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Friday, December 16, 2011

GDP Up, Happiness Down

Happiness has dropped over the last two years, University of Vermont research shows.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 12/16 at 12:24 PM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sounds of the Renaissance Reproduced through Acoustical Archeology

A research team used a combination of historical evidence and scientific modeling to recreate the acoustic environment of Renaissance period Venice churches.

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Posted by Thom Canalichio on 11/02 at 01:45 PM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/02 at 09:36 AM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Researchers Reconstruct Genome of the Black Death

An international team—led by researchers at McMaster University and the University of Tubingen in Germany—has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/13 at 03:05 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Method Isolates Best Brain Stem Cells to Treat MS

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The prospect of doing human clinical trials with stem cells to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis may be growing closer, say scientists at UB and U of R who have developed a more precise way to isolate stem cells that will make myelin.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/13 at 01:28 PM
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

“Magic Mushrooms” May Create Lasting Personality Change

A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 09/29 at 01:41 PM
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Video Games May Not Boost Cognition

Over the past decade, many studies and news media reports have suggested that action video games such as Medal of Honor or Unreal Tournament improve a variety of perceptual and cognitive abilities. But in a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Walter Boot, an assistant professor in Florida State University’s Department of Psychology, critically reevaluates those claims.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 09/16 at 09:40 AM
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

500 Years Ago, Yeast’s Epic Journey Gave Rise to Lager Beer

An international team of researchers believes it has identified the wild yeast that, in the age of sail, apparently traveled more than 7,000 miles to make a fortuitous microbial match that today underpins the $250 billion a year lager beer industry.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 08/23 at 10:36 AM
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NASA’s Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

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Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite—temporarily designated P4—was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 07/20 at 08:01 AM
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Genetic Research Confirms That Non-Africans Are Part Neanderthal

Some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals and is found exclusively in people outside Africa.

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Posted by Thom Canalichio on 07/19 at 04:04 PM
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