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January 31, 2015

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8:02 PM | New theory tries to define where black holes don’t exist
The quintessential feature of a black hole is its “point of no return,” or what is more technically called its event horizon, yes just like the movie. When anything—a star, a particle, or wayward human—crosses this horizon, the black hole’s massive gravity pulls it in with such force that it is impossible to escape. At […]

Ali, A., Faizal, M. & Majumder, B. (2015). Absence of an effective Horizon for black holes in Gravity's Rainbow, EPL (Europhysics Letters), 109 (2) 20001. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/109/20001

Amelino-Camelia, G (2002). Relativity in space-times with short-distance structure governed by an observer-independent (Planckian) length scale, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 11 (01) 35-59. DOI: 10.1142/S0218271802001330

Freidel, L. & Livine, E. (2006). 3D Quantum Gravity and Effective Noncommutative Quantum Field Theory, Physical Review Letters, 96 (22) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.221301

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8:02 PM | New theory tries to define where black holes don’t exist
The quintessential feature of a black hole is its “point of no return,” or what is more technically called its event horizon, yes just like the movie. When anything—a star, a particle, or wayward human—crosses this horizon, the black hole’s massive gravity pulls it in with such force that it is impossible to escape. At […]

Ali, A., Faizal, M. & Majumder, B. (2015). Absence of an effective Horizon for black holes in Gravity's Rainbow, EPL (Europhysics Letters), 109 (2) 20001. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/109/20001

Amelino-Camelia, G (2002). Relativity in space-times with short-distance structure governed by an observer-independent (Planckian) length scale, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 11 (01) 35-59. DOI: 10.1142/S0218271802001330

Freidel, L. & Livine, E. (2006). 3D Quantum Gravity and Effective Noncommutative Quantum Field Theory, Physical Review Letters, 96 (22) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.221301

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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
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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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
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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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: January 31, 2015
This week’s Psychology Around the Net will have you rethinking how you look at depression medications, constantly seeking the approval of others, and — oh, yeah — whether to have a glass of wine or beer with your dinner (seriously)! Beer Compound Could Help Fend Off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases: We’ve all heard about the […]

January 30, 2015

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10:32 PM | Same sex relationships and stress: A new perspective
Studies of stress and its effects on health have typically focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. When we turn our attention on relationship stress, the focus is generally on your typical couple. However, new research studies how minority stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — affects […]

LeBlanc, A., Frost, D. & Wight, R. (2015). Minority Stress and Stress Proliferation Among Same-Sex and Other Marginalized Couples, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (1) 40-59. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12160

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10:32 PM | Same sex relationships and stress: A new perspective
Studies of stress and its effects on health have typically focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. When we turn our attention on relationship stress, the focus is generally on your typical couple. However, new research studies how minority stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — affects […]

LeBlanc, A., Frost, D. & Wight, R. (2015). Minority Stress and Stress Proliferation Among Same-Sex and Other Marginalized Couples, Journal of Marriage and Family, 77 (1) 40-59. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12160

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10:19 PM | Study: Building walkable communities can change behavior for the better
It’s not unusual for studies on community walkability to face the perplexing question of self-selection. In other words, people who already like to walk end up moving to walkable communities and so those communities naturally have higher physical activity rates. In even simpler terms, it’s about the person, not the environment. However, a new study finds that walkable community design does influence healthy behavior — even among people with no preference for walking in the […]
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10:19 PM | Study: Building walkable communities can change behavior for the better
It’s not unusual for studies on community walkability to face the perplexing question of self-selection. In other words, people who already like to walk end up moving to walkable communities and so those communities naturally have higher physical activity rates. In even simpler terms, it’s about the person, not the environment. However, a new study finds that walkable community design does influence healthy behavior — even among people with no preference for walking in the […]
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10:13 PM | MS HSCT
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. The immune system destroys the patient’s own myelin sheath, the protective membrane that surrounds nerve cells, thus disrupting communication with the central nervous system. About 50 percent of patients are unable to walk within 25 years of their diagnosis. Most existing […]
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7:13 PM | Semen: The Ultimate Liquid Biopsy for Prostate Cancer?
By: Renée Stirling Richards, Ph.D.Managing Editor: Arvin Gouw, Ph.D.[The following is a layperson’s introduction followed by an early publication article for Cancer InCytes magazine: Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2015.]Current therapies for advanced prostate cancer can extend life but the disease is still largely incurable. Preventative measures and early detection are much more effective at reducing death rates from advanced cancer. Early detection may be achieved with a liquid biopsy […]
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2:49 PM | From Policy to Funding, Science Communication May Be More Important Than Ever
If you think science should inform policy decisions or you just want to ensure that there is continued government support for scientific research, you should be alarmed by a new report from the Pew Research Center. Here’s the short version: the U.S. public is markedly less supportive of federal science funding than it was five years ago, and is less likely to be swayed by science on policy issues. This should be a wake-up call to the science community: science... Read more
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2:49 PM | From Policy to Funding, Science Communication May Be More Important Than Ever
If you think science should inform policy decisions or you just want to ensure that there is continued government support for scientific research, you should be alarmed by a new report from the Pew Research Center. Here’s the short version: the U.S. public is markedly less supportive of federal science funding than it was five years ago, and is less likely to be swayed by science on policy issues. This should be a wake-up call to the science community: science... Read more
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10:00 AM | UK Synthetic Biology Centres tasked with addressing public concerns
An extra £32m for synthetic biology research in the UK comes with funding to encourage responsible innovation. Social media analysis offers a heads up on new research ideas and potential public concerns Business Secretary Vince Cable was at the University of Manchester yesterday to announce £32 million in research funding for Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Warwick. This is another major boost for this area of science in the UK, joining […]

January 29, 2015

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11:25 PM | Metadata – You Aren’t As Anonymous As You Think
The NSA is somewhat infamous for collecting “just […]
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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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5:09 PM | The surprising durability of wings
While reviewing this month’s walk data, I came upon a resighted bird reported by Warren Mumford on his Cape Cod beach. The bird was nothing but a single wing and some gnawed bones, but still with a bright, shiny, aluminum tag affixed reading 588. I looked back through our records to determine when Warren first […]
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8:11 AM | More FOCS 2014-blogging
In the spirit of better late than never, some more updates from Amirali Abdullah from his sojourn at FOCS 2014. Previously, he had blogged about the higher-order Fourier analysis workshop at FOCS.I'll discuss now the first official day of FOCS, with a quick digression into the food first: the reception was lovely, with some nice quality beverages, and delectable appetizers which I munched on to perhaps some slight excess. As for the lunches given to participants, I will think twice in future […]
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12:15 AM | Team of Rivals: Does Science Need "Adversarial Collaboration"?
When scientists disagree about something, what often happens is that the two sides of the argument form separate communities, with scientists collaborating with others on their "team" while avoiding working with their "opponents". But is there a better way? A paper just published today presents the results of an experiment that was conducted as an 'adversarial collaboration'. This is where some researchers sit down with some members of the "other side" and agree upon a plan for a study to

Matzke D, Nieuwenhuis S, van Rijn H, Slagter HA, van der Molen MW & Wagenmakers EJ (2015). The effect of horizontal eye movements on free recall: A preregistered adversarial collaboration., Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144 (1) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25621378

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January 28, 2015

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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