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  • 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 »

  • January 15, 2014
  • 09:52 AM

Drug Labeling Influences Effects Of Painkillers

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Researchers discovered surprising placebo effects. For example, properly labeled placebo had a painkilling effect; this observation indicates that the ritual of taking a pill contributes to the treatment’s effect.... Read more »

Kam-Hansen S, Jakubowski M, Kelley JM, Kirsch I, Hoaglin DC, Kaptchuk TJ, & Burstein R. (2014) Altered placebo and drug labeling changes the outcome of episodic migraine attacks. Science translational medicine, 6(218). PMID: 24401940  

Finniss DG, Kaptchuk TJ, Miller F, & Benedetti F. (2010) Biological, clinical, and ethical advances of placebo effects. Lancet, 375(9715), 686-95. PMID: 20171404  

  • January 14, 2014
  • 06:50 AM

Why These Tiny Monkeys Have So Many Twins

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Deep in the jungles of Central and South America, the New World Monkeys roam, with the world’s smallest known primate, the pygmy marmoset. Despite their size, there’s something else that sets these small tree-dwellers apart from their close evolutionary cousins (including us humans).... Read more »

Harris RA, Tardif SD, Vinar T, Wildman DE, Rutherford JN, Rogers J, Worley KC, & Aagaard KM. (2013) Evolutionary genetics and implications of small size and twinning in callitrichine primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24379383  

  • January 13, 2014
  • 06:35 AM

Erasing Long Term Memories: Scientists Finally Did It

by Simone Munao in United Academics

To comprehend the importance of the results obtained by Kroes, it is necessary to have some background knowledge. In 1968 the researcher Donald Lewis tamed some rats to fear a certain sound up to the point where they panicked when they heard it. ... Read more »

  • January 10, 2014
  • 09:03 AM

Study Reveals How Sports Reduces Body Fat After Exercise

by Shefali Sabharanjak in United Academics

Besides the straightforward relationship between muscle movement and utilization of energy stored in body fat, there are also two distinct ways in which exercise can boost your metabolism and burn body fat even when the exercise session is over.... Read more »

Sanchis-Gomar F, Lippi G, Mayero S, Perez-Quilis C, & García-Giménez JL. (2012) Irisin: a new potential hormonal target for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Journal of diabetes, 4(3), 196. PMID: 22372821  

  • January 8, 2014
  • 09:54 AM

Google Biases Your Search for Scientific Information

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Top-ranked sites on Google have different thematic emphasis than lower-ranked sites when searching for scientific information.... Read more »

  • January 7, 2014
  • 06:54 AM

4 Tips To Stick To Your Resolutions

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Resolutions, shmesolutions. We have all tried to re-invent ourselves, but what underlies our need to do so and why do most of us fail?... Read more »

Lally, P., van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Potts, H. W. W., . (2010) How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.674  

Gardner B, Lally P, & Wardle J. (2012) Making health habitual: the psychology of 'habit-formation' and general practice. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 62(605), 664-6. PMID: 23211256  

  • January 6, 2014
  • 09:15 AM

Older Gamers Play For Different Reasons Than Youngsters

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

People of the future will spend a lot of time enjoying their retirement. How? By playing silly online video games, probably. More and more older adults are doing this, and not just because they are bored.... Read more »

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