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Abusive leadership infects entire team

Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, finds new research led by a business scholar. Supervisors who belittle and ridicule workers not only negatively...Show More Summary

Is China's 50 percent cesarean section delivery rate too high?

Efforts must be made to decrease China's increasing cesarean section rate, suggests a new article. China has one of the highest caesarean delivery rates in the world. Of 16 million babies born in 2010, approximately half were by caesarean. Show More Summary

A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesis

A cooperation between chemists and biologists has resulted in a new method for the very efficient integration of photosynthetic proteins in photovoltaics. Their research offers a new immobilization strategy that yields electron transfer rates exceeding for the first time rates observed in natural photosynthesis. Show More Summary

What If We Applied the IRS's Reasoning in Halbig & King to the Patriot Act or RFRA, Instead of the ACA?

Michael F. Cannon Over at Darwin’s Fool, I posted a critique of the Fourth Circuit’s opinion in King v. Burwell. Unlike the D.C. Circuit’s ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuit held that the IRS has the authority to issue subsidies...Show More Summary

One of the coolest things hardly anybody knows about

The Fayum Portraits: THE MUMMY’S FACE: SOLVING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY In reality, he’s the “Bearded Man, 170-180 A.D.,” a Roman-Egyptian whose portrait adorned the sarcophagus sheltering his mummified remains. But the details of who he was and what he was thinking have been lost to time. But perhaps not for much longer. A microscopic sliver of painted [...]

Type-1, type-2 diabetes caused by same underlying mechanism

New findings provide compelling evidence that juvenile-onset or type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes are both caused by the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin. The results suggest that type-1 and type-2 diabetes could both be slowed down and potentially reversed by medicines that stop amylin forming these toxic clumps.

Progress in the fight against harmful fungi

One of the world's largest gene libraries for the Candida glabrata yeast, which is harmful to humans, has been developed by researchers. Molecular analysis of the Candida glabrata fungus mutations led to the discovery of 28 new genes that are partly responsible for the yeast's tolerance of common drugs. Show More Summary

Experts denounce clinical trials of unscientific, 'alternative' medicines

Experts writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on August 20th call for an end to clinical trials of "highly implausible treatments" such as homeopathy and reiki. Over the last two decades, such complementary and...Show More Summary

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1. Ferguson on Facebook vs. Ferguson on Twitter. 2. Brief survey of the literature on police brutality and use of excessive force. 3. Obamacare attacks are losing potency as a campaign weapon. 4. The advantages of dyslexia (very good). 5. “RegData is an innovative new way of measuring the size and scope of US federal […]

Zipper action triggers bacterial invasion

The hospital germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa wraps itself into the membrane of human cells. Now researchers have identified a novel mechanism of bacterial invasion, outlining how Pseudomonas aeruginosa uses lipids in the cell membrane to make its way into host cells.

Survey finds veterans generally satisfied with mental health care

A survey of U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration finds general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. The RAND Corporation study, conducted in...Show More Summary

First LOFAR observations of the “Whirlpool Galaxy”

Using a radio telescope with frequencies just above those of commercial FM radio stations, a European team of astronomers has obtained the most sensitive image of a galaxy below 1 GHz.

A spectacular landscape of star formation

A new image shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20,000 light-years away, in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Show More Summary

Why elderly are prone to sleep problems

A group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, are substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found. The authors examined the brains...Show More Summary

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.

Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty

Growing up poor can influence people's sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research.

Scientists learn more about rare skin cancer that killed Bob Marley

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered that acral melanomas – the rare type of skin cancer that caused reggae musician Bob Marley's death – are genetically distinct from other more common types of skin cancer, according to a study...Show More Summary

Drexel study: Enhanced communication key to successful teamwork in dynamic environments

From management consulting projects to research and development laboratories to hospital trauma centers, organizations of all types are increasingly creating teams whose members have diverse professional backgrounds. While the allure...Show More Summary

Revised Chronostratigraphy of Chinle Formation has Implications for Late Triassic Dinosaur Evolution

Revised chronostratigraphy of the Lower Chinle Formation strata in Arizona and New Mexico (USA): High-precision U-Pb geochronological constraints on the Late Triassic evolution of dinosaurs Authors:Ramezani et alAbstract:The early history...Show More Summary

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