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November 26, 2014

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12:37 PM | A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention
A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all). Soh opens by saying that I couldn’t wait to meet a furry, someone who adopts the identity or persona […]The post A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Soh DW & Cantor JM (2014). A Peek Inside a Furry Convention., Archives of Sexual Behavior, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408500

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11:55 AM | Lab-grown spinal cords
Researchers in Germany have grown complete spinal cords in a Petri dish. As regenerative medicine and stem cell technologies continue to progress, so the list of tissues and organs that can be grown from scratch – and potentially replaced – continues to grow. In the past few years, researchers have used stem cells to grow windpipes, bladders, urethras and vaginas in the lab, and, in some cases, successfully transplanted them into patients.Others are making progress in growing liver […]
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10:43 AM | Is the Addicts’ “Hole in the Soul” caused by Insecure Attachment?
Here we cite and use excerpts from an interesting article (1) that suggests addiction is the consequence of insecure attachment to our caregivers in early childhood and that as the result addicts often learn to consume substances, or behave in certain “rewarding” ways such as gambling, hypersexual activity etc to cope with emotional distress. An […]
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9:00 AM | Why sadness lasts longer than other emotions
Staying positive can feel like an uphill battle. No wonder: when Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen asked over 200 high-school students (average age 17) to reminisce about the duration of their recent emotional experiences, they found that sadness had an unfortunate habit of lingering, more so than any of the other 26 emotions studied, including joy, pride and relief.Indeed, the average duration of the episodes of sadness recalled by the students was 120 hours. At the other extreme, the most […]

Verduyn, P. & Lavrijsen, S. (2014). Which emotions last longest and why: The role of event importance and rumination, Motivation and Emotion, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-014-9445-y

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7:39 AM | Watch “Cowards and Cowardice – Chris Walsh bravely discu…” on YouTube
Cowards and Cowardice – Chris Walsh bravely discusses his new book with Raj Persaud: http://youtu.be/LGkTJSnxc1w From Princeton press website Coward. It’s a grave insult, likely to provoke anger, shame, even violence. But what exactly is cowardice? When terrorists are called cowards, does it mean the same as when the term is applied to soldiers? And […]
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4:37 AM | OYM55: SFN Good!
This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: We’re back on home soil!  After an exhausting and exhilarating week in Washington, D.C. for SfN, Liam and Kathryn are back to share some of the things they’ve seen.  Besides the amazing research that Kat got to hear about, Liam found some time away from the ...read more The post OYM55: SFN Good! appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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4:13 AM | Not Neonics: Parasites Are Bad For Honey Bees
For a short window, it appeared that bees were dying off. Environmentalist were quick to blame a new kind of pesticide, Neonicotinoids, known in short form as neonics, but then it turned out that the die-offs were in just one geographical area, which would not be the case if it were due to a pesticide. Instead, it was likely a combination of environmental changes and perhaps a different sort of pest may try to kill them in the future; the exotic parasite Nosema ceranae and its original native […]
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12:36 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, a conversation with Greg Dunn
Image credit: Greg Dunn This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post see here,...

