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February 25, 2015

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5:25 AM | Killer whales and walruses more closely related to wolves than each other
New study shows how some animals ended up looking very similar yet share almost none of the same genetic mutations.
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5:02 AM | Can’t stand the sounds of chewing, loud breathing, or pen clicking? Dutch psychiatrists propose that may be the symptom of a new disorder
In 2013, Dutch psychiatrists proposed that misophonia – a hypersensitivity to common, irritating noises like eating, loud breathing, and pen clicking – be classified as its own psychiatric disorder. After evaluating 42 Dutch patients with the disorder, the psychiatrists concluded … Continue reading →

Schröder A, Vulink N & Denys D (2013). Misophonia: diagnostic criteria for a new psychiatric disorder., PloS one, 8 (1) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23372758

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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 24 February 2015
A Toronto mystery deepens: Was it a tunnel or a bunker? Thai authorities rescue 150 Pangolins destined for traditional medicine. Astrology could solve crisis in the NHS, says Tory MP – Telegraph. Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists – Telegraph. (TERRIBLE headline. Wrong.) Purple UFO Interrupts Peru TV Show.… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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2:32 AM | What do we actually know about these "Molly" overdoses in CT?
News broke out of Connecticut yesterday that 12 people on the Wesleyan University campus were hospitalized after consuming "Molly".Wesleyan campus rocked by student overdoses Wesleyan overdose highlight risks of party drug "Molly" A dozen at Wesleyan sickened by bad batch of Molly, officials sayI'm not going to hash out why these are examples of maybe ok to horrible reporting on the matter, but with all of the information that we actually know from these articles, the story can be […]
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12:33 AM | SfN adopts CC BY license
In August of last year, 57 members of the scientific community signed an open letter to the Society for Neuroscience outlining our concerns about their new open access journal, eNeuro. In particular, we objected to SfN’s plans to use the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) license as default and charge authors an extra $500 to […]
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12:22 AM | Scientists Call for Urgent Investigation As More Mysterious Craters Appear In Siberia
Last July, scientists discovered a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia. Within a week, scientists had uncovered two more similar craters in the region. Since then, four more craters have been catalogued in Siberia, bringing the official total to seven. But researchers think the actual number may be much higher than that: “I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters […]
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12:00 AM | Mandarin Speakers Read Emotions In Voices, English Speakers In Faces
Mandarin-speaking Chinese more likely to read emotions in the voices of others, while English-speaking North Americans rely more on facial expressions, according to a new paper. That may be why Americans think Chinese language is exaggerated while the Chinese believe Americans are too physically expressive.Yet it isn't just a style issue, it can be seen in brain activity.read more

