Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn
by Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University on the Eureka News on June 23, 2016.

Dr. Lei Li and Dr. Xiang-Dong Sun, Fellows and co-authors and Dr. Lin Mei, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Neuroscience

Evidence hints at existence of fourth neutrino

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Evidence hints at existence of fourth neutrino by staff reporters on the World Socialist Web Site on June 24, 2016.

Inside one of the Daya Bay detectors. The sensors pick up the faint light emitted by antineutrinos when they interact with fluids inside the detector. Credit: DOE, Berkeley Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer.

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat By Adam Hadhazy in the Scientific American on February 12, 2010.

Could the Root Cause Of Depression Be in Your Gut—and Not Your Brain?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Well&Good

Click Here to Read: Could the Root Cause Of Depression Be in Your Gut—and Not Your Brain? by Rachel Lapidos the Well and Good website on June 12, 2016.

El Niño and the acceleration of global warming

Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  El Niño and the acceleration of global warming By Matthew MacEgan on The World Socialist Web Site on June 1, 2016.

The abnormally warm ocean waters caused by El Nino induce much more extreme weather patterns than normal, including droughts, cyclones and floods.

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say by Gina Kolata in The New York Times on May 25, 2016.

Salmonella bacteria, represented by the red spots, entrapped in a cage of proteins called beta amyloid, represented in green.
ROBERT MOIR AND RUDOLPH TANZI / MASSACHUSSETS GENERAL HOSPITAL AND HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

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

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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…)