November 25, 2014

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10:30 PM | You Are Not Alone, Shows Hacked Webcam Site
If you don't put a piece of tape over your webcam, get used to being watched. adafruit, CC BY-NC-SABy Gordon Fletcher, University of Salford read more
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10:17 PM | #SfN14: How a fat metabolite lifts you up after exercise
Image credits: http://www.letsfacediabetes.com/ Poster D40. Sleiman S et al. Epigenetic regulation of the BDNF gene in psychiatric diseases. Sunday Nov 16. New York University and NIH....
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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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9:31 PM | The molecular path of best resilience
Many studies focus on susceptibility to stress and how it triggers depression. But a new study highlights a protein important in resilience, showing that resisting stress takes work, too.
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9:30 PM | The molecular path of best resilience
Stress resistance may come from one protein and its many effects ScicuriousNeuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 4:31pm, November 25, 2014 Most mice will spend a lot of time making friends. But some mice that have been bullied at the paws of another mouse prefer to stay away. This susceptibility to defeat is often used in studies as a proxy for depression.Christopher Wood; […]
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8:47 PM | Blind Scottish Centipede Reveals How Venomous Carnivores Evolved
Usually blind sages revealing the secrets of the universe are Asian. Scotland doesn't get enough respect that way but a centipede is defying the stereotype. Arthropods are one of Earth's real success stories, with more species than any other animal phylum. Genome sequencing has been skewed towards the more popular insects, and even an arachnid and a crustacean, and now finally the myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) are emerging from the dark.read more
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8:39 PM | Book review: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain Hardcover–September 22, 2014 by Dr. Timothy Verstynen and Dr. Bradley Voytek Princeton University Press I loved this book, but be aware that it is not about what most people expect. It is in fact a book that uses Zombie lore as a …
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8:00 PM | Strain 115 : The Killer Bacteria Inside Your Thanksgiving Turkey
While an alarming number of wealthy people think organic food contains no chemicals, the opposite is true. Not only is everything chemical, the most organic of organic Thanksgiving meals is stuffed full of mutagens and carcinogens, at least in environmental toxicology studies on rats. But in the real world, outside environmental fundraising, Thanksgiving dinner is not only harmless, it might even be beneficial. The turkey Americans eat on Thursday contains Strain 115, which produces the […]
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7:30 PM | Fuzzy Trace Theory: People Know Antibiotics Don't Cure Viruses But Still Ask For Them
People know that antibiotics won't help viruses. So why ask doctors for antibiotics? Subbotina Anna/ShuttstockBy David Broniatowski, George Washington University; Eili Klein, Johns Hopkins University, and Valerie Reyna, Cornell University read more
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7:00 PM | Australia: Incomes Fell As Stressed Economy Continued To Struggle
Australia recently had an election where they asked for a dramatic departure from previous fiscal policies.  The reasons were simple, in hindsight. Everyone wanted more money from an increasingly larger government but incomes were declining. Inflation is still happening, government employees still get raises, but average Australian income declines showed what government claims about economic health did not.   Increases and declines in economies have always happened but new work […]
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5:44 PM | Not Just The Wealthy: Feeling Like You Have Enough Drives Opposition To More Taxes
There is a perception that 'the wealthy' are opposed to more taxes and income redistribution in America. But the wealthy already pay an alarming amount in taxes and 47% remain loyal to tax-cutting politicians every election cycle. People have ideological reasons to oppose government redistribution of their work, of course, but it may also be relative. Someone who is in a poor neighborhood but doing better than others may not like the idea of higher taxes either, according to a paper […]
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5:29 PM | Diversity Fatigue: Why Businesses Struggle To Close The Gender Gap
Diversity is listed at the bottom of priorities for human resources professionals in large firms yet many mangers still feel threatened by diversity policies.shutterstockBy Jennifer Whelan, Melbourne Business SchoolMany large organizations are now on their second or third wave of diversity and inclusion programs.A good number of them are still struggling to identify obvious improvements in the metrics they hoped to see changes in. Yet, ironically, increasing numbers of people are beginning to […]
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5:24 PM | New #Brain Painting: The Brain and Identity
Hello!Our brain is as unique to each of us as our fingerprint. Our experiences overtime form a brain that is one-of-a-kind to each of us. Even identical twins do not have the same brain.With this thought in mind, I wanted this new brain painting to be in the composition of my own fingerprint. The finger I chose to use for this was my thumbprint. What do you think?Unique Identity30" x 24"Acrylic on Canvas 2014 ©Michelle HunterIN PROGRESS PHOTOS:2014 ©Michelle Hunter2014 […]
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4:05 PM | Bitcoin And Anonymity: User's Identity Can Be Revealed Much Easier Than Thought
Bitcoin calls itself the new money and says it can be minted and exchanged on the Internet, faster and cheaper than a bank. It's gotten a lot of attention but how anonymous is it? Not very, if you have computers and about $1,500. Several groups worldwide have shown that it is possible to find out which transactions belong together, even if the client uses different pseudonyms but it has only recently become clear that it is also possible to reveal the IP address behind each […]
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4:05 PM | New Tool Use in a Bird
Under the right environmental conditions, and with a little innovation, great antshrikes prove they’re capable of cognitively flexibe tool use. Tool-use is a new behavior for this species – they’re using anvils to crack open the shells of invasive land snails. Read my latest Zoologic post: Faced With Invasive Snail, A Bird Learns to Use Tools .
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4:04 PM | Postivie Early Phase 1 Results For AG-120 In IDH1 Mutated AML
Results presented at the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Symposium in Barcelona show "extremely promising" early phase 1 clinical trial results for the investigational drug AG-120 against the subset of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) harboring mutations in the gene IDH1. The finding builds on phase 1 results of a related drug, AG-221, against IDH2 mutations, presented at the most recent meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Results at […]
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3:55 PM | Turn Sawdust Into Gasoline Additive
Researchers using a new chemical process have converted the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains, building blocks for gasoline.  Cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper.  These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline or as a component in plastics.  "At the molecular level, cellulose contains strong carbon chains. We sought to conserve these chains, but drop the […]
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3:45 PM | Can music benefit addicts in treatment?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. One of the problems with respect to addiction therapy is that there is no benefit treatment to addicts. Can music benefit addicts in treatment?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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3:36 PM | ¿Puede la música beneficiar a los adictos en tratamiento?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Una de las problemáticas con respecto a las terapias de la adicción es que no existe un tratamiento que permita beneficiar a los adictos . ¿Puede la música beneficiar a los adictos en tratamiento?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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2:02 PM | El Niño Blamed For Stunted Growth Of Peruvian Children
Epidemiologists have linked El Niño, a recurring pattern where every 2-7 years warm waters in the Equatorial Pacific change the weather, to short stature, also known as stunting,  which is usually due to chronic malnutrition. The authors found that children born in coastal Peru during and after the 1997-98 El Niño, the last strong one, have a lower height-for-age than others born before the event.  El Niño has also been linked to epidemics of malaria, dengue […]
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2:02 PM | Which Government Created Regin, One Of The Most Sophisticated Espionage Bugs Ever Discovered?
Worry only if you have something to hide. FinchenBy Andrew Smith, The Open UniversityThe computer-security firm Symantec says it may have found some of the most sophisticated malicious software ever made. The cyber-espionage bug, called Regin, has been making attacks for many years without being caught. read more
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12:24 PM | Does Science Show What 12 Steps Know (part 1)?
How It Works Here we address a question I have asked myself many times – why does AA and other 12 step fellowships seem to have a better understanding of the alcoholic/addict and offer better treatment of them than that … Continue reading →
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