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How To Hack Your Memory To Follow-Though On Intentions

The simplest strategy for remembering to do something in the future does work. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" 

Is Confirmation Bias Avoidable?

It seems to me that the defense of any position can be attributed to confirmation by its opponents. It is a charge that proves everything, and therefore nothing.

Some Good News on Organ Donation

Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA 17th District) has introduced the Organ Donor Clarification Act. The act would: Clarify that certain reimbursements are not valuable consideration but are reimbursements for expenses a donor incurs...Show More Summary

Using virtual users to develop accessible ICT-based applications

In a new report, researchers report the development of a set of parametric cognitive virtual models of users with disabilities that can be used to simulate the user interaction with Information and communications technology (ICT) applications. Show More Summary

An enigmatic aquatic snake from the Cenomanian Cretaceous Venezuela

An enigmatic aquatic snake from the Cenomanian of Northern South AmericaAuthors:Albino et alAbstract:We report the first record of a snake from the Cretaceous of northern South America. The remains come from the La Luna Formation (La...Show More Summary

New meta-analysis shows ketamine effective against persistent post-surgical pain and could provide major cost-savings globally

A new meta-analysis showing the effectiveness of ketamine for dealing with persistent post-surgical pain (PPSP) is to be presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016 (London, May 27-30 ). Ketamine, a cheap and safe drug, may have the potential to save health systems billions of dollars globally by being used in place of other drugs to prevent PPSP. read more

Refusing access to surgery recovery area at a UK hospital unless WHO Safe Surgery Checklist is fully complete

New research showing that refusal to allow surgery teams to take the patient to the recovery room after surgery unless the full WHO Safe Surgery Checklist has been complete is a highly effective way to improve use of the checklist. The...Show More Summary

The Lancet Oncology: Teenagers and young adults still fare worse than children for many common cancers, according to Europe-wide

More young people of all ages are surviving cancer than ever before, but new research published today in The Lancet Oncology journal shows that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of surviving eight relatively common types of cancer than children, according to the latest data from a long-running study of cancer survival across Europe. read more

Engineers discover a new gatekeeper for light

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Imagine a device that is selectively transparent to various wavelengths of light at one moment, and opaque to them the next, following a minute adjustment. Such a gatekeeper would enable powerful and unique capabilities...Show More Summary

Faster, more efficient CRISPR editing in mice

University of California, Berkeley scientists have developed a quicker and more efficient method to alter the genes of mice with CRISPR-Cas9, simplifying a procedure growing in popularity because of the ease of using the new gene-editing...Show More Summary

Arctic Ocean methane does not reach the atmosphere

250 methane flares release the climate gas methane from the seabed and into the Arctic Ocean. During the summer months this leads to an increased methane concentration in the ocean. But surprisingly, very little of the climate gas rising...Show More Summary

Ask Language Log: why is "whether or not" more frequent?

Ton van der Wouden asks: The Google Ngram viewer shows a tenfold increase in the frequency of the string "whether or not". Can the readers of language log think of any explanation for this growth? Can it perhaps be traced back to some prescriptive source? Is it perhaps accompanied by a comparable decrease of the […]

Once more on the mystery of the national spelling bee

Looks like this year's winners are again co-champions and of Indian (South Asian) origin. Guessing from their names, one of them has a Karnataka heritage and the other an Andhra background. Quoting from "National spelling bee ends in a tie for third consecutive year" (USA Today, 5/27/16): For the third year in a row, the […]

An Evangelical Christian Republican View of Climate Change

Trending wetter with time: weather never moves in a straight line, but data from NOAA NCDC shows a steady increase in the percentage of the USA experiencing extreme 1-day rainfall amounts since the first half of the 20th century. Photograph: NOAA NCDC My Apology to Paul Douglas I admit that I do a lot of…

TGIF: Elasmo-Lite-Brites

Basically, the ocean is a glowing rave of awesome…but you already knew that. Happy Friday!  

Of Spies and Spacetime

Stephanie DeMarco interviewed me a few weeks ago for an article she was writing about the science in the TV show Agent Carter (season two). As you know, I did a lot of work for them on the science, some of which I've mentioned here, and we spoke about some of that and a lot of interesting other things besides. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Museum of the Flat Earth opens in Newfoundland. 2. Interview with Matt Gentzkow. 3. Can a Chinese “straddling bus” carry one thousand people?  And China’s scientific ambitions — scale, scale, scale!  The latter is an important piece,...Show More Summary

New Kepler Planet Discovery Could Sustain Life --"Warm Atmosphere and Surface Liquid Water"

“We found there are multiple atmospheric compositions that allow it to be warm enough to have surface liquid water,” said Aomawa Shields, the study’s lead author and a National Science Foundation astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow in UCLA’s department of...

"Life on Dwarf Planet Ceres?" Mysterious Daily Changes in Bright Spots Baffle Scientists

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to stump researchers, led by Paolo Molaro of the Trieste Astronomical Observatory in Italy, who conducted the observations using the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Molaro's team made...

Cyborgs closer to becoming a reality of human evolution

Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology -- and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement -- are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts.

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