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Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?

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The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flintThe economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic groups is specified by flint

Law of physics governs airplane evolutionLaw of physics governs airplane evolution

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Brain waves show learning to read does not end in 4th grade, contrary to popular theory

The bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explainedThe bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explained

Getting a grip on robotic graspGetting a grip on robotic grasp

Cooperation among humans, a question of ageCooperation among humans, a question of age

Protein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research findsProtein's 'hands' enable bacteria to establish infection, research finds

Less exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlinesLess exercise, not more calories, responsible for expanding waistlines

High earners in a stock market game have brain patterns that can predict market bubblesHigh earners in a stock market game have brain patterns that can predict market bubbles

Platonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analoguesPlatonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analogues

A healthy lifestyle adds years to lifeA healthy lifestyle adds years to life

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered productsStudy of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products

Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?

Strict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of wormsStrict diet suspends development, doubles lifespan of worms

Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

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Missing sleep may hurt your memory (7/31/2014)

Missing sleep may hurt your memoryLack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. ...> Full Article


Studying estrogens made by the brain may offer new insights in learning and memory (7/31/2014)

Studying estrogens made by the brain may offer new insights in learning and memoryNew studies being launched by neurobiologist Luke Remage-Healey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will investigate how estrogens produced in the brains of young birds enhance their ability to learn songs during a critical window during development. This period has a parallel to universal language development in human children. ...> Full Article


Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning (7/31/2014)

Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaningThe latest work from a Kansas State University philosopher appears in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, which is a rarity for philosophy research. ...> Full Article


New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' (7/31/2014)

New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. That data may hold new insights into how the brain works -- but only if researchers can interpret it. To help make sense of the data, neuroscientists can now harness the power of distributed computing with Thunder, a library of tools developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus. ...> Full Article


'Moral victories' might spare you from losing again (7/29/2014)

Research finds that coaches tend to overreact to close losses, and their hasty personnel adjustments tend to backfire in the long run. ...> Full Article


Try, try again? Study says no (7/29/2014)

MIT neuroscientists find that trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language. ...> Full Article


Choice bias: A quirky byproduct of learning from reward (7/28/2014)

Many people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they merely receive, even when the rewards are actually equivalent. A new study in Neuron provides evidence that this long-observed quirk of behavior is a byproduct of how the brain reinforces learning from reward. ...> Full Article


Teens pay high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of political conflict (7/28/2014)

A new study by Professor Michelle Slone of Tel Aviv University finds that Israeli youths exposed to protracted conflict suffer far higher levels of anxiety, phobia, fear, depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and paranoia than their counterparts in the US. The largest cross-sectional empirical study of its kind, the research assessed youths exposed to terrorism, missile attacks, war, forced residential relocations, and military operations. ...> Full Article


Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices (7/28/2014)

Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choicesPeople choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. In the study, participants made choices between paired products with different or similar values. Choosing between two items of high value evoked the most positive feelings and the greatest anxiety. ...> Full Article


New research: When it hurts to think we were made for each other (7/28/2014)

New research: When it hurts to think we were made for each otherPsychologists observe that people talk and think about love in limitless ways but underlying such diversity are some common themes that frame how we think about relationships. For example, one popular frame considers love as perfect unity; in another frame, love is a journey. These two ways of thinking about relationships are particularly interesting because, according to a new study, they have the power to highlight or downplay the damaging effect of conflicts on relationship evaluation. ...> Full Article


Immune response may cause harm in brain injuries, disorders (7/28/2014)

Could the body's own immune system play a role in memory impairment and cognitive dysfunction associated with conditions like chronic epilepsy, Alzheimer's dementia and concussions? Cleveland Clinic researchers believe so, based on a study published online by PLOS ONE. ...> Full Article


Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure (7/28/2014)

After a long day at work, sometimes you just want to turn on the TV or play a video game to relax. This is supposed to make you feel better. But, a recent study published in the Journal of Communication, by researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, found that people who had high stress levels after work and engaged in television viewing or video game play didn't feel relaxed or recovered, but had high levels of guilt and feelings of failure. ...> Full Article


Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture (7/27/2014)

Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurtureA study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found twins have twice the rate of language delay as do single-born children. Moreover, identical twins have greater rates of language delay than do non-identical twins, strengthening the case for the heritability of language. ...> Full Article


Researchers identify brain network (7/27/2014)

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have utilized a new image-based strategy to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The findings are published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. ...> Full Article


Researchers characterize neurologic response associated with placebo effect (7/27/2014)

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation identifies a neurological network that may predict which Parkinson's disease patients are likely to have a favorable response to sham surgery. Identification of this patient population may help researchers better evaluate clinical trial results. ...> Full Article

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Missing sleep may hurt your memoryMissing sleep may hurt your memory

Studying estrogens made by the brain may offer new insights in learning and memoryStudying estrogens made by the brain may offer new insights in learning and memory

Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaningPhilosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

'Moral victories' might spare you from losing again

Try, try again? Study says no

Choice bias: A quirky byproduct of learning from reward

Teens pay high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of political conflict

Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choicesBrain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

New research: When it hurts to think we were made for each otherNew research: When it hurts to think we were made for each other

Immune response may cause harm in brain injuries, disorders

Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure

Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurtureLarge twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture

Researchers identify brain network

Researchers characterize neurologic response associated with placebo effect



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