novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
I'm still recovering from how crack-delicious my dinner tonight is/has been. Anyway.

James Brady, former White House press secretary, dies at 73 -- When could we expect another conservative gun-control advocate? Especially one who did not experience such a personal attack? Best to the Brady family.

Six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested for robbing dealers -- "The 42-page indictment describes scenes that Hollywood would have trouble topping, including a 2007 robbery during which Norman allegedly held a man over an 18th floor balcony to get him to divulge the password to his handheld computer."

Tennessee Denies Public Assistance To Drug Users -- Error: just because someone may have used drugs in their life history does not mean that they are currently abusing drugs. Bad interpretation, bad policy.

Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says | Fish Consumption Linked to College Education -- NOT linked to omega-3 intake, amazingly enough.

Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

Lego sells out of Research Institute set after responding to 7-year old girl's request

Forget Charcoal Versus Gas. The Best Way to Grill a Steak Is With Molten Lava.
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Why do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire -- Good description of study.

Science of dating: why playing hard to get only works for men -- Not so good description. It's not that "[m]en should play hard to get if they want to attract the opposite sex on a first date otherwise women will see them as unmanly or manipulative," it's that being overly responsive & agreeable will set off red flags. On a first date? Ingratiating oneself is never a good mating strategy, but many women will indeed see it as such: a mating strategy, not one for building a relationship (especially not between equals).

Lesson: Don't be smarmy.

Man dressed as Spider-Man punches NYPD cop in Times Square, authorities say -- I love how the Daily News just uses a pic of a random guy in a Spidey suit, not of the alleged criminal himself so outfitted.

2 injured when cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps | Two people hurt after cable snaps on Skyhawk at Cedar Point -- Bad news for my favorite amusement park. Never been on that ride, though, and probably won't any time soon.

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U of Michigan research finds: Research in rats may help explain how trauma's effects can span generations

My Rapist Was a Sweetheart -- I'd been avoiding Huff Post since their posting access restrictions changed. Against my better judgment, I clicked on this, mainly because the subject is part of the national conversation right now. This article is really not good, not for its content per se, but for its structure. I'm not just talking about mechanical errors (though those irk me, especially as the byline lists the author as an "editor"); no, the main problem is that it starts out as anecdote, then abandons that midway through. What happened the rest of the way home with her friend? What did they talk about after Terry Richardson came up in conversation? Did they have a blow-up? Are they still friends? You don't abandon a story midstream. Tie loose ends, dammit.
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Todd Akin retreats from 'legitimate rape' apology

Lawmaker Accuses Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito of Misleading Senate -- Yeah, and many of us knew it at the time, but nothing can be done about it now.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found near D.C.

Democrats prepared to counter Hobby Lobby -- Good luck with that. I say that with a sarcastic tone, but, really, good luck with that.

New blood test to predict onset of dementia could be 'devastating' for sufferers -- Ridiculousness. If I had the proteins that predicted dementia, you bet your life I would want to know, so I could take measures to stem the tide.

Sex Change: Algae May Point to Origin of Male-Female Split -- Some headlines for this story called the intersex algae "transgender". Hermaphroditic would have been far more accurate & far less offensive.
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The Case for Reparations -- I'm still wading through this, as the article is long. But Ta-Nehisi Coates is always a worthwhile read, so I'm listing this sight partially unseen.

Tennessee man sues employer over 'white water fountain' | Cotton Warehouse Supervisor To Black Employees: 'That's When We Hang You'

GOP's firing squad idiocy: The hypocrisy of "humane executions"

The one thing Neil deGrasse Tyson got wrong

Chimps ace out humans in test of strategic thinking

Sleep's memory role discovered -- "[B]y disrupting specific phases of sleep, the research group showed deep or slow-wave sleep was necessary for memory formation. During this stage, the brain was 'replaying' the activity from earlier in the day."

Watercress tops list of 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables.' Who knew?
novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Begun to Collapse -- The tipping point has been reached. It's too late.

Police commissioner asked to quit over Obama slur -- Asked to quit, because there are no mechanisms in New Hampshire to remove him forcefully.

Questions linger after Jill Abramson’s dismissal from Times -- 'Abrupt' isn't the word for it.

