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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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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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Court: Marotta is a father, not merely a sperm donor -- "A Topeka man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the presumptive father to a baby one of the woman bore and is subject to paying child support, a Shawnee County District Court judge ruled Wednesday." This ruling really should not stand, IMO. The women were not seeking child support but rather the state.

Reno police cite 5, arrest 3 men and women during prostitution sting -- This just strikes me as incredibly stupid. This is the one state in the Union where prostitution is legal & these people can't travel outside one of the few counties where the practice is unsanctioned? Talk about shortsighted. Seriously: taxi drivers would be happy to ferry customers to any of the licensed brothels, as they get a cut of the negotiated price for any rendezvous. There is no excuse, save being extraordinarily cheap.

Your pot or your gun? Medical marijuana smokers may have to choose -- This law is unconstitutional on its face. As one of the comments stated, "known alcoholics" don't cede their 2nd Amendment rights by virtue of substance use. Those prescribed oxycodone & other legalized forms of heroin aren't punished in such a fashion. I didn't know there was a way to get me to be a 2nd Amendment advocate, but apparently someone devised a controversy that's done precisely that.

Scientists discover how sodium controls opioid receptor signaling

Oily fish 'can increase brain size'

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt | Pharaoh's tomb sheds light on shadowy Egyptian dynasty
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Neurotransmitter Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress -- norepinephrine activity within the locus coeruleus, a small region in the pons

Why we can "hear" our inner voice

ICU Delirium Affects Brain After Discharge -- "One year after discharge, 34% of patients had cognitive scores similar to those with moderate traumatic brain injury and 24% had the equivalent of mild Alzheimer's disease. [...] The deficits were seen across ages and were strongly linked to duration of delirium in the ICU. [...] Monitoring during the hospital stay indicated delirium in 74% of all patients, with a median duration of 4 days."

Brain activity discovered beyond flat line

Legalized pot would mean more addiction -- There are a lot of things wrong with this article, but the main one that sticks out to me is the underlying, erroneous assumption that all addictive substances have the potential to addict at the same rate. This is my deduction after reading the author's repeated, irrelevant statistics about cocaine, heroin, alcohol & tobacco addiction. Every one of those addict at much higher rates than cannabis does. IIRC, alcoholism affects up to 30% of the total population of drinkers; also, around 70% of tobacco smokers experience difficulties stopping smoking when they attempt to do so, which is one of the main hallmarks of addiction (tobacco, indeed, is one of the most addictive substances known to man). Even caffeine causes withdrawal symptoms 50% of the time when daily users halt intake. Cannabis, on the other hand, at least according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is addictive to 5-10% of the population of such smokers.

Cocaine Use May Boost HIV Susceptibility -- "They found that a 3-day exposure to cocaine enhanced the permissiveness of the T cells to HIV infection."
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Popular Science silences its comments section -- In contrast to the brouhaha over at Huffington Post, this move is one with which I agree. HP's entire model is driven by comments; at the same time, certain things, like scientific fact, are not up for debate.

New baby smell creates 'very strong' bond in mom's brain, study finds | more -- The scent apparently stimulates the caudate nucleus in the brain's reward center. Yes, you heard right: baby pheromones.
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Richard Dawkins defends "mild pedophilia," says it does not cause "lasting harm" -- Seriously, a shame.

Quran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones' Arrest Could Be Unconstitutional, Experts Say

Orangutans Plan Their Trips Like Humans, Tell Others Their Future Travel Routes -- "Though the team didn't analyze the way the primates are able to figure out the specific routes expressed in the calls, they did recognize that planning skills require episodic memory and the presence of self-control for orangutans to complete such tasks."

Scientists Selectively Erase Unwanted Memories in Rats and Mice -- "'Not unlike in the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," we're looking for strategies to selectively eliminate evidence of past experiences related to drug abuse or a traumatic event. Our study shows we can do just that in mice--wipe out deeply engrained drug-related memories without harming other memories.'"

First lady's push to drink more water draws criticism -- Only the AAAD (American Association for the Advancement of Diabetes) should be against this proposal. My god, what is wrong with people?
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Judge: Trial possible on Michigan gay marriage ban

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? -- Interesting look at stats.

The Problem With Saying 'Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt'

How Strong Is the Female Sex Drive After All? -- "Bergner thinks that monogamy is society's way of constraining female sexuality. He implies that this constraint is unjust and prudish. He is not alone." The author of the article, unfortunately, appears to uphold the notion of women as sexual gatekeepers.

Big Surprise: Smoking Pot Lowers Motivation -- The reason why is actually quite interesting: "[S]moking marijuana suppresses one's ability to synthesize dopamine — the neurotransmitter associated with motivation."

Long John Silver's serves least healthful meal, food watchdog says -- "The advocacy group [...] also accused Long John Silver's of overstating the amount of fish and under-reporting the amount of trans fat in the meal. The fast food chain says the main part of the meal features 7 or 8 ounces of haddock; the CSPI said its tests showed 4½ ounces of fish and 3 ounces of batter.

