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October 29, 2014

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3:45 PM | Quasi-stability
Yesterday, before I got here, my dad was trying to fix an invisible machine. By all accounts, he began working on the phantom device quite intently, but as his repairs began to involve the hospice bed and the tubes attached to his body, he was gently sedated, and he had to leave it, unresolved. This […]
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3:44 PM | The Dark Art of Computer Learning
It is a well-established fact that computers will one day rise up to kill us all. But what is rapidly becoming clear is that they first intend to humiliate us before their xenocidal rampage. A recent report found that roughly half of current U.S. jobs currently filled by humans are likely to be taken by […]
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3:36 PM | Despite Ebola Concern, Global Infection Outbreaks Have Been Declining For Decades
Ebola is causing a lot of concern, a few instances in the United States were enough to lead to calls to overthrow the FDA vaccine approval process and the White House declared that the United States Department of Health and Human Services was unqualified to manage a handful of cases in America so they put a lawyer in charge as an Ebola czar. The National Institutes of Health said they could not fix the problem with the $330 billion they have gotten since 2001 but they are just exploiting […]
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3:09 PM | Who Trusts Government The Most? Black Republicans
The far left in America loves government. Advocacy groups are always calling for new laws, new regulations, new bans and more layers of bureaucracy to put a stop to whatever they dislike. The right is increasingly suspicious of it, regarding every policy as a road to George Orwell's "1984". That was not always the case. In the 1950s and '60s, it was the left who was on the right and the right was on the left. Government meant law and order and the right was opposed to anarchy and protests […]
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2:56 PM | Too Much Milk Linked To Higher Osteoporotic Fractures
A diet rich in milk products is promoted as strengthening bones and reducing the likelihood of osteoporotic fractures, but dairy lobby marketing aside, actual research related to the benefits of milk for the prevention of fractures or influence on mortality rates has found evidence for and against.    A new study finds that high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death. read more
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2:56 PM | Culture Matters In Medicine Acceptance And Public Health
It's great to insist that people should just accept science and medicine but it isn't really practical. The nature of coastal California is that they don't trust vaccines the way religious people in the American south do, Asians are going to believe in acupucture, and the French will think they can be allergic to Bt genetically modified plants but not Bt organic pesticide spray. Historically, culture has been considered an impediment to health rather than a central determining feature of […]
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2:55 PM | Confucius Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Confucius stands guard at Beijing's Renmin University. George (Sam) Crane, Author providedBy Sam (George T.) Crane, Williams College read more
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1:38 PM | Scaling up to a speck of dust
DNA bricks almost large enough to see with the naked eye The post Scaling up to a speck of dust appeared first on Lab Land.
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12:26 PM | ¿Sabías de las muchas consecuencias del TDA en adultos?
A media que uno va creciendo suele ir dejando atrás algunas psicopatología y trastornos de la infancia, pero ¿Qué consecuencias tiene el TDA en adultos?.
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12:21 PM | Did you know that you express emotions better with your partner?
One of the difficulties that are sometimes couples is about expressing emotions and feel understood, which results in the relationship.
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11:20 AM | La historia de la dieta cetogénica
Poco después del nacimiento de mi nieto se hizo evidente que él sufría de ataques convulsivos implacables. A pesar de que algo andaba definitivamente mal sus médicos de atención primaria […]
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10:22 AM | Gambling Disorder and Emotional Dysfunction
Following on from our recent blog on emotional dysfunction in sexual addiction we continue our series which explores the inherent role of  emotional dysfunction in all addictive disorders. We will explore eating disorders later. Here we use excerpts from a very interesting article (1)  on Deficits in emotion regulation associated with pathological gambling.   “Pathological […]
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9:40 AM | Friendly, conscientious people are more prone to "destructive obedience"
In Milgram's shock experiments, a surprising number of people obeyed a scientist's instruction to deliver dangerous electric shocks. This is usually interpreted in terms of the power of "strong situations". The scenario, complete with lab apparatus and scientist in grey coat, was so compelling that many people's usual behavioural tendencies were overcome.But a new study challenges this account. Recognising that many participants in fact showed disobedience to the scientist in Milgram's studies, […]
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7:48 AM | STAFF TALK on the consequences of positive and negative intergroup contact: Tuesday 4th November
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4:26 AM | Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Is About Politics, Not Public Health
The risk to the Australian community from doctors and nurses returning from Ebola-affected countries is minimal. Credit: EPA/ARIE KIEVITBy Grant Hill-Cawthorne, University of Sydney and Adam Kamradt-Scott, University of SydneyGovernments have a duty to protect their citizens but the plan to impose mandatory detention on health-care workers being suggested by some Australian states is excessive and unwarranted. read more
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3:06 AM | A cognitive neuroscience approach to the problem of identity
(Note:  This post appeared on Scientia Salon on October 24, under the title Identity, a neurobiological perspective, with numerous comments.  I am placing a copy here for convenience.  The discussion has closed on Scientia Salon, but I would be happy to continue it here.) The philosophical problem of identity is epitomized by the paradox known as … Continue reading »
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2:09 AM | What’s Allowed in Prison? Not Hair Conditioner
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:46 AM | We need pattern recognition, not proclamations
Two days after serious scientists report that there is no such thing as the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, see: Team discovers how microbes build a powerful antibiotic Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and...Read more

