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  • October 14, 2013
  • 04:55 AM

Newly Found Fossils Show Origin Of ‘Curling Up’ Defensive Strategy

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

You’re under attack! Quick, what do you do? One of the options is to curl up and protect your vulnerable parts, to roll your body into a little ball and prevent as much damage as you possibly can. From woodlice to hedgehogs, this is a defensive strategy that’s widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Now, a new discovery, published in Biology Letters, exposes the earliest known example of this behavior.... Read more »

  • October 12, 2013
  • 11:09 AM

Researchers Discover Link Obesity And Liver Cancer

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver, postulated ‘Father of American psychology’ William James (1842-1910). His famous quote underlines the central role the liver plays in detoxification, digestion of lipids, storage of nutrients to maintain homeostasis and so on.

Sadly, liver cancer is one the most common cancers worldwide, with 750.000 new patients each year and presumably causing almost 700.000 deaths annually. These figures reveal that liver cancer is extremely lethal and we need to understand more about its etiology.... Read more »

Yoshimoto S, Loo TM, Atarashi K, Kanda H, Sato S, Oyadomari S, Iwakura Y, Oshima K, Morita H, Hattori M.... (2013) Obesity-induced gut microbial metabolite promotes liver cancer through senescence secretome. Nature, 499(7456), 97-101. PMID: 23803760  

Stephenson G.D. and Rose D.P. (2003) Breast cancer and obesity: an update. Nutrition and cancer. DOI: 10.2741/S253  

Ridaura VK, Faith JJ, Rey FE, Cheng J, Duncan AE, Kau AL, Griffin NW, Lombard V, Henrissat B, Bain JR.... (2013) Gut microbiota from twins discordant for obesity modulate metabolism in mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6150), 1241214. PMID: 24009397  

Swartz MA, Iida N, Roberts EW, Sangaletti S, Wong MH, Yull FE, Coussens LM, & DeClerck YA. (2012) Tumor microenvironment complexity: emerging roles in cancer therapy. Cancer research, 72(10), 2473-80. PMID: 22414581  

Williams S.C.P. (2013) Link between obesity and cancer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • October 11, 2013
  • 10:59 AM

Now Revealed: The female brain versus the male brain

by United.Academics in United Academics

Many neuroscientific studies add to an ever-growing catalogue of male-female differences: what are they, and how do they arise? But how should we see the differences between the female and male brain? ... Read more »

  • October 10, 2013
  • 07:33 AM

3-D Printing Good For The Environment

by Qdragon in United Academics

Have you always wanted a 3-D printer but never really had a justification for the investment? Well, a study done by Michigan technological University has your back. It shows that in many cases 3-D printing products are more environmentally friendly than mass production.... Read more »

Christian Baechler, Matthew DeVuono, Joshua M. Pearce. (2013) Distributed recycling of waste polymer into RepRap feedstock. Rapid Prototyping Journal. DOI: 10.1108/13552541311302978  

  • October 9, 2013
  • 08:17 AM

How social media reveal your five personality traits

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

If you are now in the agonizing phase of your life where you are looking for a job, you might already be all too aware of this: your comments and expressions on social media sites should be under heavy scrutiny to make sure your online image is as pitch perfect as the image you present in your CV.... Read more »

  • 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  

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