Using Tinder doesn’t result in more casual sex

Public Release: 18-May-2018 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Users of picture-based mobile dating apps like Tinder are generally more open to short-term, casual sexual relationships than the average person. But this doesn’t mean that the users of these apps end up with more sexual partners than non-users with the same preference for casual sex.…

What happens if pesticides and herbicides stop working?

Public Release: 17-May-2018 What happens if we run out? Pesticide resistance needs attention, large-scale study North Carolina State University IMAGE: For new answers to the problems of increased pesticide resistance, landscape-level study is needed, NC State researchers say. Credit: Roger Winstead, NC State University To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining…

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

Public Release: 17-May-2018 Princeton researchers crowdsource brain mapping with gamers, discover 6 new neuron types Caption By turning a time-intensive research problem into an interactive game, Princeton neuroscientist Sebastian Seung has built an unprecedented data set of neurons, which he is now turning over to the public via the Eyewire Museum. These 17 retinal neurons,…

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

Public Release: 17-May-2018 Ruhr-University Bochum The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex. This is the result of a study conducted by neuroscientists working with Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; the study was performed using a specific neuroimaging technique that provides insights…

Yogurt may dampen Inflammation linked To Multiple Diseases

Yogurt may dampen Inflammation linked To Multiple Diseases The study explored the hypothesis that yogurt may help reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining, thus preventing endotoxins — pro-inflammatory molecules produced by gut microbes — from crossing into the blood stream. Citation: Ruisong Pei, Diana M DiMarco, Kelley K Putt, Derek A…

Bitcoin estimated to use half a percent of the world’s electric energy by end of 2018

Public Release: 16-May-2018 Cell Press Bitcoin’s burgeoning electricity demands have attracted almost as much attention as the cryptocurrency’s wildly fluctuating value. But estimating exactly how much electricity the Bitcoin network uses, necessary for understanding its impact and implementing policy, remains a challenge. In the first rigorously peer-reviewed article quantifying Bitcoin’s energy requirements, a Commentary appearing…

Research pinpoints optimal age of puppy cuteness

Public Release: 15-May-2018 The popular meme proclaiming that all dogs are puppies assumes that humans’ adoration of canines is not conditional on their age. But a new study led by Clive Wynne, professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University’s Canine Science Collaboratory, suggests otherwise. In a paper published this month in Anthrozoos: A…

Think chimpanzee beds are dirtier than human ones? Think again

Public Release: 15-May-2018   North Carolina State University Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) appear to keep tidier sleeping arrangements than humans do. That’s one finding of a recent study that evaluated the microbes and arthropods found in the treetop beds that chimpanzees make each night. “We know that human homes are effectively their own ecosystems, and human…

Drug companies selling more ‘lifestyle,’ less ‘symptom’

Public Release: 15-May-2018   University of South Florida (USF Health) TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2018)- Prescription drug commercials are getting longer and providing less factual information. A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine finds that the majority of these ads focus on lifestyle improvements made post-medication rather than side-effects and the negative emotions…

Why some people resist authority

Public Release: 14-May-2018   Neuroimaging research provides new insight into urge to rebel Society for Neuroscience Caption The urge to rebel against control over one’s decisions is associated with the connectivity between parietal and frontal brain regions (shown in color). The stronger the synchronous activation was in these regions, the more likely were the participants…

UCLA biologists ‘transfer’ a memory

Public Release: 14-May-2018   Research in marine snails could lead to new treatments to restore memories and alter traumatic ones University of California – Los Angeles IMAGE: This is David Glanzman holding a marine snail. Credit: Christelle Snow/UCLA UCLA biologists report they have transferred a memory from one marine snail to another, creating an artificial…

Could a multiverse be hospitable to life?

Public Release: 13-May-2018 Durham University A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research. Questions about whether other universes might exist as part of a larger Multiverse, and if they could harbour life, are burning issues in modern…

Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study)

Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study) Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study) The results showed that the number of vomiting episodes was 20% less in the group treated with ginger and the number of children missing school for at least one day was 28% less in the group treated with ginger. Berni Canani,…

Is colonialism creating inappropriate regulation of traditional medicine practitioners?

PUBLIC RELEASE: 11-MAY-2018 MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC./GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS CAPTION JACM (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) is a monthly peer-reviewed journal published online with open access options and in print that is dedicated to research on paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health. CREDIT: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC., PUBLISHERS New Rochelle, NY, May…