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Written By: grant on November 4, 2014 No Comment

I don’t normally go to Business Insider for science news, but they’ve actually got a pretty good rundown of recent research into the problems with taking smart phones to bed with you:

Blue light is part of the full light spectrum, which means we’re exposed to it by the sun every day. However, nighttime […]

Written By: grant on October 21, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on how the veterinary tranquilizer-slash-rave drug can reverse “anhedonia” (the inability to feel happy) for 14 days – long enough to bust sufferers out of otherwise untreatable bipolar depression:

The present study used a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover design to examine whether a single ketamine infusion could reduce anhedonia levels in […]

Written By: grant on October 10, 2014 No Comment

Nature breaks the news to behaviorists – and this is more important than it might seem – that fish don’t really think mirrors are uninvited strangers:

“There’s been a very long history of using a mirror as it’s just so handy,” says Robert Elwood, an animal-behaviour researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. Using […]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Comment

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to […]

Written By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature […]

Written By: grant on July 10, 2014 No Comment

It isn’t easy being alone with our thoughts. Nature makes monks seem manlier than ever with research that shows most people prefer physical pain to just sitting and thinking:

“We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved […]

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Written By: grant on June 24, 2014 No Comment

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SOURCE: Based on “Bees build mental maps to get home”, Nature, 2 Jun 2014, as used in the post “Bees know their way. As in they *know*. They remember.”

ABSTRACT: Bees. I’d been keeping them for the […]

Written By: grant on June 20, 2014 No Comment

Or so says National Geographic-profiled biopsychologist Lori Marino, an expert in the brains of “lesser” animals:

Formerly a full-fledged research scientist who found measuring the braincases of dolphin skulls utterly absorbing, Marino has become a self-described “scientist-advocate” for all animals, large and small.

While she’s continuing to do research (for instance, she’s doing a comparative study […]

Written By: grant on June 10, 2014 No Comment

Or, as NPR clarifies, what’s not there that makes *us* want to count. With our feet. Studies of syncopation have revealed that it’s absence that makes you want to dance:

Last month neuroscientists at Aarhus University in Denmark published a study showing that danceable grooves have just the right amount of gaps or […]

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