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  • January 20, 2016
  • 11:00 AM
  • 83 views

WATCH: Persistence Pays Off For Squirrels

by Jenny Ludmer in Rooster's Report

Surely you can expect that the ubiquitous furry creature — a regular at your public park — is a master problem-solver. After all, squirrels must continuously stockpile acorns and occasionally raid bird feeders, all while playing in traffic and dodging hairy little beasts on leashes. But what personality characteristic most drives these exceptional abilities: persistence or flexibility? ... Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 09:36 AM
  • 107 views

Video Tip of the Week: LilBUBome sequencing project

by Mary in OpenHelix

Ok, the phrase “Lil Bub is an American celebrity cat….” is not the way I start a lot of blog posts. I enjoy cats on the internet as much as anyone–but their relevance to science is not one of the reasons, usually. But the Lil Bub genome project changes that. A popular, crowd-funded, genome sequencing project […]... Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 08:30 AM
  • 74 views

Finding out if shelter dogs are friendly: testing the B.A.R.K. protocol

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Research shows the challenges of assessing behaviour in shelter dogs.We know our pets well. My dog Bodger is bouncy and friendly; he sits to be patted, then jumps up with a surreptitious kiss; he likes zucchini and hates thunder. We form these observations through time spent with our dogs. But at animal shelters it’s not so easy. How do you assess the temperament of a dog you’ve only just met?Research by Kate Mornement(Monash University; Pets Behaving Badly) et al investigates this problem. ........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 08:10 AM
  • 66 views

The police believe a lot of psychology myths related to their work

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Despite recent improvements to their training, a new study in the journal of Police and Criminal Psychology suggests the police are as susceptible as the general public to holding false beliefs about psychology that apply to their work. The research, conducted in the UK, also showed that police officers have more confidence than the public in their false beliefs.Chloe Chaplin, a programme facilitator at the London Probation Trust, and Julia Shaw, senior lecturer at South Bank university, recruit........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 06:55 AM
  • 112 views

Pump Up Your Brain

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Exercising makes you smarter! Preadolescents who begin exercising score better on a cognitive assessment not unlike an IQ test. They also perform better on a math test, even though no additional math instruction was given. But to maximize the increase in neural plasticity, you have to exercise several times a week for months. The weirdest part – different types of exercise alter different neurotrophins, so to be your smartest, you need to do aerobic training and resistance training. ... Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 06:06 AM
  • 104 views

Dear kids, don't eat that falling snow...

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Snow falling in urban areas could be toxic for human beings due to the presence of dangerous chemicals and pollutants coming from cars and industries.

Published in:

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

Study Further:

Beauty can be dangerous and recent research is showing the same, i.e. beautiful and pure snowflakes can be dangerous. Researchers have found that snowflakes are not as clean as they may appear. They reported that snow falling, especially in cities, h........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 05:01 AM
  • 76 views

People who have experienced more adversity show more compassion

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

In parallel with the difficulties caused by trauma, such as depression and ill health, some people experience positive psychological changes, such as a renewed appreciation for life and increased resilience – a phenomenon psychologists term "post traumatic growth". According to a new study in the journal Emotion, we can add another positive outcome related to adversity – compassion. The more adversity in life a person has experienced, the more compassion they tend to feel and show toward oth........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 03:11 AM
  • 107 views

Middle ear infections and autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I'm gonna be fairly brief today in drawing your attention to the paper published by Daniel Adams and colleagues [1] reporting that: "Children with ASD [autism spectrum disorders] are more likely to have middle ear infections and otitis-related complications."The results, which we've known were coming (see here), detail findings based on a retrospective case-cohort study where the health insurance records of children of US military families were initially screened for the presence of au........ Read more »

Adams, D., Susi, A., Erdie-Lalena, C., Gorman, G., Hisle-Gorman, E., Rajnik, M., Elrod, M., & Nylund, C. (2016) Otitis Media and Related Complications Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2689-x  

  • January 19, 2016
  • 11:45 PM
  • 109 views

A year in books: Neanderthals to the National Cancer Act to now

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

A tradition I started a couple of years ago is to read at least one non-fiction book per month and then to share my thoughts on the reading at the start of the following year. Last year, my dozen books were mostly on philosophy, psychology, and political economy. My brief comments on them ended up […]... Read more »

Monge, J., Kricun, M., Radovčić, J., Radovčić, D., Mann, A., & Frayer, D. (2013) Fibrous Dysplasia in a 120,000 Year Old Neandertal from Krapina, Croatia. PLoS ONE, 8(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064539  

  • January 19, 2016
  • 11:00 PM
  • 47 views

Heart Wall Thickness Linked To Ventricular Arrhythmias

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Heart Disease on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Yitschak (Yitsik) Biton, MD Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Rochester Medical Center Saunders Research Building Heart Research Follow-Up Program Rochester, NY Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What … Continue reading →
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Yitschak (Yitsik) Biton, MD. (2016) Heart Wall Thickness Linked To Ventricular Arrhythmias. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 19, 2016
  • 07:34 PM
  • 44 views

Does Slow Heart Rate Signal Increased Heart Disease or Mortality Risk?

