Archive for the 'Science News' Category

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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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.
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Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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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

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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)

Mars Opportunity Time-Lapse is Mind Blowing

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

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Click Here to Read and View: Mars Opportunity Time-Lapse is Mind Blowing by Karli Petrovic on the iQ website on

How Babies See The World Differently From Adults May Surprise You

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How Babies See The World Differently From Adults May Surprise You: Infants see subtle nuances that we can’t February February 9, 2016.

Psychology by numbers: a brief history of personality tests

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Psychology by numbers: a brief history of personality tests on the Conversation Website on February 4, 2016/

How Oliver Sacks put a human face on the science of the mind

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How Oliver Sacks put a human face on the science of the mind: The world’s most famous neurologist believed that every patient had a story worth hearing. Norman Doidge explores the legacy of Oliver Sacks, whose work and life remind us that humanity belongs at the heart of medicine by Norman Doidge in the in The Globe and Mail on February 5, 2016.

China releases incredible images of the moon’s surface

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: China releases incredible images of the moon’s surface on the Fox News Science website on
February 02, 2016.

China’s Yutu moon rover (Chinese Academy of Sciences/China National Space Administration /The Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration/Emily Lakdawalla)

Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Sex differences in the brain: a whole body perspective by Geert J. de Vries* and Nancy G. Forger on the Biology of Sex Differences/ The Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine website.

New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says By Benedict Carey in The New York Times on February 1, 2016.

A brain scan of a patient with schizophrenia. CreditTim Beddow/Science Source

How the Brain Reacts to Scrambled Stories

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How the Brain Reacts to Scrambled Stories; Research shows that people tend to prefer linear narratives, but can also be engaged by just the right amount of disruption by max Green in The Atlantic Monthoy on January 27, 2016.

A still from Citizen Kane, one of the most popular films of its time to experiment with nonlinear story structureMercury Productions / RKO Radio Productions / Turner Entertainment Company