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Researcher suggests kratom may have medical benefit as opioid alternative

(American Osteopathic Association) Anecdotal evidence and current scientific research indicate kratom may have a medical benefit as an alternative to opioids. This special report, to publish in the JAOA, highlights how a DEA ban on kratom...Show More Summary

Springer Nature provides Italian universities hit by earthquake free access to electronic content

(Springer) Springer Nature will open its digital resources to two Italian universities affected by the earthquakes of this past August and October. In addition to the journal titles to which they already subscribe, Università degli Studi...Show More Summary

New approach needed in way Tourette's syndrome is portrayed, research shows

(University of Kent) Media stereotypes of people with Tourette's syndrome are leading to the stigmatizing of adolescents with the condition by their peers.

We may be able to tap into our memories from infancy

Studies in rats suggest that our earliest memories may lie dormant in the brain, ready to resurface given the right triggers

Testing early warning signals for crises, in lakes

(Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)) Wouldn't it be great to tell the state of an (eco)system -- healthy or heading for a crisis -- by keeping track of just a few key signals? The theory of 'tipping points' may help us out....Show More Summary

What If America Redefined Itself as a Nation of Renters?

Originally posted at the Huffington Post. In the 21st century, it is perhaps time to rethink the American Dream of owning a house. The feasibility of this dream was in the back of my mind the entire time I read Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, the highly praised ethnography of landlords and renters in Milwaukee. Dr. Desmond […]

Game theory provides new insight on spreading environmentally conscious behavior

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) The simple act of exchanging information can influence people to change their actions to protect the environment, according to a new study that links game theory with psychological science.

Who’s a Masseuse?

November 28, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston In ninth grade, I had to read Ivanhoe. We all did. This was a long time ago. The only thing I remember about the book is that in Sir Walter Scott’s prose, the character Rebecca was a “Jewess,” often “the fair Jewess.” Strange word. Show More Summary

unresolved controversy bleg

Installing Order, the sociology of science and technology blog, has a request – can you identify scholarly work about unresolved scientific controversies?  I need your help: anybody know a few research papers or a book specifically about unresolved controversies? It would be terrific if there was some conceptualization, or even a functional analysis of the […]

'English votes for English laws' has not given England a voice in parliament, study finds

(Queen Mary University of London) 'English votes for English laws' (EVEL) has not enhanced England's voice in the UK Parliament, according a 12-month study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The study says that "greater attention should be paid to the challenge of enhancing England's voice in the UK parliament".

The Candidate by Alex Nunns

In the extraordinarily fluid period it is going through, the sudden rise of Jeremy Corbyn from the obscurity of the back benches to the front rank of British politics is perhaps the most shocking, and for some baffling, turn it has taken in decades. Show More Summary

classical music for social scientists

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Farewell Fidel

As the world wakes up to the passing of the world's best known revolutionary, coal mountains' worth of electronic comment are already pontificating and positioning. Fidel Castro was a goodie because hospitals. Fidel Castro was a baddie because gay repression. Show More Summary

Local Council By-Elections November 2016

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Oct Average/ contest +/- Oct +/- Seats Conservative 25 17,663 38.3% +13.5% 707 +311 +5 Labour 25 12,250 26.6% -0.9% 490 +37 -3 LibDem 23 8,043 17.4% -0.8% 350 +18 0 UKIP 15 2,129 4.6% -1.6%...Show More Summary

Sociological Images on the Election and Beyond

Dear readers, I shut down SocImages after the election. It didn’t feel like a time for business as usual. Sociology is not a partisan enterprise, but sociologists understand themselves to be scientists and we share a body of literature from which we derive things we believe to be more fact than fiction, at least until we have better data. Donald […]

Building stress-resistant memories

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Though it's widely assumed that stress zaps a person's ability to recall memory, it doesn't have that effect when memory is tested immediately after a taxing event, and when subjects have engaged in a highly effective learning technique, a new study reports.

Practice testing protects memory against stress

(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) Learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative effects of stress, report scientists from Tufts University. 'Our results suggest that it is not necessarily a matter of how much or how long someone studies, but how they study.'


November 24, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Barney Frank, according to the New Yorker yesterday (here), is “long known as America’s crankiest liberal.” The former congressman is smarter than most people, and I get the impression thatShow More Summary

Alcohol may increase risk of some types of stroke but not others

(BioMed Central) Light and moderate alcohol consumption of up to two drinks per day is associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke but seems to have no effect on a person's risk of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. High-to-heavy drinking was found to be associated with increased risk of all stroke types.

Should parents lie to children about Santa?

(University of Exeter) In an essay in the Lancet Psychiatry, psychologist Christopher Boyle and mental health researcher Kathy McKay question the benefits of making children believe in Father Christmas.

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