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January 24, 2015

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9:55 PM | The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of...
The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of beavers from Canada to Chile in order to foster a fur trade in an economically lackluster territory of Patagonia seemed like a smart idea. However, no one would have imagined these incisor-toothed vermin would one day lay waste to Patagonia’s forests. Today, there are roughly 100,000 beavers in the region and their environmental destruction has allegedly led to the most transformative destruction of its southern ecosystem […]
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8:16 PM | Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story...
Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story from Kiholo The mission of Conservation International (CI) Hawaiʻi is to “hoʻi i ke kai momona”, or return to an abundant ocean that will feed Hawaiʻi’s people for generations to come. CI empowers community groups across Hawaiʻi to restore and manage their coastal fisheries in collaboration with the state of Hawaiʻi. This video tells the story of Hui Aloha Kīholo, a group of people […]
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4:13 PM | Dwarf Minke Whale
This post is the last in the Click! Click! Click! Series which profiles interesting photographic moments that Kike captures during his travels.   Dwarf Minke Whale ( Balaenoptera acutorostrata.) All minke whales are part of the rorquals, a family that includes the humpback whale, the fin whale, the Bryde’s whale, the sei whale and the blue whale.   Kike’s photographs are available at the National Geographic…
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3:50 PM | Why Are Girls Getting Their Periods So Young?
Today, girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever. The national average age for a girl to get her first period is 12, and girls can start as early as age 8. Why so young? Some theories point the finger at fatty foods and preservatives, but research suggests a cultural shift in parenting strategies could be to blame.
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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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1:21 PM | The Dark Side of Fertility Treatments
The evening in New York City last week was billed as the start of a new movement, one sparked by infertile patients trying to give voice to the dark side of fertility treatments. "We want to make infertility an honored subject, free of stigma," said Irina Vodar, a documentary filmmaker now working on "The Cycle: Living a Taboo" about her own life on the IVF treadmill.
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1:21 PM | What Really Goes on in the Aging Brain?
I had carefully chosen the movie to take my mother to last weekend: subtitled, with a gentle tone and an easy-to-follow yet provocative plot. So I was surprised what she said to me when the movie ended and the lights went on.
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10:40 AM | The Problem With Incest
There is a good reason why sex with close relatives is taboo in nearly every human society.
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10:40 AM | Are You an Animal Person? It Could Be In Your Genes
A new study of Vietnam Era veterans suggests why some people and not others love animals.
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10:40 AM | Why Are Rape Victims More—Not Less—Likely To Become Pregnant?
A woman's chances of getting pregnant are much lower than most people think. But they are considerably higher if she is raped.
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10:40 AM | A Blood Sport For The Rich and Famous?
In an earlier Psych Today post, I looked at the comparative cruelty of horse racing. A new report indicates the situation is even worse than I thought.
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10:40 AM | Horse Racing: Cruelties We Condone and Cruelties We Condemn
The deaths of three thoroughbred horses on the set of HBO's series "Luck" speaks volumes about our culture's conflicted attitudes toward animal cruelty.
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10:40 AM | Ten Special YouTube Animal Videos
From parrots who love music to oral sex in fruit bats, YouTube videos offer rarely observed but scientifically important examples of animal behaviors.
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10:40 AM | Why Do Small Dogs Have So Many Psychological Problems?
Why do little dogs exhibit more behavior problems than big dogs? Is it a matter of bad genes, over-indulgent owners, or basic insecurity?
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10:40 AM | The Morality of Marathon Dog Races
What would you rather be: a sled dog or a race horse? The answer is surprising.
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10:40 AM | The Catcher In The Rye
Steve argues that failures are necessary and overprotecting your child is counter-productive; I argue that exposing your child to failures, without adequate safety nets in place, can lead to great harm and an 'off hands' parenting style is not to be preferred.
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10:40 AM | Psychosis And The City
Does living in the city increase your risk for psychosis? If so, what are the mediating factors and mechanisms? Does being obsessed with 'the big picture' have something to do with it? Find out today!
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10:40 AM | Does Happiness Reside in the Head? If I Am Unhappy, Is It My Fault?
Raj argues that happiness lies in the head and it is our responsibility to reinterpret events in a positive light. I argue, that placing too much emphasis on personal responsibility, especially when the events are beyond control, is counter-productive.
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10:40 AM | Narrow vs Broad: Apologies for Being a Generalist
Jonathan Fields, writes in the defense of the pursuit of Mastery; I reply why generalization may also be equally relevant and why earning livelihood from multiple sources is not a crime, or to be looked down on.
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10:40 AM | The Mind and its Maladies
The different types of mental disorders, though intimidating by their sheer number and complexity, can be clustered in a few discrete categories and groups, and this greatly aids our understanding of the mind and its maladies.
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10:40 AM | The Little c and Big C of Creativity
Sam McNerney argues that a focus on little c creativity detracts from doing justice to big C creativity. I beg to differ!
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10:40 AM | Emotions and Motivations
That 'emotions arise from progress or hindrance in goal-pursuit' is a simplistic notion. Read the post to know the difference between approach and avoidance motivation, between promotion and prevention regulatory focus and how they interact together to give rise to all the myriad complex emotions and affective states.
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10:40 AM | Your Unconscious Calls The Shots
A review of Leonard Mlodinow's 'subliminal' focusing on how our unconscious mind rules our behaviors.
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10:40 AM | The 4 Fundamental ICN’s/Stances
There are four stances you can take towards the animate as well as the inanimate world and surprisingly there are four major brain networks that underlay and correlate with each of them.
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10:40 AM | Choice and Well-being
Why we choose to do something goes beyond maximizing our hedonistic happiness and well-being. Factors like purpose in life or relationship happiness also play a major role.
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10:40 AM | To Label or Not To Label
To Label or Not to Label, that is the question: Whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer the taunts and stigma of same-age bullies, or by defying the label given by the insensitive society, and not taking a pill, end it!
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10:40 AM | The Varieties of Sexual Experiences
Sexual process consists of four stages—fantasy, desire, arousal and pleasure of consummation. Each stage should be enjoyed in its own right.
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10:40 AM | MBTI, ABCD and the Fundamental Four
MBTI or Jungian personality typology resonates well with the ABCD model and the fundamental four polarities governing personality as delineated by Theodore Millon.
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10:40 AM | The (RDoC) Matrix Reloaded!
Unveiling a 4 x 4 Matrix of emotional/ motivational/ personality constructs that is hoped will serve as a Periodic Table for Psychology.
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