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  • May 19, 2015
  • 07:00 AM
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Rap Revolution: The Musical Evolution

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

After soul, rock, and disco, rap is the biggest musical change of the past 50 years.
... Read more »

Mauch, M., MacCallum, R., Levy, M., & Leroi, A. (2015) The evolution of popular music: USA 1960-2010. Royal Society Open Science, 2(5), 150081-150081. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150081  

  • May 11, 2015
  • 06:15 AM
  • 86 views

Ending A Relationship: Slow Fade Or Sudden Death?

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

Of two network breakdown models, researchers find ‘link deletion’ to be most common.... Read more »

Yohsuke Murase, Hang-Hyun Jo, János Török, János Kertész, & Kimmo Kaski. (2015) Modeling the role of relationship fading and breakup in social network formation. arXiv. arXiv: 1505.00644v1

  • May 2, 2015
  • 05:55 AM
  • 108 views

Humans Navigate Naturally With Built-In GPS

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Humans have a built-in neural map, and it’s shaped like a honeycomb.
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Langston RF, Ainge JA, Couey JJ, Canto CB, Bjerknes TL, Witter MP, Moser EI, & Moser MB. (2010) Development of the spatial representation system in the rat. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5985), 1576-80. PMID: 20558721  

Solstad T, Boccara CN, Kropff E, Moser MB, & Moser EI. (2008) Representation of geometric borders in the entorhinal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5909), 1865-8. PMID: 19095945  

Tolman, E. (1948) Cognitive maps in rats and men. Psychological Review, 55(4), 189-208. DOI: 10.1037/h0061626  

  • April 29, 2015
  • 06:00 AM
  • 139 views

Where Are All The Galaxy-Harvesting Alien Civilizations At?

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

The alien civilizations we search might be too advanced to be found.
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  • April 28, 2015
  • 07:03 AM
  • 127 views

Mind-blowing Brain Cases: The Woman With Half A Brain

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Chinese woman without a cerebellum gives insight into neuroplasticity.... Read more »

  • April 25, 2015
  • 06:40 AM
  • 121 views

Puppy-Dog Eyes Release Love Hormone

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Gazing between pets and owners releases oxytocin, neurologically strengthening their bond. ... Read more »

Nagasawa, M., Mitsui, S., En, S., Ohtani, N., Ohta, M., Sakuma, Y., Onaka, T., Mogi, K., & Kikusui, T. (2015) Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds. Science, 348(6232), 333-336. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261022  

  • April 24, 2015
  • 07:12 AM
  • 139 views

Momnesia: Does Pregnancy Really Change The Brain?

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Pregnancy does cause brain alterations, but scientists still disagree about other factors.... Read more »

Standtlander, L. (2013) Memory and Perceptual Changes during Pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth, 28(2). info:/

  • April 24, 2015
  • 07:12 AM
  • 124 views

Momnesia: Does Pregnancy Really Change The Brain?

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Pregnancy does cause brain alterations, but scientists still disagree about other factors.... Read more »

Standtlander, L. (2013) Memory and Perceptual Changes during Pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth, 28(2). info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 07:01 AM
  • 164 views

Hair Plucking Could Treat Baldness

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

Plucking sends out a signal by quorum sensing which leads to a surge of hair re-growth. ... Read more »

Chen CC, Wang L, Plikus MV, Jiang TX, Murray PJ, Ramos R, Guerrero-Juarez CF, Hughes MW, Lee OK, Shi S.... (2015) Organ-level quorum sensing directs regeneration in hair stem cell populations. Cell, 161(2), 277-90. PMID: 25860610  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 07:20 AM
  • 115 views

Lar Gibbons Give Clues To Language Origins

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Lar gibbon language may provide insight into the evolution of human language.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
  • 154 views

Restore Or Protect: How To Save Biodiversity?

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Mathematical model can help conservationists choose.... Read more »

  • April 8, 2015
  • 05:57 AM
  • 162 views

Where Are All The Single Authors?

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

The trend towards collaborative research has a downside.... Read more »

Natascha Gaster, Jorge S. Burns, Michael Gaster. (2014) Single Authors – an Exterminated Race – Increasing Numbers by Increasing Credit?,. JUnQ, 5(1). info:/

  • April 2, 2015
  • 04:58 AM
  • 120 views

The Bourbon Virus: Less Fun Than Whiskey

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Deadly tick-borne Bourbon virus remains an incurable mystery.... Read more »

Kosoy, O., Lambert, A., Hawkinson, D., Pastula, D., Goldsmith, C., Hunt, D., & Staples, J. (2015) Novel Thogotovirus Associated with Febrile Illness and Death, United States, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(5). DOI: 10.3201/eid2105.150150  

Ciancanelli, M., Huang, S., Luthra, P., Garner, H., Itan, Y., Volpi, S., Lafaille, F., Trouillet, C., Schmolke, M., Albrecht, R.... (2015) Life-threatening influenza and impaired interferon amplification in human IRF7 deficiency. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1578  

  • April 1, 2015
  • 05:52 AM
  • 148 views

Blocking Serotonin Could Cure Obesity

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Blocking serotonin boosts the metabolism, inhibits fat storage and wards off obesity.... Read more »

  • March 29, 2015
  • 08:17 AM
  • 168 views

Modeling Life On Titan

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Lifeforms that live off methane instead of water are possible on Titan’s surface.... Read more »

  • March 26, 2015
  • 07:00 AM
  • 201 views

http://www.united-academics.org/magazine/health-medicine/coffees-dirty-secret-like-carcinogens-with-that/

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Furans are coffee’s dirty little secret. Although we can thank them for the pleasant aroma and delicious flavour of freshly brewed coffee, furans have been labelled as a possible human carcinogen (cause of cancer) in disguise by food safety agencies. How many are in there
depends on how you like your cup of Joe.... Read more »

  • March 25, 2015
  • 07:13 AM
  • 153 views

Flawed Shades Of Gray

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

The Munker-White Illusion: flawed expectations of brightness and shadow.... Read more »

Li, Tavantzis, and Yazdanbakhsh. (2009) Lightness of Munker-White illusion and Simultaneous-Contrast illusion: Establishing an ordinal lightness relation among minimum and split-frame presentations. Review of Psychology, 16(1), 3-8. info:/

Purves D, Shimpi A, & Lotto RB. (1999) An empirical explanation of the cornsweet effect. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 19(19), 8542-51. PMID: 10493754  

  • March 24, 2015
  • 06:52 AM
  • 161 views

Smell- Our Underrated Sense

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Your sense of smell might help you find the perfect partner.... Read more »

Wedekind, C., Seebeck, T., Bettens, F., & Paepke, A. (1995) MHC-Dependent Mate Preferences in Humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 260(1359), 245-249. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1995.0087  

  • March 17, 2015
  • 08:23 AM
  • 176 views

To Catch A Killer: Age, Behavior and the Flu

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Studying the social context of flu transmission helps manage the virus’ reach and its effects.... Read more »

  • March 12, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
  • 183 views

Math And Girls: The Grade Bias

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

Gender biased teachers overgrade boys and undergrade girls in math exams.... Read more »

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