February 24, 2015

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11:43 PM | Stockholm, The World's Most Sun-Deprived Capital, Has A Lab With Solar 24 Hours A Day
Stockholm is considered the world's most sunlight-deprived capital - in November of 2014 the Swedes living there had just a few hours of the stuff and in winter months, it will get dark at 3 PM anyway, so if the sun is hidden by clouds, it can be a real downer. Yet not everywhere in Sweden is so bleak. Because there are so few solar laboratories in the world, KTH Royal Institute of Technology reasoned that Stockholm was the perfect place to build one and in there, the future is bright […]
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11:23 PM | Flatbread physics
“You must use a bread machine.” That’s the most common response when I reveal that I bake bread. Though I do have a bread machine, I seldom use it any more. For many, though, the limitation to making bread is the absence of an functional oven (I have heard anecdotes of ovens being used exclusively to store kitchen paraphernalia). In many parts of the world, owning an oven is a luxury - but that does not exclude one from exploring the range of flatbreads. Flatbreads […]
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10:52 PM | FCC Internet Regulation Plan Ignores History Of Past Failures
Will the FCC repeat past mistakes of regulating telecommunications as utilities? ShutterstockFederal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler claims that his plan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under Title II of the 1934 Telecommunications Act is “rooted in long-standing regulatory principles.”That’s not necessarily a good thing. read more
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9:43 PM | FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive
The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Skechers still sketchy with shoe marketing Sensa and others in federal […]
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9:39 PM | Facial Expression More Important To Conveying Emotion In Music Than In Speech
Regular concert-goers are used to seeing singers use expressive and even very dramatic facial expressions - that's because it works.Music and speech are alike in that they use both facial and acoustic cues to engage listeners in an emotional experience and so  a team of researchers at McGill University wondered what roles these different cues played in conveying emotions. read more
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9:27 PM | Just Three Natural Gas Grants In Texas Generated $128 Million Last Year
If wind and solar companies want to continue to get government money, they should take a page out of the natural gas playbook - a new economic analysis found that just three state grants to support natural gas programs totaling $52.9 million generated $128 million in economic impact and 927 full-time jobs in 2014. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administered the three grants: the Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT), the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program […]
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9:11 PM | Poison power: From Cleopatra to Cyclops
Cleopatra's suicide from the bite of an asp, as depicted in an early 19th-century drama. (Image via Folger Shakespeare Library.)Why did Cleopatra choose to be bitten by a poisonous snake when she had access to any number of plant poisons to commit suicide?In the video below, Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave explains how the Egyptian queen experimented before picking her poison. She also describes how the myth of Cyclops may have originated from the effects of a medicinal herb.Poison has […]
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8:37 PM | CT Scan Reveals Mummy Encapsulated Inside Ancient Buddhist Statue
A computed tomography (CT) scan of a Chinese statue has revealed that a mummified Buddhist monk, whose organs were replaced with ancient Chinese scrolls, is encased within the sculpture. The scan was carried out by researchers at Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands, who confirmed earlier predictions that the statue contained such a mummy. Computed tomography: an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the […]
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8:08 PM | Analytical Chemistry – A Guide to Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Today’s graphic is one for the chemists, with a guide to chemical shifts in proton nuclear magnetic resonance. At first glance, for those without a background in chemistry, this may well look largely nonsensical – however, if you’re interested in learning a little more about how chemists can work out the structures of organic compounds, read on […]
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8:00 PM | The power of hunger
You’re probably aware that going to the supermarket when you’re hungry is a bad idea. Research published back in 1969 showed that people tend to buy more food if they hadn’t eaten recently and were hungry. But that’s not the only way hunger affects the choices we make.
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7:39 PM | Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts
“As epidemiological evidence goes, this is about as weak as it gets.” That is the comment by Prof David Coggon, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Southampton, on a new paper claiming hyporthyroidism is linked to water fluoridation. Published yesterday … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | A Search Warrant For Your Brain?
In coming decades it may be possible to use brain imaging as legal evidence.
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6:28 PM | How to live forever
The fact that we cannot agree on whether our sense of self would survive copying is a reminder that our general understanding of consciousness and self-awareness is incredibly weak and limited. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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6:00 PM | Going Vegetarian Is Not A Magic Bullet To Stop Climate Change
Can he be the global warming culprit? LinkCould our meat-loving Western diets push climate change over the edge? That was the message of a recent report from UK think tank Chatham House that, even if the world moves away from fossil fuels, growth in meat and dairy consumption could still take global warming beyond the safe threshold of 2C. read more
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5:47 PM | New precision drugs target cancer weak spots
Scientists have identified weak spots in cancer cells that could be targeted and attacked by new precision drugs. A major computational analysis by scientists at the University of Sussex and The Institute of Cancer Research, London, has found a number of potential targets for drugs that exploit the inherent weaknesses of cancer cells. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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5:03 PM | Social Networks May Save College Radio
The demise of radio has been predicted for 70 years, but it is still going strong - it is just more consolidated than it was in the past. Even college radio which, thanks to taxpayers, isn't under the same financial pressure as the corporate kind, has declined in popularity, because young people have been listening to the radio much less.Yet since 2008, social networks have been changing that. Like much of college radio, it wasn't planned but they made it a feature as it happened. rea
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4:58 PM | Time travel consciousness
Can you change your mind after the deed is done? Ezequiel Di Paolo thinks you can, sometimes. More specifically, he believes that acts can become intentional after they have already been performed. His theory, which seems to imply a kind of time travel, is set out in a paper in the latest Journal of Consciousness Studies. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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4:46 PM | Anger may trigger a heart attack!
University of Sydney research reveals that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger. Published today in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, this is the first Australian study to investigate the link between acute emotional triggers and high risk of severe cardiac episodes. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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4:16 PM | Bubonic Plague Linked To Climate Change In Asia
Credit: L. Sabetelli / Wellcome, CC BYThe Black Death struck Europe in 1347, killing 30-50% of the European population in six violent years. It wasn’t a one-off epidemic: it signaled the start of the second plague pandemic in Europe that lasted for hundreds of years and only slowly disappeared from the continent after the Great Plague of London in 1665-1666. read more
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3:17 PM | Hippocrates Health Institute director ordered to cease and desist
At the end of 2014, we heard about the dispute over a Canadian aboriginal child with treatable leukemia who was refusing chemotherapy and using naturopathy through a Florida clinic. This followed the story of another girl of the same community with the same illness who went to the same clinic. That girl, Makayla Sault, died in… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:UPDATED – the inevitable: Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada One […]
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3:11 PM | Speeding up the battle against slowing minds | Amy Coats
New research from UCL brings us closer to finding out what’s behind one of our biggest killersChristopher Devas has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. For his wife, Veronica, this not only means watching Alzheimer’s rob Christopher of his memory and identity, it also means watching their shared memories slip away. “Close couples are joint custodians of each other’s experiences,” says Grayson Perry, the artist who has helped raise awareness […]
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3:10 PM | Only 10 Percent Of Students Stand Up To Cyber-Bullies - But They Will Give Them A Bad Online Review
In an experiment, 221 college students in an online chat room watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes but only 10 percent did something about it, either by helping the victim or confronting the bully.Even in the safe online world, modern young people are less inclined than ever to get involved. Using the online equivalent of taking a picture of a victim rather than helping, 70 percent of participants who noticed the bullying gave the bully or the chat room a bad […]
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2:33 PM | Creating a New Identity: Transitioning from Research to Outreach
The following series is based off The Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program’s presentation at the annual AAAS meeting, presented in San Jose, CA by Jeanne Garbarino, Elizabeth Waters, and Ali Cohen. The goals for this presentation and blog post series are to introduce science outreach, how to get started in science outreach, and how to leverage science […]
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