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  • March 18, 2016
  • 09:22 AM
  • 423 views

The Rise And Fall Of Alexandria’s Library

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Knowledge sharing: from Alexandria’s Library to Open Access... Read more »

  • March 17, 2016
  • 11:09 AM
  • 493 views

Once upon a time… On the origin of fairytales

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

Researchers uncover the origins of fairy tales through evolutionary biology’s methods... Read more »

  • March 17, 2016
  • 11:09 AM
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Once upon a time… On the origin of fairytales

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

Researchers uncover the origins of fairy tales through evolutionary biology’s methods... Read more »

  • March 15, 2016
  • 07:34 AM
  • 411 views

Where Have All The Bad Scientific Talks Gone?

by Francisco Azuaje in United Academics

Science meetings should be more than a space for self-promotion and dullness.... Read more »

Edward O. Wilson. (2013) Letters to a young scientist. Choice Reviews Online, 51(02), 51-51. DOI: 10.5860/CHOICE.51-0846  

  • March 8, 2016
  • 06:47 AM
  • 523 views

How Einstein Could Still Save the Earth

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Gravitational waves, detected by LIGO, might have implications for finding black holes.... Read more »

  • March 1, 2016
  • 08:59 AM
  • 454 views

Schizophrenia Killed The Cat

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Toxoplasma may no longer be responsible for mental disorders... Read more »

  • February 24, 2016
  • 10:10 AM
  • 429 views

Ravens Can See Themselves As Someone Else

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Study shows that ravens have “Theory of Mind,” something that was thought only humans had.... Read more »

Bugnyar, T., Reber, S., & Buckner, C. (2016) Ravens attribute visual access to unseen competitors. Nature Communications, 10506. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10506  

  • February 23, 2016
  • 06:10 AM
  • 480 views

Love? All You Need is... Oxytocin

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Oxytocin, the love hormone, is involved in emphatetic behaviours in tiny rodents.... Read more »

Burkett, J., Andari, E., Johnson, Z., Curry, D., de Waal, F., & Young, L. (2016) Oxytocin-dependent consolation behavior in rodents. Science, 351(6271), 375-378. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4785  

  • January 28, 2016
  • 06:33 AM
  • 552 views

4 Ways Meat Industry Is Destroying The Environment

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Meat industry is responsible for irreversible environmental damages, from deforestation to water shortage.... Read more »

Herrero, M., Havlik, P., Valin, H., Notenbaert, A., Rufino, M., Thornton, P., Blummel, M., Weiss, F., Grace, D., & Obersteiner, M. (2013) Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(52), 20888-20893. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1308149110  

Gorbach, S. (2001) Antimicrobial Use in Animal Feed — Time to Stop. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(16), 1202-1203. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200110183451610  

White, D., Zhao, S., Sudler, R., Ayers, S., Friedman, S., Chen, S., McDermott, P., McDermott, S., Wagner, D., & Meng, J. (2001) The Isolation of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella from Retail Ground Meats. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(16), 1147-1154. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa010315  

Tilman, D., Cassman, K., Matson, P., Naylor, R., & Polasky, S. (2002) Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices. Nature, 418(6898), 671-677. DOI: 10.1038/nature01014  

  • January 27, 2016
  • 06:33 AM
  • 436 views

A Steak A Day Will Keep Sustainability Away

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Meat unsustainable practices are damaging Earth's resources... Read more »

Herrero, M., Havlik, P., Valin, H., Notenbaert, A., Rufino, M., Thornton, P., Blummel, M., Weiss, F., Grace, D., & Obersteiner, M. (2013) Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(52), 20888-20893. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1308149110  

Gorbach, S. (2001) Antimicrobial Use in Animal Feed — Time to Stop. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(16), 1202-1203. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200110183451610  

White, D., Zhao, S., Sudler, R., Ayers, S., Friedman, S., Chen, S., McDermott, P., McDermott, S., Wagner, D., & Meng, J. (2001) The Isolation of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella from Retail Ground Meats. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(16), 1147-1154. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa010315  

Tilman, D., Cassman, K., Matson, P., Naylor, R., & Polasky, S. (2002) Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices. Nature, 418(6898), 671-677. DOI: 10.1038/nature01014  

  • January 19, 2016
  • 06:47 AM
  • 468 views

Slowing Down The Clock

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

New drugs can delay aging and rejuvenate tissues.... Read more »

