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March 02, 2015

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1:36 AM | Can money buy happiness?
Researchers are investigating new directions in the science of spending. Four presentations during the symposium "Happy Money 2.0: New Insights Into the Relationship Between Money and Well-Being," delve into the effects of experiential purchases, potential negative impacts on abundance, the psychology of lending to friends, and how the wealthy think differently about well-being. The symposium takes place during the SPSP 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. Anticipation […]
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1:09 AM | Grieving sister and friend of missing Dublin woman say they were targeted, exploited by psychics
Londoner Berna Uyrun is angry that psychics targeted her when she was grieving, desperate, and vulnerable.  Psychics claiming to have paranormal knowledge of the location and fate of her missing sister Esra, who disappeared in 2011 from her Dublin home, managed only to contradict one another and create more confusion and anxiety. Berna was variously… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Determined volunteer group uses psychic advice to find child. No luck. Psychic screw up: […]
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12:34 AM | Why Spike Lee Kept Me Up ‘Til 4 in the Morning
So, let’s talk about Bamboozled, a Spike Lee film from 2001.  I know that it’s kind of late to be doing a review, but I think some movies need reflection more than review.  Maybe the climate is right for reflection.  After the Academy snub of Selma and the terrifying ethics brooding beneath the surface of [...] The post Why Spike Lee Kept Me Up ‘Til 4 in the Morning appeared first on HeadStuff.

