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Stoke-on-Trent Central Selection Timetable

The timetable for the selection of the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election has been agreed by the NEC and was posted up on Membersnet earlier on today. And what a shocker it is. Most of the time, the Labour Party is a sclerotic beast that ambles about slowly. Show More Summary

surviving academic affluenza/midlife-crisis

Academia is an iron person sport – the marathon to the dissertation,  the quest for a tenure-track position, and the trek to tenure.  What happens after tenure and promotion? In this podcast, Elizabeth Matsui (a professor and practicing doctor), Roger Peng (professor of biostats), and Brian Caffo, a recently promoted full professor in biostats, discuss […]

Actress Kathy Bates to be honored at Research!America's Advocacy Awards Dinner

(Research!America) Kathy Bates, award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson, will receive Research!America's Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for raising the visibility of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases and advocating tirelessly on behalf of the patient community. Show More Summary

How estrogen modulates fear learning

(Emory Health Sciences) Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while high estrogen levels may be protective. New research provides insight into how estrogen changes gene activity in the brain to achieve its protective effects.

Professor Andrew Morris wins NEH fellowship

(Union College) Andrew Morris, associate professor of history, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Among the most competitive academic awards in the country, the fellowships support...Show More Summary

Gene that enables memories, sense of direction produces schizophrenia-like symptoms when mutated

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University) Mutations in a gene that should enable memories and a sense of direction instead can result in imprecise communication between neurons that contributes to symptoms of schizophrenia, scientists report.

Mandarin makes you more musical?

(University of California - San Diego) Mandarin makes you more musical -- and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That's the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano.

What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

(University of Rochester) University of Rochester researchers have found that adults and children in the US, adults from a 'low numeracy' tribe in Bolivia and rhesus monkeys ALL possessed the ability to distinguish between large and small quantities of objects, regardless of the surface area they occupy. Show More Summary

New SAGE Publishing text examines war through the lens of the social sciences

(SAGE) SAGE Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the four-volume set, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives. Unlike traditional war encyclopedias that focus on military science and history, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives also covers the effect of wars on culture, trade, societies, and more.

Gestational diabetes increases risk for postpartum depression

(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Karolinska Institutet have found that gestational diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression in first-time mothers.

Mothers of socially anxious children take involvement to the next level

(Springer) When mothers of children with social anxiety disorder try to support their children, it often backfires. The results of an experiment involving building difficult puzzles indicate that, even at home, mothers of children with the disorder are more involved with their offspring than mothers of healthy control children. Show More Summary

UVA slashes opioid use while improving pain scores, study finds

(University of Virginia Health System) A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia Health System found patients' pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. As health officials across the US look for ways to combat a opioid addiction crisis, UVA researchers believe their findings highlight one way to address the problem.

New avenue for anti-depressant therapy discovered

(Academy of Finland) Researchers have made a ground-breaking discovery revealing new molecular information on how the brain regulates depression and anxiety. In so doing, they identified a new molecule that alleviates anxiety and depressive behavior in rodents.

Finding ways to fix the climate before it's too late

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Scientists and policymakers rely on complex computer simulations called Integrated Assessment Models to figure out how to address climate change. But these models need tinkering to make them more accurate.

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

(University of Eastern Finland) Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Show More Summary

Super Mario and Cultural Globalization

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Japan.  And when the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, made this public at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he did so in an interesting way.   He was standing atop a giant “warp pipe” dressed as Super Mario.  I’m trying to imagine the U.S. […]

Killer debt: Study shows link between debt and mortality rates

(University of Colorado Denver) A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows a direct link between financial strain and increased risk of death, a finding with potentially major implications for both economic and health care policy.

Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest

(University of Chicago) A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

Research makes leap with frog models

(University of Cincinnati) UC research finds frogs are valuable and cost-effective tools for demonstrating fetal stress hormone effects on adult chronic diseases.

is the mla about literature anymore?

Phil Magness is at it again. In a recent blog post, he presented the results of a very simple exercise. Go to the Modern Language Association web site, search for the number panels on specific authors (e.g., Shakespeare or Toni Morrison) and compare with the number of panels you find if you search for topics […]

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