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  • November 4, 2015
  • 06:13 AM
  • 258 views

The Cyberspace Evolution of Beauty

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

The cyberspace evolution of beauty
Researchers using CGI images found that beauty evolves in two steps.

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Explaining attractiveness

Symmetrical faces and bodies are nice to look at. Men prefer a specific waist-to-hip ratio. People with a Body Mass Index within a certain range are more often perceived as beautiful, and tall people are generally judged as being more attractive.

Explanations of beauty abound. Yet, all of the above examples focus on a single trait. Human bodies, and what it is that makes them beautiful, are more complicated than that. It’s a puzzle of traits, all fitting together to make a unique person.

So, is there one factor that determines what makes a body beautiful, or do several of them work together to forge the Venuses among us?... Read more »

Germine L, Russell R, Bronstad PM, Blokland GA, Smoller JW, Kwok H, Anthony SE, Nakayama K, Rhodes G, & Wilmer JB. (2015) Individual Aesthetic Preferences for Faces Are Shaped Mostly by Environments, Not Genes. Current biology : CB, 25(20), 2684-2689. PMID: 26441352  

  • October 9, 2015
  • 07:14 AM
  • 247 views

Open Access vs Predator

by Nesru Koroso in United Academics

Predatory Open Access publishers on the rise

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The increase in so-called “predatory” Open Access publishers is posing a threat to the integrity of Open Access publishing. Predatory Open Access publishers charge authors high publishing fees without providing proper editorial and peer review services. They are abusing the opportunity created by the Gold Open Access publishing model which requires authors to pay article processing charges.... Read more »

  • October 1, 2015
  • 06:52 AM
  • 263 views

It’s A Water Full World: World Water Week 2015

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

Three big ideas from World Water Week 2015

World Water Week is an annual conference organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute that discusses global issues concerning water. Held in August 2015, World Water Week attracted over 3,000 participants, including government ministers, scientists and economists, from 130 different countries. To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, here are 3 big ideas from World Water Week 2015.... Read more »

World Energy Outlook. (2012) World Energy Outlook 2012. International Energy Agency. DOI: 10.1787/weo-2012-en  

  • September 18, 2015
  • 05:34 AM
  • 443 views

What Do Bats and Plants Have in Common? High-pitched Screaming!

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Polyglot like a pitcher plant or cryptolectic like a sperm whale?

A: “Pitcher Tower, this is Bat K hardwickii, established ILS 16. Do you copy me?”
B: “Bat K hardwickii, clear to land. Please confirm: are you ready to discharge the cargo?”
A: “Roger. Affirmative.”

This is how I imagined a conversation between the tropical carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes hemsleyana and the bat Kerivoula hardwickii would go. No, I am not on drugs; bats and plants can communicate with each other, as a study from Michael and Caroline Schöner together with other researchers (2015) just confirmed.... Read more »

Cantor M, Shoemaker LG, Cabral RB, Flores CO, Varga M, & Whitehead H. (2015) Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission. Nature communications, 8091. PMID: 26348688  

Schöner MG, Schöner CR, Simon R, Grafe TU, Puechmaille SJ, Ji LL, & Kerth G. (2015) Bats Are Acoustically Attracted to Mutualistic Carnivorous Plants. Current biology : CB, 25(14), 1911-6. PMID: 26166777  

  • September 15, 2015
  • 06:03 AM
  • 298 views

Busting The Myth: Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia?

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Don’t be so quick to throw out your feline companions

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I have to admit that as an animal lover, I was biased when I approached this research. A post titled “Cats = Schizophrenia” appeared on my Facebook page and my first though was “Bollocks! What is the science behind this?!” My search began.... Read more »

Calcaterra V, Veggiotti P, Palestrini C, De Giorgis V, Raschetti R, Tumminelli M, Mencherini S, Papotti F, Klersy C, Albertini R.... (2015) Post-operative benefits of animal-assisted therapy in pediatric surgery: a randomised study. PloS one, 10(6). PMID: 26039494  

  • September 8, 2015
  • 10:40 AM
  • 284 views

Spiders Sailing The Seven Seas

by Gunnar De Winter in United Academics

Spiders Sailing The Seven Seas
Discovery of a new type of behaviour shows that some spiders are really good sailors.
With the exception of the coldest places on our planet, spiders are almost everywhere. From giant bird-eating tarantulas to pin-prick-sized web-builders, from solitary hunters to social colonies, spiders are versatile in more ways than one.
Some of our eight-legged friends on the smaller side of the size/weight scale even know how to fly! ... Read more »

  • August 24, 2015
  • 05:54 AM
  • 338 views

Xenotransplants: How a Pig Could Save Your Life

by rebekah morrow in United Academics

While it sounds like something from The Island of Dr. Moreau, physicians and research scientists are convinced that clinical trials will be underway in the near future.... Read more »

Iwase, H., Liu, H., Wijkstrom, M., Zhou, H., Singh, J., Hara, H., Ezzelarab, M., Long, C., Klein, E., Wagner, R.... (2015) Pig kidney graft survival in a baboon for 136 days: longest life-supporting organ graft survival to date. Xenotransplantation, 22(4), 302-309. DOI: 10.1111/xen.12174  

Cooper, D., Ekser, B., & Tector, A. (2015) A brief history of clinical xenotransplantation. International Journal of Surgery. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.06.060  

Cooper DK. (2012) A brief history of cross-species organ transplantation. Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center), 25(1), 49-57. PMID: 22275786  

  • August 14, 2015
  • 06:21 AM
  • 415 views

Six Surprising Facts About Energy Drinks

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Energy drinks boost your adrenaline, but not without health risks.... Read more »