Kentucky agriculture commissioner asking judge to force DEA to release hemp seeds -- This, combined with continued pursuit of cannabis growers in Washington & Colorado, has prompted calls for Michele Leonhart, the head of the DEA, to step down.

Calm down everybody: McCarthyism isn't coming back just because a rich guy lost his job: Why public outrage against bigots like Donald Sterling has nothing in common with Joe McCarthy's reign of terror

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God: Major figures like Joan of Arc and Dostoyevsky claimed supernatural visions. Why their brains could hold the answer -- speculates about temporal lobe epilepsy

Ultra-Fast Robot Can Catch Objects Better Than Humans

Sunken body clue to American origins -- "[A]lthough [Naia] had the slender features associated with the earliest Americans, her DNA shares commonalities with modern Native Americans."

Soundgarden to Perform 'Superunknown' in Full in New York: Tickets to the show cost $19.94 to honor year of record release -- This makes me super-envious. I was so heartbroken when I found out Soundgarden had split. I remember it to this day.
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I was remarking to [personal profile] netmouse yesterday, at her potluck where someone brought a very fudgy pan of brownies, that I was so glad I swore off sweets some time ago. In fact, I didn't even consider them food (at least, not as legitimate food choices).

Does this have to do with the insula? Possibly. At the very least, I liken the experience to that of what I underwent when I trained to become a bank teller. When I handled a large cash drawer (+$1000), money ceased to be considered as money but merely were individual paper instruments. Similarly, sweets no longer qualify as food but could simply be seen as any other item of life's backdrop.

I told my friend S. that I had three pieces of snack-sized candy bars from last Halloween still on a shelf in my bedroom, where I can see it much of the time. She was amazed that they were not eaten long ago.

(I keep commercial hot chocolate for when the craving for chocolate just gets too great. Otherwise, the only sweets I tend to keep are dried fruit & frozen yogurt. [I still drink too many presweetened beverages & use more honey/sugar than I need to in my tea/coffee, but other than that, I've gotten away from most processed sugars.])

Anyway. Here's to ill recognition!
novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
Rancher’s Views on Race Send Supporters Fleeing -- "The coalition of supporters for Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher battling the federal government's attempt to remove his cattle from public land, began crumbling on Thursday over his suggestion that African-Americans might have been better off in slavery." (NYT)

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury -- I suspect this is due to redundant storage.

Man seeks to hide 'murder' tattoo before trial -- Seriously, though. A neck tattoo? That's commitment.
novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
Woman Finds Body While Hunting for Easter Eggs in Her Backyard

How Do We Explain The Evolution Of Religion? -- "[H]uman religiosity was primed by the meaning-making, imagination, empathy and rule-following of other primates (primates with whom we shared a common ancestor in the past, or those common ancestors themselves). Religious imagination flowered later, in the hominin lineage, as our brains were increasingly selected over time to think beyond the here-and-now."

Study reveals why Neanderthals never faced brain disorders

Scientists unmask a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas is mediated -- "[T]raumatic stress alters the amount of several microRNAs in the blood, brain and sperm – while some microRNAs were produced in excess, others were lower than in the corresponding tissues or cells of control animals. These alterations resulted in misregulation of cellular processes normally controlled by these microRNAs."

Here Are the States Where Blowjobs Are Illegal But Necrophilia's Cool -- Just in case you needed the reference.
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Serial murders of secret infants, as alleged in Utah, 'very rare'

‘Bully’ suffers jeers, name-calling himself -- "An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend yesterday wearing a sign reading “I AM A BULLY” at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults." Technically, this should fall under "cruel & unusual treatment".

While You Were Watching 'Game of Thrones,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Shared His Solution to Global Warming

Angry at your spouse? Check your blood sugar

Crankier Babies May Get More TV Time

Finding May Explain Why Women More Likely Develop Alzheimer's

Bullying occurs among children higher up on the social ladder, according to new research -- "The study concluded that girls are more likely to be subject to this type of bullying. The highest incidences of bullying occurred among girls, but boys were more likely to target girls who were climbing social rungs rather than boys who were doing the same." Sexist high-school assholes.

Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes -- "Gregory Gerdeman, a biologist and neuropharmacologist at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., said he has no reason to doubt the new study's findings but worries generally about marijuana research funded by federal agencies, like the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with limiting drug use."

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