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  • February 23, 2015
  • 06:23 AM

Greenish Red: Does It Exist?

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Why is there no such thing as greenish red? Learn everything about color oppositions and experience fun optical illusions ... Read more »

Neitz J, & Neitz M. (2011) The genetics of normal and defective color vision. Vision research, 51(7), 633-51. PMID: 21167193  

  • February 22, 2015
  • 06:10 AM

Sick Of Stress: Is Fear Making Us Ill?

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Is stress making us sick? Scientists found that fear of terror increases pulse, the risk of disease and subsequent death.... Read more »

Shenhar-Tsarfaty, S., Yayon, N., Waiskopf, N., Shapira, I., Toker, S., Zaltser, D., Berliner, S., Ritov, Y., & Soreq, H. (2015) Fear and C-reactive protein cosynergize annual pulse increases in healthy adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(5). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1418264112  

  • February 21, 2015
  • 08:57 AM

World's Coolest Cartwheeling Spider

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

A newly-discovered species of spider discovered in Morocco just last year prefers cartwheeling to more standard ways of locomotion; especially when it needs to flee. Now, forget your mostly irrational fear of spiders for a moment, and take a look at this... Read more »

  • February 18, 2015
  • 11:10 AM

Now Available In Technicolor! #2: Color-Blindness

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

This week in RAZ’s colorful trilogy: What is color-blindness? She also included a test.... Read more »

Neitz J, & Neitz M. (2011) The genetics of normal and defective color vision. Vision research, 51(7), 633-51. PMID: 21167193  

  • February 18, 2015
  • 06:32 AM

Diet: Giving The Gift Of A Longer Life

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Yeast cells on a diet live longer, as do their neighbors.... Read more »

  • February 18, 2015
  • 06:23 AM

Thrillers Affect Your Political Outlook

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

Politically unrelated emotions we experience through movies and other daily events have a significant impact on our political outlook. Whether we realize it or not. ... Read more »

Renshon, J., Lee, J., & Tingley, D. (2014) Physiological Arousal and Political Beliefs. Political Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12173  

  • February 18, 2015
  • 05:02 AM

Fasting Fruit Flies: Improved Focus and Brain Power

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Fasting: solely a religious activity or is it also beneficial for focus and brain power? Research links fasting and hunger to formation of long-term memory.... Read more »

Hirano Y, Masuda T, Naganos S, Matsuno M, Ueno K, Miyashita T, Horiuchi J, & Saitoe M. (2013) Fasting launches CRTC to facilitate long-term memory formation in Drosophila. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6118), 443-6. PMID: 23349290  

Dubnau J. (2012) Neuroscience. Ode to the mushroom bodies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6069), 664-5. PMID: 22323806  

Quinn, W., Harris, W., & Benzer, S. (1974) Conditioned Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 71(3), 708-712. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.71.3.708  

  • February 9, 2015
  • 01:00 PM

Now Available In Technicolor! #1: Color Basics

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Why are red and green opposites? Why do colors look different in a darker room? Why are some people colorblind? Color is all around us, yet so elusive. In a series of three articles, I will attempt to answer all the questions you’ve had about color, but were afraid to ask.... Read more »

Neitz J, & Neitz M. (2011) The genetics of normal and defective color vision. Vision research, 51(7), 633-51. PMID: 21167193  

  • January 29, 2015
  • 06:56 AM

Religion And War: “It’s Complicated”

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

When was the last time you read the news and didn’t read about religious war? My guess: you can’t remember. The world around us seems to be saturated with religious conflict.How and why religion exactly leads to violence remains undiscovered. Up until now.... Read more »

Neuberg SL, Warner CM, Mistler SA, Berlin A, Hill ED, Johnson JD, Filip-Crawford G, Millsap RE, Thomas G, Winkelman M.... (2014) Religion and intergroup conflict: findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological science, 25(1), 198-206. PMID: 24264940  

  • January 28, 2015
  • 06:22 AM

Was Lucy A Riveter? News On Tool Use

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

British researchers were looking at the trabecular bones of several Australopithecus africanus fossils, and comparing them to the known bone shapes of chimpanzees and humans. Their results seems to suggest that A africanus was at the very least making much use of stone tools, and there could even be a possibility that they were creating their own tools as well.... Read more »

Skinner MM, Stephens NB, Tsegai ZJ, Foote AC, Nguyen NH, Gross T, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, & Kivell TL. (2015) Human evolution. Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6220), 395-9. PMID: 25613885  

  • January 8, 2015
  • 05:41 AM

One Protein To Rule Them All?

