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Theater arts research offers insight for designers, builders of robots

As an actress, producer, director and theatre arts lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington, Julienne Greer knows the techniques that help draw people's deepest emotions to the surface. Now, she's building on her experience and...Show More Summary

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say

ATLANTA--Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Show More Summary

Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research. In the study, published in Biological Psychiatry, Bonnie Firestein,...Show More Summary

The sound of status: People know high-power voices when they hear them

Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research...Show More Summary

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #157

The Week That Was: 2014-11-22 (November 22, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Science Adviser: Recently, the once obscure position of official science adviser has garnered the attention in the popular press. John Holdren,…

The Lancet: Universal health coverage for US militar veterans within reach, but many still lack coverage

Over a million US military veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2012, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. While many people believe that all veterans are covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system, less than...Show More Summary

Scary Fish Caught on Video for 1st Time

Talk about nasty: She's got serious fangs, a jutting jaw, and a light-pole attached to her forehead. But then, she's only 3.5 inches long. For the first time, scientists shot video this week of the rarely observed black seadevil during a dive in Monterey Bay, Calif., Fox News reports....

People Starting To Ask About Motive For Massive IPCC Deception

Guest Opinion: Dr.Tim Ball Skeptics have done a reasonable job of explaining what and how the IPCC created bad climate science. Now, as more people understand what the skeptics are saying, the question that most skeptics have not, or do not want to address is being asked – why? What is the motive behind corrupting…

Seals Busted Having Sex With ... Penguins

Scientists are documenting "sexual coercion" in the Antarctic, and it's probably not anything like what one might think: Young male Antarctic fur seals, it seems, have been documented having sex with King penguins of undetermined gender, reports the BBC, via a study in the journal Polar Biology. Scientists observed a...

Finger puppets – the Green Blob finds its voice

Josh writes: Bishophill noted here that maybe we should be referring to Roger Harrabin as “Green blob spokesman Harrabin” I think we can include Bob Ward too. Posted by Josh Tagged: BBC, Bob Ward,, LSE, Roger Harr...

Scientists Make a Robot With a Worm's 'Mind'

They're not quite at the point where they can implant a human brain into a robot—but scientists have taken a step closer. They've simulated the simple and well-studied nervous system of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm and stuck it in a robot, the Smithsonian reports. First, they mapped the creature's...

Obama Ignored US Embassy’s Warnings On Climate Change Speech

Obama’s Climate Fiasco Drives Aussies Closer To India & China Barack  Obama defied the advice of his embassy in Canberra to deliver a stinging attack on the Abbott government’s climate policies in Brisbane last weekend. The US embassy, under the leadership of ambassador John Berry, advised the President, through his senior staff, not to couch…

The Region of Unusual Sea Level Rise East of the Philippines Contributes Only a Little to the Global Rate

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale The region east of the Philippines stands out on satellite-based sea level trend maps.  See Figure 1, which is from the Map of Sea Level Trends webpage from the University of Colorado Sea Level Research Group.  I’ve also shown the coordinates of the region that border it. Figure 1 THE…

Modified DNA backbone enables success of existing and novel oligonucleotide therapeutics

The two U.S. FDA approved oligonucleotide-based drugs on the market both have a modified chemical backbone made of phosphorothioates. The therapeutic advantages of the phosphorothioate group and the new types of gene expression-regulation oligonucleotide drugs that it is enabling are detailed in a Review article in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics. read more

Here's Why We Spill Coffee More Often Than Beer

Transporting a round of beers from the bar to your table is an achievable task, but you probably wouldn't want to carry three cups of coffee without lids. Scientists at Princeton and NYU are explaining why: When it comes to beer, we have the bubbles to thank, the Smithsonian reports....

Gene in kidney may play role in high blood pressure

CINCINNATI--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that a gene abundant in the kidneys may actually play a role in the regulation of blood pressure and hypertension in experimental male mouse models. The study led by Manoocher Soleimani, MD, James F. Show More Summary

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