March 01, 2015

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11:53 PM | yearoftheglitch:For Jonas Salk The complete polio virus genome...
yearoftheglitch:For Jonas Salk The complete polio virus genome visualized in a 6bit RGB colorspace. genome source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/KJ419277.1 A beautiful way to visualize a genome. I’m not sure exactly how this was made, but considering that 6-bit RGB has a total of 64 colors, I’m guessing every group of 3 RNA letters (poliovirus has an RNA genome) was given its own color (4^3 = 64) and the ~7500 base genome was translated into this stacked rainbow.
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10:49 PM | Why Early Triassic Swimming Reptile Fossil Tracks Preserved So Well
Fossil "swim tracks," a type of vertebrate trace fossil gaining recognition in the field of paleontology, is  made by various tetrapods (four-footed land-living vertebrates) as they traveled through water under buoyant or semibuoyant conditions.They occur in high numbers in deposits from the Early Triassic,  between the Permian and Jurassic 250 to 200 million years ago. Major extinction events mark the start and end of the Triassic but it is a but of a mystery why tracks […]
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10:31 PM | Great Barrier Reef Corals Eat Plastic
Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution - but there are obviously limits. Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic in the environment and are a widespread contaminant in marine ecosystems, particularly in inshore coral reefs. Corals are non-selective feeders and a new study shows that they can consume microplastics when the plastics are present in seawater, but obviously if it increases, corals could be […]
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10:31 PM | Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape Is Getting Some Spotlight
Credit: Brill In some ways, bonobos and chimpanzees are more similar to humans than they are each other and for that reason bonobos can provide an extremely powerful test of ideas about human uniqueness, as well as being crucial to determining the evolutionary processes by which cognitive traits evolve in apes. A special issue of Behaviour includes twelve empirical studies focusing on the behavior and cognition of both captive and wild bonobos (Pan paniscus). The contributors believe that a […]
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9:40 PM | February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Image credit: Dear Kitty. Some blog There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, … Continue reading →
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7:53 PM | Shake It Off Is Not So Easy For People With Depression
Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them -- and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The findings were made in depressed and non-depressed […]
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7:36 PM | How Brain Waves Guide Memory Formation
Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a byproduct of neuron activity, recent studies suggest that these waves may play a critical role in communication between different parts of the brain. A new study from MIT neuroscientists adds to that evidence. The researchers found that two brain regions that are key to learning -- the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex -- use two […]
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7:36 PM | Locations In The Human Genome That Harbor MicroRNAs Tripled
According to the public databases, there are currently approximately 1,900 locations in the human genome that produce microRNAs (miRNAs), the small and powerful non-coding molecules that regulate numerous cellular processes by reducing the abundance of their targets. New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week adds another roughly 3,400 such locations to that list. Many of the miRNA molecules that are produced from these newly discovered […]
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6:55 PM | Tide Changes at Tutka Bay
Tutka Bay and the Cook Inlet of Alaska have some of the highest tide swings in the world. Check out the difference between a super high tide and a ultra low tide in these photos. Use the dock sign as a reference. The floating dock really needs those tall pilings to accommodate the huge swings!The post Tide Changes at Tutka Bay appeared first on Stay Curious.
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5:45 PM | Misconceptions About The Psychology Of Food Choice
In a symposium on social psychology, psychologists are challenging the beliefs of other psychologists about the effectiveness of traditional strategies for encouraging healthy eating.  A paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association observed whether or not photographs of vegetables on a school lunch tray had an impact on the amount of vegetables eaten. The study found that placing photos of carrots and green beans did increase the amounts of vegetables eaten during lunch, but it […]
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4:33 PM | KFCs in the UK Are Planning to Sell Coffee In Edible Cups… Made Out of Cookies
Every morning, millions of Americans purchase cups of coffee to get their day going. This coffee is typically served in styrofoam cups, which do a great job of keeping the coffee hot. However, styrofoam also takes more than a million years years to decompose, making it terrible for the environment. But what if you could just eat your cup after you finish your coffee? That’s the idea that KFC had when it decided to try out edible cups at select locations in the
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4:21 PM | Bruce Lee
I became obsessed with Bruce Lee when I was about thirteen. I was big into karate and martial arts. When I say “big into”, I mean more the traditions and aesthetics of them than the actual fighting. I went to a few karate classes, and later Jeet Kune Do when I found out what it [...] The post Bruce Lee appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:04 PM | Fixing Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials
A volunteer receives a trial Ebola vaccine at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Eddie Keogh/ReutersRecently, Phase II and III trials of two vaccines for Ebola started in West Africa. The development of possible vaccines is welcome news. Like most vaccine trials, the current Ebola trials are being conducted under ethical guidelines derived from US standards for clinical research in human beings. read more
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3:05 PM | Intranasal Radiology Treatment Breaks The Migraine Cycle
After an interventional radiology intranasal treatment, migraine patients report using less pain-relief medicine for headaches, according to a paper at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinicians used a treatment called image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) blocks to give patients enough ongoing relief that they required less medication to relieve migraine pain.read more
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3:00 PM | Help Us Start a SciArt Tweet Storm
In addition to being artists ourselves, the Symbiartic team hopes to help advance the presence of images in science communication and culture. To that end, we would like to invite people making... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:49 PM | Where Emperor Penguins Survived The Last Ice Age Interglacial
Too cold for a penguin? An Ice Age brought on by global warming so severe penguins had to move?Indeed. During the last interglacial, what is colloquially called an ice age though it has been such non-stop for a few million years, only three populations of emperor penguins may have survived, because much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. read more
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2:38 PM | Cyberbystanders: Most Don't Try To Stop Online Bullies
In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim. The abuse wasn't real - the bully and the victim were part of the experiment - but the participants didn't know that. "The results didn't surprise me," said Kelly Dillon, lead author of the study and a doctoral […]
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2:38 PM | Methods To Multiply Pluripotent Cells For Potential Therapies Raise Worries About Cancer
The therapeutic promise of human stem cells is indisputably huge, but the process of translating their potential into effective, real-world treatments involves deciphering and resolving a host of daunting complexities. Writing in the February 25 online issue of the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with collaborators from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have definitively shown for the first time that the culture conditions in which […]
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2:30 PM | Danceroom Physics: Seeing The Atomic World Through Art
by Marsha Lewis, Inside Science(Inside Science TV) – Scientists often examine matter that is invisible to the naked eye. This hidden atomic world is a mystery for most people, but now a scientist created a way for people to imagine what they might see as their own bodies interact with the atoms that surround them. read more
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2:00 PM | The Diversity Challenge Facing Universities
Academia could take some lessons from Silicon Valley about diversity. Credit: WikimediaLast week, MIT released a report that closely examines the state of diversity within the university.The report considers MIT’s diversity not just in terms of students and faculty, but also looks at the Institute’s non-faculty research staff who represent approximately 28% of the institution as a whole. read more
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1:30 PM | Sun's Impact On Climate Is Greater In Cool Periods
The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interactions that control our climate. We don't really even understand the impacr of the sun - it is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler, according to a new paper in Geology.There has been discussion as to whether variations in the strength of the Sun have played a role in triggering climate change in the past, but more and more research results clearly indicate that solar activity - i.e. the […]
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12:23 PM | This Week in Chemistry: Blocking Alcohol’s Effects, & Recovering Palladium
Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a hormone that minimises the effects of drunkenness in rats, a non-metal-based catalyst for creating hydrogen from water using sunlight, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well […]
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10:00 AM | Strange fungi attack centipedes
Scientists are going to take a close look at parasitic fungi which attack centipedes. These fungi may reveal to be useful in medicin.
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8:04 AM | Black holes slow formation of new stars
New discovery helps us understand why galaxies have fewer stars than they're supposed to.
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4:11 AM | The BBC Must Wake Up To New Media Realities
Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety. WikimediaMy advice to the BBC: ignore the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee report on your future at your peril. read more
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2:10 AM | Storks Could Be Poisoned By Pesticides During Migration To Africa
Not all storks migrate to Africa, many spend the winter in the Iberian Peninsula, where landfills have become a permanent source of food. Scientists from Extremadura have analyzed the presence of pollutants and pesticides (some prohibited in Spain) in the blood of nestlings from three colonies, two of which are close to landfill sites, and the results reveal that the main source of contamination can be due to the use of insecticides still used in African countries where the birds migrate to, […]
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2:10 AM | Tagging Drugs To Stop Counterfeit Medicine
The U.S. and other countries are enacting rules to clamp down on the sales of fake pharmaceuticals, which pose a public health threat. But figuring out a system to track and authenticate legitimate drugs still faces significant obstacles, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. read more
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