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October 16, 2014

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4:23 PM | Network of BioThings Hackathon – Nov 7-9
The Network of BioThings is sponsoring a hackathon. NoB Hackathon poster Come one, come all. Mainly though, sign up because space is fairly limited.
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4:18 PM | NASA Study Finds 1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years
A new study using a reconstruction of North American drought […]
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4:09 PM | ‘Nature’s comedian’ the lemur enjoys an informative trip to the toilet
Emily loves Justin – Stop global warming – Two more […]
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4:07 PM | Adenosine can melt ‘love handles’
The number of overweight persons is greatly increasing worldwide – […]
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2:37 PM | Empathy Can Sometimes Motivate This Dark, Unjustified Behaviour
Empathy has a dark side which is at odds with its image as a cure-all for the world's problems. 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:How To Get a Narcissist to Feel Empathy Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy The Honking Experiment: Can You Predict Your Driving Behaviour? People’s Suprising Empathy With The Pain of Their Enemies Chronic Stress […]
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2:33 PM | Sound Therapy: an Amazing Tool to Change Your State of Mind & Enhance Well-being
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla Using sound to heal the body and relax the mind is nothing new; in fact it goes back to the beginning of time, but some of the most interesting … READ MORE
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2:23 PM | Top 10 ADHD Blogs of 2014
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It’s also sometimes known as just attention deficit disorder. What happens when people with ADHD enter the blogosphere? Often they navigate their behavior with quirky, fun and informative blogging, and tell the story of ADHD as it really is, transcending the stereotype of a […]
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2:00 PM | Do What You Can and Don’t Worry About the Odds Against You
I have been blogging a bit about a fabulous book called “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. At some point, this book has become less about gaining a simple “tortoise education” and more about learning how to simply live life. In one of my favorite quotes, the author writes (this about watching a single […]
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12:51 PM | Moon saw volcanic eruptions in geologically recent times
Dark outpourings of lava gave the “man in the moon” […]
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12:49 PM | Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder
A team of scientists led by researchers at the UMass […]
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12:00 PM | Stigma and Seeking Hellp
Perceived public stigma regarding seeking mental health treatment can be a barrier to accessing services for young adults. While factors associating with personal stigma regarding how one would view and treat others have been identified, the discrepancies between perceived and...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day 
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10:56 AM | Virtual Reality Research — Some Early Problems with Data Reanalysis and Risks of Open Data
Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:She Blinded Me with Science (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last week, Stephen Colbert interviewed Leon Wieseltier, editor of the New Republic. Ever the provocateur, Colbert immediately challenged Wieseltier to state his critique of modern culture…
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10:45 AM | 7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt
Everyone experiences self-doubt. It’s one of the most common concerns psychotherapist Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, encounters in her therapy and career counseling. Self-doubt shows up in different ways. It might manifest as seeking advice or validation for decisions because we don’t trust ourselves, she said. It may mean minimizing yourself, such as saying that a […]
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9:25 AM | Complexity and safety
Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George Robotham Introduction Early in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, […] The post Complexity and safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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8:59 AM | MicroRNAs and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"No one User wrote me! I'm worth millions of their man-years!"Not so long ago I posted an entry talking about microRNAs and autism (see here). As well as including some rather interesting, if preliminary findings, that particular piece of work also served to introduce yet another layer of complexity to our genome and its expression: microRNAs.I was therefore always going to be more than a little intrigued by the results published by Ekua Brenu and colleagues [1] and their observations on […]

Brenu EW, Ashton KJ, Batovska J, Staines DR & Marshall-Gradisnik SM (2014). High-Throughput Sequencing of Plasma MicroRNA in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25238588

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6:00 AM | JUST PUBLISHED: Resilience and Responses to Persistent Pain
The concept of resilience is of considerable interest in clinical practice.  The resilient person shows relatively speedy recovery from a disturbance and an ability to resume their former work practices, habits and normal life.  In addition, they are able to maintain that recovery over the long-term.The maintenance of recovery is of particular interest in patients suffering from chronic pain, since the presence of persistent pain leads to a raft of behavioural and cognitive changes […]

Newton-John TR, Mason C & Hunter M (2014). The role of resilience in adjustment and coping with chronic pain., Rehabilitation psychology, 59 (3) 360-5. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25019306

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3:56 AM | What Makes a Safety Management System Fly
What Makes a Safety Management System Fly Had quite a bit of interest recently in this article – one of the most popular articles written by the late, great George Robotham – download his free E-Books HERE Original published by the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Safety Best-Practice Specialty Newsletter, Spring 2002,Vol.1, No.3, incorporated […] The post What Makes a Safety Management System Fly appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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2:21 AM | How to Distinguish Your Core Self From Your Inner Critic
Each of us has an inner critic. In fact, we’re hardwired for one, according to Tara Mohr in her fantastic book Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message. She describes the inner critic as an expression of our safety instinct. It’s the part of us that yearns to stay safe from dangers like […]

October 15, 2014

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10:35 PM | Falling into Autumn: How to Keep Moving With Your Endings and Beginnings
During the time of the Fall Equinox, which fell this year on the same week as a new moon, the energy shift feels palpable. Many people can feel the change in light and weather, and treat September as its own sort of New Year. The new moon represents new beginnings, a moment to plant seeds […]
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9:21 PM | Heroes don’t deliberate before they act
People who risk their lives to save strangers do so […]
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9:18 PM | Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about […]
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5:52 PM | My Dog Comes First: The Importance of Pets to Homeless Youth
Dogs and cats have both advantages and disadvantages for street-involved youth.Photo: everst / ShutterstockResearch by Michelle Lem et al (University of Guelph) asks homeless young people (aged 18-24) what their pet means to them. Previous studies have focussed on the benefits to homeless people of owning a dog or cat. The aim of this study was to get a balanced picture of both the advantages and disadvantages. Ten homeless young people took part in in-depth interviews about their pet. 8 […]

Lem, M., Coe, J.B., Haley, D.B., Stone, E. & O'Grady, W. (2013). Effects of companion animal ownership among Canadian street-involved youth: A qualitative analysis, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, XL (4) 285-304.

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5:42 PM | Your First Date: Make Sure Your Genes Fit
Getting ready for a first date involves preparations to look and feel good. It might involve a new ‘do,’ a clean shave, or fresh new outfit with a great pair of jeans that fit perfectly. But great-fitting jeans are not the only thing that people are making sure fit before their first date. People can now check that their genes fit. Yep, genes -- as in our DNA -- before going on a first date.  Love Is In the Air Our body smell is an important determining factor of whether […]
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4:01 PM | Astronomers Spot Faraway Uranus-Like Planet
First “ice giant” planet found in another solar system Our […]
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3:56 PM | Antioxidant found in grapes uncorks new targets for acne treatment
ot grapes? UCLA researchers have demonstrated how resveratrol, an antioxidant […]
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3:55 PM | Obesity accelerates aging of the liver
Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an […]
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3:54 PM | Early childhood neglect associated with altered brain structure, ADHD
Under the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, thousands of Romanian […]
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3:52 PM | Earth’s magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime
Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that […]
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3:49 PM | Rise of the Machines
It’s already happening: Machines, spurred by massive gains in processing […]
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3:48 PM | Study proves biodiversity buffers disease
When a community is biodiverse with many different species, the […]
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