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  • July 2, 2014
  • 08:25 AM
  • 126 views

How Do Mosquitoes Find You?

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Spend much time outside in the summer and you will have to deal with mosquitoes. The mechanisms that females use to find a blood meal are becoming better understood. New research shows how the proboscis probes for a blood vessel, perhaps using the TRPA1 heat sensing ion channel as a signal for nearby blood.

Once they feed, females lay eggs. New research indicates that they actually prefer water that contains the dead larvae of similar mosquitoes, dead from predators. The presence of predator........ Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 08:09 AM
  • 136 views

What happens to the cool kids when they grow up?

by Christian Jarrett in BPS Research Digest

"Cool kids", according to a new study, are those early teens (aged 13 to 15) who want to be popular, and try to impress their peers by acting older than their years. They have precocious romantic relationships, commit relatively minor acts of bad behaviour (such as sneaking into the cinema without paying), and surround themselves with good-looking friends. These teenagers attract respect from their peers at first, but what's the story by the time they reach early adulthood?Joseph Allen and his c........ Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 08:08 AM
  • 13 views

Losing a Whole Kidney vs. Part of One Matters

by Cristy at Living Donor 101 in Living Donors Are People Too

I’ll let the authors begin:    It is clear  that Chronic Kidney Disease  (GFR <60mls/min) is associated with reduced  life  expectancy,  partly  due  to  an  increased  risk  of  cardiovascular  disease.   Are we clear? Reduced kidney function = increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Try to remember that when a member of the transplant industry tries to say that living kidney donors have no increased risk …
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Stephen  KD  Hamilton , Grant  D  Stewart , Alan  McNeill , Antony CP  Riddick   , & Richard  Phelps . (2014) Renal Function After Unilateral Nephrectomy  . Scottish Universities Medical Journal  , 3(2), 22-31. info:/

  • July 2, 2014
  • 06:53 AM
  • 90 views

Understanding the personalities in your workforce - the psychology of assessment

by David Lurie in People Agenda

Understanding the personalities in your workforce - the psychology of assessment ... Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 03:40 AM
  • 93 views

Quality of life and autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The BBC ran an interesting article on their website recently titled: Happiness and disability. Discussions about the disability paradox - whereby some people with often significant and persistent disability report experiencing a good or excellent quality of life (QoL) - got me thinking about QoL and in particular, how it might relate to the very wide and very heterogeneous autism spectrum. I might add that I am not insinuating that everyone diagnosed on the autism spectrum are 'disabled' but rat........ Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 12:33 AM
  • 83 views

Fire together, wire together: building a memory with long-term potentiation

by Shelly Fan in Neurorexia

When an axon of cell A is near enough to excite a cell B and repeatedly or persistently takes part in firing it, some growth process or metabolic change takes place...... Read more »

Nabavi S, Fox R, Proulx CD, Lin JY, Tsien RY, & Malinow R. (2014) Engineering a memory with LTD and LTP. Nature. PMID: 24896183  

  • July 2, 2014
  • 12:05 AM
  • 83 views

What’s Really Causing Those Knee Stability Deficits Following an ACL Reconstruction?

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) rehabilitation patients continue to experience muscular strength and stability deficits in the affected limb compared with the unaffected limb. This is potentially caused by the loss of neuromuscular control following ACLR and the rehabilitation process.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 10:07 PM
  • 80 views

How much surface area can you fit in a space the size of an ice cube? Several football fields in a new battery cathode!

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Researchers from Canada and Germany have found a new way to create a porous cathode for Li-S batteries with greatly improved surface area to volume ratio.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 09:37 PM
  • 115 views

DNA analysis indicates Bigfoot may be a big fake | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

A newly-published genetic analysis of hair samples suspected as being from a cryptic primate known by various names such as "bigfoot" or "yeti", has revealed they actually originated from dogs, horses, bears or other well known mammals. ... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 05:36 PM
  • 79 views

Porous Nanofiber Opens Way for Better Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Chemists at the NIM Cluster at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have created a novel type of porous nanofiber that can help make lithium-sulfur batteries more efficient.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 03:43 PM
  • 82 views

What is recovery and how do we measure it?

by DJMac in Recovery Review

What is recovery and how do we measure it? One problem with asking services to deliver recovery outcomes is that we actually do need to measure something to see if taxpayers are getting value for money. In a recently published paper, John F Kelly and Bettina Hoeppner from Harvard, take a look at the problems [...]
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  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:18 PM
  • 120 views

St. Johns Wart and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]... Read more »

Davis SA, Feldman SR, & Taylor SL. (2014) Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 24956073  

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O., & David Spence, J. (2002) Grapefruit juice-drug interactions. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46(2), 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:18 PM
  • 71 views

St. Johns Wort and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]... Read more »

Davis SA, Feldman SR, & Taylor SL. (2014) Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 24956073  

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O., & David Spence, J. (2002) Grapefruit juice-drug interactions. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46(2), 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 12:18 PM
  • 70 views

When work conditions are tough, Machiavellians thrive

by Christian Jarrett in BPS Research Digest

When budgets are cut or time is short, watch out for those who excel at work. Their contribution could be admirable, but a new study suggests you may alternatively be witnessing a “Machiavellian” in action – someone exploiting the situation for their own interests.Daniel Kuyumcu and Jason Dahling assessed the Machiavellianism of 110 psychology students, all of whom worked at least 15 hours part-time. Questionnaire items included: "I am willing to sabotage the efforts of other people if the........ Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 09:25 AM
  • 100 views

To Feed the World, Try Legos

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 06:58 AM
  • 107 views

Don’t Try Losing Weight By Just Eating More Fruits And Vegetables

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

They fill you up, without loading you up with fat and calories. Still, a recent finding shows zero or null effect of fruits or vegetables on weight loss.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:48 AM
  • 95 views

Mercury exposure and autism or ADHD meta-analysed

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper by Yoshimasu and colleagues [1] is the talking point today, and their assertion following meta-analysis that: "Moderate adverse effects were observed only between environmental inorganic or organic mercury exposures and ASD/ADHD".Eruption... @ Wikipedia For clarity, ASD means autism spectrum disorder and ADHD refers to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Inorganic and organic mercury refer to some of the different forms of mercury. Meta-analysis, as I've said befor........ Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:47 AM
  • 103 views

Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A provocative and important paper just out claims to have identified a pervasive flaw in many attempts to map the function of the human brain. University College London (UCL) neuroscientists Yee-Haur Mah and colleagues say that in the light of their findings, “current inferences about human brain function and deficits based on lesion mapping must […]The post Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:56 AM
  • 96 views

Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Situationists have claimed that heroism and evil are equally "banal", i.e. people choose between good and evil mainly due to situational pressures rather than their personal traits. However, the situationist analysis is inconsistent. Evil is attributed to external forces, whereas heroism results from character. ... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 06:53 PM
  • 92 views

Publishing in English as an academic lingua franca

by Ray Carey in ELFA project

Few researchers would disagree that publishing in English is a necessity. The pressure to publish in high-ranking journals means publishing in English-language journals, and academics using English as a second or foreign language often find an uneven linguistic playing field. This has received a good deal of attention in the field of English for Academic […]... Read more »

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