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Sacked drugs adviser Nutt may set up new body

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Scientist removed for views on cannabis says government's advisory council is fatally flawed and should be independentThe government's drug advice body is "fatally flawed" and should be reconstituted as an independent organisation along...

Research leads to improved human, object detection technology

10 years ago from

When searching for basketball videos online, a long list of websites appears, which may contain a picture or a word describing a basketball. But what if the computer could search...

Italian Court Reduces Murderer's Sentence Due To Presence of Gene Linke To Violence

10 years ago from PopSci

As Doctor Hibert so eloquently put, "only one in two million people has what we call the "evil gene". Hitler had it, Walt Disney had it, and Freddy Quimby has it." And...

Study shows that sleep disturbances improve after retirement

10 years ago from Physorg

A study in the Nov.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that retirement is followed by a sharp decrease in the prevalence of sleep disturbances. Findings suggest that this general...

Study shows that sleep deprivation can negatively affect information processing

10 years ago from Physorg

A study in the Nov.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that sleep deprivation causes some people to shift from a more automatic, implicit process of information categorization (information-integration) to...

Computer Science Provides a More Sound Way to Test for Sleep Apnea

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A computer scientist from the University of Houston and a doctor of sleep medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have teamed up to...

The new myths of gifted education (w/ Podcast)

10 years ago from Physorg

More than 25 years after myths about gifted education were first explored, they are all still with us and new ones have been added, according to research published in the...

Spin Your Thesis! 2010 call for proposals

10 years ago from European Space Agency

ESA is offering European students the opportunity to conduct hypergravity experiments, with a call for proposals for the 2010 ‘Spin Your Thesis!’ programme.

Statins may have different brain effects

10 years ago from UPI

SEATTLE, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. medical researcher says he has determined two commonly used statins have different drug and cell dependent effects in the brain.

Academic Pressures and Stress Take Toll on Scientists, Clinicians

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

On average, research shows, the United States loses the equivalent of at least one entire medical school class each year to suicide1 - as many as 400 physicians. The book Faculty Health...

Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

There's a schism alright, and I seem to find myself on the unfashionable side of itThe question: Is there an atheist schism?As a professional philosopher my first question naturally is: "What or who...

School sued for punishing teens over MySpace pix

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Two sophomore girls have sued their school district after they were punished for posting sexually suggestive photos on MySpace during their summer vacation.

Verizon to Continue Droid Line of Phones with Droid Eris

10 years ago from Live Science

The Motorola Droid will be followed by another Android phone that should be quite familiar: the Droid Eris.

A Week's Worth Of Science: Four Papers To Browse

10 years ago from

A Sunday morning browsing through preprints recently posted in the Cornell Arxiv revealed interesting reading material. If you have a couple of hours to kill next week, why not having...

Nepotism Has Its Benefits When It Comes To Survival, At Least For Spiders

10 years ago from Science Daily

While nepotism may have negative connotations in politics and the workplace, being surrounded by your relatives does lead to better group dynamics and more cooperation in some animals. That seems...

Good Dog, Smart Dog

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The increasingly complicated work of service dogs suggests there’s more to the canine brain than a good nose and an instinct to please.

Fall back: Time to reset your biological clock

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

If you've been falling behind on sleep, this is the weekend to fall back into bed for an extra hour — and take advantage of the transition from daylight saving...

Women at Arms: A Combat Role, and Anguish, Too

10 years ago from NY Times Health

As women who suffer from post- traumatic stress disorder return to a society unfamiliar with their wartime roles, they often choose isolation over embarrassment.

Natural Selection: Individual Vs Group

10 years ago from

In this article I am going to suggest that this arbitrary separation is meaningless.  Much like physics had to come to terms with wave-particle duality, biology must consider the same...

Halloween gives 'fear circuits' a workout

10 years ago from UPI

BOSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Scary movies and Halloween happenings can produce a heart-racing and pleasurable endorphin rush, U.S. neuroscientists said.

Growth in secular attitudes leaves Americans room for belief in God

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The nature of the American religious experience is changing as a rising number of people report having no formal religious affiliation, even though the number of Americans who...

Clinic to Muslim doctor: Its policy bars headscarf

10 years ago from AP Science

DALLAS (AP) -- A Muslim doctor interviewing for a job at a suburban Dallas medical clinic says officials there told her she couldn't wear her headscarf...

Blanton to start World Series Game 4 for Phillies

10 years ago from AP Science

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Joe Blanton was picked to start Game 4 of the World Series for the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Charlie Manuel said Friday...

Mildred Cohn dies at 96; chemist applied physics to problems of biology, earned National Medal of Science

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The scientist overcame religious and gender prejudice to make significant contributions to research, working with four Nobel laureates through her career. Mildred Cohn, a chemist who overcame both religious and sexual prejudice to make...

Report Criticizes Medicare Role in Fraud Investigations

10 years ago from NY Times Health

Investigators are reporting that the Medicare program largely failed to give antifraud contractors much of the information they needed to do their work.

Fertility supplements may help some women conceive

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

However, even those who sell the products say women struggling to have a baby should consult a fertility doctor too. Female fertility can be a mysterious business. No matter how carefully a woman...

Brutal behavior in attacks not uncommon, author says

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

It's easy to dismiss something shocking and horrific as a random act of brutality.  But when a 15 year-old girl was gang raped last Saturday behind a high school in...

Escaping The Black Hole Of The PhD Program

10 years ago from

Harvard Magazine excerpts Louis Menand on "Professionalization in the academy. If you're thinking of going to graduate school, you need to read this. This is the premise behind academic scholarship: read more