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War on sun and dairy aftermath: More than a third of college athletes have low vitamin D

Up to 1 billion people globally have insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels, which was once a greater problem that it is now and the reason many western nations fortify milk with it. It used to be that the sun was used for such nourishment...Show More Summary

Dell, NVIDIA, and VMware: Cornering the Market On Personal Computers

Dell’s Workstation Appliance, once it moves down market, has the potential to corner the market for PCs. Enterprise dell nvidia vmware thin clients

The Magic at NVIDIA’s GTC is in ECS

This is where the dreamers are, the folks that don’t want to work 9-to-5 for some amorphous company where there are more people telling you what you can’t do than there are helping you to get it done.  Web nvidia ECS Emerging Company startup company

“Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs: Social Media for Communicating Science”

That’s the title of the talk I gave yesterday at Vanderbilt, and here are the slides: Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs: Social Media for Communicating Science from Chad Orzel The central idea is the same as in past versions of the talk– stealing Robert Krulwich’s joke contrasting the publication styles of Newton and Galileo to…

Do You Really Understand Comparative Advantage?

The theory of comparative advantage shows how voluntary exchange benefits both parties and encourages specialization. You don’t need to possess an absolute advantage in any particular productive activity to enjoy a comparative advantage. Show More Summary

What is Creole?

Flashback Friday. In his book, Authentic New Orleans, sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham explains that originally, and as late as the late 1800s, the term meant “indigenous to Louisiana.”  It was a geographic label and no more. But, during the early 1900s, the city of New Orleans racialized the term. White city elites, in search of […]

Forgetting Odessa

“People are worried now more than ever. You hear shooting in the streets, and barricades are going up. … The police are doing nothing or even going over to the side of the thugs.” That was what Lyubov Girs, the wife of a Russian official, jotted down in her diary. Show More Summary

Can you imagine a modern New York where several million people move apartments every May 1st?

From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1 (known as Rent Day). Many then sought cheaper deals, and when all leasesShow More Summary

A Win for Educational Choice in Mississippi

Jason Bedrick Mississippi is poised to become the third state, behind Arizona and Florida, to enact an education savings account (ESA) law. Yesterday, the Mississippi Senate voted to concur with the state House’s version of the bill,...Show More Summary

Computer programming: Internet of things should be developable for all

Within the next five to ten years, around 100 billion different devices will be online. A large part of the communication takes place solely between machines, and to ensure that they can communicate, the European Commission has supported...Show More Summary

The stapes in the middle ear of a Neanderthal child shows anatomical differences from humans

Scientists have produced a 3-D reconstruction of the remains of a two-year-old Neanderthal recovered from an excavation carried out back in the 1970s at La Ferrassie (Dordogne, France). The work reveals the existence of anatomical differences between the Neanderthals and our species, even in the smallest ossicles of the human body.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always

It may have become conventional wisdom that you can trick yourself into eating less if you use a smaller plate. But a new study finds that trick doesn't work for everyone, particularly overweight teens.

Bio-marker set forms the basis for new blood test to detect colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer globally and the second most common cause of cancer deaths. The chance of a cure is high if the cancer is detected early enough, but early detection is not a given. Researchers have identified bio-markers that can be incorporated in a new diagnostic test. Show More Summary

Research on medical abortion, miscarriage may change international routines

Two scientific studies are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of medical abortions and miscarriages. One of the studies shows that it is possible to replace the clinical follow-up examinations recommended today with medical abortions that include a home pregnancy test. Show More Summary

Big data allows computer engineers to find genetic clues in humans

Computer scientists tackled some big data about an important protein and discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases.

Weight-loss surgery before joint replacement can improve outcomes in severely overweight patients

Bariatric surgery prior to joint replacement is a cost-effective option to improve outcomes in severely overweight patients, research demonstrates. It is well-known that obesity takes a toll on one's health. Bariatric surgery and subsequent weight loss reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Show More Summary

Domestic violence victims may be hurt by mandatory arrest laws

Mandatory arrest is a law enforcement policy that was created in an effort to curb domestic violence in the United States. But a recent study by sociologists suggests that the law may be intimidating victims from actually calling the police to report an instance of abuse.

Imagining p

We’ve all had that experience of going purposefully from one hypothesis to another, only to get there and forget why we made the journey. Four years ago, researcher Daryl Bem and his colleagues stripped this effect down, showing that the simple act of obtaining a statistically significant comparison induces publication in a top journal. Now […] The post Imagining p

Thank You From Zoologic

I’m sorry to say that this will be my last post at Zoologic. It’s been a pleasure bringing you the weirdest and most intriguing animal news, and I’ll miss writing here. I want to thank Wired for providing me with this forum that allowed me to explore the latest in animal behavior and cognition. It’s […] The post Thank You From Zoologic appeared first on WIRED.

85 college students tried to draw the Apple logo from memory. 84 failed.

In a new study published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, UCLA psychologists found that almost none of their subjects could draw the logo correctly from memory. Out of 85 UCLA undergraduate students, only one correctly reproduced the Apple logo when asked to draw it on a blank sheet of paper. Show More Summary

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