Archive for the 'Science News' Category

How people use “common knowledge” to coordinate their actions

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: How people use “common knowledge” to coordinate their actions on the Medical Xpress Website on March 23, 2015.

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Separating Fact from Fiction in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism: A Scientific Review of the Evidence by James D. Herbert, Ph.D., Ian R. Sharp, Ph.D., and Brandon A. Gaudiano, Ph.D. on the Quackwatch website.

Memories Weaken Without Reinforcement, Study Finds

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Memories Weaken Without Reinforcement, Study Finds By Pam Belluck in The New York Times on March 16, 2015.

As part of a study to see if forgotten memories actually get weaker in the brain, people were asked to recall photos they had been shown of famous people, ordinary objects or notable places. While they were recalling or viewing the pictures, brain scans registered distinct patterns for each image.CreditFrom top left, clockwise: Computational Perception and Cognition Lab at MIT, John D. Schiff, Dr. Maria Wimber, and Enoch Lau/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

NASA Just Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read and View: NASA Just Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe on the Jews News Website.

Chasing Ice

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Click Here to View:  “CHASING ICE” captures largest glacier calving ever filmed on YouTube.

Why Pi Matters

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Why Pi Matters by Steven Strogatz in the New Yorker on March 13, 2015.

The beauty of pi, in part, is that it puts infinity within reach.

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Hubble finds ‘best evidence’ for Ganymede subsurface ocean

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Hubble finds ‘best evidence’ for Ganymede subsurface ocean By Jonathan Amos BBC News Website on March 12, 2015.

Oldest Homo fossil from Ethiopia links human genus to Australopithecus

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Oldest Homo fossil from Ethiopia links human genus to Australopithecus By Thomas H. Douglass on the World Socialist Website on March 10, 2015.

The Feel-Good Gene

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The Feel-Good Gene by Richard A. Freedman in The New York Times on March 6, 2015.

My Stroke of Insight: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talk

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Click Here to View: My Stroke of Insight: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talk on the Ted Website filmed February 2008.

Neuroscientists deride Human Brain Project as misguided, unhelpful

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Neuroscientists deride Human Brain Project as misguided, unhelpful by Tom Bartlett On the Genetic Literacy Project Website on February 17, 2015.

Two Tiny Jurassic Mammal Species Unearthed in China

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Two Tiny Jurassic Mammal Species Unearthed in China on the NBC News Website.

NASA: by The US Faces a “Mega-Drought” Not Seen in 1,000 Years

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: NASA:  by The US Faces a “Mega-Drought” Not Seen in 1,000 Years  By Jordan Valinsky on the Science.mic website on February 13, 2015

Darwin Day: February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Evolution: Darwin Day 2015 – Virtual Issual on the Wiley Online Library Website.

The Trip Treatment: Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The Trip Treatment: Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results. By Mechael Pollan in The New Yorker in the Gebruary 9, 2015 issue.

Psilocybin may be useful in treating anxiety, addiction, and depression, and in studying the neurobiology of mystical experience.
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Mars Rover Finds Stronger Potential for Life

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Mars Rover Finds Stronger Potential for Life By Marc Kaufman in The New York Times on December 8, 2014.

A panoramic view of the surface of Mars from the Curiosity rover. Mount Sharp can be seen in the distance. CreditNASA

The Attention Machine

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The Attention Machine by Taylor Beck in The Atlantic Monthly on February 9 2015.

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning by Lisa Zyga on the Psy.org Website on February 9, 2015.

This is an artist’s concept of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. Note on the left the dramatic (more…)

100 or so Books that shaped a Century of Science

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: 100 or so Books that shaped a Century of Science by Phylis Morrison on the American Scientist website on

PBS Series Explores ‘A New Wild’ Sustained, Instead of Wrecked, by People

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  PBS Series Explores ‘A New Wild’ Sustained, Instead of Wrecked, by People By Andrew C. Reckin in The New York Times on February 4, 2015.

In the PBS series “Earth A New Wild,” cubs watch as a black bear grabs a salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.Credit Passion Planet