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March 31, 2015

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5:00 AM | Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar
Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at … Continue reading »The post Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar appeared first on CitizenSci.
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3:30 AM | Will not stop using cannabis
Former users never completely let go of the good feelings they associate with cannabis. It makes them feel young, free and independent.
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1:42 AM | Men Who Eat Produce That Usually Has Higher Pesticide Residues May Have Lower Semen Quality
A new paper creates a link between exposure to pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables and semen quality. Men who ate fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues, like strawberries, spinach, and peppers, had lower sperm count and a lower percentage of normal sperm than those who ate produce with lower residue levels, according to the new paper.read more
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1:25 AM | Intelligent Neuroprostheses: Brain-Controlled Devices Mimic Natural Motor Control
Researchers have tested a range of neuroprosthetic devices, from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs, that work with their users to intelligently perform tasks.They work by decoding brain signals to determine the actions their users want to take, and then use advanced robotics to do the work of the spinal cord in orchestrating the movements. The use of shared control - new to neuroprostheses - "empowers users to perform complex tasks," says José del R. Millán, who presented […]
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1:05 AM | “Fair-weather” scepticism
My old man used to label us kids as “fair-weather sailors” when we bitched about working outside during bad weather. That phrase comes to my mind sometimes when I come across people who claim to be “sceptics ” (“Skeptics”) behaving very … Continue reading →
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12:27 AM | Florida researchers find one in five college students may have misophonia – a hypersensitivity to sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking
Almost one in five college students are so sensitive to common, annoying sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking that they may have misophonia—a little-understood condition where people overreact to irritating noises. The results come from a University of South … Continue reading →

Wu MS, Lewin AB, Murphy TK & Storch EA (2014). Misophonia: incidence, phenomenology, and clinical correlates in an undergraduate student sample., Journal of clinical psychology, 70 (10) 994-1007. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24752915

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12:17 AM | The Body of Evidence: Podcast and Radio Guest Appearance
Originally posted on Moutons No More:? Those of you who came to Funny You Should Think That! 10 last Saturday in the Old Port of Montreal were the first to witness the birth of a new Moutons No More production: a podcast called The Body of Evidence. Dr. Christopher Labos, who was my guest on episode 204…

