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  • April 24, 2015
  • 07:12 AM

Momnesia: Does Pregnancy Really Change The Brain?

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Pregnancy does cause brain alterations, but scientists still disagree about other factors.... Read more »

Standtlander, L. (2013) Memory and Perceptual Changes during Pregnancy. International Journal of Childbirth, 28(2). info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 07:01 AM

Hair Plucking Could Treat Baldness

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

Plucking sends out a signal by quorum sensing which leads to a surge of hair re-growth. ... Read more »

Chen CC, Wang L, Plikus MV, Jiang TX, Murray PJ, Ramos R, Guerrero-Juarez CF, Hughes MW, Lee OK, Shi S.... (2015) Organ-level quorum sensing directs regeneration in hair stem cell populations. Cell, 161(2), 277-90. PMID: 25860610  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 07:20 AM

Lar Gibbons Give Clues To Language Origins

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Lar gibbon language may provide insight into the evolution of human language.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2015
  • 07:02 AM

Restore Or Protect: How To Save Biodiversity?

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Mathematical model can help conservationists choose.... Read more »

  • April 8, 2015
  • 05:57 AM

Where Are All The Single Authors?

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

The trend towards collaborative research has a downside.... Read more »

Natascha Gaster, Jorge S. Burns, Michael Gaster. (2014) Single Authors – an Exterminated Race – Increasing Numbers by Increasing Credit?,. JUnQ, 5(1). info:/

  • April 2, 2015
  • 04:58 AM

The Bourbon Virus: Less Fun Than Whiskey

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Deadly tick-borne Bourbon virus remains an incurable mystery.... Read more »

Kosoy, O., Lambert, A., Hawkinson, D., Pastula, D., Goldsmith, C., Hunt, D., & Staples, J. (2015) Novel Thogotovirus Associated with Febrile Illness and Death, United States, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21(5). DOI: 10.3201/eid2105.150150  

Ciancanelli, M., Huang, S., Luthra, P., Garner, H., Itan, Y., Volpi, S., Lafaille, F., Trouillet, C., Schmolke, M., Albrecht, R.... (2015) Life-threatening influenza and impaired interferon amplification in human IRF7 deficiency. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1578  

  • April 1, 2015
  • 05:52 AM

Blocking Serotonin Could Cure Obesity

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Blocking serotonin boosts the metabolism, inhibits fat storage and wards off obesity.... Read more »

  • March 29, 2015
  • 08:17 AM

Modeling Life On Titan

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Lifeforms that live off methane instead of water are possible on Titan’s surface.... Read more »

  • March 26, 2015
  • 07:00 AM


by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Furans are coffee’s dirty little secret. Although we can thank them for the pleasant aroma and delicious flavour of freshly brewed coffee, furans have been labelled as a possible human carcinogen (cause of cancer) in disguise by food safety agencies. How many are in there
depends on how you like your cup of Joe.... Read more »

  • March 25, 2015
  • 07:13 AM

Flawed Shades Of Gray

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

The Munker-White Illusion: flawed expectations of brightness and shadow.... Read more »

Li, Tavantzis, and Yazdanbakhsh. (2009) Lightness of Munker-White illusion and Simultaneous-Contrast illusion: Establishing an ordinal lightness relation among minimum and split-frame presentations. Review of Psychology, 16(1), 3-8. info:/

Purves D, Shimpi A, & Lotto RB. (1999) An empirical explanation of the cornsweet effect. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 19(19), 8542-51. PMID: 10493754  

  • March 24, 2015
  • 06:52 AM

Smell- Our Underrated Sense

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Your sense of smell might help you find the perfect partner.... Read more »

Wedekind, C., Seebeck, T., Bettens, F., & Paepke, A. (1995) MHC-Dependent Mate Preferences in Humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 260(1359), 245-249. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1995.0087  

  • March 17, 2015
  • 08:23 AM

To Catch A Killer: Age, Behavior and the Flu

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Studying the social context of flu transmission helps manage the virus’ reach and its effects.... Read more »

  • March 12, 2015
  • 07:02 AM

Math And Girls: The Grade Bias

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

Gender biased teachers overgrade boys and undergrade girls in math exams.... Read more »

  • March 11, 2015
  • 07:09 AM

Burn Your Mouth, Burn Your Fat

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Eating hot peppers could help those wishing to lose stubborn body-fat.... Read more »

  • March 4, 2015
  • 05:33 AM

Does Facebook Use Always Lower Grades?

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

Good news for students: New research shows that Facebook use doesn't necessarily lower university students' grades... Read more »

  • February 28, 2015
  • 10:04 AM

Meditating For Alice In Wonderland Syndrome

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Dear Alice’s fan, this poem by Shel Silverstein is titled ‘Alice’ and now it’s your turn: are you ready to go down the rabbit hole again and be guided in our mind’s wonderland? So, let’s see what the blow up-potion and the shrinking-cake are made of.... Read more »

  • February 24, 2015
  • 05:53 AM

Only Non-Depressed See Monster In The Mirror

by chiara civardi in United Academics

Try this experiment and you will have goosebumps all over your body: stare at your face in the mirror in a dimly lit room. Keep staring at yourself for a few minutes. Hey, wait! What was that? Did you see it? Was it a monster, an animal, your deformed face, someone else you know, or a stranger?... Read more »

  • February 23, 2015
  • 06:23 AM

Greenish Red: Does It Exist?

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Why is there no such thing as greenish red? Learn everything about color oppositions and experience fun optical illusions ... Read more »

Neitz J, & Neitz M. (2011) The genetics of normal and defective color vision. Vision research, 51(7), 633-51. PMID: 21167193  

  • February 22, 2015
  • 06:10 AM

Sick Of Stress: Is Fear Making Us Ill?

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Is stress making us sick? Scientists found that fear of terror increases pulse, the risk of disease and subsequent death.... Read more »

Shenhar-Tsarfaty, S., Yayon, N., Waiskopf, N., Shapira, I., Toker, S., Zaltser, D., Berliner, S., Ritov, Y., & Soreq, H. (2015) Fear and C-reactive protein cosynergize annual pulse increases in healthy adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(5). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1418264112  

  • February 21, 2015
  • 08:57 AM

World's Coolest Cartwheeling Spider

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

A newly-discovered species of spider discovered in Morocco just last year prefers cartwheeling to more standard ways of locomotion; especially when it needs to flee. Now, forget your mostly irrational fear of spiders for a moment, and take a look at this... Read more »

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