Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Autism Research: Week in Review

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Autism Research: Week in Review: January 25, 2015 by Dr. Rachita Narsaria, M.D. on the Autism Daily Newscast.

We Know How You Feel: Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: We Know How You Feel: Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait. By Raffi Khatchadourian in The New Yorker in the January 19, 2015 Issue.

By scanning your face, computers can decode your unspoken reaction to a movie, a political debate, even a video call with a friend. CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY BRYAN CHRISTIE

US agencies rank 2014 as Earth’s warmest recorded year

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  US agencies rank 2014 as Earth’s warmest recorded year By Bryan Dyne on the World Socialist Website on January 22, 2015.

A global display of the deviations from the 20th century average temperature in 2014. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

What we remember (and forget) about positive and negative experiences

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Click Here To Read: What we remember (and forget) about positive and negative experiences: The affective responses we experience about an event influence what we later remember about that event By Elizabeth A. Kensinger on the American Psychological Association website in the Psychological Science Agenda Jorunal in October 2011 Issue, Vol. 25, No. 10.

Helix Center Winter Roundtables

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Helix Center Winter Roundtables.

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says by Carl Zimmer in The New York Times on January 15, 2015.

A dead whale in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2011. As container ships multiply, more whales are being harmed, a study said. CreditMarco De Swart/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain by Gareth Cook in The New York Times on January 8, 2015.

Several distinct neurons in a mouse retina that have been mapped by volunteers playing a game developed by Sebastian Seung.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DANNY JONES. ORIGINAL IMAGES FROM EYEWIRE.

To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy? By Richard A.  Friedman, M.D. in The New York Times on January 8, 2015.

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?: New research shows differences in the brains of kids who show excessive guilty behavior, which may put them at risk for a host of mood disorders later in life by Jenny Chen on The Atlantic website on January 5, 2015.

Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence. It’s indisputably true that in adolescence there are real differences in some brain functions with males, females Dr. Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt on the Salon website on January 3, 2015.

Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in “Heathers” (Credit: New World Pictures)

Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It’s Time To Die

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It’s Time To Die by Robert Krulwich on the NPR website on January 22, 2013.

I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  I Want To Live: The memoir of Izrail Agol By Clara Weiss on the World Socialist Web Site on December 17, 2014.

The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China? By Michael Greenstone in The New York Times on December 2, 2014.

Smog hangs in the air over a dump in New Delhi. India has a serious air pollution problem that it is finally starting to confront.
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Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Orion spacecraft makes first orbital flight By Patrick Martin on the World Socialist Web Site on December 8, 2014.

The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking’s life, or parts of it, on film

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking’s life, or parts of it, on film By Walter Gilberti on the World Socialist Web Site on December 2, 2014.

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Researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story on the Medical Xpress website on November 26, 2014.

Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square By Joanne Manaster in The Scientific American on November 16, 2014.

Landing on a Comet, a European Space Agency Mission Aims to Unlock the Mysteries of Earth

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Landing on a Comet, a European Space Agency Miss ion Aims to Unlock the Mysteries of Earth by Kenneth Chang in The New York Times on November 12, 2014.

Journalists filmed as a giant screen showed members of the European Space Agency celebrating news of the touchdown.
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Otago neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to molding male brains

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Click Here To Read:  Otago neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to molding male brains on The Eureka News Website.

Caption: Professor Allan Herbison is leader of a team discovering that neural circuitry they previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation also plays a key role in moulding the male brain. They have found that male-specific signalling in the Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons of new-born mice is crucial to generating a testosterone surge that occurs up to five hours after birth. This brief but powerful increase in testosterone blood levels, which only takes place in males, is known to cause their brains to develop differently to females.

Credit: Sharron Bennett

Learning How Little We Know About the Brain

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Learning How Little We Know About the Brain by James Gorman in The New York Times on November 10, 2014.

A double exposure of weakly electric fish with recordings of brain activity.CreditBéatrice de Géa for The New York Times