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August 26 2014

How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting


Wondering how your relationship will change when you have kids? Pick up a doll, a new study suggests.

Researchers watched 182 couples in the third trimester of pregnancy playing with a infant-sized doll, and then examined the couplesí interactions with their babies nine months after birth.

Couples who were supportive of each other with the doll tended to be equally positive in their real-life parenting relationship. Those who criticized each other with the doll kept criticizing each other with their babies.

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August 26 2014

Exposure to Toxins Makes Granddaughters More Susceptible to Stress


Women with ancestral exposure to toxins may be more susceptible to stress, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University found that female rats whose great grandparents were exposed to vinclozolin become much more vulnerable to stress. Males who have the same combination of ancestral exposure and stress do not have the same adverse effects.


Related: Smoking during pregnancy may affect grandchildren's growth

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August 26 2014

Cancer is as old as multicellular life on Earth and will probably never be completely eradicated


Richard Nixon declared war on cancer 43 years ago.

He was about one billion years too late.

According to a recent study, cancer has been around as long as multicellular life ó and itís not going anywhere.

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August 26 2014

Graham: Judgement Hall of Osiris



Thanks to Niels Vergouwen for permission to share his brilliant cartoon here. Such a perfect comment on the religious intolerance and bigotry swirling in the world today. Niels' website: http://www.couldbeworse-comic.com/index.html. Check out the archive: http://www.couldbeworse-comic.com/archief.html

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August 26 2014

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermontís ďfull-blown heroin crisis.Ē Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin trafficking in federal court in Vermont increased 135 percent from the year before, according to federal records.


Related: End the prohibition of heroin - A copís experience tells him the drug war is doing more harm than good.

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August 26 2014

Medical marijuana could reduce painkiller abuse, study suggests


Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.

The new research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the use of opiate drugs fell in 13 states after they legalized medical marijuana.

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August 26 2014

Marijuana Use Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence In Married Couples, Study Finds


Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an increase in domestic violence.

However, new research has found that when it comes to marijuana use, the opposite effect occurs: couples who frequently use marijuana are actually at a lower risk of partner violence.


Related: China is busting pot farmers from space

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August 25 2014

The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma


The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer.

With NASA's six Apollo lunar landing missions between 1969 and the end of 1972, a total of 12 astronauts kicked up the powdery dirt of the moon, becoming an elite group later to be tagged as the "dusty dozen.".

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August 25 2014

Whole organ 'grown' in world first


A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.

A group of cells developed into a thymus - a critical part of the immune system - when transplanted into mice.

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August 25 2014

'Tickling' your ear could be good for your heart


Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. Scientists used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses to the tragus, the small raised flap at the front of the ear immediately in front of the ear canal.

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August 25 2014

Do gut bacteria rule our minds? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices


It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within us -- which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold -- may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.

Bacterial species vary in the nutrients they need. Some prefer fat, and others sugar, for instance.

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August 25 2014

Book Buzz: Study finds people absorb less on e-readers


Here's more fodder for the great paper vs. e-book debate.

A new study has found that readers using an e-reader were "significantly" worse than print book readers at remembering when events occurred in a story, The Guardian reports.

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August 25 2014

Study creates 'time travel' illusion


Virtual reality can be used to give the illusion of going "back in time", according to an exploratory study.

In this virtual world, subjects were able to reduce how many people a gunman killed, an event they had unknowingly been part of.

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August 25 2014

Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests


Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest.

This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have previously suggested, scientists added.

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August 25 2014

Graham Hancock and Joe Rogan, "The Precious Gift" Newly released by Omega Point video

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August 25 2014

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris is the first scientist in over 40 years to test LSD on humans


On a hot evening in June, in a crowded room above a London pub, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, a research associate in the Centre for Neuropsychopharma-cology at Imperial College, is giving a public talk about his work. He is having to make himself heard over the boozy commotion downstairs, where people are watching Chile put Spain out of the World Cup. But there is a slightly giddy atmosphere in the function room, too, because the doctor's area of research is as exciting as it is taboo: he is investigating the brain effects and potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs.

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August 25 2014

Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful


Music has already been shown to have all kinds of effects on the mind, like making you happier, reducing pain and bringing people together.

Now a new study finds that music of the right kind can transform the listenerís sense of power.

The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, was inspired by the pre-game routines of athletes.

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