceptive the regulations are. They created a fake treatment called “Nighton” which they [...]
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11:41 AM | Spring Flukes: New 3-Sigma Signals From LHCb And ATLAS
Spring is finally in, and with it the great expectations for a new run of the Large Hadron Collider, which will restart in a month or so with a 62.5% increase in center of mass energy of the proton-proton collisions it produces: 13 TeV. At 13 TeV, the production of a 2-TeV Z' boson, say, would not be so terribly rare, making a signal soon visible in the data that ATLAS and CMS are eager to collect.read more
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11:22 AM | Mechanism To Delay Aging Identified
As medicine has improved, increasing our ability to treat disease, our longevity has improved as well. The deterioration of the body with age is a whole other matter, though. read more
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9:24 AM | Team effectiveness is disproportionately influenced by your group's best performer or "extra miler"
The quality of a team's best performer (the "extra miler") is diagnostic of the group's overall effectiveness.In The Hobbit, fifteen companions come together on a quest for a dragon’s treasure. Traditional team analysis would judge "Thorin and Company" on the sum of its parts: Ori is stalwart, and Dori strongly stalwart, and, ok, Bifur seems stalwart enough … a fairly stalwart team, then. But we’re beginning to understand that single individuals can have a […]
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8:22 AM | Entrevista a Dª. Virginia de la Iglesia quien nos habla sobre la alta sensibilidad
Entrevista a Dª. Virginia de la Iglesia, especialista en dependencia emocional, alta sensibilidad y familia tóxica, quien habla sobre la alta sensiblidad. El artículo original está en Entrevista a Dª. Virginia de la Iglesia quien nos habla sobre la alta sensibilidad
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8:22 AM | Interview with Ms. Virginia Church on the high sensitivity
Interview with Ms. Virginia Church, emotional dependency specialist, high sensitivity and toxic family, who talks about the high sensibility. The original article is in Interview with Ms. Virginia Church on the high sensitivity
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4:48 AM | Massive Amounts Of Fresh Water, Glacial Melt Pouring Into Gulf Of Alaska
Incessant mountain rain, snow and melting glaciers in a comparatively small region of land that hugs the southern Alaska coast and empties fresh water into the Gulf of Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream, a recent study shows. Since it's broken into literally thousands of small drainages pouring off mountains that rise quickly from sea level over a short distance, the totality of this runoff has received less attention, scientists […]
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4:00 AM | A simple model for growing a brain
Today I had a chance to read a paper by Song, Kennedy, and Wang about their model for explaining how brains are wired up at a high level (explaining how areas are connected, not the detailed wiring of neural circuits). It's very simple, but manages to capture some complicated aspects of brain structure. The goal of the model is to offer some explanation for area-to-area connection patterns across species (humans, monkeys, mice). For example, the human connection matrix looks like this (from […]
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2:53 AM | Life-saving Treatments Learned From War Are Being Missed
Trauma is responsible for more global deaths annually than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Yet healthcare systems in many countries are missing out on life-saving treatments learnt on the battlefield, according to a review by King's College London and published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Medical advancements made by the military in times of conflict, are increasingly seen in the hospitals of high income countries but are being missed in poorer countries, […]

March 22, 2015

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11:50 PM | About how we are all sensitive whiney babies nowadays
Oh hey. I was opening up WordPress to say hey guys, writing is not so much  happening these days, because it is GO TIME as far as this PhD thing is concerned. But then I saw the below rant from … Continue reading →
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9:58 PM | Albino Tapir Photographed – New on Weird & Wild
In my latest for Nat Geo’s Weird & Wild news, I write about how a camera trap caught a local legend on film – an albino tapir in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest. To see my whole story, and photos, go here: Super-Rare Albino Tapir Photographed in Brazil.
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9:35 PM | Melatonin Allows A Good Night's Sleep In A Noisy Environment
Using melatonin could provide more and better quality sleep compared to using an eye mask and earplugs in a simulated noisy and illuminated environment, according to research published in open access journal Critical Care. This study was carried out on healthy subjects but could have future implications for intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Melatonin is the hormone secreted by the body to regulate sleep, usually in periods of darkness. Synthetically produced melatonin is used to boost the […]
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8:27 PM | Canada Could Save Billions Of Dollars With Universal Public Drug Coverage
Canadian taxpayers could save billions by the introduction of a universal public drug plan to provide prescriptions to all Canadians, according to a paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Canada is the only developed country with universal health insurance that does not also offer universal prescription drug coverage. read more
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7:57 PM | Phase 3 Trial Of Brentuximab Vedotin Shows It Doubles Progression Free Survival In Hodgkin Lymphoma
A phase 3 trial of brentuximab vedotin (BV), the first new drug for Hodgkin lymphoma in over 30 years, shows that adults with hard-to-treat Hodgkin lymphoma given BV immediately after stem cell transplant survived without the disease progressing for twice as long as those given placebo (43 months vs 24 months). The findings, published in The Lancet, are potentially practice changing for this young cancer population who have exhausted other treatment options and for whom prognosis is poor. "No […]
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7:35 PM | A Continuation in the Search for the Function of Sleep: Commentary from On Your Mind Podcast
This morning, I had the pleasure on being a guest host for one of the more entertaining, informative neuroscience podcasts of today’s smart technology society: On Your Mind. We talked about the job market, my new book–Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain, and wrapped up with discussion of some peer-reviewed literature. It turned out that I […]

