Archive for the 'Science News' Category

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will

Friday, April 29th, 2016

FreeWill

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

MIT-Emotional-Wiring

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

CLIMATE

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

pluto

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

localization

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.

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For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

ADDICTION

Click Here to Read:  For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research by Gabrielle Galser in The New York Times on February 22, 2016.

Dr. Mark Willenbring at his Alltyr outpatient clinic for substance abuse in St. Paul.
DAVID BOWMAN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes: New finding is first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children by Helen Thomson on the Guardian website on Augst 21, 2015.

The team’s work is the clearest sign yet that life experience can affect the genes of subsequent generations. Photograph: Mopic/Alamy

Smoking cannabis DOESN’T cause clinical anxiety or depression, study finds

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Canabis

Click Here to Read: Smoking cannabis DOESN’T cause clinical anxiety or depression, study finds A new study finds that cannabis does not increase risk of developing mood or anxiety disorders Researchers used a national sample of nearly 35,000 U.S. adults 18 or older The study also found that cannabis can increase risks of developing drug and alcohol use disorders By Valerie Edwards in the Daily Mail on February 20, 2016.

Oxford’s Halley Professor on How the Climate Challenge Could Derail a Brilliant Human Destiny

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Oxford’s Halley Professor on How the Climate Challenge Could Derail a Brilliant Human Destiny By Andrew C. Revkin in the New York Times on February 15, 2016.

Raymond Pierrehumbert, a climate scientist and the Halley Professor of Physics at Oxford University.
EVA DALIN, STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Gravity

Click Here To Read: Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein By Will Morrow on The World Socialist Web Site on February 12, 2016.

The three stages of the collision of two black holes – inspiral, merger and ringdown – illustrated above. The signal detected by the two LIGO instruments is superimposed across the bottom. Credit: LIGO, NSF, Aurore Simonnet (Sonoma State U.)

Living With Face Blindness

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

DegasFaceBlindless

Click Here to Read: Living With Face Blindness: Prosopagnosia is a condition that can make it impossible to recognize the faces of others, from friends to movie characters to parents. To varying degrees, it affects about two percent of people by Samjana Chowhan in The Atlntic Monthly on September 24, 2013.

Deux hommes en pied by Edgar Degas (Renaud Camus/flickr)