March 30, 2015

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11:56 PM | Boeing Just Patented A Futuristc Shockwave-Shielding Device For Soldiers
According to USA Today… “Star Wars jokes aside, Boeing actually just patented a force field that would use energy to deflect explosions. For real; it’s called, “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc.”     The patent, which was granted to Boeing on Mar. 17, credits senior Boeing researcher Brian J. Tillotson as the inventor. According to Forbes… “As described in the typically dense language of a patent, the […]
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11:48 PM | Jane Goodall On InstinctI love this video featuring Dr. Jane...
Jane Goodall On InstinctI love this video featuring Dr. Jane Goodall speaking beautifully about her journey in science, the love affair with Tarzan that inspired her as a child, and how instead of doing what all the other scientists said was “right”, she followed her instincts and curiosity in her historic research on chimpanzees. She also does some mean chimpanzee impressions!People like Jane Goodall have used the study of animals to inject a beautiful sort of humility into the […]
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10:47 PM | Is it possible to circumvent metadata retention and retain your privacy?
There has been quite a lot discussion lately on how to avoid metadata retention, particularly in the context of leaking sensitive information to journalists. Subject:  Technology
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10:01 PM | First Map with Cartodb
Demonstrating the embedding feature with WordPress.com The following map displays the number of dead in Batroun during the 1915-1918 famine that hit Lebanon. Filed under: Uncategorized
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9:40 PM | NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for...
NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for sneezin’… and this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart is all about why we get allergies. Bonus realism: I am currently under the influence of allergies in this very video!Allergies are weird. Our immune system apparently has nothing better to do than unleash snotty hell all over perfectly harmless things like pollen, dust, pet dander, and even some foods. So, thanks for that, T-cells! Interestingly, richer […]
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8:51 PM | Confirmation Bias: Why The Moon Gets Blamed For A Lot
In ancient times, attributing effects to the moon made some sense. If it could change tides, which everyone except Galileo recognized it did, why not cause effects in people? read more
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8:31 PM | Fasting and less-toxic cancer drug may work as well as chemotherapy
Fasting in combination with chemotherapy has already been shown to kill cancer cells, but a pair of new studies in mice suggests that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting may kill breast, colorectal and lung cancer cells equally well. If shown to work in humans, this combination could replace chemotherapy and make fasting a potent component of a long-term strategy to treat cancer, according to senior author Valter Longo of USC. Subject:  Health & […]
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8:24 PM | Media's Response To The IPCC Examined
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a group of climate change experts representatively selected from regions around the world that periodically releases Assessment Reports in order to inform policymakers and the public about the latest evidence for climate change. The publication of each report is a key event in the debate about climate change, but their reception and coverage in the media has varied widely. A new paper has for the first time analyzed how Twitter, TV and […]
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8:24 PM | Greenhouse Gases Unbalanced
Natural wetlands usually emit methane and sequester carbon dioxide. Anthropogenic interventions, in particular the conversion of wetlands for agriculture, result in a significant increase in CO2 emissions, which overcompensate potential decreases in methane emission. A large international research team now calculated that the conversion of arctic and boreal wetlands into agricultural land would result in an additional cumulative radiative forcing of about 0,1 MilliJoule (mJ) per square meter […]
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7:19 PM | The Oncoming Medical Disaster…With No Cure In Sight
The helplessness of Alzheimer's Disease.
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7:18 PM | Inexhaustibility
This is the first of four posts about key ideas from my book The Shadow of Consciousness. We start with the so-called Easy Problem, about how the human mind does its problem-solving, organism-guiding thing. If robots have Artificial Intelligence, we might call this the problem of Natural Intelligence. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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6:55 PM | Cats relax to the sound of music
According to research published today in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon and a clinic in the nearby town of Barreiro in Portugal, music is likewise beneficial for cats in the surgical environment. But not all music is equal in this respect - cats, it seems, benefit most from classical music. Subject:  Animal Research
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6:52 PM | NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for...
NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for sneezin’… and this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart is all about why we get allergies. Bonus realism: I am currently under the influence of allergies in this very video!Allergies are weird. Our immune system apparently has nothing better to do than unleash snotty hell all over perfectly harmless things like pollen, dust, pet dander, and even some foods. So, thanks for that, T-cells! Interestingly, richer […]
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6:51 PM | Stop blaming the moon
"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. "Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens of studies show that the belief is unfounded," said Jean-Luc Margot, a UCLA professor of planetary astronomy. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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6:33 PM | The US Just Dropped 60,000 of These Propaganda Leaflets On ISIS’s Syrian Capital
On March 15, a U.S. Air Force F-16 jet flew a mission over the Syrian city of Raqqa, which ISIS has claimed as the capital of its so-called Islamic caliphate. But the fighter jet wasn’t dropping bombs on ISIS stronghold. Instead, it was dropping tens of thousands of propaganda leaflets aimed at discouraging people from joining the militant group. The leaflets depict quite a grisly scene: a number of young recruits lining up to join ISIS only to be thrown […]
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6:20 PM | Urine Is Not Really Sterile
Urine is commonly believed to be sterile until it reaches the urethra but that has led to numerous misconceptions about what can and should or should not be done with it. Drinking urine is a bad idea, for example, because even though it is sterile it contains urea and other substances that can still be toxic.read more
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5:43 PM | Methane-Generating Microbes In Arctic Lake Sediments Will Increase Production With Warming
A new study finds that in scenarios of increasing global temperatures, methane-generating microbes, found in thawing lake sediments may ramp up production.Though methane stays in the atmosphere for far less time than CO2, it is 25X more potent during that period. Concerns about methane have risen because of concerns about possible leaks due to increased natural gas, which produces far less CO2 than coal, and that methane may be released as climate changes.read more
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5:00 PM | Why Anti-vaxxers Just 'Know' They're Right
Anti-vaccination beliefs can cause real, substantive harm, as shown by the recent outbreak of measles in the US. These developments are as shocking and distressing as their consequences are predictable. But if the consequences are so predictable, why do the beliefs persist? It is not simply that anti-vaxxers don’t understand how vaccines work (some of them may not, but not all of them). Neither are anti-vaxxers simply resistant to all of modern medicine (I’m sure that many of them […]
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4:29 PM | Spontaneous Coronary Artery Disease Is Inherited, Finds Study
A new study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition, researchers say. read more
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4:29 PM | For Pro Singers, Outcomes After Thyroid Cancer Surgery Are Good
A diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be devastating to professional singers, because surgical removal of the thyroid commonly causes voice changes. Massachusetts Eye and Ear surgeons developed a neural monitoring system to be used intraoperatively to improve outcomes. In the first study of its kind, they confirmed the hypothesis that the careers of singers and professional voice users are not impaired after thyroid surgery using this device. read more
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4:28 PM | Infant Health Leads To Concerns Over Online Marketing Of Human Breast Milk
The sale of human breast milk on the internet poses serious risks to infant health and needs urgent regulation, according to a new editorial in BMJ. The nutritional benefits of breast milk for babies are widely documented, but many new mothers find it difficult or are unable to breastfeed. In addition to social pressure, this pushes some mothers to purchase human breast milk on the internet - a market that has been growing rapidly. Despite appearing as healthy and beneficial products, many new […]
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4:28 PM | Where Are Britain's Most Extroverted, Agreeable And Emotionally Stable Regions?
There are significant differences in personalities between regions in Britain - Scots are amongst the friendliest and most co-operative residents, Londoners the most open and Welsh people are the least emotionally stable, according to analysis of surveys of just under 400,000 people from England, Wales or Scotland (Northern Ireland was excluded as sample sizes were too small), around two-thirds of whom were female. The study is based on data that was gathered as part of the Big Personality […]
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