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  • February 28, 2011
  • 10:16 AM

Polygamy bad for women

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

Polygamy has been shown to harm women’s reproductive success, heightening the mystery as to why it exists at all, reports Abi Millar

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Jacob A. Moorada, Daniel E.L. Promislow, Ken R. Smith, Michael J. Wade. (2011) Mating system change reduces the strength of sexual selection in an American frontier population of the 19th century. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(2), 147-155. info:/

  • February 28, 2011
  • 03:01 PM

Video: chimpanzees, tools and Treculia fruits

by Djuke Veldhuis in Elements Science

New research shows that the tools a chimpanzee population will use is governed by the environment they live in, reports Louise Ogden.

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  • February 28, 2011
  • 12:34 PM

Science funding and the future of UK science; on the cusp of a decision

by Jack Serle in Elements Science

The wobbling global economy has given research grants a thump. Jack Serle looks at the ramifications this hit to funding will have for British and Irish scientists.

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Zwicky, F. (1958) Nuclear Goblins and Flare Stars. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 506. DOI: 10.1086/127284  

  • March 10, 2010
  • 11:42 AM

Environmental news round up

by Elements Science in Elements Science

Find out how climate change is affecting malaria, how ocean bacteria could be the key to producing clean fuels, how a tree purifies dirty water and more.... Read more »

  • March 29, 2011
  • 03:58 AM

The nocebo effect – negative thinking on drug action

by Fareha Lasker in Elements Science

Our understanding of placebo is growing; Fareha Lasker reports on a new study that suggests it could work in reverse... Read more »

  • March 25, 2011
  • 06:28 PM

Debate: Is mental health a medical issue?

by Lorna Powell in Elements Science

Elements’ health editors, James Brooks and Lorna Powell debate whether society’s belief that mental illness is a medical matter is justified

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Abi-Dargham A, Gil R, Krystal J, Baldwin RM, Seibyl JP, Bowers M, van Dyck CH, Charney DS, Innis RB, & Laruelle M. (1998) Increased striatal dopamine transmission in schizophrenia: confirmation in a second cohort. The American journal of psychiatry, 155(6), 761-7. PMID: 9619147  

Fournier, J., DeRubeis, R., Hollon, S., Dimidjian, S., Amsterdam, J., Shelton, R., & Fawcett, J. (2010) Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity: A Patient-Level Meta-analysis. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(1), 47-53. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.1943  

  • February 18, 2011
  • 06:34 AM

Animals with MRSA – a health problem crossing the species barrier

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

Animals can catch MRSA from people and is a serious problem in veterinary surgeries. Jen Appleton reports on this widespread but often overlooked issue

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  • March 29, 2011
  • 09:28 AM

Video: Physical Attraction

by Jack Serle in Elements Science

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With so many images of an idealised beauty thrown at us every day, how does this affect our judgement? Richard Masters investigates

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Swami, V., Furnham, A., Chamorro-Premuzic, T., Akbar, K., Gordon, N., Harris, T., Finch, J., & Tovee, M. (2010) More Than Just Skin Deep? Personality Information Influences Men's Ratings of the Attractiveness of Women's Body Sizes. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(6), 628-647. DOI: 10.1080/00224540903365497  

  • March 5, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

Comment: When a medical term has someone’s name

by Débora Miranda in Elements Science

Multiple Sclerosis in times of spending cuts: Débora Miranda looks into the human side of degenerative diseases for Elements... Read more »

Huang, J., Jarjour, A., Oumesmar, B., Kerninon, C., Williams, A., Krezel, W., Kagechika, H., Bauer, J., Zhao, C., Evercooren, A.... (2010) Retinoid X receptor gamma signaling accelerates CNS remyelination. Nature Neuroscience, 14(1), 45-53. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2702  

  • February 17, 2011
  • 05:55 AM

The pros and cons of tablet computers

by Ann-Kathrin Lindemann in Elements Science

Tablet computers have become the latest must have gadget to hit the shelves. Elements resident technology experts, Anka Lindemann and Louise Ogden, beg to differ on their benefits

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Julian, T., Leckie, J., & Boehm, A. (2010) Virus transfer between fingerpads and fomites. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109(6), 1868-1874. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2010.04814.x  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Musical Genes

by Lorna Powell in Elements Science

Lorna Powell tunes into new research that suggests our genes could influence our enjoyment of music.

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  • February 21, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

The food bowl is ‘half empty’ for anxious dogs

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

Dogs that suffer from anxiety when left by their owners may have a more pessimistic outlook, reports Jen Appleton.... Read more »

Mendl, M., Brooks, J., Basse, C., Burman, O., Paul, E., Blackwell, E., & Casey, R. (2010) Dogs showing separation-related behaviour exhibit a ‘pessimistic’ cognitive bias. Current Biology, 20(19). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.08.030  

  • April 12, 2011
  • 11:59 AM

Exercise, sex and visits to the doctor linked to heart risk

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Activities variously associated with Lycra, white coats and birthday suits all carry a (very, very small) cardiac risk, reports James Brooks

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  • March 31, 2011
  • 06:06 PM

Transforming the way we measure blood pressure

by Fareha Lasker in Elements Science

Fareha Lasker reports on how mathematical modelling could revolutionise the way blood pressure is measured... Read more »

  • March 16, 2010
  • 09:06 AM

Research roundup

by Elements Science in Elements Science

Sexual ambiguity crosses species in this week's research roundup.... Read more »

  • February 25, 2011
  • 08:33 AM

Narrative medicine and therapy: a fresh approach to mental health

by James Brooks in Elements Science

James Brooks investigates a movement in psychiatry looking to “liberate the patient’s voice” in a meditative, experimental audio feature

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  • March 30, 2011
  • 09:37 AM

‘Meeting sickness’ and possible cures

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

Meetings are one of the hot topics in occupational psychology. How can this bane of working life best be addressed? Asks Abi Millar.

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  • February 4, 2011
  • 12:16 PM

Tricks of the trade: chimpanzees and their tools

by Djuke Veldhuis in Elements Science

Deep in the African rainforest researchers continue to find a wide array of tool use in wild chimpanzee populations. Djuke Veldhuis examines what is happening in the emerging field of primate archaeology.

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  • March 29, 2011
  • 01:22 PM

A brain scanner that can be worn around the cage (it’s for rats)

by James Brooks in Elements Science

James Brooks reports on the development of a device which may challenge our understanding of how the brain works (and not just the rat brain).

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Schulz, D., Southekal, S., Junnarkar, S., Pratte, J., Purschke, M., Stoll, S., Ravindranath, B., Maramraju, S., Krishnamoorthy, S., Henn, F.... (2011) Simultaneous assessment of rodent behavior and neurochemistry using a miniature positron emission tomograph. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1582  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:20 AM

Smoke screen: new study sheds light on will power, anti-smoking ads and quitting cigarettes.

by richardfmasters in Elements Science

Are you giving up the fags? Richard Masters looks at why brain scans can show how likely you are to quit, whether you realise it or not.

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Soon, C., Brass, M., Heinze, H., & Haynes, J. (2008) Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain. Nature Neuroscience, 11(5), 543-545. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2112  

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