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  • August 3, 2014
  • 02:37 PM
  • 332 views

Is Fat making you… Fat?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Fast food, let’s face it, it’s not the best for you. Yet Mcdonalds and Pizza hut are known practically world wide [although menu options differ]. With the rise of our […]... Read more »

  • August 3, 2014
  • 11:34 AM
  • 368 views

Ignoring the dangers: fracking development outpacing knowledge of biotic impact

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New collaborative research across several institutions indicate a complete lack of knowledge about how fracking spills, accidents, and water contamination affect nearby biospheres.... Read more »

Souther, S., Tingley, M., Popescu, V., Hayman, D., Ryan, M., Graves, T., Hartl, B., & Terrell, K. (2014) Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(6), 330-338. DOI: 10.1890/130324  

  • August 2, 2014
  • 04:51 PM
  • 531 views

Parental Age and the Rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Alexis Delanoir in How to Paint Your Panda

It has been documented that there has been a rise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States, and that a large cause of this is due to redefinition of the disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition (DSM-V) and an increased familiarization among psychiatrists and psychologists; but there is an unexplained portion of the increase. Studies have shown that parental age, namely maternal age can confer a higher risk for ASD. With the rise of paren........ Read more »

  • August 2, 2014
  • 01:53 PM
  • 332 views

At risk for Cancer? Try Spicy Food!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Like spicy food? Well next time you eat some you should hug that chili pepper, because he might just save your life. This is an interesting find, researchers have found that […]... Read more »

de Jong PR, Takahashi N, Harris AR, Lee J, Bertin S, Jeffries J, Jung M, Duong J, Triano AI, Lee J.... (2014) Ion channel TRPV1-dependent activation of PTP1B suppresses EGFR-associated intestinal tumorigenesis. The Journal of clinical investigation. PMID: 25083990  

  • August 1, 2014
  • 01:12 PM
  • 318 views

Possible treatment and Prevention for Parkinson’s

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in a particular brain region, when it develops brain cells have their mitochondrial activity cease and then the cells die. But now researchers have shown that supplying D-lactate […]... Read more »

  • July 31, 2014
  • 01:33 PM
  • 318 views

Mitochondria and Anti Aging

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

I’m sure you can all relate, you go to fix the sink and in the process you build a new kitchen on accident. Anyone… no? Well that is sort of […]... Read more »

  • July 31, 2014
  • 09:18 AM
  • 92 views

The consciousness delusion

by Teodora Stoica in CuriousCortex

Wherever you are reading this, take a moment now and notice your body: Are your legs crossed? Is your posture straight or are you slouching? Are you slightly warm or cold? Now notice your surroundings: Is your body in a serene or noxious environment? Is it being transported in a moving vehicle, rocking slightly from side to side? If you could precisely answer any of those questions, congratulations! You are conscious. How consciousness arises from, as the great neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran ........ Read more »

Serino, A., Alsmith, A., Costantini, M., Mandrigin, A., Tajadura-Jimenez, A., & Lopez, C. (2013) Bodily ownership and self-location: Components of bodily self-consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(4), 1239-1252. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.08.013  

  • July 30, 2014
  • 06:48 PM
  • 416 views

Keeping lithium contained: new design allows for high energy-density anode in Li-ion batteries

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Researchers have found a way to limit volume expansion and prevent dendrite formation of all-lithium anodes. This promises to increase the energy density of Li-ion batteries!... Read more »

Zheng, G., Lee, S., Liang, Z., Lee, H., Yan, K., Yao, H., Wang, H., Li, W., Chu, S., & Cui, Y. (2014) Interconnected hollow carbon nanospheres for stable lithium metal anodes. Nature Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.152  

  • July 30, 2014
  • 01:31 PM
  • 325 views

Suicide, it might be in the blood

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

I tried to kill myself, more than once in fact. It was a troubling time for me and as a former active duty Marine that might not be too surprising […]... Read more »

  • July 30, 2014
  • 10:46 AM
  • 497 views

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic the world has ever known | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War. Continue reading...... Read more »

  • July 29, 2014
  • 05:00 PM
  • 333 views

A simple and useable classification of software by Aral Balkan via Wuthering Bytes

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

It’s getting pretty hard to do anything these days that doesn’t involve software. Our governments, businesses, laboratories, personal lives and entertainment would look very different without the software that makes them tick. How can we classify all this software to make sense of it all? The likes of this huge list of software categories on wikipedia are pretty bewildering, and projects such as the Software Ontology (SWO) [1] are attempting to make sense of swathes of software too. ........ Read more »

