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Does your kids’ DNA matter more than which school they go to?

How well your kids do at school depends in part on the DNA you bequeathed them. What’s not clear is what we should do about this

Care home admissions risk breaching human rights of older people

(University of East Anglia) Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia...Show More Summary

AI tool promotes positive peer groups to tackle substance abuse

(University of Southern California) When it comes to fighting substance abuse, research suggests the company you keep can make the difference between recovery and relapse. Researchers from the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in...Show More Summary

Battle rhythm: Navy looking at sleep, decision-making links

(Office of Naval Research) In the military, operational tempo is fast paced and the mission takes top priority -- day or night. Such dedication, however, can cause sleep to become a lower priority and fatigue a dangerous reality.

PSU study: Kids from wealthier families feel more control over lives

(Portland State University) Sociology professor Dara Shifrer examined which measures of socioeconomic status -- parents' education, family income, race and parents' occupation -- have the greatest influence over a child's locus of control and why

Wealth inequality: Closing the gap by taxing land and bequests

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) To reduce wealth inequality without diminishing the economic performance of a country, a policy package of bequest taxes and land value taxes could be the optimal solution. Such a...Show More Summary

Sagging confidence can lead to more self-interested behaviour -- or less.

(University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management) New research says that experiencing low confidence in one area can lead to attempts to boost our status in another, even if it means engaging in fraud. If we seek better financial status, we may behave more selfishly, or cheat. Show More Summary

How reciprocity can magnify inequality

(Association for Psychological Science) People tend to reciprocate others' actions in ways that increase disparities in wealth, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Show More Summary

Sulfur amino acid restriction diet triggers new blood vessel formation in mice

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) Putting mice on a diet containing low amounts of the essential amino acid methionine triggered the formation of new blood vessels in skeletal muscle, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Show More Summary

Study suggests method to boost growth of blood vessels and muscle

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have reversed age-related endurance loss in mice by treating them with a compound that promotes new blood vessel growth. Their study, led by senior author Leonard Guarente, found...Show More Summary

From signal propagation to consciousness: New findings point to a potential connection

(New York University) Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism through which information can be effectively transmitted across many areas in the brain -- a finding that offers a potentially new way of understanding how consciousness arises.

Scientists pinpoint cause of vascular aging in mice

(Harvard Medical School) Scientists identify mechanism behind vascular aging, muscle demise in mice. Treatment with chemical compounds reversed vascular aging, stimulated blood vessel growth and blood flow, boosted exercise capacity in aging animals.

Sondheim – “The Glamorous Life”

March 22, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingston It’s Stephen Sondheim’s birthday – he’s a pianistic 88. It’s hard to write about Sondheim without repeating what are by now cliches. But cliches (which Sondheim scrupulously avoids) usually contain some truth, and the one that sticks in my mind is this: Sondheim brings ambivalence to center stage. Show More Summary

DFG to establish 14 new priority programs

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Topics range from the digital image and the Iranian highlands to medical imaging / approximately ?80 million for three years.

Stopping exercise can increase symptoms of depression

(University of Adelaide) Stopping exercise can result in increased depressive symptoms, according to new mental health research from the University of Adelaide.

Children with physical disabilities are at higher risk of poor mental health

(Lund University) A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that even children with limited physical disabilities are at risk of developing mental issues later in life. Girls and adolescents from socio-economically vulnerable families are at greatest risk. The study was published in the reputable journal PLOS ONE.

Dreams decoded: 6 answers to the mysteries of the sleeping mind

Why are dreams so weird, what are they for, and do they mean anything? Here’s what science can tell us about our adventures in the land of nod

DFG to fund two new research units and one new humanities centre for advanced studies

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Topics range from protective mechanisms in cells to microsimulation models. Approximately ?10 million has been awarded for the first funding period.

Do College Degrees Mean Less Disease?

We know that a college degree can often help ensure employment, creating pathways to better opportunities and resources in someone’s career and even one’s personal health. A recent article in The Washington Post shows that the health benefits of higher education are more nuanced than scholars originally believed. Drawing from the work of sociologists Andrew […]

Connecting the Dots

March 22, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingston Brilliance in science is sometimes a matter of simplifying – paring away complicated scientific techniques and seeing what non-scientists would see if they looked in the right place. That’s what...Show More Summary

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