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The Number of Children That Makes Parents Happiest

13 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

For happiness: when you should have children and how many. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Why Breastfed Babies...Show More Summary

Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics

Philadelphia, PA, October 30, 2014 – Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. read more

Campaign to reduce firearm suicide wins support among firearm retailers in New Hampshire

Boston, MA — Nearly half (48%) of firearm retailers in New Hampshire displayed materials from a firearm suicide prevention campaign generated by a coalition of gun owners and public health professionals, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. Show More Summary

The First Pterosaur From Kimmeridgian Jurassic Scotland

A Scottish pterosaur in London: the first record of Pterosauria from the Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) of Eathie (Ross and Cromarty), ScotlandAuthors:Steel et alAbstract:A pterosaur wing phalange from the Kimmeridgian of Eathie (Ross and Cromarty) is identified as the first pterosaur to have been collected in Scotland. Show More Summary

Yale finds a planet that won't stick to a schedule

New Haven, Conn. – For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. It is described in the Oct. 29 online edition of The Astrophysical Journal. read more

Reading the heavens with your phone

Two groups have released early versions of apps to turn your smart phone into a cosmic ray detector. Cosmic rays, most of which come speeding through the Milky Way from outside of our solar system, crash into the Earth’s atmosphere at...Show More Summary

Shining the Light On…

… Osteoarchaeology Wessex Archaeology’s human bone specialists – osteoarchaeologists Jacqueline McKinley and Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy – are hard at work this week putting together a new display for the head office in Salisbury. The display introduces staff, volunteers, clients and other visitors to the scientific analysis of human remains. Show More Summary

Even mild depressive symptoms result in poorer lumbar spinal stenosis surgery outcome

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery. The results were published in The Spine Journal. read more

Four new dragon millipedes found in China

A team of speleobiologists from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have described four new species of the dragon millipedes from southern China, two of which seem to be cave dwellers. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. read more

Identifying the source of stem cells

EAST LANSING, Mich. – When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos get to make a different first choice – to become the protective placenta or to commit to forming the baby. read more

Assorted links

1. RBC theory won’t die soon. 2. Beware of fake priests in cemeteries. 3. Scott Alexander on whether polyamory is boring. 4. Average is Over, Sydney beach bum edition.  And Bolivia legalizes child labor for ten year olds. 5. Not your grandfather’s pot. 6. A Larry Summers summary post on secular stagnation. 7. My 2013 […]

"Down Under" Physicists Propose a Radical Parallel Universes Theory

Australian physicists are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a new, and of course, unfalsifiable, theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That...

The 100 most highly cited papers of all time: Tools, not ideas

A rather obscure paper by biochemistOliver Lowry is the most highly citedscientific paper of all time(Image: beckerarchives) Nature has published a comprehensive list of the top 100 most highly cited papers of all time and the list is...Show More Summary

When Dr. Henry Ruffner gave his “bah, humbug” to German superstitions

Since it’s Halloween Eve, I figured I would fall back on an article that I read in the past year, which was written by a Shenandoah Valley author. I’ve mentioned Henry Ruffner in this blog before, mostly because of the famous “Ruffner Pamphlet” and how it pertained to slavery in antebellum Virginia. Yet, as with all […]

Hayabusa 2 nearly ready for launch: Photos from Tanegashima, and new artist's renderings

On October 27, JAXA provided media with an opportunity to view the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft at the Tanegashima space center, where it's making final preparations for launch. Koumei Shibata was there, and took several photos. And artist Go Miyazaki has shared several terrific new renderings of the spacecraft in flight.

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