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How to Survive a Plague: Fighting AIDS and Challenging Stigma

By Karen Sternheimer Journalist David France’s book on the history of the AIDS crisis, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, provides an important reminder of how the fear of marginalized groups...

if we don’t deport natives who are criminals, why do we deport immigrant criminals?

I’m a hard core supporter of open borders, the view that we should let people travel peacefully across borders. However, for many years, I agreed with the restrictionist view that it is appropriate to deport criminals. And not those who who violate unjust immigration “laws.” I thought that deportation was appropriate for those actually convicted […]

UEA launches new programme to address international inequalities in adult education

(University of East Anglia) A major new research program will be launched today at the University of East Anglia (UEA) to help improve understanding about how adult learning can address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world.

On Labour's Victorious Campaign in Stoke

While Copeland was important, the outcome didn't dangle the possibility of an existential crisis. That exactly what was in play at the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election. For UKIP and their empty cipher of a leader, a viable future was at stake. Show More Summary

Church of “La La Land” Saints

February 26, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston Why is “La La Land” so popular among Mormons? The New York Times (here) has maps (chloropleths, if you want to show off your vocabulary) showing the popularity of the nominees for best picture. Show More Summary

New study on smoking bans finds decreasein smoke exposure in public and private places

(Oxford University Press USA) Exposure to secondhand smoke has long been associated with negative health effects. A study of secondhand smoke exposure after two smoking bans in Spain, publishing today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggests that overall exposure can be decreased across all settings by comprehensive legislative efforts.

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Local Council By-Elections February 2017

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Jan +/- Feb 16 Average/ Contest +/- Seats Conservative 20 6,375 23.5% +4.6% -5.0% 319 -7 Labour 17 6,332 23.3% -2.5% -7.8% 372 +1 LibDem 16 7,421 27.3% +4.5% +11.3% 464 +4 UKIP 13 2,532 9.3%...Show More Summary

Never too late: Reaping the benefits of exercise in early postmenopause

(The Physiological Society) Women recently postmenopause have similar or improved benefits from physical activity, in terms of muscle and blood vessel function, as those premenopause. Therefore, early postmenopause might be a time when women can gain increased benefit from physical activity to oppose negative effects of oestrogen loss and aging.

Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health -- official

(University of Exeter) People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland.

Labour and Insecurity

Two opposing stories have emerged about Labour's defeat in Copeland last night. The first is Jeremy Corbyn was a drag on the doors and cost us the seat. The second is Labour's vote saw long-term decline under Jamie Reed, because he was really a Tory. Show More Summary

Original Recruitment Flier for Milgram’s Obedience Experiment

Flashback Friday. Bewildered by Nazi soldiers’ willingness to perpetuate the horrors of World War II, Stanley Milgram set out to test the extent to which average people would do harm if instructed by an authority figure. In what would end up being one of the most famous studies in the history of social psychology, the […]

Princeton-Intel collaboration breaks new ground in studies of the brain

(Princeton University) Princeton University and Intel researchers have collaborated to develop software that allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan.

Study catalogs the complex flavors of American-made goat cheese

(Kansas State University) Researchers generated a flavor lexicon that lists the 39 flavor attributes in cheeses made with goat milk. Flavor lexicons are important tools for cheesemakers because they help with development, product benchmarking and quality control.

NSF Law and Social Sciences program issues new awards

(National Science Foundation) Grants support research into crucial social issues.

There’s no such thing as ‘clean coal’ – it’s dirty and expensive

Australia and the US want to revive an uneconomical and polluting technology, and, worse, Australia plans to take money from a clean energy fund to do it

Study examines ways to use demand information to adjust capacity

(University of Texas at Dallas) A new UT Dallas study derived optimal policies and data-driven, problem-solving techniques for firms to learn about demand so that they can decide when and by how much they should adjust their capacity level.

What effect does prenatal and postpartum maternal depression have on children?

(Wiley) The results of a large study do not support the notion that prenatal and postpartum maternal depression is particularly detrimental to children's psychological development. Instead, the most robust effects were found for maternal depression occurring during children's preschool years.

Teach yourself everyday happiness with imagery training

(Frontiers) In a recently published paper in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, scientists at the Smartbrain Clinic in Oslo, Norway find that self-guided positive imagery training can successfully combat negative emotions in our daily lives. This tool is so powerful that it also changes the way our brain functions.

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

(University of Würzburg) Several newly discovered variants of a gene increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders. A research team aims to derive new therapies from this finding which are better tailored to the individual patie...

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