  • July 29, 2014
  • 01:15 PM
  • 288 views

Can’t Handle the Stress? Blame your Brain

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Do you rise to the occasion, or do you fold under the pressure? No matter which side of the fence you’re, you can thank [or blame] your brain. Some people […]... Read more »

  • July 29, 2014
  • 11:55 AM
  • 452 views

Japanese Encephalitis Virus, Coronavirus, Autophagy, and the ER stress response

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

The accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER lumen induces a stress response commonly known as the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) or ER stress response, an adaptive signalling pathway increasing the expression of ER chaperones, inhibiting mRNA translation, and stimulating ER associated degradation (ERAD) of accumulated proteins. The degradation via the ERAD pathway in particular requires the formation of double membrane vesicles -more commonly referred to as autophagosomes - which subsequen........ Read more »

Rzymski T, Milani M, Pike L, Buffa F, Mellor HR, Winchester L, Pires I, Hammond E, Ragoussis I, & Harris AL. (2010) Regulation of autophagy by ATF4 in response to severe hypoxia. Oncogene, 29(31), 4424-35. PMID: 20514020  

Li JK, Liang JJ, Liao CL, & Lin YL. (2012) Autophagy is involved in the early step of Japanese encephalitis virus infection. Microbes and infection / Institut Pasteur, 14(2), 159-68. PMID: 21946213  

Cottam EM, Whelband MC, & Wileman T. (2014) Coronavirus NSP6 restricts autophagosome expansion. Autophagy, 10(8). PMID: 24991833  

  • July 28, 2014
  • 01:13 PM
  • 442 views

A New Hepatitis C Treatment offers Hope

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Well this might seem weird, but today is world hepatitis day. I guess I should qualify weird with the fact that it’s only weird because no one really knows. What […]... Read more »

  • July 28, 2014
  • 09:14 AM
  • 357 views

Glasses-Free Computers

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Looking at computers with eyeglasses strains your eyes, so scientists are making computers that help your eyes out. [Infographic]... Read more »

Huang, F., Wetzstein, G., Barsky, B., & Raskar, R. (2014) Eyeglasses-free display. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 33(4), 1-12. DOI: 10.1145/2601097.2601122  

  • July 27, 2014
  • 02:17 PM
  • 402 views

Holy Grail of Battery Design: A lithium anode

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Technology has been racing forward at an ever increasing rate. Unfortunately, anyone who owns a smartphone will tell you that the battery life doesn’t match the advancements. That is probably […]... Read more »

  • July 26, 2014
  • 01:18 PM
  • 381 views

Save the Neurons: Fighting the Effects of Parkinsons

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Possibly one of the most famous cases of parkinson’s is Michael J. Fox. More than just the “shakes” parkinson’s can cause a whole host of other problems mentally and physically […]... Read more »

  • July 25, 2014
  • 01:47 PM
  • 359 views

Fighting the Obesity Epidemic with X-box [No, not that one]

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Despite all the efforts, people are losing the war on obesity. There is probably a number of factors involved, genetics, underlying medical problems, most of all diet, but in any […]... Read more »

Williams KW, Liu T, Kong X, Fukuda M, Deng Y, Berglund ED, Deng Z, Gao Y, Liu T, Sohn JW.... (2014) Xbp1s in Pomc Neurons Connects ER Stress with Energy Balance and Glucose Homeostasis. Cell metabolism. PMID: 25017942  

  • July 24, 2014
  • 07:24 PM
  • 331 views

Salmon and Spinal Cod Regeneration, er… Cord

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Fish might not be the first thing you think about when we talk spinal cord injury but that is exactly what scientists are doing. Don’t ask where they got the […]... Read more »

  • July 24, 2014
  • 01:34 PM
  • 352 views

Background TV and Children don’t Mix

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Coming from a, to put it gently, very broken home, my babysitter was the television. Yep, so now that you are feeling nice and awkward let’s talk television. New research, […]... Read more »

Linebarger DL, Barr R, Lapierre MA, & Piotrowski JT. (2014) Associations Between Parenting, Media Use, Cumulative Risk, and Children's Executive Functioning. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 35(6), 367-77. PMID: 25007059  

Lapierre, M., Piotrowski, J., & Linebarger, D. (2012) Background Television in the Homes of US Children. PEDIATRICS, 130(5), 839-846. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2581  

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