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  • March 1, 2014
  • 07:42 AM
  • 361 views

Suicide in organisms can benefit kin

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Researchers found that in single-celled algae, suicide is altruistic and helps the organism’s relatives. An interview with the researcher about his findings and the implications for human suicide.... Read more »

  • February 28, 2014
  • 05:10 AM
  • 376 views

Sing me a song: the link between bird song and classical music

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Researchers define the attractiveness of bird song to humans... Read more »

Hsu, K., & Hsu, A. (1990) Fractal geometry of music. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 87(3), 938-941. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.87.3.938  

  • February 27, 2014
  • 06:54 AM
  • 400 views

Spanking correlates to reduced vocabulary and bad behavior

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

Researchers suggest spanking young children causes behavioural and cognitive problems... Read more »

MacKenzie, M., Nicklas, E., Waldfogel, J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013) Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life. PEDIATRICS, 132(5). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1227  

  • February 26, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 272 views

Why (some) women (dis)like porn

by Annemarie van Oosten in United Academics

Pornography is considered a male thing and women are expected to dislike it. But is this really true? Research shows hyperfeminine women evaluate pornographic content quite positively. ... Read more »

  • February 24, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 236 views

Newly-found antibodies predict joint damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Promising Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) research is done about the involvement of anti-CarP antibodies. These antibodies seem to be an important cause of RA. Moreover, they are associated with more severe joint destruction in RA patients.... Read more »

6. Peters M.J.L., Symmons D.P.M., McCarey D., Dijkmans B.A.C., Nicola P., Kvien T.K., McInnes I.B., Haentzschel H., Gonzalez-Gay M.A., Provan S., Semb A., Sidiropoulos P., Kitas G., Smulders Y.M., Soubrier M., Szekanecz Z., Sattar N. and Nurmohamed M.T. (2010) EULAR evidence-based recommendations for cardiovascular risk management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. . Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. DOI: 10.1136/ard.2009.113696  

Wang Z, Nicholls SJ, Rodriguez ER, Kummu O, Hörkkö S, Barnard J, Reynolds WF, Topol EJ, DiDonato JA, & Hazen SL. (2007) Protein carbamylation links inflammation, smoking, uremia and atherogenesis. Nature medicine, 13(10), 1176-84. PMID: 17828273  

Mydel P, Wang Z, Brisslert M, Hellvard A, Dahlberg LE, Hazen SL, & Bokarewa M. (2010) Carbamylation-dependent activation of T cells: a novel mechanism in the pathogenesis of autoimmune arthritis. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 184(12), 6882-90. PMID: 20488785  

  • February 22, 2014
  • 05:00 AM
  • 338 views

How silver can get toxic and harm marine life

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

Humans have been using silver for millennia – as currency, jewellery, or fine dining cutlery. In these forms, the lustrous metal is harmless. But when silver is allowed to dissolve into solution – as it does in photographic processing applications or in mining operations – the innocuous metal becomes highly toxic. That’s because the free silver ions (Ag ) present in such solutions are far more reactive than those in the solid metal.... Read more »

Pillai S, Behra R, Nestler H, Suter MJF, Sigg L . (2014) Linking toxicity and adaptive responses across the transcriptome, proteome, and phenotype ofChlamydomonas reinhardtii exposed to silver. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/

  • February 21, 2014
  • 08:21 AM
  • 413 views

Virtual Customer Service Agents: Any Help?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Perhaps you are able to recall this, but there was a time that if you had a question or a complaint, you could go to a building, with a desk, and there was an actual person to talk to and get annoyed with. Nowadays, you type hours of your life away writing emails or filling in contact forms, while being on hold at the customer service for days in a row. However, not long ago, the virtual customer service agent (VCSA) appeared. ... Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 02:51 AM
  • 344 views

No Sex Please: Understanding Asexuality

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Lack of sexual interest in a highly sexualised Western society: how does that work? Interest in this topic has sky-rocketed in the past decade, yet we still know very little about it. Once thought to be a psychological or biological disorder, asexuality is slowly being accepted as a normal orientation separate from sexual orientations such as heterosexuality and homosexuality.... Read more »

Van Houdenhove E, Gijs L, T'sjoen G, & Enzlin P. (2013) Asexuality: Few Facts, Many Questions. Journal of sex . PMID: 24134401  

  • February 19, 2014
  • 07:10 AM
  • 291 views

Western Tests Misdiagnose Morrocan Immigrants As Schizophrenic

by eva de lozanne in United Academics

Immigrants are more often than natives diagnosed with schizophrenia. Afro-Carribeans in England, Inuits in Denmark and Moroccans in the Netherlands are among the most likely to become schizophrenic, according to a Dutch newspaper article. New research however has indicated that standardized test may overdiagnose immigrants due to cultural misinterpretation.... Read more »

  • February 18, 2014
  • 05:01 AM
  • 282 views

Self-Made Cigarettes More Addictive Than Ready-Made Ones

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

A recent study just revealed that home made cigarettes are more addictive than the factory-rolled ones. The researchers analysed the tobacco dependence behavior of mice. These had at their disposal the content of ready-made cigarettes, the content of self-made cigarettes, or nicotine. The results showed that mice with self-made cigarette content at hand tended... ... Read more »