Harper, D., Plante, D., Jensen, J., Ravichandran, C., Buxton, O., Benson, K., O'Connor, S., Renshaw, P. & Winkelman, J. (2013). Energetic and Cell Membrane Metabolic Products in Patients with Primary Insomnia: A 31-Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study at 4 Tesla, SLEEP, DOI: 10.5665/sleep.2530

Plante, D., Trksak, G., Jensen, J., Penetar, D., Ravichandran, C., Riedner, B., Tartarini, W., Dorsey, C., Renshaw, P., Lukas, S. & Harper, D. (2014). Gray Matter-Specific Changes in Brain Bioenergetics after Acute Sleep Deprivation: A 31P Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study at 4 Tesla, SLEEP, DOI: 10.5665/sleep.4242

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7:24 PM | New method – BWAS
There is a report of a new method of analyzing fMRI scans – using enormous sets of data and giving very clear results. Brain-wide association analysis (BWAS for short) was used in a comparison of autistic and normal brains in a recent paper (citation below). The scan data is divided into 47,636 small areas of […]

Cheng, W., Rolls, E., Gu, H., Zhang, J. & Feng, J. (2015). Autism: reduced connectivity between cortical areas involved in face expression, theory of mind, and the sense of self, Brain, DOI: 10.1093/brain/awv051

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5:32 PM | Is Bio-Based Insulation Ready For Prime Time?
The country of France recently sided with environmental donors and mandated that new buildings must have solar panels or plants on the roof. Though the science is unclear, the belief is that this will naturally cool buildings or, in the case of planets, retain rainwater, reduce problems with runoffs and favor biodiversity.Since environmentalists also once insisted that coral reefs should be built from tires, and that ending up costing 100X as much as it saved, politicians only agreed to […]
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4:57 PM | Nanotechnology Shows Promise For Predicting Prostate Cancer
A Northwestern University-led study in the emerging field of nanocytology could one day help men make better decisions about whether or not to undergo aggressive prostate cancer treatments. Technology developed by Northwestern University researchers may help solve that quandary by allowing physicians to identify which nascent cancers are likely to escalate into potentially life-threatening malignancies and which ones will remain "indolent," or non-aggressive. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) […]
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4:01 PM | Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut
You’ve probably heard of all sorts of diets, paleo, low-fat, low-carb, atkins, but now microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid (fat). Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and […]

Zhongyi Chen, Lilu Guo, Yongqin Zhang, Rosemary L. Walzem, Julie S. Pendergast, Richard L. Printz, Lindsey C. Morris, Elena Matafonova, Xavier Stien, Li Kang & Denis Coulon (2014). Incorporation of Therapeutic Bacteria into the Gut Microbiome for Treatment of Obesity, The Journal of clinical investigation , Other:

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3:03 PM | Fatal Uncoupling: New Cause Of Epileptic Seizured Discovered
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects approximately two percent of the population.Despite extensive research and breakthroughs, one-third of patients are resistant to currently available therapies. A team of researchers as discovered a new cause to explain the development of temporal lobe epilepsy and may lead to future treatments: At an early stage, astrocytes are uncoupled from each other. This results in the extracellular accumulation of potassium ions and neurotransmitters, […]
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2:30 PM | There's Nothing Wrong With Your Fundamental Mode, Do Not Adjust Your Picture
 Most people don't realize that light can take different shapes. In the fundamental mode, light energy is most intense at the center and gradually fades towards the edge of the beam. Light also has higher order modes. For example, the energy pattern can look like a donut, with most of the energy contained in a ring, and none in the hole or middle. Scientists create higher order modes by shining light through crystals and in recent years passing light along optical microfibers or […]
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2:19 PM | Crazy Joe Mercola Is Behind The "Times"
Let’s give a big shoutout to Gawker . They really stuck it to the Times by pointing out that their columnist Nick Bilton, who writes about technology, business, culture, and style (and should probably stick to... read more
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2:00 PM | The Mystery Of The Canyon With Two Mouths
One canyon on Earth has two mouths - but that is not the only mystery.First formally documented by western explorers mapping the Colorado Territory in the 1800s, Unaweep Canyon is a puzzling landscape and so it has inspired numerous scientific hypotheses for its origin. A new paper published in Geosphere by Gerilyn S. Soreghan and colleagues brings together old and new geologic data of this region to further the hypothesis that Unaweep Canyon was formed in multiple stages.read more
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1:42 PM | Early Kidney Cancer Detection With Urine Test
80 percent of patients survive when kidney cancer is detected early - but it is often not easy. However, finding it early has been among the disease's greatest challenges. Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in men and the 10th most common in women, affecting about 65,000 people each year in the United States. About 14,000 patients die of the disease annually. Like most cancers, kidney tumors are easier to treat when diagnosed early. But symptoms of the disease, such as blood in the […]
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1:00 PM | The Ugly Food Movement Is Winning Friends
Consumer driven food trends are nothing new.“Organics”, gluten-free, and more recently buying “local” have all captured consumers, encouraging supermarkets around the globe and in Australia to respond. But the next emerging European food trend that may have the biggest impact on what we buy each week is “ugly food”. read more
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