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  • January 17, 2013
  • 12:01 PM
  • 190 views

Q&A: Is Industrial Living Making Us—and our Descendants—Obese?

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

Common chemicals could be making us obese.... Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 09:21 AM
  • 274 views

Good to Know: Most People Only Breathe out of One Nostril at a Time

by Carian Thus in United Academics

Did you know that around 85% of humans only breathe out of one nostril at a time? This fact may surprise you, but even more remarkable is the following: our body follows a pattern and switches from breathing out of one nostril to the other in a cyclical way.... Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 06:58 AM
  • 186 views

Is There a Leadership Gene?

by Mark Fonseca Rendeiro in United Academics


The conclusion came out of a study involving 4,000 participants who were matched with information about jobs and relationships. One of their main methods of measurement was to see what type of supervisory roles they had at work. The result showed that 1/4th of the group's "leadership variation traits" could be linked to genetics.
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  • January 17, 2013
  • 05:40 AM
  • 392 views

Jews Deserved the Holocaust: Blaming the Victim Phenomenon

by Carian Thus in United Academics

We all want to believe that we live in a just world, where everything happens for a reason. Because, to believe otherwise, it would mean that no matter how we behave, something terrible could happen to us and that idea makes us anxious.... Read more »

  • January 16, 2013
  • 11:35 AM
  • 269 views

Stapled Peptides Target ‘Undruggable’ Diseases

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

One huge problem with developing drugs lies with protein behavior. Distorted proteins which cause disease can be very hard to reach from outside the cell, while protein-based drug candidates very often break apart, or can’t navigate intricate cell anatomy well enough to make a connection.... Read more »

Sheridan, C. (2010) Roche backs Aileron's stapled peptides. Nature Biotechnology, 28(10), 992-993. DOI: 10.1038/nbt1010-992c  

  • January 15, 2013
  • 08:47 AM
  • 288 views

Waxing and Trimming Brings The End of Pubic Lice

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

There are few, if any, species of organisms whose extinction we could all agree would be beneficial, however in the case of the pubic louse, we may have found an exception. Commonly known as “crabs,” the notorious pubic louse is disappearing.

Australia’s sexual health clinic in Sydney has not reported a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases are down 80%, from roughly 100 incidences ten years ago.

‘It used to be extremely common; its now rarely seen,’ says Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wale’s Kirby Institute. ‘Without doubt, it’s better grooming,’ reports Donovan, who also works as a physician at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre.... Read more »

  • January 15, 2013
  • 04:13 AM
  • 233 views

Data Visualization: Detecting International Election Fraud Using Statistics

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

Even if you cheat, the geeks will always win. This simple but elegant statistical approach proves to be a remarkable method of detecting centrally sanctioned election fraud. Two glaring examples in Uganda and Russia show clusters of outlying votes in the upper right region of the plots. Those questionable areas, circled in red, indicate 100% turnout and 100% of votes for the winner. The Canadian plot show two diverse clusters, indicating differntiation between the Québécois and English-speaking Canada... Read more »

Klimek P,, Yegorov Y,, Hanel R, , & Thurner S. (2012) Statistical Detection of Systematic Election Irregularities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(41), 16469-16473. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1210722109  

  • January 14, 2013
  • 08:32 PM
  • 293 views

More Milk drinking in a Nation, More chances of winning Nobel Prizes

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have found that the nations that drink a lot of milk and consume milk products have more ability to win Nobel prizes.

This research has been published online in the journal Practical Neurology.

In the last quarter of the last year, a research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that the nation’s chocolate consumption has strong relation to the Nobel Prize winning ability. The research proposed that the flavonoid content of the chocolate is responsible for the brain power. That research made authors to think, whether milk has any relation to the Nobel Prize winning ability or not!

Researchers worked on the 2007 data from the Food and Agriculture Organization on per capita milk consumption in 22 countries as well as the information provided by the author of the chocolate theory, and found a significant relation between the milk consumption and Nobel Prize.

Researchers found that Sweden has the most Nobel laureates per 10 million of its population (33) and it consumes most milk per head of the population having about 340 kg per year. (Some might argue that the country hosts Nobel committee but) Than Switzerland, with 300kg of milk per year consumption came on the second position with a good number of Nobel laureates (32).

On the other hand, China comes in the countries with the lowest number of Nobel laureates and the milk consumption in this country is also in the lowest number i.e. about 25kg per year.

Researchers are of the opinion that there could be a ceiling effect as shown by no impact on Finland’s Nobel Prize increase beyond an annual per capita consumption of 350 kg of milk.

Vitamin D in milk is thought to be the brain booster.

"So to improve your chances of winning Nobel prizes you should not only eat more chocolate but perhaps drink milk too: or strive for synergy with hot chocolate," Researchers concluded.

Reference:

Linthwaite, S., & Fuller, G. (2013). Milk, chocolate and Nobel prizes Practical Neurology, 13 (1), 63-63 DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2012-000471... Read more »

Linthwaite, S., & Fuller, G. (2013) Milk, chocolate and Nobel prizes. Practical Neurology, 13(1), 63-63. DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2012-000471  

  • January 14, 2013
  • 05:26 AM
  • 247 views

Can MOOC’s Really Transform Education?

