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bill bell, musician and teacher (1937-2017)

Bill Bell, the “Jazz Professor,” died a few weeks ago and it has been circulating through Bay Area music circles. At SF Gate, you can read a fine obituary. It covers his amazing musical career performing with the Supremes and many jazz luminaries, as well as decades spent as a music teacher. In this post, […]

Waiting for Jolyon

Political parties are more or less the expression of classes or class fractions. They organise classes, articulate and arrange their interests, and are a means by which they become conscious of themselves. The durability across nearly...Show More Summary

System can 3-D print an entire building

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have developed a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.

Researcher says customized content on political websites hurts democracy

(University at Buffalo) Having it your way on political websites and seeing only the content that aligns with your beliefs is not good for democracy, according to Ivan Dylko, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Communication and an expert in the political effects of communication technology.

Want to better comply with dietary guidelines, and save money? Cook dinner at home

(Oregon State University) The best culinary paths to better health are not always paved with cash, new research shows, and cooking at home can provide the best bang-for-the-buck nutritionally as well as financially.

Media portrayal of public shooters can perpetuate stereotypes

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that media portrayals of public shooters vary based on the race of the shooter, regardless of the circumstances of the shooting.

Concise consent forms are effectively understood by clinical trial participants

(PLOS) Shortening consent documents makes no significant difference to how well potential research participants understand a clinical study, according to a study published April 26, 2017, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Christine Grady from the NIH Clinical Center, US, and colleagues.

Human forebrain circuits under construction -- in a dish

(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) Neuroscientists have created a 3-D window into the human brain's budding executive hub assembling itself during a critical period in prenatal development. What's more, they used it to discover...Show More Summary

Researchers explore personalized pharmacotherapy to treat panic attacks

(Elsevier Health Sciences) Although drug therapy is the accepted first-line treatment for panic disorders (PDs), 17% to 64% of patients do not respond adequately and continue to exhibit one of the most common symptoms of PD, the panic attack (PA). Show More Summary

New study deems dairy 'excellent' source of protein for children

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Researchers at the University of Illinois are using pigs as a model to study the best way of evaluating protein quality in foods eaten by children, a method that was proposed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2011.

Rice's John Boles offers new exploration of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson

(Rice University) In a new book spanning more than 640 pages, Rice University's eminent scholar of the American South, John Boles, takes a fresh, nuanced look at one of America's most talented, enigmatic and complex Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Show More Summary

Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use and disorder?

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to latest research. TheShow More Summary

Matthew Desmond on the social problem of eviction

This month sociologist Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond’s book documents, in rich and depressing detail, what it’s like to try to pay rent as a low income earner and how easy it is to end up on the street. Eviction is not […]

Serious violence in England and Wales drops 10 percent in 2016

(Cardiff University) The number of people injured in serious violence dropped by 10 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a national report on serious violence published by Cardiff University.

New test assesses sperm function

(Wiley) Two new publications in the journal Molecular Reproduction and Development validate the usefulness of a test that determines if sperm can capacitate, a process that allows them to fertilize an egg.

Teenagers can become disruptive if teachers use psychological pressure

(University of Kent) The study, which was led by Stephen Earl from the University's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, discovered that psychological pressure from teachers can contribute to disengagement amongst teenage pupils under 14. Active disengagement behaviors include talking and making noise, with daydreaming in class amongst the more passive disengagement behaviors.

Autism Speaks issues special report

(Autism Speaks) Autism Speaks today issued the first in a series of annual, in-depth reports on special topics in autism. 'Autism and Health: Advances in Understanding and Treating the Health Conditions that Frequently Accompany Autism'...Show More Summary

Impact of overtraining on the heart to be discussed at cardiovascular imaging meeting

(European Society of Cardiology) The impact of overtraining on the heart is set to be discussed at Europe's leading cardiovascular magnetic resonance meeting, to be held 25 to 27 May in Prague, Czech Republic, at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague (CCHP).


April 25, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Today is Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial – she was born April 25, 1917 – and this my only Ella story.One night I was sitting at the bar in Bradley’s with two pianists who had been accompanists for...Show More Summary

The Judge’s Snap Judgement

April 25, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Is this racist? I asked in the previous post. While on jury duty, I had guessed incorrectly that a Black man in the court building hallway was the defendant in a case and that a White man in a wheelchair was not. Show More Summary

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