October 28, 2014

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10:50 PM | Announcing… PLoS Neuroskeptic!
I’m excited (and proud) to announce that I’m now a Contributing Editor at the new PLoS Neuro Community (neuro.plos.org). I’ll be contributing interviews with neuroscientists, and my first post is up now: A Neuroscience Correlate of Consciousness: Neuroskeptic goes in-depth with Srivas Chennu. If you have any suggestions, requests or ideas for future interviews, please […]The post Announcing… PLoS Neuroskeptic! appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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10:40 PM | We need pattern recognition, not a prologue
Prolegomenon “a preliminary discussion…; a prologue.” “… we need a mapping from genotype to phenotype, from phenotype to what is selected, and from what is selected to the new genotype (Lewontin, 1961). — cited in Prolegomenon to patterns in evolution...Read more
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10:31 PM | People Without Symptoms Aren't Going To Give You Ebola - Here Is Why
Flying by ShutterstockBy Stephen Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania read more
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9:40 PM | Politics Is Quacked: How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings
Courtesy of Guiomar ListeBy: Nala Rogers, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- When ducklings head out to bathe in a pool, they usually follow the same individual, new research has found. But do they visit the pool that’s best for everyone, or just the one their chief prefers? This puzzle has made it hard for farmers to know how to provide for all their ducks equally, and for biologists to know what social animals really want.   read more
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8:38 PM | Everyone Hates Daylight Savings Time - But It Might Improve Public Health
It's not easy to blame childhood obesity on sunsets but scholars at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Bristol say that later daylight couldn't hurt - and they even defend daylight savings time, which most people can't find much good to say about. The scholars analyzed the lifestyles of over 23,000 children aged 5-16 years in nine countries; England, Australia, USA, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland, Brazil and Madeira and Portugal. They looked for […]
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8:21 PM | Does Flopping Work In Basketball?
In the United States, professional basketball, the NBA, opens its regular season tonight. That means at this time tomorrow there will be talk that some player 'flopped' - fell on the ground to draw a foul and get a chance at a free basket. A new analysis has found that two-thirds of the falls examined by the group at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev were found to be intentional.  And it happens a lot. It happens so much because there is insufficient punishment for […]
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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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8:00 PM | The Threatening Mask
Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within! —John Greenleaf Whittier, The Pumpkin (1850) The stanza above captures both the joyful abundance of the fall and the terrible artistic […]
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7:57 PM | We Can Restore Cognition By Manipulating Where The Body Meets The Mind
Targeting cognition through the body. Cognition by ShutterstockBy Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science; Aleksandra Deczkowska, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Kuti Baruch, Weizmann Institute of Science read more
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7:38 PM | ¿Sabías que expresar emociones te mejora con tu pareja?
Una de las dificultades que se encuentran a veces las parejas es a la hora de expresar emociones y de sentirse comprendida, lo que repercute en la relación.
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7:28 PM | Can be improved by intervening in the caregiver Alzheimer’s?
One of the problems associated with Alzheimer's is that it is a neurodegenerative disease, what time the person loses authority.
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