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Energy Connections: Shocking climate change vs. shocking solar power

One of the most important realizations of climate change research is exemplified in this graphic from Weather Uderground: The point is this. The PETM (Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, millions of years ago) was a period of high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere which caused significant warming. It is an example of both relatively rapid and…

New city wall discovered at ancient Roman port

Researchers have discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the ancient Roman port of Ostia, proving the city was much larger than previously estimated.

New MRSA superbug emerges in Brazil

A new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient has been identified by an international research team. The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. Show More Summary

BUSM researchers find anti-seizure drug may reduce alcohol consumption

Boston—Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have discovered that the anti-seizure drug ezogabine, reduced alcohol consumption in an experimental model. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Drug and...Show More Summary

STOC 2014 announcement.

Howard Karloff writes in to remind everyone that the STOC 2014 early registration deadline is coming up soon (Apr 30 !). Please make sure to register early and often (ok maybe not the last part). There will be tutorials ! workshops !...Show More Summary

Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by an organizational psychologist. Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job.

Chess robots to cause Judgment Day?

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it. It could be a very sore loser! A new study reflects upon the growing need for autonomous technology, and suggests that humans should be very careful to prevent future systems from developing anti-social and potentially harmful behavior.

Public Sea Turtle Release Saturday, April 19th. Come share in the excitement!

The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release scheduled for Saturday, April 19th promptly at 1:00 p.m.   Join us on Higg’s Beach behind Salute restaurant, 1000 Atlantic Blvd., Key West  as we cheer on Archer,...Show More Summary

Declining catch rates in Caribbean Nicaragua green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing

A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists. Show More Summary

Judge Rebukes Labor Department Over Shoddy Case

Walter Olson It seems every week or two another federal agency gets smacked down in court for trampling the rights of regulated parties in enforcement litigation. This week it’s the Labor Department’s turn: The U.S. Department of Labor...Show More Summary

Family ties in the language jungle: Amazon language relationships revealed

Relationships between rare languages in the Colombian Amazon have been revealed by researchers. The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words. Show More Summary

Making an International Deal: Iran Should Stop Persecuting Religious Minorities

Doug Bandow Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue in Vienna. Skeptics remain many: everything depends on whether the ruling elite, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious about reform. Iran should demonstrate its commitment...Show More Summary

In funk music, rhythmic complexity influences dancing desire: Syncopated rhythm may influence our desire to dance to music

Rhythmic drum patterns with a balance of rhythmic predictability and complexity may influence our desire to dance and enjoy the music. Many people find themselves unable to resist moving their bodies to the thumping beat of hip-hop, electronic, or funk music, but may feel less desire to dance when listening to a highly syncopated type of music, like free jazz.

Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed. Chimpanzees use tree branches to build beds or nests in trees. They select certain tree species to sleep in more frequently than others, but the reason for selecting a particular tree was unclear.

Is country music a countercyclical asset?

In tough times, do happy or sad songs top the charts? Do we prefer music that reflects our fears and hardships, or tunes that allow us to temporarily forget our troubles? Newly published research suggests the answer varies dramatically by genre. Pop fans reflexively gravitate to music that mirrors their emotions, while country devotees go […]

Hospitalization records an additional tool to monitor disease outbreaks

By comparing hospitalization records from Massachusetts hospitals with data reported to local boards of health, researchers found a more accurate way to monitor how well communities track disease outbreaks. For this study, the team examined...Show More Summary

Immune system research may help predict who gets long-term complications from Lyme Disease

The groundwork has been laid for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many different outcomes of this bacterial infection seen in individual patients. "Physicians have recognized forShow More Summary

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