Chang, J., Wang, Y., Shao, L., Laberge, R., Demaria, M., Campisi, J., Janakiraman, K., Sharpless, N., Ding, S., Feng, W.... (2015) Clearance of senescent cells by ABT263 rejuvenates aged hematopoietic stem cells in mice. Nature Medicine, 22(1), 78-83. DOI: 10.1038/nm.4010  

Baker, D., Wijshake, T., Tchkonia, T., LeBrasseur, N., Childs, B., van de Sluis, B., Kirkland, J., & van Deursen, J. (2011) Clearance of p16Ink4a-positive senescent cells delays ageing-associated disorders. Nature, 479(7372), 232-236. DOI: 10.1038/nature10600  

van Deursen, J. (2014) The role of senescent cells in ageing. Nature, 509(7501), 439-446. DOI: 10.1038/nature13193  

  • January 14, 2016
  • 05:28 AM
  • 374 views

2015, Gene-editing Awakens

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

2015 was the year for gene-editing to shine, especially thanks to CRISPR-Cas9. Voted Breakthrough of the Year by the Science journal panel of scientists, few techniques have made such a quick and controversial impact in the last decades as CRISPR. ... Read more »

Perez-Pinera, P., Kocak, D., Vockley, C., Adler, A., Kabadi, A., Polstein, L., Thakore, P., Glass, K., Ousterout, D., Leong, K.... (2013) RNA-guided gene activation by CRISPR-Cas9–based transcription factors. Nature Methods, 10(10), 973-976. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2600  

  • January 12, 2016
  • 06:37 AM
  • 466 views

Two Steps to Self-control

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

When it comes to cognitive control, we know that the basics are already present in young children but that the ability increases throughout adolescence. How does that happen? ... Read more »

  • December 24, 2015
  • 10:39 AM
  • 475 views

Science Frauds III – Publishing Pressure or Lust for Fame?

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

The final conclusion of the Science Fraud series: do more and more scientists lie because of publishing pressure? It's not that simple.
... Read more »

  • December 24, 2015
  • 06:12 AM
  • 575 views

Science Frauds II – Haruko Obokata

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Data falsification occurs rather frequently. What makes scientists lie about their results? Haruko Obokata was a young female researcher, breaking into a predominantly male-dominated stem-cell research field...... Read more »

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

  • December 22, 2015
  • 06:39 AM
  • 537 views

Science Frauds – Publishing Pressure or Lust for Fame?

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Almost every year, a new case of science fraud gets major attention in the media and threatens to compromise science’s credibility in the eyes of citizens. What makes scientists lose their professional integrity? Part 1 of a three-part article: four examples.... Read more »

  • December 21, 2015
  • 09:51 AM
  • 567 views

Humans vs Superbugs: Are We Losing The Battle?

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Bacteria are gaining resistance to our last-resort group of antibiotics. Agriculture and ignorance. If we are playing the blame game then those two factors are key players.... Read more »

  • December 14, 2015
  • 06:24 AM
  • 620 views

Black Holes Can Over-Eat, Too.

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Once upon a time, it was thought that black holes could ‘eat-up’ accreted matter. That is: gas, dust, and other such things that have been pulled into the black hole’s gravity field, usually forming a disk of rotating material. The black holes would pull the matter into infinity, with no limit to how large a black hole could become in this manner.... Read more »

Andrew King. (2015) How Big Can a Black Hole Grow?. MNRAS Letters. arXiv: 1511.08502v2

  • December 11, 2015
  • 06:12 AM
  • 504 views

Why Discussions About Global Warming Are So Boring

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

If you have ever had a laugh or enjoyed a talk about climate change, this was probably Obama’s speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. And you are not alone; just to give you some key facts:... Read more »

  • December 7, 2015
  • 05:51 AM
  • 395 views

What Is The Healthiest Diet? It’s Personal

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

A recent study spearheaded by researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel followed 800 eaters to see how their blood sugar levels responded to their meals. It turns out that everybody processes food in her or his unique way.... Read more »

Katz, D., & Meller, S. (2014) Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?. Annual Review of Public Health, 35(1), 83-103. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182351  

Zeevi, D., Korem, T., Zmora, N., Israeli, D., Rothschild, D., Weinberger, A., Ben-Yacov, O., Lador, D., Avnit-Sagi, T., Lotan-Pompan, M.... (2015) Personalized Nutrition by Prediction of Glycemic Responses. Cell, 163(5), 1079-1094. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.11.001  

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