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August 23, 2014

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1:52 PM | Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Literally Grow on Trees
Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that […]
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1:44 PM | Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half […]
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1:43 PM | Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules
Team develops system that may protect against inflammatory reactions Anyone […]
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1:19 PM | Why You Should Take a Week-Long Break From All Screens
New study finds 5 days away from electronic devices has dramatic effects on children. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week (5 July 2013) Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days How Many Basic Emotions Are There? Fewer Than Previously Thought The Incubation […]
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10:41 AM | Labels for unexplained language difficulties in children: We need to talk
The view from the Tower of Babel This week saw the publication of a special issue of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, focusing on labels for children with unexplained language difficulties. Two target articles, one by Sheena Reilly and colleagues, and one by me, are accompanied by an editorial by Susan Ebbels, twenty commentaries, and a final paper where Sheena and I join forces with Bruce Tomblin to try to synthesise the different viewpoints. These articles […]
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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Finding a Good TherapistJules Evans' (author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations) recent encounter with a "somatic therapist" didn't go too well.Why Nurture Is Just As Important As Nature For Understanding GeneticsThe influence of genetics on our health and behaviour is not fixed, explains Claire Howarth, but depends on complex interactions with the environment. Why Do We Fear the Wrong Things?Over […]
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2:02 AM | Nuclear reactor reliability: Fast test proves viable
A speedy way to mimic the aging of materials inside […]

August 22, 2014

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10:35 PM | Heartbreak Happens: Get Over It!
Don’t let one setback stop you from finding love and happiness in the rest of your life. Life is a series of events. I want you to look at that statement, and then I want you to read it again. Life is a series of events. In fact, I want you to read it one […]
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7:42 PM | How Your Intuition Reveals Your Brain’s Best Decisions
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance. ~Albert Einstein We often hear a lot about the great strength of the human intuition, but rarely are … READ MORE
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6:35 PM | Life is Like a Game of Tetris
I always loved the game of Tetris as a kid. I don’t allow myself the time to play it so much anymore, but maybe it would be a useful practice now and then. Tetris, while a game of speed and strategy, also teaches us acceptance, flexibility, and gratitude if we are open to learning. There […]
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6:22 PM | Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels
Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction […]
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5:19 PM | Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes
Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for you? Once you say no, […]
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4:53 PM | Comment requested: Academic credit for reviewing
This seems a very interesting blog written by Rebecca Lawrence. The link is below. I am re-posting it for the NIF community. Link to original blog: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/08/22/peer-review-service-recognition-orcid-casrai-recommendations-need-your-feedback/ Laura Paglione (Technical Director, ORCID) and I (Rebecca Lawrence) have been co-chairing the CASRAI Peer Review Services Working Group to look at the best way to recognise referee reports as a formal […]
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4:21 PM | Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too
Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep […]
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4:12 PM | How Does Exercise Improve the Brain?
When I started college, my best friend and I started a regular workout schedule to evade the infamous freshman fifteen. The odds were already out of my favor when I started to work at the dining hall right next to my freshman dorm. We were not as intense as Olympic runner Allyson Felix pictured above. […]
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4:05 PM | Are failing bees our warning sign?
It’s become something of a rite of spring. Every March, […]
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3:47 PM | Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second […]
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3:46 PM | Monthly blood transfusions reduce sickle cell anemia-related brain injury in children
Regular blood transfusions prevent recurrent blockage of brain blood vessels, […]
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3:44 PM | U.S. FDA 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Fact Sheet
Fast Facts Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic […]
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3:40 PM | The irregular firing properties of thalamic head direction cells mediate turn-specific modulation of the directional tuning curve
Take-home message: Anterior thalamic head direction cells are interesting in all sorts of ways. Here, we show that head direction cells remain active during sleep (how interesting is that?!), replicate the finding that these cells fire at different rates depending on whether … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Confirmed: 800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems
In a finding that has implications for life in other […]
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2:57 PM | For what it's worth: breaking down "belief in" GW vs. "belief in" AGW as function of partisanship & OCSI
As a result of (a) my aggregation of responses to the two-part question used to assess "belief in" human-caused global warming and (b) my failure to indicate that in the Figure label, there was some understandable confusion in the discussion in response to the "What exactly is going on in their heads?" post. This should help. Again, the "belief in" question I used -- patterned on standard opinion polling ones used by firms like Pew & Gallup-- has two parts: "From what you’ve read and […]
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2:35 PM | 10 Things Parents Wish Educators Knew about Eating Disorders
1. Eating disorders are real and deadly illnesses and having one is not a choice. Your reaction, as an administrator or teacher, to a disclosure of an eating disorder should be the same as if you were told a child had leukemia. Certain eating disorders have a mortality rate as high as 20 percent. Eating disorders are […]
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2:22 PM | How Unwanted Negative Thoughts Could Be Treated By Changing Memories
Cutting-edge research explores how memories can be modified after recall. Hope for effectively treating unwanted negative thoughts may come from new techniques that can alter vivid, long-established memories. Unwanted negative thoughts are core components of problems like addictions and... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Possibility of Selectively Erasing […]
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1:58 PM | Nerdoscientist on the job: Sensory Market Research
I’ve definitely dropped the ball on my own blog here at the Nerdoscientist blog. Basically, I’ve taken a position with a market research company that utilizes psychological testing and applied … Continue reading →
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: August 22, 2014
Why You Struggle With Relationships If you’re constantly stumbling over relationships with relatives, co-workers, friends and romantic partners, you’re probably fed up. Maybe you want to give up. But before you throw in the towel, check out this Sounds True podcast with clinical psychologist Dr. Welwood. Here is a snippet that explains the root of […]
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9:32 AM | Calligraphy of Change
Change, growth is often invisible. Too subtle, too gradual, too incremental to notice. Sometimes too erratic, too spontaneous – each precedent, each pattern-break as messy as a brush stroke. Yet, eventually a healing vector emerges. A pattern of wellbeing begins to evidence itself. Shinagawa Tetsuzan, a Buddhist calligrapher and a poet, wrote: “Don’t know when, […]
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7:49 AM | Many Paths, Many Ends
Human beings are driven by many different goals throughout their life and though the goals of one individual would be different from other, the major goals of life can be classified as striving towards finding happiness, success, integrity and meaning in life. I have blogged elsewhere about how the [...]Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
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7:49 AM | Reader reactions to news of terrorism depend on the images that are used
After viewing images of terrorists people reported feelings of anger and fearHow readers' emotions are affected by media reports of terrorist attacks depends on the the photos used to accompany the story. That's according to an analysis by Aarti Iyer and colleagues, who say these different emotional reactions in turn lead to support for different government policies.Over two-hundred British adults (aged 18 to 68; 92 women), many based in London, read a news summary of the London terrorist […]
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7:47 AM | Serum microRNA profiles and autism
I cannot pretend to be an expert on microRNA (miRNA). Indeed, it was only after reading the paper by Mahesh Mundalil Vasu and colleagues [1] (open-access) talking about serum microRNA profiles in children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), that I started my learning journey about these small non-coding RNAs. So please, go easy with me on this one...Hamlet @ Wikipedia Quite a good [short] introduction to microRNAs can be found here. If you want something a […]

Mundalil Vasu, M., Anitha, A., Thanseem, I., Suzuki, K., Yamada, K., Takahashi, T., Wakuda, T., Iwata, K., Tsujii, M., Sugiyama, T. & Mori, N. (2014). Serum microRNA profiles in children with autism, Molecular Autism, 5 (1) 40. DOI: 10.1186/2040-2392-5-40

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