Brennan, K. A., Crowther, A., Putt, F., Roper, V., Waterhouse, U. and Truman, P. (2013) Tobacco particulate matter self-administration in rats: differential effects of tobacco type. Addiction Biology. info:/

  • February 17, 2014
  • 05:08 AM
  • 236 views

Attractive Cyclists Perform Better

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Over 800 people participated in the assessment of attractiveness of cyclists’ headshots through online surveys. Almost three quarters of them were women, either in fertile or non-fertile periods of their menstrual cycle, or using birth control pills. The results were clear.... Read more »

  • February 14, 2014
  • 05:44 AM
  • 226 views

How Aspirin Works Against Cancer

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

There is evidence that aspirin, commonly used for its anti-inflammatory properties, can be effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer. In an article recently published in Clinical Cancer Research, Sinicrope and colleagues from Mayo Clinic review the effects of aspirin on colorectal cancer (CRC) in order to better understand its anticancer properties in these patients.... Read more »

Tougeron D, Sha D, Manthravadi S, & Sinicrope FA. (2014) Aspirin and colorectal cancer: Back to the Future. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. PMID: 24327271  

Mangesh A. Thorat, Jack Cuzick. (2013) Role of aspirin in cancer prevention. Current Oncology Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11912-013-0351-3  

  • February 13, 2014
  • 05:52 AM
  • 211 views

Male fruitfly thanks his partner with a smelly perfume after mating

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

The struggle to reproduce and leave behind a genetic legacy has seen the evolution of a variety of weird and wonderful mating features. While male birds such as the peacock don fancy feathers and conduct elaborate courtship dances to outcompete rivals, male fruit flies employ a far less savoury tactic.... Read more »

Ng SH, Shankar S, Shikichi Y, Akasaka K, Mori K, & Yew JY. (2014) Pheromone evolution and sexual behavior in Drosophila are shaped by male sensory exploitation of other males. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24516141  

  • February 12, 2014
  • 09:45 AM
  • 264 views

4 strange facts about tickling

by Eva de Lozanne in United Academics

Being tickled is a rather weird phenomenon. Why can we not tickle ourselves, for example? And why does it make us laugh? Find out the strange stuff you didn't know about tickling!... Read more »

  • February 11, 2014
  • 08:24 AM
  • 250 views

Yoghurt Is Good For Type 2 Diabetes

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

Researchers found that dairy product intake is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. They not only examined the risk of diabetes in relation to consumption of total dairy products, but also distinguished between different dairy products.... Read more »

  • February 10, 2014
  • 07:24 AM
  • 293 views

Is it better to be a morning person?

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Always get an energy boost after your after dinner dip? Or are you that kind of person that wakes up before the alarm? Big chance you are either one of those people, and an even bigger chance that you are sometimes jealous of the other group. It's about time to find out if you really would like to change.... Read more »

Watson NF, Buchwald D, & Harden KP. (2013) A twin study of genetic influences on diurnal preference and risk for alcohol use outcomes. Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 9(12), 1333-9. PMID: 24340296  

Jim Waterhouse, Yumi Fukuda and Takeshi Morita. (2012) Daily rhythms of the sleep-wake cycle. Journal of Physiological Anthropology. DOI: 10.1186/1880-6805-31-5  

Bogdan I. Voinescu. (2009) Clock genes, chronotypes and diseases . Human . info:/

  • February 7, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 397 views

The Olympic Effect: Will Sochi Really Benefit?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Major sports events seem to be one of the best city marketing strategies. The connotation of heroic achievements, camaraderie and excitement is the ultimate promotion for any city in the world.Several studies have examined the influence on a city of hosting a mega-event. First, a research from 2011 published in The Economic Journal shows that after the event, trade is over 20% higher for host countries.... Read more »

  • February 6, 2014
  • 05:15 AM
  • 365 views

Spain Is Also Mathematically The Best Soccer Team

by Simone Munao in United Academics

Mathematicians use network theory to analyze soccer strategies.... Read more »

Javier López Peña, & Hugo Touchette. (2012) A network theory analysis of football strategies. In C. Clanet (ed.), Sports Physics: Proc. 2012 Euromech Physics of Sports Conference, p. 517-528, \'Editions de l'\'Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, 2013. (ISBN 978-2-7302-1615-9). arXiv: 1206.6904v1

  • February 5, 2014
  • 05:15 AM
  • 268 views

At Night People Are More Likely To Lie and Cheat

by Eva de Lozanne in United Academics

people who are normally expected to behave morally, become less likely to do so as the day progresses. The happenings and activities of a normal day exhaust the capacity for self-control, thus making it harder to resist immoral behavior.... Read more »

  • February 1, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 232 views

The Benefits Of Increasing Arrogance Of Modern Youth

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

One theme that keeps coming back in this discussion about modern youth with their smartphones, is their self esteem. Look at all the selfies and the self-centered tweets they send out into the world. Especially the older generations agree: this can’t be healthy.... Read more »

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