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  • October 8, 2013
  • 09:35 AM

Collective Self-Esteem Predicts Depression

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Could feelings about ourselves and our group be one of the driving forces behind the growing problem of depression among adolescents? Two Indian researchers tested it and offer explanations.... Read more »

  • October 5, 2013
  • 03:00 PM

Getting Infertile Women Succesfully Pregnant: New Treatment

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Good news for women with PCOS or POI. Researchers just demonstrated that they can reactivate their ovarian function by cutting follicles into fragments, leading to successful pregnancies.... Read more »

Kawamura K, Cheng Y, Suzuki N, Deguchi M, Sato Y, Takae S, Ho CH, Kawamura N, Tamura M, Hashimoto S.... (2013) Hippo signaling disruption and Akt stimulation of ovarian follicles for infertility treatment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24082083  

  • October 4, 2013
  • 08:48 AM

Why the plague is so deadly, still

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

Researchers discovered how Yersinia pestis uses stealth tactics and friendly fire to kill. ... Read more »

  • October 3, 2013
  • 04:00 PM

Insects Adapt Their Mating Behavior Before a Storm

by Alex Reis in United Academics

How they detect the changes, is not clear yet. But insects can feel the air pressure dropping before a storm. They then have whole new strategies of approaching the other gender.... Read more »

  • October 3, 2013
  • 05:46 AM

Cancer Survival Related To Government’s Expenditures On Health

by Patrícia Fonseca Pedro in United Academics

We feel the crisis everwhere. But what happens when it affects our health? What about hospitals not being able to get us the best treatment available? A study performed by Ades et al. has determined that government’s health expenditures are crucial for cancer mortality. ... Read more »

Ades F, Senterre C, de Azambuja E, Sullivan R, Popescu R, Parent F, & Piccart M. (2013) Discrepancies in cancer incidence and mortality and its relationship to health expenditure in the 27 European Union member states. Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology / ESMO. PMID: 24078620  

  • October 2, 2013
  • 09:13 AM

Humans could walk on water

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

The 2013 Ig Nobel Physics Prize went to five researchers from Europe for ‘discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond—if those people and that pond were on the moon’.... Read more »

  • October 1, 2013
  • 07:28 AM

How Epigenomic Maps May Play a Major Role in Identifying Diseases

by Guillaume Cote-Maurais in United Academics

Each of the more than 200 different cell types in the human body contains an identical copy of the genome but expresses a distinct set of genes. How does a genome guide a limited set of genes to be expressed at different levels in distinct cell types? New research gives insight into epigenetic maps.... Read more »

Rivera CM, & Ren B. (2013) Mapping human epigenomes. Cell, 155(1), 39-55. PMID: 24074860  

  • September 28, 2013
  • 09:23 AM

Candida Albicans- A Friend Or Foe?

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

Fungus in your body? Iew! Not really. Almost everyone has Candida albicans in their guts. New research shows when, and when it doesn't, cause diseases.... Read more »

Patenaude C, Zhang Y, Cormack B, Köhler J, & Rao R. (2013) Essential Role for Vacuolar Acidification in Candida albicans Virulence. The Journal of biological chemistry, 288(36), 26256-64. PMID: 23884420  

  • September 27, 2013
  • 10:12 AM


by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Climate-saviors are not only the Greenpeace activist type of people. You also have the honeybees and the mules, for example. What would you consider yourself?... Read more »

  • September 26, 2013
  • 10:12 AM

Predicting Who Will Publish or Perish as Career Academics

by Bill Laurance et al in United Academics

It doesn’t matter whether or not you think it’s fair: if you’re an academic, your publishing record will have a crucial impact on your career.

It can profoundly affect your prospects for employment, for winning research grants, for climbing the academic ladder, for having a teaching load that doesn’t absorb all your time, for winning academic prizes and fellowships, and for gaining the respect of your peers.... Read more »

Dr. William F Laurance,, Diane Carolina Useche, Susan Gai Laurance and Prof. Corey J. A. Bradshaw. (2013) Predicting Publication Success for Biologists. BioScience. info:/

  • September 26, 2013
  • 05:45 AM

High Achieving Students Are Better off In Worse Schools

by Josephine Lethbridge in United Academics

The significance of rank and confidence play an important role for school pupils. There is an assumption that children perform better amongst highly achieving peers. High class achievement might be thought to indicate better teaching, or to induce academic competition between students. However, new research counters this common assumption.... Read more »

