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December 14 2014

Are Algae Blooms Linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease?


For 28 years, Bill Gilmore lived in a New Hampshire beach town, where he surfed and kayaked. “I’ve been in water my whole life,” he said. “Before the ocean, it was lakes. I’ve been a water rat since I was four.”

Now Gilmore can no longer swim, fish or surf, let alone button a shirt or lift a fork to his mouth. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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December 14 2014

Enviro-tracker is wearable for citizen monitoring


Mobile hardware and software allow us to count our steps, and to count our calories, but a Vancouver, Canada, startup group asked, what about tracking our environment? TZOA was founded in 2013. Laura Moe, the company's co-founder, said, "We felt there was a missing puzzle piece, that is, and that is, the story of what is happening on the outside of our body—things like sunshine and air quality, intangibles but things that impact our health and well being." What they had in mind was a wearable that could create citizen scientists, out to monitor air quality and UV exposure.

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December 14 2014

Solar energy world first in Australia


Australian solar power researchers have achieved world-beating levels of efficiency, potentially making large solar plants more competitive with other energy sources such as coal.

A team from the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (PV) at the University of NSW has achieved 40.4 per cent "conversion efficiency" by using commercially available solar cells combined with a mirror and filters that reduce wasted energy.


Related: Native Americans challenge construction of Mojave Desert solar plant

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December 14 2014

Victory: Congress ends war on medical marijuana


In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana. The provision passed the Senate Saturday and is expected to be signed by President Obama, bringing a halt to the three-year-long medi-pot crackdown in California and other states.


Related: U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

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December 14 2014

Study: LSD Could Help Alcoholics Stay Sober


Could a strong, properly timed psychedelic experience help alcoholics move away from their destructive habit?

Following his own beneficial experiences with LSD, Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson came to believe that the psychedelic drug could be a useful catalyst on the road to recovery for some alcoholics.


Related: We Haven’t Even Begun To Tap LSD’s Many Uses, From Alcoholism To PTSD

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December 14 2014

Hangover severity may be partly genetic


With the party season ahead, many of us will indulge in the odd tipple at the office Christmas party or enjoy a drink or two with friends and family. But why do some of us wake up feeling horrendous the next morning, while others are seemingly unaffected by overindulgence? New research suggests that whether we suffer a debilitating hangover the next day could be influenced by our genes.

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December 14 2014

Human taste for alcohol linked to apes eating rotten fruit


One of the things that makes humans an unusual animal is that we like a drink – sometimes more than is good for us.

Most animals lack the taste for booze and the ability to effectively metabolize the alcohol in it.

For non-humans, very small amounts of alcohol can result in disorientation, clumsiness and illness, which are the perils we associate with drinking to excess. These are significant disadvantages in a natural world full of predators and competitors.

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December 14 2014

Do extraverts have stronger immune systems?


New research finds links between personality traits and the expression of genes that control the activity of our immune systems.

The results of the new study don’t support a common theory that tendencies toward negative emotions such as depression or anxiety can lead to poor health—so-called “disease-prone personality.”.

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December 14 2014

Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens


Teens stay up late at night and sleep late into the morning, a result of a natural shift in their circadian rhythms. That biological schedule puts them at odds with the adult world, as well as early start times for high school. But does the mismatch cut down on how much they actually sleep, and does that affect how stressed they feel? Data from Sleep Cycle reveals some intriguing insights


Related: Many U.S. workers are sacrificing sleep for work hours, long commutes

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December 14 2014

Why Do We Want to Bite Cute Things, Like Adorable Newborn Babies?


The urge to nibble cute creatures might be a case of getting one's wires crossed. In a recent study, researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging scans on women who unwittingly sniffed newborn infants. The odors activated reward-related areas of the brain, the same regions that trigger a pleasurable rush of dopamine when we get our hands on a desirable bit of food. A similar neural effect was reported in an earlier study where women viewed images of babies.

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December 14 2014

Your Dog May Understand More Than You Realize


Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn't want to listen, but a new study finds dog brains process human speech a lot like ours do. Your pooch may understand more than he lets on.

Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can a dog pick up on these different cues?.

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December 13 2014

How to sharpen your sense of smell—without using your nose


Athletes and dancers improve their work by imagining themselves practicing physical skills, and musicians get better after imagining a performance. Now, it turns out, professional smellers can also mentally enhance their game. Researchers asked 20 experts to identify 47 chemicals that resemble everyday odors such as those of bananas and roses.

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December 13 2014

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name


An ancient meteorite and high-energy X-rays have helped scientists conclude a half century of effort to find, identify and characterize a mineral that makes up 38 percent of the Earth.

And in doing so, a team of scientists led by Oliver Tschauner, a mineralogist at the University of Las Vegas, clarified the definition of the Earth's most abundant mineral -- a high-density form of magnesium iron silicate, now called Bridgmanite -- and defined estimated constraint ranges for its formation.

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December 13 2014

Lightning struck 5,000 times during 'weather bomb' storm


Lightning struck 5,000 times across the Western Isles and northern Scotland during Wednesday and Thursday, according to an energy provider.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) said the strikes were the cause of the most damage to electricity supplies during the storm.

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December 13 2014

Can Cops Predict Crime?


The field of “predictive policing” is becoming more and more common as law enforcement officials take advantage of new tools of computer science, machine learning and big data to figure out where criminals may strike next.

These programs are a far cry from "Minority Report," the Tom Cruise film/Philip K. Dick novel in which citizens were arrested days or weeks before they committed crimes. But prediction methods are getting better, focusing not on an individual's brain or personality, but rather individual kinds of behavior of large groups of people -- in this case, the habits of bad guys.

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December 13 2014

Eye-Tracking Technology Aims to Take Your Unconscious Pizza Order


If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you—“the world’s first subconscious menu.” You sit down, glance through the menu, and before you say anything or even make a conscious decision, the menu has figured out which toppings you’d like on your pizza and places your order. Pizza Hut recently began testing the technology in some of its UK restaurants.

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December 13 2014

Earnings show less for left-handed, says study


Much has been thrown at left-handed people—they are quick to anger, quickly scared and, with the exception of heads of state, are more or less life's losers. Much too has been bestowed upon left-handed people—they are creative and score highly on certain tests. Obviously, scientists need to rely on more than popular notions to make connections, if any, between left-handed people and success.

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