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  • March 29, 2015
  • 08:17 AM
  • 33 views

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
  • 47 views

http://www.united-academics.org/magazine/health-medicine/coffees-dirty-secret-like-carcinogens-with-that/

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
  • 56 views

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
  • 45 views

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
  • 84 views

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
  • 99 views

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
  • 74 views

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
  • 83 views

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
  • 167 views

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
  • 127 views

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
  • 114 views

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
  • 141 views

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
  • 105 views

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 »

  • February 18, 2015
  • 11:10 AM
  • 121 views

Now Available In Technicolor! #2: Color-Blindness

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

This week in RAZ’s colorful trilogy: What is color-blindness? She also included a test.... Read more »

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

  • February 18, 2015
  • 06:32 AM
  • 106 views

Diet: Giving The Gift Of A Longer Life

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Yeast cells on a diet live longer, as do their neighbors.... Read more »

  • February 18, 2015
  • 06:23 AM
  • 135 views

Thrillers Affect Your Political Outlook

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

Politically unrelated emotions we experience through movies and other daily events have a significant impact on our political outlook. Whether we realize it or not. ... Read more »

Renshon, J., Lee, J., & Tingley, D. (2014) Physiological Arousal and Political Beliefs. Political Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12173  

  • February 18, 2015
  • 05:02 AM
  • 143 views

Fasting Fruit Flies: Improved Focus and Brain Power

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Fasting: solely a religious activity or is it also beneficial for focus and brain power? Research links fasting and hunger to formation of long-term memory.... Read more »

Hirano Y, Masuda T, Naganos S, Matsuno M, Ueno K, Miyashita T, Horiuchi J, & Saitoe M. (2013) Fasting launches CRTC to facilitate long-term memory formation in Drosophila. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6118), 443-6. PMID: 23349290  

Dubnau J. (2012) Neuroscience. Ode to the mushroom bodies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6069), 664-5. PMID: 22323806  

Quinn, W., Harris, W., & Benzer, S. (1974) Conditioned Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 71(3), 708-712. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.71.3.708  

  • February 9, 2015
  • 01:00 PM
  • 75 views

Now Available In Technicolor! #1: Color Basics

by RAZ Rebecca A. Zarate in United Academics

Why are red and green opposites? Why do colors look different in a darker room? Why are some people colorblind? Color is all around us, yet so elusive. In a series of three articles, I will attempt to answer all the questions you’ve had about color, but were afraid to ask.... Read more »

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

  • January 29, 2015
  • 06:56 AM
  • 175 views

Religion And War: “It’s Complicated”

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

When was the last time you read the news and didn’t read about religious war? My guess: you can’t remember. The world around us seems to be saturated with religious conflict.How and why religion exactly leads to violence remains undiscovered. Up until now.... Read more »

Neuberg SL, Warner CM, Mistler SA, Berlin A, Hill ED, Johnson JD, Filip-Crawford G, Millsap RE, Thomas G, Winkelman M.... (2014) Religion and intergroup conflict: findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological science, 25(1), 198-206. PMID: 24264940  

  • January 28, 2015
  • 06:22 AM
  • 124 views

Was Lucy A Riveter? News On Tool Use

by jeffrey daniels in United Academics

British researchers were looking at the trabecular bones of several Australopithecus africanus fossils, and comparing them to the known bone shapes of chimpanzees and humans. Their results seems to suggest that A africanus was at the very least making much use of stone tools, and there could even be a possibility that they were creating their own tools as well.... Read more »

Skinner MM, Stephens NB, Tsegai ZJ, Foote AC, Nguyen NH, Gross T, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, & Kivell TL. (2015) Human evolution. Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus. Science (New York, N.Y.), 347(6220), 395-9. PMID: 25613885  

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