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  • August 6, 2014
  • 07:14 PM
  • 385 views

Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Scientists in Seoul use cigarette filters as electrode materials in supercapacitors based on a simple pyrolytic carbonization process.... Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 01:29 PM
  • 477 views

Nerve Regeneration: Everyone does it, but you

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Dogs do it, frogs do it, and even whales do it! No this isn’t everyone poops. I’m talking about regrowing nerves after an injury and sadly, we don’t do it… yet. […]... Read more »

  • August 5, 2014
  • 01:28 PM
  • 286 views

Weight loss Stalled? Kick those Hunger Cravings!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Trying to drop the weight, but find yourself picking up more of it? Is your diet failing because you are so hungry you could eat a horse?  Well a new […]... Read more »

Li SS, Kendall CW, de Souza RJ, Jayalath VH, Cozma AI, Ha V, Mirrahimi A, Chiavaroli L, Augustin LS, Blanco Mejia S.... (2014) Dietary pulses, satiety and food intake: A systematic review and meta-analysis of acute feeding trials. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 22(8), 1773-80. PMID: 24820437  

  • August 4, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 261 views

One Gene, One Cancer

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A mutation in the BRAF gene, called V599E, is purportedly the cause of several different cell pathways leading to the symptoms of melanoma. This mutation is present in many patients with melanoma, and stopping it could mean a cure or treatment. [Infographic]... Read more »

Hingorani SR, Jacobetz MA, Robertson GP, Herlyn M, & Tuveson DA. (2003) Suppression of BRAF(V599E) in human melanoma abrogates transformation. Cancer research, 63(17), 5198-202. PMID: 14500344  

  • August 4, 2014
  • 02:02 PM
  • 296 views

Want a Larger Brain: How About an Implant?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Feel like you could use some extra grey matter? Maybe get a dash of genius added to all those cobwebs in the brain? Well then science might just have the […]... Read more »

Hemmer, K., Zhang, M., van Wüllen, T., Sakalem, M., Tapia, N., Baumuratov, A., Kaltschmidt, C., Kaltschmidt, B., Schöler, H., Zhang, W.... (2014) Induced Neural Stem Cells Achieve Long-Term Survival and Functional Integration in the Adult Mouse Brain. Stem Cell Reports. DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2014.06.017  

  • August 3, 2014
  • 04:11 PM
  • 382 views

The Alondra Oubré Academic Fraud Exposed

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

Two respected authors, Alondra Oubré and Massimo Pigliucci, are implicated in the academic fraud of taking false information from Wikipedia and falsely attributing it to a research database in order to fulminate against the conclusions of Nicholas Wade’s book, A Troublesome Inheritance, and the science of the warrior gene, monoamine oxidase A.... Read more »

Alia-Klein N, Goldstein RZ, Tomasi D, Woicik PA, Moeller SJ, Williams B, Craig IW, Telang F, Biegon A, Wang GJ.... (2009) Neural mechanisms of anger regulation as a function of genetic risk for violence. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 9(3), 385-96. PMID: 19485616  

Buckholtz JW, Callicott JH, Kolachana B, Hariri AR, Goldberg TE, Genderson M, Egan MF, Mattay VS, Weinberger DR, & Meyer-Lindenberg A. (2008) Genetic variation in MAOA modulates ventromedial prefrontal circuitry mediating individual differences in human personality. Molecular psychiatry, 13(3), 313-24. PMID: 17519928  

Cerasa A, Cherubini A, Quattrone A, Gioia MC, Magariello A, Muglia M, Manna I, Assogna F, Caltagirone C, & Spalletta G. (2010) Morphological correlates of MAO A VNTR polymorphism: new evidence from cortical thickness measurement. Behavioural brain research, 211(1), 118-24. PMID: 20303364  

Fergusson DM, Boden JM, Horwood LJ, Miller A, & Kennedy MA. (2012) Moderating role of the MAOA genotype in antisocial behaviour. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 200(2), 116-23. PMID: 22297589  

Gilad Y, Rosenberg S, Przeworski M, Lancet D, & Skorecki K. (2002) Evidence for positive selection and population structure at the human MAO-A gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 99(2), 862-7. PMID: 11805333  

Huang YY, Cate SP, Battistuzzi C, Oquendo MA, Brent D, & Mann JJ. (2004) An association between a functional polymorphism in the monoamine oxidase a gene promoter, impulsive traits and early abuse experiences. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 29(8), 1498-505. PMID: 15150530  

Koen L, Kinnear C, Corfield V, Emsley R, Jordaan E, Keyter N, Moolman-Smook J, Stein D, & Niehaus D. (2004) Violence in male patients with schizophrenia: risk markers in a South African population. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38(4), 254-259. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1614.2004.01338.x  

Kunugi H, Ishida S, Kato T, Tatsumi M, Sakai T, Hattori M, Hirose T, & Nanko S. (1999) A functional polymorphism in the promoter region of monoamine oxidase-A gene and mood disorders. Molecular psychiatry, 4(4), 393-5. PMID: 10483059  

Lei H, Zhang X, Di X, Rao H, Ming Q, Zhang J, Guo X, Jiang Y, Gao Y, Yi J.... (2014) A Functional Polymorphism of the MAOA Gene Modulates Spontaneous Brain Activity in Pons. BioMed research international, 243280. PMID: 24971323  

Philibert RA, Gunter TD, Beach SR, Brody GH, & Madan A. (2008) MAOA methylation is associated with nicotine and alcohol dependence in women. American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 147B(5), 565-70. PMID: 18454435  

Williams RB, Marchuk DA, Gadde KM, Barefoot JC, Grichnik K, Helms MJ, Kuhn CM, Lewis JG, Schanberg SM, Stafford-Smith M.... (2003) Serotonin-related gene polymorphisms and central nervous system serotonin function. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 28(3), 533-41. PMID: 12629534  

Wong CC, Caspi A, Williams B, Craig IW, Houts R, Ambler A, Moffitt TE, & Mill J. (2010) A longitudinal study of epigenetic variation in twins. Epigenetics : official journal of the DNA Methylation Society, 5(6), 516-26. PMID: 20505345  

Yu YW, Tsai SJ, Hong CJ, Chen TJ, Chen MC, & Yang CW. (2005) Association study of a monoamine oxidase a gene promoter polymorphism with major depressive disorder and antidepressant response. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 30(9), 1719-23. PMID: 15956990  

  • August 3, 2014
  • 02:37 PM
  • 333 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
  • 369 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
  • 93 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
  • 418 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
  • 326 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 »

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