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Traditional colleges often struggle with limited space availability in popular (or even core curriculum) courses. Higher education costs in the U.S. have sky-rocketed in recent years. A recent USA Today article reported that costs to attend a 4-year public university rose a staggering 15% between 2008 and 2010. To make matters worse, many graduates that [...]... Read more »

  • January 13, 2013
  • 06:41 AM
  • 628 views

Panoramic Virtual Tour

by Perikis Livas in Tracing Knowledge

Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
Virtual Tour... Read more »

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (2013) Panoramic Virtual Tour. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. info:/

  • January 10, 2013
  • 01:09 PM
  • 238 views

Q&A: The increasing arrogance of American students

by katja keuchenius in United Academics

An analysis of freshman surveys that were held in the United States every year since 1996 shows that the modern youth is alarmingly happy with itself. Students nowadays rate their own abilities much higher than their peers did in the past. What does that say about this new generation? ... Read more »

  • January 10, 2013
  • 11:13 AM
  • 189 views

Q&A: The Increasing Arrogance of American Students

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

An analysis of freshman surveys that were held in the United States every year since 1996 shows that the modern youth is alarmingly happy with itself. Students nowadays rate their own abilities much higher than their peers did in the past. What does that say about this new generation? Researcher Keith Campbell, co-author of the publication in Self and Identity, explains:... Read more »

  • January 10, 2013
  • 10:47 AM
  • 252 views

5 Personality Traits, Not So Universal after All

by Carian Thus in United Academics

For decades, 5 personality traits were considered universal to all humans. But a new study of an isolated indigenous group in Bolivia, the Tsimane, raises doubt.

Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. These five broad dimensions of personality are referred to as the “Big Five”. Anthropologists translated a questionnaire into the Tsimane language that assesses the Big Five personality traits, and interviewed 632 adults from 28 villages. In a second study, the researchers tested the reliability of the self-report interviews by instead focusing on reports by peers.... Read more »

  • January 10, 2013
  • 04:50 AM
  • 203 views

Ancient Egyptians Paid a Monthly Fee to Become Voluntary Temple Slaves

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

Anything for a quiet life? Egyptologist Kim Ryholt, from the University of Copenhagen recently published a paper that identified translated slave contracts from 2,200 years ago indicating that some Egyptians voluntarily elected to become slaves, in exchange for a monthly fee.... Read more »

Ryholt, K. (2012) A Self-Dedication Addressed to Anubis - Divine Protection against Malevolent Forces or Forced Labor?. Lotus and Laurel - Studies on Egyptian Language and Religion. info:other/

  • January 9, 2013
  • 10:10 AM
  • 251 views

Sexual Desire in Penicillin-Producing Fungus Using Darkness and Oxygen Deprivation

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

Even fungus molds need sex once in a while, provided that scientists set the right mood. Since the initial research into Penicillium chrysogenum, a century ago, it was long believed that the penicillin-producing fungus mold reproduced only by spores. Spores spread by getting caught in the wind, moving through water, or attaching to the fur of an animal.

However, recent findings by an international research team at Ruhr-Universitat determined that P. chrysogenum has a sexual cycle, as in, two genders and is able to reproduce sexually.... Read more »

Böhm J, Hoff B, O’Gorman CM, Wolfers S, Klix V, Binger D, Zadra I, Kürnsteiner H, Pöggeler S, Dyer PS, . (2013) Sexual Reproduction and Mating-Type – Mediated Strain Development in the Penicillin-Producing Fungus Penicillium Chrysogenum. PNAS. info:/10.1073/pnas.1217943110

  • January 9, 2013
  • 05:15 AM
  • 259 views

The power of color

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

The color of a cup can not only make your hot chocolate look more appealing, it also makes the chocolate taste better, new research reveals. This video shows you more about the power of colours.... Read more »

  • January 8, 2013
  • 11:10 AM
  • 325 views

4 Easy Ways to Feel More Attractive

by Carian Thus in United Academics

Having a bad hair day, a huge pimple or did you gain some weight during the holidays? Don’t feel ugly, use these tips:... Read more »

  • January 7, 2013
  • 04:16 AM
  • 443 views

How Being a Macho Man or a Girly Girl Can Be Good for Your Love Life

by Annemarie van Oosten in United Academics

Are you a macho man? Or a girly girl? Well, this may be a good thing if you want to have a long and exciting relationship with your partner. Researchers from the University of North Carolina have shown that coupling and sexual behavior are related to our gendered behavior.... Read more »

  • January 5, 2013
  • 07:00 PM
  • 279 views

Getting the Lead Out of Urban Crime

by Patrick Meyer in United Academics

Police and prisons aren’t the only way to fight crime; economist Rick Nevins found a direct causality between atmospheric lead (created primarily by leaded gasoline emissions and lead paint) and criminality as well as other deleterious psychological, physical, and behavioral effects. The causality is so blatant that Tulane University researchers Howard Mielke and Sammy Zahran found that in New Orleans, when maps of lead contamination and crime statistics are overlapped, they are nearly identical.... Read more »

  • January 4, 2013
  • 09:20 AM
  • 264 views

Electric Stimulation of Brain Releases Powerful, Opiate-Like Painkiller

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

Certain regions of the brain pack a mighty punch, releasing a substance similar to pharmaceutical-grade opiates when provided with a tiny jolt of electricity. Researchers from the University of Michigan published findings that uncovered one of the human body’s most powerful painkillers, while treating the brain of a patient with severe, recurring facial pain.... Read more »

Dos Santos, M, Love, T, Martikainen, I, Nascimento, T, Fregni, F, Cummiford, C, Deboer, M, Zubieta, J, & DaSilva, A. (2012) Immediate Effects of tDCS on the μ-Opioid System of a Chronic Pain Patient. Frontiers in Psychiatry. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2012.00093  

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