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

Just like the One Ring was key to controlling the other rings of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, a protein known as GRP78/Dna K may hold the key to inhibiting the expression of several diseases in at least the human species.... Read more »

Booth, L., Roberts, J., Cash, D., Tavallai, S., Jean, S., Fidanza, A., Cruz-Luna, T., Siembiba, P., Cycon, K., Cornelissen, C.... (2014) GRP78 / BiP / HSPA5 / Dna K is a universal therapeutic target for human disease. Journal of Cellular Physiology. DOI: 10.1002/jcp.24919  

  • December 24, 2014
  • 07:22 AM

Hate Brussels Sprouts? Then You Could Be A Supertaster!

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

A Supertaster is someone who has more taste-buds than the average person. Perhaps picky eaters are simply more sensitive to taste sensations of certain foods. You can find out how you fair on the taste-bud scale by doing this simple experiment.... Read more »

  • December 22, 2014
  • 06:25 AM

Statistics Show: Males Do More Stupid Things Than Women

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

There’s one prestigious honor, the Darwin Award, which is given to people that helped improving the human gene pool. However, nobody is really keen on receiving this noble recognition: Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves (or anyway lose their reproductive abilities) in such stupid ways that ensure there’s an idiot less on Earth.... Read more »

Lendrem BA, Lendrem DW, Gray A, & Isaacs JD. (2014) The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviour. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 25500113  

  • December 8, 2014
  • 05:39 AM

Mind-blowing Brain Cases: The Man Who Hears Colours

by elisabeth buhl thubron in United Academics

The human brain has been described as ‘the most complex thing we have yet discovered in the universe’. In this series neuroscientist Elisabeth Buhl Thubron takes a closer look at intriguing brain cases that revolutionised the field. This week: Neil Harbisson... Read more »

  • December 5, 2014
  • 06:12 AM

Why Our Western Diet Is A Ticking Time Bomb

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

The Western diet places our bodies and environment under untenable pressure. By 2050, scientists predict, this lifestyle will not only constitute two thirds of overall diseases, but it also lays an untenable pressure on our environment.... Read more »

  • December 3, 2014
  • 02:58 AM

5 Best Places To Look For Life Outside Earth

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

Where in our Solar System most of the ingredients for life have been found, and thus stand a good chance of harbouring life that evolved completely separate from Earth?... Read more »

McKay, C. (2010) An Origin of Life on Mars. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, 2(4). DOI: 10.1101/cshperspect.a003509  

Waite JH Jr, Combi MR, Ip WH, Cravens TE, McNutt RL Jr, Kasprzak W, Yelle R, Luhmann J, Niemann H, Gell D.... (2006) Cassini ion and neutral mass spectrometer: Enceladus plume composition and structure. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5766), 1419-22. PMID: 16527970  

Iess L, Stevenson DJ, Parisi M, Hemingway D, Jacobson RA, Lunine JI, Nimmo F, Armstrong JW, Asmar SW, Ducci M.... (2014) The gravity field and interior structure of Enceladus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6179), 78-80. PMID: 24700854  

  • November 21, 2014
  • 04:41 AM

Non-Sticky Nano Bullets Targeting Cancer

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Researchers describe the use of traceable nanoparticles constructed to specifically target tumors. These drug loaded nano particles could function as ‘intelligent’ bullets, leaving body in 72 hours.... Read more »

Phillips E, Penate-Medina O, Zanzonico PB, Carvajal RD, Mohan P, Ye Y, Humm J, Gönen M, Kalaigian H, Schöder H.... (2014) Clinical translation of an ultrasmall inorganic optical-PET imaging nanoparticle probe. Science translational medicine, 6(260). PMID: 25355699  

  • November 19, 2014
  • 06:21 AM

Why Cancer Doesn’t Favor Large Animals

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Most cancers have their origin in the buildup of harmful mutations, so every active cell is at risk of unwittingly transforming into a murderer. Stands to reason then, that long-living animals with lots of cells should be more prone to succumb to the blight of cancer.... Read more »

  • November 12, 2014
  • 05:40 AM

Optical Illusion: Can You See Vase And Faces Simultanuously?

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

The vase-face optical illusion is an ambiguous bi-stable image, that has been used in perceptual experiments for years. What can these images teach us about the brain?... Read more »

  • October 31, 2014
  • 06:37 AM

Mind Blowing Brain Cases: The Man With A Hole In His Head

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

In this series neuroscientist Elisabeth Buhl Thubron takes a closer look at intriguing brain cases that revolutionised the field. Part I: The Man With A Whole In His Head... Read more »

Harlow JM. (1999) Passage of an iron rod through the head. 1848. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 11(2), 281-3. PMID: 10334003  

Ratiu P, Talos IF, Haker S, Lieberman D, & Everett P. (2004) The tale of Phineas Gage, digitally remastered. Journal of neurotrauma, 21(5), 637-43. PMID: 15165371  

Van Horn JD, Irimia A, Torgerson CM, Chambers MC, Kikinis R, & Toga AW. (2012) Mapping connectivity damage in the case of Phineas Gage. PloS one, 7(5). PMID: 22616011  

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