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April 13, 2014

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3:42 PM | Digging
Champaign-Urbana is finally experiencing beautiful spring weather after a brutal (for central Illinois) winter, so I spent Saturday afternoon digging out my garden and filling in the holes that my dogs have dug in the yard. As I pulled up chunks of grass + dirt, I had the idea to transplant these hunks to the Continue Reading
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3:18 PM | Research Finds Chips With Olestra Cause Body Toxins to Dip
According to a clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati […]
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3:16 PM | Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers
University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College […]
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3:15 PM | Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of U.S. Clean Air Act
The rise and fall of acid rain is a global […]
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2:17 PM | Confessions of a lapsed diet tracker
“I stuck with diet tracking for a while, but it got to be too much. When I’m stressed, and admittedly, when my eating is out of control, I stop. I don’t want to see the damage. I know I’m putting ...
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2:00 PM | Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin
Astonishing place.Filed under: Uncategorized
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1:15 PM | The Facial Expression That Makes You Appear Smarter
Study finds men's actual intelligence can be read in their facial features but women's cannot.→ 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:Beard Psychology: 4 Signals That Serious Facial Hair Sends How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy The ‘Beer Goggles’ Effect: What Causes It? 10 Smart Studies that Help Unlock the Mysteries of Intelligence High Emotional […]
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12:17 PM | John Waters (not the other one) on depression: ‘Not even wrong’
John Waters (the columnist, not the other one - don’t confuse them!) is quoted in today’s Sunday Independent as follows: “I don’t believe in depression. There’s no such thing. It’s an invention. It’s bullshit,” he said, “it’s a cop out.” To which I can … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | When Summer Wouldn't Come (Part One of Three)
1816 was a very bad year. Across the entire Northern hemisphere, what would become known as The Year Without A Summer led to massive food shortages due to the overall drop in temperatures and the failure of food crops. Beginning...            Related StoriesExploring the Hollow EarthThe Great BillickThe Twin Doctor 
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11:31 AM | Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 4.13.14
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these […]
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10:45 AM | 5 Ways to Get Unstuck from a Creative Block
I’ve always been curious about how others work — other writers, researchers, artists. I wonder what inspires them. I wonder about the particulars of their process. I wonder how they overcome self-doubt and fears of failure. These questions have been at the forefront of my mind even more, now that I’m working on my own […]
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10:35 AM | Coma alarm dreams
Intensive Care Medicine has published a wonderfully written and vivid account from a teenager who spent time brain injured and hallucinating in an intensive care unit. The writer describes how he was admitted to intensive care at the age of 15 after suffering a head injury and had intense and bizarre hallucinations which are, as […]
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10:06 AM | New Chinese herbal medicine has significant potential in treating hepatitis C
Data from a late-breaking abstract presented at the International Liver […]
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10:01 AM | Splice Variants Reveal Connections Among Autism Genes
A team of researchers from the University of California, San […]
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9:40 AM | Circumstances of the life and brain
Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has written a philosophical, incisive and exasperated book about brain surgery called Do No Harm. It’s a hugely entertaining read as Marsh takes us through the practical and emotional process of operating, or not operating, on patients with neurological disorders. He does a lot of moaning – about hospital management, computerisation, administration […]
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8:17 AM | Just Is
Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Reality, ultimate reality, is free from all adjectives.” This is an essential point: reality isn’t this or that, reality isn’t good or bad, reality just is. The rest is mind-work of adjectivizing. [Adjectivizing (labeling, describing) is the psychology of suffering. As soon as you begin to talk of good, you begin […]
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4:53 AM | Out of the Mouth of Babes
Our busy world keeps us from "doing the things that keep us in balance, healthy, and connected with our inner selves and our place in the world."  --SavorI think the idea of balance and that we, as women, have the right to have it takes us by surprise. And forget about an inner self. We wouldn't recognize her if we saw her.Our culture pushes the idea of women who are always on the go, and too often that's true. We're all so very busy. Our health, our well-being, goes on the back burner. […]

April 12, 2014

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10:15 PM | Dealing with Betrayal
Betrayal is one of the most painful human experiences. Discovering that someone we trusted has deeply hurt us pulls the reality rug from under us. When we see the word “betrayal” we may immediately think “affair.” But betrayal comes in many forms. Abandonment, vicious gossip, and spreading lies also may be experienced as betrayal. Perhaps […]
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7:27 PM | This is how stigma works
Sussex Police issue a statement about ‘Concern for missing Chichester man’, ITN News report it as ‘Police warn public over missing mental health patient’. Sussex police: Police are appealing for information about missing 43-year old Jason Merriman, who left The Oaklands Centre for Acute Care in Chichester on unescorted leave at 12.45pm on Friday 11 […]
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7:27 PM | How We Know Babies Are Born With The Structure of Language
Study finds that two-day-old infants prefer some basic linguistic building blocks over others.→ 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:10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language Origins of Language: Neanderthals May Have Been Able to Talk New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language Can You Copy Other […]
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6:40 PM | 7 Psychology Facts That Sound Like Myths, But Aren't
7 Psychology Facts That Sound Like Myths, But Aren't: Last week, we shared “10 of Psychology’s Greatest Myths,” which came courtesy of Scott Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein’s compendium of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. In writing the book, Lilienfeld and his co-authors sought to encourage a skeptical way of thinking. Just because something makes intuitive sense and has been repeated and repeated over decades and even […]
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3:35 PM | Movie Review: Frankie & Alice
It’s been 57 years since The Three Faces of Eve premiered in move theaters. One of the first cinematic portrayals of serious mental illness, the movie starred Joanne Woodward. She would end up winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance portraying three different personalities in one individual in the film. Enter Halle […]
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2:07 PM | WeSpeechies: A meeting point on Twitter
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1:55 PM | Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using Zeus Malware
Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy […]
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1:32 PM | Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: Slim to none
Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99 […]
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10:45 AM | Non-Judging, Non-Striving and the Pillars of Mindfulness Practice
Twelve of us sit in a circle at the third session of the mindfulness-based stress reduction course (MBSR) offered at the hospital. The program was developed 35 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn at his Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is meant to help persons with difficult and chronic illnesses […]
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10:26 AM | Plenty of Meat, No Need to Think
The other day, with a few minutes to kill, I pick up a book from a shelf.  It’s a copy of “Thinking” by Gary Kirby and Jeffrey Goodpastor. The book is “designed to challenge your mind and to strengthen your thinking ability.” A good book. I skimmed it before. I flip to the last page […]
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4:53 AM | Should We Want Our Children Fearless?
Son: Watch my new McTwist-half fakie kickflip! Caption: It’s not that children are fearless! They just don’t know any better… ———————————————————————————————- Is Your Child Fearless There is a noticeable connection between fearless children and the more timid children.  As a father of […]
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4:01 AM | It's Not You...It's How I React to You
Read more about breakup here. From pdlcomics.tumblr.com.
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3:46 AM | Brain Determining Body?
One of the most sensitive, and often the most ignored, sensory system is the ear and the auditory pathways of the brain. Auditory information is so constant in our daily lives, that we can’t possibly attend to all of it at once. Such information is, however, extremely detailed, and with mere micro-adjustments of the body […]
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