Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Tracking Ocean Debris

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Tracking Ocean Debris in IPRC Climate, vol. 8, no. 2, 2008.

Brainwashed: Neuroscience vs neurobollocks

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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 Click Here to Read:  Brainwashed: Neuroscience vs neurobollocks by Cory Doctorow on the Boing Boing website on November 28, 2013.

Alfred Russel Wallace: A very rare specimen

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Alfred Russel Wallace: A very rare specimen by Stepahnie Pain on The New Scientist Website on November 07, 2013.

Wallace survived 12 years in the tropics collecting specimens (Image: Evstafieff/Down House, Downe, Kent, UK/English Heritage Photo Library/Bridgeman)

The New Science of Mind and the Future of Knowledge

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Kandel challenges psychoanalysis to show it is an empirical science and is willing to study its clinical practice.
Kandel is a friend of analysis, an honest friend who will tell us what we may not want to hear.
==Nathan M. Szajnberg, MD

Click Here to Read:   The New Science of Mind and the Future of Knowledge by Eric Kandel on the Cell Press website.

This article originally appeared as Kandel, Eric (2013). The New Science of Mind and the Future of Knowledge. 546 Neuron 80:546-560 and appears here with all requisite rights and permissions.

Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed by Gina Kolata in The NewYork Times on October 17, 2013,

Click Here to Read: The Bottom Line? Often the Drug Companies’by Marcia Angell in The New York Times on October 17, 2013.

Dr. Nancy Cook and Dr. Paul M. Ridker of Harvard Medical School found that a new online calculator used to assess heart treatment options overestimated the risks that many people face.
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Now You See It, Even If You Don’t

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Now You See It, Even If You Don’t by Alan McStravick on the redOrbit website on November 14, 2013.

Image Credit: Thinkstock

New study estimates billions of Earth-sized planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  New study estimates billions of Earth-sized planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy By Bryan Dyne on the World Socialist Web Site on November 9, 2013.

Artist’s conception of Kepler-22b, a planet 2.4 times the size of Earth orbiting in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. Whether or not the planet has an atmosphere as depicted is unknown.

Baby’s Gaze May Signal Autism, a Study Finds

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Click Here to Read and View: Baby’s Gaze May Signal Autism, a Study Finds Pam Belluck in The New York Times on November 6 , 2013.

The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip  on The Why Don’t You Try This website on August 8, 2013.

On Living in a Biological Revolution

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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Click Here to Read: On Living in a Biological Revolution by Donald Fleming in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1969.

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The Monkey and the Snake

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: The Monkey and the Snake: How the Primate Brain Reacts to Serpents A new study probes a hardwired fear of snakes. by Liz Langley in the National Geographic on October 29, 2013.

Humans may be hardwired to fear snakes.Photograph by Robert Pickett, Papilio/Corbis

Can science stop government shutdowns?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Can science stop government shutdowns? on New Science Website on the  October 10, 2013.

Penn Research Helps Show that ‘Endowment Effect’ is Not Present in Hunter-Gather Societies

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Click HApicella and Azevedoere to Read:  Penn Research Helps Show that ‘Endowment Effect’ is Not Present in Hunter-Gather Societies  on the Penn News Website on October 21, 2013.

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Data-Mining Our Dreams

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Data-Mining Our Dreams  By Kelly Bulkeley in The New York Times on  October 18, 2013.

A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Click Here to View:StephenKosslyn  A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain Forget dated ideas about the left and right hemispheres. New research provides a more nuanced view of the brain By Stephen M. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller  on the Wall Street Journal website on October 18, 2013.

Author and neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn talks to WSJ editor Gary Rosen about the practical implications of new brain research. Are you a Mover, Stimulator, Perceiver or Adaptor? Photo: Getty Images

Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever by Marty Kaufman on the Huffington Post website on Septembe 16, 2013.

Student-faculty research shows Oreos are just as addictive as drugs in lab rats

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:   Student-faculty research shows Oreos are just as addictive as drugs in lab rats on the Connecticut College website on October 15, 2013.

Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of psychology and director of the behavioral neuroscience program, and Lauren Cameron ’14 found that eating Oreos activated more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than exposure to drugs of abuse.

Brain anatomy and language in young children

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Brain anatomy and language in young children on the Science Blog website on October 10, 2013.

Evolution and Bad Boyfriends

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Gray Matter: Evolution and Bad Boyfriends By Piet van den Berg and Tim W. Fawcett in The New York Times on October 11, 2013

Dark alien planet discovered by NASA Scientists are unsure what causes the planet to be so dark, but they believe it could be ‘a chemical we haven’t even thought of yet

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Dark alien planet discovered by NASA Scientists are unsure what causes the planet to be so dark, but they believe it could be ‘a chemical we haven’t even thought of yet by Space.com on the Mother Nature Network Website on August 12 2011.