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Heart Disease on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Ajay Dharod, M.D. Coordinator of Medical Informatics Department of Internal Medicine Wake Forest School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. … Continue reading →
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Ajay Dharod, M.D. (2016) Does Slow Heart Rate Signal Increased Heart Disease or Mortality Risk?. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 19, 2016
  • 07:17 PM
  • 34 views

Poor Diet Means Poor Sleep

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Sleep on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D, FAHA Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center Institute of Human Nutrition College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University New York, NY 10032   Medical Research: What … Continue reading →
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Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D, FAHA. (2016) Poor Diet Means Poor Sleep. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 19, 2016
  • 05:09 PM
  • 38 views

Low Birth Weight Linked To Early Puberty and Shortened Stature

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Obgyne on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sandra Schulte (candidate Medicine) University Hospital Bonn Dept. Ped. Endocrinology and Diabetology MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main  findings? Response: Low birth weight, unfavourable intrauterine conditions … Continue reading →
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Sandra Schulte. (2016) Low Birth Weight Linked To Early Puberty and Shortened Stature. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 19, 2016
  • 02:14 PM
  • 130 views

Can you trust your gut when public speaking?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

There is good news for frequent public speakers. New research shows that individuals have the ability to quickly and accurately identify a crowd's general emotion as focused or distracted, suggesting that we can trust our first impression of a crowd's mood.


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  • January 19, 2016
  • 12:20 PM
  • 41 views

What Is Citizen Science Good For? Birds, Butterflies, Big Data

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish



No matter how unhip you feel wearing waders or hauling a butterfly net, citizen science is cool. That's obvious from the boom in online projects that let you count penguins, hunt planets, or identify animals in the Serengeti, as well as the scientific papers using these data. Now researchers in Sweden have looked into the science of citizen science itself. How much of this volunteer research is really happening, they asked—and what is it producing?

Christopher Kullenberg and Dick Kaspe........ Read more »

  • January 19, 2016
  • 08:59 AM
  • 119 views

Investigating Funerary Rituals in a Multiethnic African Diasporic Cemetery

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

The Atlantic slave trade was a massive undertaking promoted by Europeans between the 16th and 19th centuries to forcibly move people from Africa to America to be sold as laborers. During this period in […]... Read more »

  • January 19, 2016
  • 07:16 AM
  • 34 views

Sleep Fragmentation Linked To Damaged Brain Blood Vessels

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Sleep Research on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Andrew Lim MD, FRCPC Assistant Professor Neurology Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto, ON Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Lim: Our group had previously … Continue reading →
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Dr. Andrew Lim MD, FRCPC. (2016) Sleep Fragmentation Linked To Damaged Brain Blood Vessels. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 19, 2016
  • 06:47 AM
  • 124 views

Slowing Down The Clock

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

New drugs can delay aging and rejuvenate tissues.... Read more »

Chang, J., Wang, Y., Shao, L., Laberge, R., Demaria, M., Campisi, J., Janakiraman, K., Sharpless, N., Ding, S., Feng, W.... (2015) Clearance of senescent cells by ABT263 rejuvenates aged hematopoietic stem cells in mice. Nature Medicine, 22(1), 78-83. DOI: 10.1038/nm.4010  

Baker, D., Wijshake, T., Tchkonia, T., LeBrasseur, N., Childs, B., van de Sluis, B., Kirkland, J., & van Deursen, J. (2011) Clearance of p16Ink4a-positive senescent cells delays ageing-associated disorders. Nature, 479(7372), 232-236. DOI: 10.1038/nature10600  

van Deursen, J. (2014) The role of senescent cells in ageing. Nature, 509(7501), 439-446. DOI: 10.1038/nature13193  

  • January 19, 2016
  • 04:29 AM
  • 138 views

Get your (autism genetics) kicks on root 66?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

With the ever-increasing volumes of research being published in the peer-reviewed domain these days, one sometimes has to be a little creative to ensure that your research paper stands out and is not lost in the scientific noise. Quite a good way of getting noticed is to make sure that your paper catches the attention of your reader base. Y'know, give it a snappy title; something that social media might pick up on...So it was that my attention was taken when coming across the paper by Diaz-........ Read more »

  • January 18, 2016
  • 08:38 PM
  • 30 views

Shopping For Food At Walmart Not Necessarily Bad For You

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Nutrition on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Lindsey Taillie PhD Research Assistant Professor Department of Nutrition University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Taillie: Walmart is the US’ biggest … Continue reading →
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Dr. Lindsey Taillie PhD. (2016) Shopping For Food At Walmart Not Necessarily Bad For You. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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