Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Twin Books on the Genome, Far From Identical

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Review: Twin Books on the Genome, Far From Identical by Agigail Zuger in The New York Times on May 19, 2016

The Holocaust as end stage disease: medical education as a moral imperative

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: The Holocaust as end stage disease: medical education as a moral imperative by Hedy S. Wald, PhD, Sheldon Rubenfeld, MD, Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP on the Hektoen International Website.

Last Month Was The Warmest April Ever Recorded, Continuing 7-Month Hot Streak

Monday, May 16th, 2016

ClimateChangeApril

Click Here to Read: Last Month Was The Warmest April Ever Recorded, Continuing 7-Month Hot Streak: “Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s. And it’s been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where’s the surprise?” by Dominique Mosbergen on The Huffington Post website on May 16, 2016.

What the new science of touch says about ourselves

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: What the new science of touch says about ourselves by Adam Gopnick in The New Yorker in the May 16, 2016 Issue.

Our skin is no neutral envelope; it is a busily sensing organ that situates us in relation to others and the world. CREDIT: ILLUSTRATION BY JAVIER JAÉN

The Cure For Fear

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: The Cure For Fear: Scientists have discovered a radical new way to treat our most traumatic memories BY Ben Crair in The New Republic Magazine on May 1, 2016.

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began The study could mark a major step forward in arguments about how, why and when consciousness came about, and who gets to have it by Andrew Griffin on The Independent website on April 26, 2016.

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  What Neuroscience Says about Free Will: We’re convinced that it exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself By Adam Bear on the Scientific American website on April 28, 2016.

Using a computational model, study explains how hippocampus influences synaptic connections in cortex

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Sleep

Click Here to Read: Using a computational model, study explains how hippocampus influences synaptic connections in cortex on the Science Daily website on April 14, 2016.

A UC Riverside study explains how the hippocampus influences synaptic connections in the cortex during deep sleep.
 Credit: © paylessimages / Fotolia

Nuclear Winter

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Earth

Click Here to View:  Nuclear Winter By Retro Report on The New York Times on April 3, 2016.

Click Here to Read: Related Article by Clyde Haberman in The New York Times on April 3, 2016.

Carl Sagan and other Cold War scientists once feared that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. Three decades later, does this theory still resonate?

 

Creative block? Here’s the neuroscience of how to fix that

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Brain

Click Here to Read: Creative block? Here’s the neuroscience of how to fix that by Elizabeth Shockman on the PRI website on April 05, 2016.

Credit: Henry Vandyke Carter/Wikimedia Commons

Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience by Harriet Dempsey-Jones on the Medical Xpress website on March 30, 2016.

Antimemory, the yin to memory’s yang. Credit: Naeblys/shutterstock.com

How the brain processes emotions

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read and View: How the brain processes emotions: Neuroscientists identify circuits that could play a role in mental illnesses, including depressionby Anne Trafton on the MIT News website on March 31, 2016.

Two neurons of the basolateral amygdala. MIT neuroscientists have found that these neurons play a key role in separating information about positive and negative experiences.

Image: Anna Beyeler and Praneeth Namburi

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries By JUustin Gillis in The New York Times on March 22, 2016.

A massive boulder on a coastal ridge in North Eleuthera, the Bahamas. A new research paper claims it was most likely moved there by powerful storms during the last warm period of Earth history, 120,000 years ago, and warns that such stormy conditions could recur because of human emissions of greenhouse gases.CreditCharles Ommanney/The Washington Post, via Getty Images

Einstein’s Relativity Theory Is Submitted for Publication

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Einstein

Click Here to Read: This Day in Jewish History 1916: Einstein’s Relativity Theory Is Submitted for Publication: As a consequence of Einstein’s work, it became clear (well, clear to some scientists, at least) that time and space comprise a single continuum David B. Green March 20, 2016.

Click Here to Read: Without Albert Einstein, We’d All Be Lost: Do you like your GPS? Thank his general theory of relativity, an astonishing feat of the human mind By Robert Dijkgraafin the Wall Street Journal on November 5, 2015. (more…)

What We’ve Learned About Pluto

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: What We’ve Learned About Pluto By Kenneth Chang in The New York Times on March 17, 2016.

A color image of Sputnik Planum, the region known as Pluto’s “heart,” which is rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide and methane ices.CreditNASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

MilkyWay

Click Here to Read: Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS By Sarah Kaplan in The Washington Post on March 11, 2016.

You think the Milky Way (shown here in the night sky over the German island of Fehmarn) is big? Pfft. Wait till you hear about the BOSS Great Wall. (Daniel Reinhardt/European Pressphoto Agency)

Localization and its Discontents: A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Review of Localization and its Discontents: A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines, by Katja Guenther, Reviewed by Janet Sayers on the Times Higher Education website on March 10, 2016

Everything Is Crumbling

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Cookies

Click Here to Read: Everything Is Crumbling: An influential psychological theory, borne out in hundreds of experiments, may have just been debunked. How can so many scientists have been so wrong? By Daniel Engber on the Slate Website on March 6, 2016.

Brain hacking: Hot-wired for happiness?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Brain hacking: Hot-wired for happiness? By Amy Ellis Nutt in The Washington Post on March 3, 2015.
Neuroscientist Susumu Tonegawa sits in his office in Wako-shi, Japan on Feb. 25. (Kosuke Okahara for The Washington Post)

John Cacioppo: ‘Loneliness is like an iceberg – it goes deeper than we can see’

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  John Cacioppo: ‘Loneliness is like an iceberg – it goes deeper than we can see’ by Interview by Tim Adams on the Guardian website on February 28, 2016.

Click Here to Order: Encounters with Loneliness: Only the Lonely edited by Arlene Kramer Richards, Lucille Spira, and Authur A. Lynch from IPbooks.