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This Is Your Brain On Love

Science 2.0 - Feb 12 2019 - 12:02

Is love a mystery or can it be reduced to chemical processes in the brain? And, what are those chemical processes? And, perhaps most importantly, can you prepare the brain for love?

Falling in Love

When you are falling in love a kind of chemical bomb goes off in the brain. There’s a chemical storm of dopamine and noradrenaline that makes you feel excited and warm all over.

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Oxytocin And Vasopressin - An Experiment Tackles The Chemistry Of Love And Altruism

Science 2.0 - Feb 12 2019 - 12:02
Love is a complex topic. You love your dog differently than you love chocolate. There are times when you might put your dog, or a loved one, ahead of yourself, but you would never jump in front of a moving car to save chocolate.

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New Research Does NOT Mean A World Without Insects

Science 2.0 - Feb 11 2019 - 21:02

Please don’t be scared by this, it is just the journalists hyping things up again. It does not mean what it seems to mean from the headlines. Insects can’t vanish and we will continue to be able to grow our crops and do agriculture. The study itself involves a lot of extrapolation on inadequate data, not their fault, it is just that there hasn’t been that much research done on insect populations for them to draw on. 73 studies is not a lot for the whole world and the studies are limited.

This is another example of hugely hyped up research with click bait headlines. Journalists do love a good “catastrophe” - this is generating terrifying headlines for the easily scared.

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Genesis In Space: Israel Is About To Be The Fourth Country To Have A Moon Mission

Science 2.0 - Feb 11 2019 - 16:02
A short few months after China became the third country with a moon mission (following the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), Israel will be the fourth.

On February 22nd, 2019, give or take weather events, the Beresheet Moon lander, once one of the candidates for the Google Lunar X-Prize, will make Israel the fourth country with a moon mission. And its $100 million for planning and execution has been made possible through cooperation of private individuals, corporate and government groups, and academia. 

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L’Oréal Foundation / UNESCO announced laureates of the 21st International Awards For Women in Science

Science 2.0 - Feb 11 2019 - 14:02
The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the laureates of the 21

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After 25 Years Of Chaos, FDA Signals For Reform When It Comes To Supplement Oversight

Science 2.0 - Feb 11 2019 - 12:02
United States Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has been in the private sector and in government, he has been care provider and patient, he has used supplements and watched as a $40 billion supplements industry duped the gullible and often engaged in outright deception, all using an exemption granted by the U.S. government.
But a recent statement by him, coupled with a raft of warning letters to supplement companies, signals that might change.

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Lawyers Don't Always Win Against Doctors And Hospitals - Like In Facial Trauma Lawsuits

Science 2.0 - Feb 11 2019 - 10:02
Mention to doctors who run their own practice or a hospital administrator that malpractice and American tort culture are probably the biggest reason for high health care costs, they will likely correct you and say that it is instead defensive medicine - running tests and engaging in efforts a doctor knows are unnecessary or useless to check off boxes that will prevent a lawsuit if something ever does go wrong.

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Have You Appeared In A Racist Photo Or Harassed Women? Here's How To Say 'I'm Sorry'

Science 2.0 - Feb 09 2019 - 10:02

“I’m sorry.”

These two words may seem simple, but the ability to express them when you’re in the wrong is anything but – particularly for those in the public eye.

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Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement

Science 2.0 - Feb 09 2019 - 09:02
A product like Zicam, which claims it can make colds shorter, shields itself from truth in advertising claims by admitting on the label its product is not actual medicine, it is homeopathy, a pretend drug for people who want to believe.

If they were required to show it works, the way pharmaceutical products must, they'd be out of business. If they could pass a double-blind clinical trial, or any homeopathic product could, they'd spend the money in a second, because every supplement that wants to be legitimized yearns for U.S. Food and Drug Administration legitimacy. FDA may have flaws, like all groups do, but it is the gold standard for the world. 

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Beer Before Wine And You Won't Feel Fine

Science 2.0 - Feb 08 2019 - 19:02

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers.

It isn’t uncommon for us to mix our drinks, maybe a beer in the pub before moving on to wine. Folk wisdom has something to say about this: “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer.” This idea is very prevalent and versions of it occur in many languages. In my native country, Germany, for example, we say: “Wein auf Bier, das rat’ ich Dir—Bier auf Wein, das lass’ sein.” This translates as: “Wine on beer, I’ll advise you to drink beer on wine.”