Higgins, J., Tuttle, T., & Higgins, C. (2010) Energy Beverages: Content and Safety. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 85(11), 1033-1041. DOI: 10.4065/mcp.2010.0381  

  • July 24, 2015
  • 06:32 AM
  • 393 views

Gay And Lesbian TV Characters Increase LGBTQ Support

by Sarah Boers-Goi in United Academics

While at times, media can be seen as forces out to create negative feelings towards minority groups, recent research by Garretson of Vanderbilt University shows an example of the positive powers that media can have on group-mechanisms. ... Read more »

  • July 14, 2015
  • 06:09 AM
  • 384 views

Laughing Hyenas Have Social Network Too

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

Hyenas, like humans, are social animals. It turns out that a hyena, as is usually the case with humans, won’t befriend all the members in their clan. Extensive research reveals their social network strategies... Read more »

  • July 7, 2015
  • 06:02 AM
  • 340 views

5 Ways To Connect Science And Spirituality

by Pieter Carriere in United Academics

To assess the value of spirituality, this article aims to give a clear, imaginable and humble impression of spirituality research. It describes research of spiritual practices, which are practiced by people of multiple religious affiliations and even by irreligious people.... Read more »

Gothe N, Pontifex MB, Hillman C, & McAuley E. (2013) The acute effects of yoga on executive function. Journal of physical activity , 10(4), 488-95. PMID: 22820158  

Vickhoff, B., Malmgren, H., Åström, R., Nyberg, G., Ekström, S., Engwall, M., Snygg, J., Nilsson, M., & Jörnsten, R. (2013) Music structure determines heart rate variability of singers. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00334  

Friese M, Schweizer L, Arnoux A, Sutter F, & Wänke M. (2014) Personal prayer counteracts self-control depletion. Consciousness and cognition, 90-5. PMID: 25277947  

  • July 6, 2015
  • 06:08 AM
  • 432 views

Why Radicalize? Five Motives For Becoming A Jihadist

by Sarah Boers-Goi in United Academics

Radicalization is an analyzable process, rather than the outcome of an ‘evil’ personality.... Read more »

  • July 3, 2015
  • 06:02 AM
  • 371 views

5 Tips For Better Sleep

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Adding some ‘worry time’ to your day could work better than pills.... Read more »

  • June 30, 2015
  • 06:06 AM
  • 542 views

Newly Found Galaxies Hold Clues About Universe Creation

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

With gravitational lensing, researchers have located population III stars in far galaxies.... Read more »

Rydberg, C., Zackrisson, E., Zitrin, A., Guaita, L., Melinder, J., Asadi, S., Gonzalez, J., Östlin, G., & Ström, T. (2015) A SEARCH FOR POPULATION III GALAXIES IN CLASH. I. SINGLY IMAGED CANDIDATES AT HIGH REDSHIFT. The Astrophysical Journal, 804(1), 13. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/804/1/13  

  • June 29, 2015
  • 06:49 AM
  • 261 views

Cancer Breakthrough: New Devise Optomizes Lymphoma Treatment

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

CIVO tests cancer drugs in human lymphomas in only 72 hours.... Read more »

Klinghoffer, R., Bahrami, S., Hatton, B., Frazier, J., Moreno-Gonzalez, A., Strand, A., Kerwin, W., Casalini, J., Thirstrup, D., You, S.... (2015) A technology platform to assess multiple cancer agents simultaneously within a patient's tumor. Science Translational Medicine, 7(284), 284-284. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa7489  

  • June 22, 2015
  • 05:56 AM
  • 298 views

Cancer Breakthrough: Device Tests New Drugs In Record Speed

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

CIVO tests cancer drugs and finds new lymphoma treatment in just two weeks.... Read more »

Klinghoffer, R., Bahrami, S., Hatton, B., Frazier, J., Moreno-Gonzalez, A., Strand, A., Kerwin, W., Casalini, J., Thirstrup, D., You, S.... (2015) A technology platform to assess multiple cancer agents simultaneously within a patient's tumor. Science Translational Medicine, 7(284), 284-284. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa7489  

  • June 15, 2015
  • 06:09 AM
  • 286 views

Cancer Breakthrough: New Device May Revolutionize Treatment

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Preclinical problems are solved as CIVO simultaneously injects eight drugs.... Read more »

Klinghoffer, R., Bahrami, S., Hatton, B., Frazier, J., Moreno-Gonzalez, A., Strand, A., Kerwin, W., Casalini, J., Thirstrup, D., You, S.... (2015) A technology platform to assess multiple cancer agents simultaneously within a patient's tumor. Science Translational Medicine, 7(284), 284-284. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa7489  

  • June 5, 2015
  • 06:32 AM
  • 403 views

Horses Use Subtle Body Language To Communicate

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Horses communicate amongst each other with eye and ear twitches.... Read more »

  • June 2, 2015
  • 06:48 AM
  • 378 views

The Benefits Of A Herpes Infection

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Herpes boosts the immune system and helps fight off other viruses.... Read more »

Furman, D., Jojic, V., Sharma, S., Shen-Orr, S., L. Angel, C., Onengut-Gumuscu, S., Kidd, B., Maecker, H., Concannon, P., Dekker, C.... (2015) Cytomegalovirus infection enhances the immune response to influenza. Science Translational Medicine, 7(281), 281-281. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa2293  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 06:23 AM
  • 368 views

Masters Of Magnetism: A Bio-Hacker's Story

by Raymond Vermeulen in United Academics

Magnetic superpowers are now possible by implanting a tiny magnet in your body.... Read more »

Hameed, J.; Harrison, I.; Gasson, M.N.; Warwick, K. (2010) A novel human-machine interface using subdermal magnetic implants. Cybernetic Intelligent Systems (CIS). DOI: 10.1109/UKRICIS.2010.5898141  

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