  • September 26, 2013
  • 05:44 AM

Violence Against Women Starts With School Stereotypes

by Nancy Lombard in United Academics

Gender based violence is a deeply embedded problem in many societies and cultures. Despite this, efforts to challenge it are rarely seen at a primary school level. There is a perception that children aged 11 and 12 are too young to “know” about violence, or to offer opinions on it. But this is something that has to change if we are ever going to combat the attitudes and behaviour that can lead to this type of violence.... Read more »

  • September 25, 2013
  • 09:29 AM

Computer Simulations Reveal War Drove the Rise of Civilisations

by Akshat Rathi. in United Academics

According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned thing after another.” Or is it? That is the question Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut in Storrs tries to answer in a new study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He and his colleagues show history may be deterministic, at least to a certain extent. Their computer simulations show that warfare may have been the main driver behind the formation of empires, bureaucracies and religions.... Read more »

Peter Turchin et al. (2013) War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1308825110  

  • September 25, 2013
  • 09:19 AM

Sex 4 Days Per Week Will Raise Your Salary Up To 5%

by Simone Munao in United Academics

Researchers have studied the correlation between the activity in bed and the salary of some workers. As it turns out, those who do not have such an intense sex life, have lower salaries (3 percent less) than those who do.

Sex will make you rich. No, this is not an advertisement to promote prostitution, but the result of a research conducted by Nick Drydakis from the Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge. His paper, which was terminated in July after one year of research, tested over 7500 persons in Greece. The results show that the more passion one has the more he earns: those who have sex more than four times per week have a salary 5% higher than average. On the other hand, for those who do not practice the ars amatoria regularly, the salary drops down to 3,2% below average.... Read more »

Nick Drydakis. (2013) The effect of sexual activity on wages. IZA. info:/

  • September 24, 2013
  • 11:22 AM

The 5 Powers of Story Telling

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Increase the impact of your speech by simply adding a story. It will influence the audience in the following five ways.... Read more »

KEITH OATLEY. (2012) The cognitive science of fiction. Wiley Wires cognitive science. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.1185  

Hasson U, Ghazanfar AA, Galantucci B, Garrod S, & Keysers C. (2012) Brain-to-brain coupling: a mechanism for creating and sharing a social world. Trends in cognitive sciences, 16(2), 114-21. PMID: 22221820  

  • September 23, 2013
  • 10:07 AM

Don’t Be Impressed By Other People’s Skills Or Knowledge

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Researchers Hays, Kornell and Bjork studied the effect of making mistakes on people’s learning in various experiments. They conclude that it can be a good thing to not yet know the answer. It makes you better remember the subject. So instead of guiding students step-by-step and avoid to let them get anything wrong, it is better to make it a bit too difficult for them.... Read more »

Hays MJ, Kornell N, & Bjork RA. (2013) When and why a failed test potentiates the effectiveness of subsequent study. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 39(1), 290-6. PMID: 22582968  

  • September 19, 2013
  • 05:00 PM

Getting Science Right: Investigating Casual Sex

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Studies suggest that a majority of emerging adults, both men and women, will experience one or more casual sex encounters and that these encounters are associated with lowered psychological well-being, physical dangers and negative relationship outcomes. Is this trustworthy?... Read more »

  • September 19, 2013
  • 10:31 AM

Mammals, Machines and Mind Games. Who’s the Smartest?

by David Dowe in United Academics

We’re all familiar with the idea of an IQ test, and we might know where we stand on the IQ scale – but what about the rest of the animal world? And how smart are machines becoming? At present, it’s hard to tell.... Read more »

David L. Dowe. (2005) A computer program capable of passing I.Q. tests. School of Computer Science and Software Engineering. info:/

  • September 19, 2013
  • 05:42 AM

The Inevitability of Sea Level Rise

by Anders Levermann in United Academics

Small numbers can imply big things. Global sea level rose by a little less than 0.2 metres during the 20th century – mainly in response to the 0.8 °C of warming humans have caused through greenhouse gas emissions. That might not look like something to worry about. But there is no doubt that for the next century, sea level will continue to rise substantially. The multi-billion-dollar question is: by how much?... Read more »

Levermann A, Clark PU, Marzeion B, Milne GA, Pollard D, Radic V, & Robinson A. (2013) The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(34), 13745-50. PMID: 23858443  

  • September 18, 2013
  • 11:25 AM

Sweet and Sour: Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

As a junk food lover, I found this news really depressing. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article on a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. The study followed a large group of subjects (about 2,000) for an average of almost seven years to look at the effects of blood glucose levels on the chance of developing dementia.... Read more »

Crane PK, Walker R, Hubbard RA, Li G, Nathan DM, Zheng H, Haneuse S, Craft S, Montine TJ, Kahn SE.... (2013) Glucose levels and risk of dementia. The New England journal of medicine, 369(6), 540-8. PMID: 23924004  

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