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Friends Of The Earth Presents Yogic Flying Instructor John Fagan In 'How To Do Science'

Science 2.0 - Feb 08 2019 - 15:02
Friends of the Earth, social justice warriors, 1960s-era anti-science activists, occasional lobbyists, and current Political Action Committee (PAC) for Democrats (including Green New Deal darling Rep.

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Poorly Managed Pain May Lead To Opioid Abuse - And Antidepressants Lead To Less Pain Relief From Vicodin

Science 2.0 - Feb 07 2019 - 15:02
Patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the most common form of antidepressant, who are given the most widely prescribed opioid, hydrocodone (Vicodin) experience less pain relief, a finding whch could help combat the opioid epidemic, as poorly managed pain may lead to eventual illegal and dangerous opioid use. 

Up to 15 percent of Americans take an antidepressant while hydrocodone and codeine are often prescribed to patients who have recently undergone surgery. If they are taking an antidepressant and it leads to greater pain, they may want to increase their dosage.  Because pain medication is prevalent they focused on surgical patients.

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Did Sucking Bone Marrow Give Humans Our Big Brains?

Science 2.0 - Feb 07 2019 - 15:02
Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, according to a paper in Current Anthropology.

The paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the skeletal remains of large animals that had been killed and eaten by other predators. The argument challenges the widely held view among anthropologists that eating meat was the critical factor in setting the stage for the evolution of humans. This is anthropology, so they may be making a distinction without a difference; in a calorie-poor landscape all was eaten.

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CMS Discovers New Excited Bc Hadron

Science 2.0 - Feb 07 2019 - 15:02
I am very happy to report today that the CMS experiment just confirmed to be an excellent spectrometer - as good as they get, I would say - by discovering two new excited B hadrons. The field of heavy meson spectroscopy proves once again to be rich with new gems ready to be unearthed, as we collect more data and dig deeper. For such discoveries to be made, collecting as many proton-proton collisions as possible is in fact the decisive factor, along with following up good ideas and preserving our will to not leave any stone unturned.

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Media Are Drowning Young People In A Tide Of Perfectionism

Science 2.0 - Feb 07 2019 - 14:02

We recently conducted one of the largest-ever studies on perfectionism. We learned that perfectionism has increased substantially over the past 25 years and that it affects men and women equally.

We also learned that perfectionists become more neurotic and less conscientious as time passes.

Perfectionism involves striving for flawlessness and requiring perfection of oneself and others. Extremely negative reactions to mistakes, harsh self-criticism, nagging doubt about performance abilities and a strong sense that others are critical and demanding also define the trait.

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Sound Waves: A New Fundamental Constant Of The Sun?

Science 2.0 - Feb 07 2019 - 10:02
A team of scholars has found that magnetic waves in the Sun’s corona, its outermost layer of atmosphere, react to sound waves escaping from the inside of the Sun.

Alfvénic waves are in plasma and have been found to play a crucial role in transporting energy around the Sun and the solar system. They were previously thought to originate at the Sun’s surface, where boiling hydrogen reaches temperatures of 6,000 degrees and churns the Sun’s magnetic field. However, researchers have found evidence that the magnetic waves also react – or are excited – higher in the atmosphere by sound waves leaking out from the inside of the Sun and the sound waves leave a distinctive marker on the magnetic waves.

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Organic Consumers Association Sponsors Anti-Vaccine Meeting With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Science 2.0 - Feb 06 2019 - 19:02
In 2011 I wrote a book with Dr. Alex Berezow of RealClearScience in which we noted the common cause among the anti-vaccine, anti-energy, and anti-GMO communities. They shared common beliefs about distrust of science and I made a challenge; I said if I drew a radius around a Whole Foods, I could predict with high accuracy how those people with those beliefs voted.

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Honeybees Do Arithmetic

Science 2.0 - Feb 06 2019 - 17:02
Bees have tiny brains but that is all relative; It seems they also possess complex number skills.

Lots of animals count as shown by how many engage in foraging, shoaling, and resource management arithmetic, addition and subtraction, is rare, only a few nonhuman vertebrates do it.

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