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  • February 18, 2014
  • 05:01 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

  • January 31, 2014
  • 07:21 AM

Antioxidants Can Promote Cancer

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Antioxidants are recommended as food supplements, because of their anticancer effects. But in fact, clinical trials yielded inconclusive results. Some studies even indicated that these molecules could promote cancer. So what is the truth about antioxidants with respect to cancer?... Read more »

Volkan I. Sayin, Mohamed X. Ibrahim, Erik Larsson, Jonas A., Nilsson, Per Lindahl, Martin O. Bergo. (2014) Antioxidants accelerate lung cancer progression in mice. Science Translational Medicine. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3007653  

  • January 30, 2014
  • 03:29 PM

More Money, More Votes?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

How a politician’s income influences our votes... Read more »

  • January 24, 2014
  • 04:47 AM

Let’s Do Business:) How People Use Emoticons At Work

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Researchers find three communicative functions of smileys... Read more »

Skovholt, K., Grønning, A., & Kankaanranta, A. (2014) The Communicative Functions of Emoticons in Workplace E-Mails: :). Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12063  

  • January 23, 2014
  • 05:14 AM

Coffee Improves Memory: Just A Load Of Froth?

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

We are all too familiar with the claims that caffeine plays a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, the boosting of the immune system and the promotion of cardiac arrhythmia. The most recent news coverage looks at the effects of caffeine on long-term memory retention. One headline even went so far as to suggest that downing a shot of espresso straight after revision will help you pass your exams.... Read more »

Borota D, Murray E, Keceli G, Chang A, Watabe JM, Ly M, Toscano JP, & Yassa MA. (2014) Post-study caffeine administration enhances memory consolidation in humans. Nature neuroscience. PMID: 24413697  

  • January 22, 2014
  • 09:10 AM

Shy Women At Risk Of Poor Sex Life

by Flora Brils in United Academics

While it is a taboo to talk about, a lot people face troubles in their sex lives. A new study explored whether female sexual dysfunction is related to certain personality traits and coping strategies. Introvert women seem to be at a greater risk for sexual problems.... Read more »

Crisp, C., Vaccaro, C., Pancholy, A., Kleeman, S., Fellner, A., & Pauls, R. (2013) Is Female Sexual Dysfunction Related to Personality and Coping? An Exploratory Study. Sexual Medicine, 1(2), 69-75. DOI: 10.1002/sm2.16  

  • January 21, 2014
  • 04:56 AM

Why your friends have more friends than you do

by Patrícia Fonseca Pedro in United Academics

Have you ever noticed that most of your friends have more friends than you have? Even though you could swear it was the opposite? Have faith, you are are not alone! This social effect is called ‘Friendship Paradox’ and it happens to all, even to your sociable friends.... Read more »

Young-Ho Eom, & Hang-Hyun Jo. (2014) Generalized friendship paradox in complex networks. arxiv.org. arXiv: 1401.1458v1

  • January 20, 2014
  • 06:03 AM

Light Activated Glue Could Drastically Improve Vascular Surgery

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Inspired by slugs and worms and successfully tested on rats and pigs: light activated glue. This future gadget for surgeons could drastically improve vascular operations.... Read more »

Lang N, Pereira MJ, Lee Y, Friehs I, Vasilyev NV, Feins EN, Ablasser K, O'Cearbhaill ED, Xu C, Fabozzo A.... (2014) A blood-resistant surgical glue for minimally invasive repair of vessels and heart defects. Science translational medicine, 6(218). PMID: 24401941  

  • January 18, 2014
  • 11:00 AM

Sloth Fur May Help Scientists Make Our Next Health Pill

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

A study published this week in PLoS One takes bio-prospecting for new drugs to a new and unusual level. Researchers from the Republic of Panama and the US have surveyed fungi residing on the hair of the three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus, for potential pharmaceutical compounds.... Read more »

Higginbotham S, Wong WR, Linington RG, Spadafora C, Iturrado L . (2014) Sloth Hair as a Novel Source of Fungi with Potent Anti-Parasitic, Anti-Cancer and Anti-Bacterial Bioactivity. PLoS ONE . info:/

  • January 18, 2014
  • 06:21 AM

Recipe discovered for drink Asterix and the VIkings: Nordic Grog

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

If you have ever seen „Asterix and the Vikings” I am sure you will remember Olaf Timandahaf and its Viking tribe, celebrating and drinking from skull- made mugs. The aim of a new study was to discover what exactly the beverage inside these mugs was.If you are keen to try it, the recipe is as follows:... Read more »

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