Archive for the 'Science News' Category

New CDC Report Finds 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorders, Up 30% From 2012

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Autismup30percentClick Here to Read:   New CDC Report Finds 1 in 68 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorders, Up 30% From 2012 by Emily Shire on the Daily Beast website on March 27, 2014.

Click Here to Read: Study: Autism May Begin Developing In Infants During Pregnancy on the CBS News website on March 27, 2014.
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Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots by Claudia Dreifus in The New York Times on March 24, 2014.

Ricardo E. Dolmetsch Credit Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

 

Ripples from the Big Bang

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Ripples from the Big Bang by David Overbye in The New York Times on March 24, 2014.

Ripples detected by the telescope Bicep2 represent, in theory, gravitational waves from the Big Bang. CreditBICEP2 Collaboration, via Associated Press

Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn. AAAS makes rare policy intervention urging US to act swiftly to reduce carbon emissions and lower risks of climate catastrophe by Suzanne Goldenberg in The Guardian website  on March 18, 2014.

The seven summers with the lowest minimum sea ice extents have all occurred in the last seven years. Photograph: NASA/Reuters

Space Ripples Reveal Big Bang’s Smoking Gun

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Space Ripples Reveal Big Bang’s Smoking Gun By Dennis Overbye in The New York Times on March 17, 2014.

Alan Guth was one of the first physicists to hypothesize the existence of inflation, which explains how the universe expanded so uniformly and so quickly in the instant after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Credit Rick Friedman for The New York Times. 

The Power of Conscious Intention Proven At Last?

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:   The Power of Conscious Intention Proven At Last? By Neuroskeptic on the Discover Magazine website on March 15, 2014.

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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Click Here to View:   Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science By William J. Broadmarch in The New York Times on March 15, 2014.

As government financing of basic science research has plunged, private donors have filled the void, raising questions about the future of research for the public good.

 

Tectonic Puzzle: Why West Africa Didn’t Follow South America

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Tectonic Puzzle: Why West Africa Didn’t Follow South America By Becky Oskin on the Yahoo News website on March 11, 2014.

How to Destroy Species, Including Us

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Click Here to Read: How to Destroy Species, Including Us, Review of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, Reviewed by Verlyn Klinkenborg in the New York Review of Books in the March 20, 2014 issue.
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The Fat Drug

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  The Fat Drug by Pagan Kennedy in The New York Times on March 8, 2014.

Freud was a pioneering neuroscientist

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Click Here Read:  Freud was a pioneering neuroscientist:  Before gaining worldwide recognition as the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud made an important contribution to early modern neuroscience by Mo Costandi on his Neuorphilosophy Blog on the Guardian website.

The father of psychoanalysis was also a pioneering neuroscientist. Photograph: AP

 

Men are NOT from Mars after all

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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Click here to Read:   Men are NOT from Mars after all:  Scientist claims male and female brains are the same and it’s gender stereotyping which makes us different by emily Kent Smith on the Mail Online website on March 8, 2014.

Neuroscientist Gina Rippon, a professor at Ashton University, said this week that she believes gender differences are caused by society stereotypes. She said that gender differences have no scientific grounding

The Second Coming of Sigmund Freud

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:   The Second Coming of Sigmund Freud Just as the old psychoanalyst seemed destined for history’s trash heap, neuroscientists are resurrecting his most defining insights. By Kat McGowan in the Siscover Magazine April 2014 issue.

To Scientists in Pursuit, a Bit of Matter Is No Small Matter

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  To Scientists in Pursuit, a Bit of Matter Is No Small Matter By A. O. Scott in The New York Times on March 4, 2014.

‘Particle Fever,’ a terrific documentary, demonstrates that science is the most human of activities

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  ‘Particle Fever,’ a terrific documentary, demonstrates that science is the most human of activities. By Peter Rainer in the Christian Science Monitor on March 7, 2014.]

A worker at CERN, the particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, stands beneath the Large Hadron Collider.  CERN/BOND Strategy and Influence

Freud’s Hysteria Theory Backed by Patients’ Brain Scans

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Freud’s Hysteria Theory Backed by Patients’ Brain Scans: Health By Jason Gale on the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Website on February 17, 2014,

A doctor makes a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to a patient at a hospital in Paris. Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Research reveals first glimpse of brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  Research reveals first glimpse of brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception on the Medical Xpress website on March 02, 2014

The Brain’s Inner Language

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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Click Here to Read:  The Brain’s Inner Language By James  Gorman in The New York Times on Febuary. 24, 2014.

When neurons in the brain of a live mouse, top, are active, they flash brightly. Dr. Clay Reid, above left, and colleagues at the Allen Institute for Brain Science are working with mice to better understand the human mind. Above center, areas of the mouse cortex related to vision, and connected to other parts involving visual perception. CreditZach Wise for The New York Times

Freud’s Hysteria Theory Backed by Patients’ Brain Scans

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Click Here to Read: Freud’s Hysteria Theory Backed by Patients’ Brain Scans By Jason Gale  on the Bloomberg website on February 17, 2014.

A doctor makes a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to a patient at a hospital in Paris.   Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images 

The puzzle of the proton radius

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Click Here to Read:   The puzzle of the proton radius By Will Morrow  on the World Socialist Web Site on  February 21, 2014.