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September 02, 2014

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8:27 PM | Nervous and Immune Systems Closely Tied
By the late 20th century, cognitive neuroscientists had recognized that they would never truly understand how the brain functions unless they also considered the body in which it does so. This concept of “embodied” cognition implies that the brain constantly maintains a dynamic relationship with the rest of the body, which in turn is totally [...]
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6:03 PM | Would you ban students from emailing you?
Developing successful student – professor interactions can be a very challenging aspect of teaching at the university level.  Getting students to ask questions and engage in a class is very hard, especially in large introductory courses.  One professor tried to combat this problem using a radical strategy, banning students from emailing her unless they were […]
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3:11 PM | Arthur Loveridge Obituary Written by Ernest Williams
Arthur Loveridge was one of the great scholars of African herpetology, and a fascinating individual, curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology for 33 years. AA has recently come across a pdf of his obituary written by Ernest Williams, who succeeded him at the MCZ. The obituary is fascinating not only because it details the career of […]
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2:41 PM | Pigeon Gamblers Treat Risk Just Like Humans Do
If you watch poker coverage on television, you probably won’t hear the commentators compare players to pigeons. Maybe they should. The birds don’t play a great game of hold ‘em, but the way they think about risk might be strikingly similar to the way we do. Researchers discovered this by putting humans and birds through […]The post Pigeon Gamblers Treat Risk Just Like Humans Do appeared first on Inkfish.

Ludvig EA, Madan CR, Pisklak JM & Spetch ML (2014). Reward context determines risky choice in pigeons and humans., Biology letters, 10 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25165453

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2:18 PM | A Curious New Sleep Disorder That Affects One in Seven
Survey of almost 20,000 people finds 15% had experienced this sleep disorder in the last year and half of these at least once a week. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Poor Sleep Can Lead to […]
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12:00 PM | Academic self care
The semester has begun and everyone is returning back to campus. It means my commuter bus is full and I rarely get a preferred seat. Bike parking in Uppsala is a lot harder too. For me this means that I’m returning to my office and there are people walking around in the corridors. I spent…
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10:37 AM | Data science expiration date
About three years ago JD Long said I like the term “Data Scientist” for now. I expect that term will be meaningless in 5 years. Sounds about right.  
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9:30 AM | 25 Million Salmon Lost On Pacific Coast
25 million sockeye salmon expected to be swimming into the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Seattle are nowhere to be found! It has been... The post 25 Million Salmon Lost On Pacific Coast appeared first on Russ George.
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7:14 AM | Knitting Equals Pleasure, Despite ME/CFS
Jody Smith loves knitting. Again. She thought her days of knitting and purling were long over but … she’s back … A dozen years ago I was so decimated by ME/CFS that I couldn’t read, watch TV, or flip through a magazine. My days were spent zipping back and forth along the spectrum of waking and sleeping. I was wide awake staring at the ceiling, undulating with a seasick vertigo and parasthesia. I was fitfully in and out of sleep. I was sleeping deeply for long and […]
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7:06 AM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Originally posted on Goodnight Earth:Figure courtesy of aeccglobal.com Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is a necessary gloom in the form…
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5:01 AM | Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries
This new Cochrane review looks at studies assessing the effectiveness, costs and cost effectiveness of dental auxiliaries in providing care traditionally provided by dentists. Only 5 studies, the majority conducted more than 20 years ago could be included so no firm conclusions can be made. The post Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:28 AM | Out of Stupid Comes Humor
Five weeks ago, I tore my finger wide open mostly because I was hot, hangry, and frustrated. Yeah, it was stupid. My finger is doing tons better now, so I don’t feel quite so obligated to keep telling the story. … Continue reading →

September 01, 2014

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10:58 PM | Of Little Help to Older Knees
Middle-aged and older patients are unlikely to benefit in the long term from surgery to repair tears in the meniscus, pads of cartilage in the knee, a new review of studies has found.
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10:32 PM | Birth Weight and Diabetes
African-Americans born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study has found.
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10:17 PM | Possible Risks of S.S.R.I. Antidepressants to Newborns
Researchers are finding more evidence that women who take S.S.R.I. depressants like Prozac and Zoloft increase the likelihood of a variety of health problems in their newborns.
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8:29 PM | Chronic immobilization stress occludes in vivo cortical activation in an animal model of panic induced by carbon dioxide inhalation
It has been known since at least the 1920’s that inhaling high amounts of CO2 (20%) induces panic attacks in healthy individuals. There is a remarkable literature deriving from diving and respiratory physiology in submariners available treating this topic. The great … Continue reading →
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8:04 PM | PNAS lifts embargo on Neanderthal rock engraving after seventh break this year
This message went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list earlier today: Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo: Neanderthal rock engraving A study of a rock engraving in Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar […]
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7:59 PM | The Controversial Origins of Labor Day
On the first Monday of every September, we take a day off to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers and pay tribute to the contributions they make towards the prosperity of our great country. There are conflicting reports, however, as to who actually proposed the original idea for Labor Day. For many years, it was believed that the holiday was proposed in 1882 by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (one of the
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6:32 PM | Summer Highlights
For folk who are interested in the ways that art and science relate to one another, this has been a wonderful summer to live in or pass through London. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights, all of which you can still catch if you’re quick!…The post Summer Highlights appeared first on At the Interface.
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6:19 PM | Hey, I’ve moved!
I’m here now.
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5:10 PM | Adopting Littermates… (Don’t)
The title of this post is a bit strong, but I do want to caution people from adopting two dogs from the same litter because “it’s easier” to raise two at once (ask someone with twins if it’s easier than having one child) or “we don’t want our dog to be lonely.” (Because you might […]
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5:00 PM | Walk this way
for a hint on this week’s quiz…
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3:00 PM | Male and Female Anoles that Look Different: Anolis transversalis
We’ve talked previously about anole species that differ in the color of their dewlaps, but I don’t recall any discussion of species in which the males differ markedly in body patterning. Certainly, that happens a lot. For example, we’ve talked a lot about polymorphisms in female back patterns, but in most of these species, the […]
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1:40 PM | How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music
How you can get that beautiful chills-down-the-spine feeling. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around […]
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11:44 AM | Improving Long-term Healthcare with Crowdfunded Community Partnership
  Collaboration and community are at the heart of bringing research to life in ways that make a real difference to people’s lives, specially when it comes to advances in healthcare. So this time we give a shout out to an interesting crowdfunding project that was launched yesterday to try and do just that: By […]
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11:00 AM | Safety in the Chemistry Lab
After a series of tragic accidents related to the “rainbow experiment” in high school chemistry labs, the United States Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took the unprecedented step of releasing a video safety message to warn educators...
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10:35 AM | Monday Micro – the microbiome of death!
With the microbiome being all the rage at the moment, it really was only a matter of time before someone decided to profile the microbes present in human cadavers. Enter the thanatomicrobiome!
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10:04 AM | Quines in chemlambda
I propose the following definition of a quine, adapted to chemlambda. In chemlambda with the sequential strategy, a quine is a g-pattern with the property that after one reduction step it transforms into another g-pattern which is the same as the initial one, up to renaming of the port variables. Therefore: we start with a […]
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4:01 AM | Don’t Catch What Ails Your House
It doesn’t take a flood to encourage the growth of mold in a home. A moist environment will do. A runny nose, coughing and all the rest typically follow.
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2:13 AM | POTW Returns
If that last post did not satisfy your need for brain food, then let me mention that as of today the Problem of the Week returns. This semester’s theme: Fun With Arithmetic! What’s that? You don’t like arithmetic? Well, let’s see if you’re still saying that at the end of the term. In general I…
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