"The watchdog organization also said that the onion rings it tested had 19.5 grams of trans fat, compared with the 7 grams noted by Long John Silver's."
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Certain parts of the brain activated in people who heard tailored health messages and quit smoking -- dorsomedial prefrontal cortex

NYU researchers identify neural circuits used in processing basic linguistic phrases -- "Surprisingly [...], "Broca's" and "Wernicke's" areas appeared to play no role in the comprehension of [...] basic phrases. Instead [...], results revealed increased activity in the left anterior temporal lobe, followed by increased activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex region of the brain during the processing of simple adjective-noun phrases."

Researchers have found how brain cells control their movement to form the cerebral cortex

Making the ‘Irrelevant’ Relevant to Understand Memory and Aging

A Grudge Match between Humanity and Death--Who Wins? -- "[N]ew research [...] shows that being a mindful person not only makes you generally more tolerant and less defensive, but it can also actually neutralize fears of dying and death."

New Baylor Study Shows Higher Job Performance Linked to People Who Are More Honest and Humble

Full Bladder, Better Decisions? Controlling Your Bladder Decreases Impulsive Choices

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Overeating and indigestion blamed for 1,000 turtle doves falling dead in Italy with strange blue stain on their beaks

Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states

The Dark Side of Oxytocin, the Hormone of Love (NYT) -- "The love and trust it promotes are not toward the world in general, just toward a person's in-group. Oxytocin turns out to be the hormone of the clan, not of universal brotherhood. Psychologists trying to specify its role have now concluded it is the agent of ethnocentrism."
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Finger Bone Points to New Branch of Humanity -- "A finger bone from Siberia now reveals a previously unknown group of ancient humans once existed there, one neither like us nor Neanderthals."

Neanderthals Fashioned Earliest Tool Made From Human Bone

Lost Civilization May Have Existed Beneath the Persian Gulf

Young Female Chimps Use Sticks as 'Dolls': Study finds correlation with human play

'Impulsive' Gene Identified in Finnish Men -- "The gene mutation affects the action of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a hormone known to be related to self-control, according to the researchers."

Kids With Autism May Lack Key Visual Skills, Study Finds: They have difficulty searching effectively for objects in real-life setting, researchers say

Imperfect Brain Cells Have Gender Biases -- "'It's the kind of thing you would not predict--that you would look at two identical faces and think they look different,' said Arash Afraz, a psychologist at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research."

Race, Sex Play Part in Hypertension Risk: Where you live also factors into the equation, study found

Chernobyl Woos Tourists with Promise of 'Negligible' Risk -- "The area around Chernobyl is scheduled to open to visitors next year."
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Brain's preparation center gets 'juiced' by prospect of winning -- "[T]he left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, located in the brain approximately two inches above the left eyebrow, is a key area that both predicts a win, or successful outcome, and prepares the motivational cognitive control network to win again."

Brain gene expression changes when honey bees go the distance -- "Tricking honey bees into thinking they have traveled long distance to find food alters gene expression in their brains[.] [...] Foraging honey bees make unique research animals in part because they communicate in a language humans can decode[.] After a successful hunt, a forager performs a highly stylized 'dance' that tells her peers what direction to go to find the food, how good it is and how far away it is. The bee does a 'round dance' if the food is close to home, while a 'waggle dance' indicates it is farther away."

Brain Connections Break Down as We Age -- corpus callosum & "cross-talk"

Scripps Research scientists uncover possible cocaine addiction trigger -- "The results from the new study strongly suggest that a protein known as methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) interacts with a type of genetic material known as microRNA [specifically, microRNA-212] to control an individual's motivation to consume cocaine."

Spinal cord regeneration success in mice

Fate of Universe revealed by galactic lens -- "A 'galactic lens' has revealed that the Universe will probably expand forever."

Fears Influence Actual Risk of Falls
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Oxytocin Hormone May Treat Autism: Study Shows Oxytocin May Improve Social Skills for Some People With Autism

Separate brain paths for start and end of sounds is key to hearing and understanding speech -- both eventually join in temporal lobe

First Brain Recordings from Flying Fruit Flies: Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly

Hottest temperature ever heads science to Big Bang -- "Scientists have created the hottest temperature ever in the lab -- 4 trillion degrees Celsius -- hot enough to break matter down into the kind of soup that existed microseconds after the birth of the universe."

Mysterious Origin of Cosmic Rays Pinned Down

Backward Black Holes Control Fate of Galaxies

See-Through Frogs Discovered

Marijuana May Disrupt Brain Development -- "[The researcher] pointed out shortcomings in the study, however."

Simple test may spot concussion in athletes

Timing of Seasons Is Changing -- "The Earth's seasons have shifted back in the calendar year, with the hottest and coldest days of the years now occurring almost two days earlier, a new study finds. This shift could be the work of global warming, the researchers say."
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Fish oil supplements 'beat psychotic mental illness': Taking a daily fish oil capsule can stave off mental illness in those at highest risk, trial findings suggest

Study links hormone to addiction, risk-taking -- "Scientists from Denmark and Japan said they had proved in research that a need for stimulation is greater on average among those who have more of the gratification hormone, dopamine, in their brains, partly because of their lower sensitivity to it."

Fish caught evolving into three different species

HIV/AIDS drug puzzle cracked: Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV -- "British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which is found in retroviruses like HIV and is a target for some of the newest HIV medicines."

Subtle thinking problems may up stroke risk: study

Study links infections in womb to asthma -- "A 16-year study following nearly 400,000 births in California found that when mothers had an inflammation known as chorioamnionitis and if a baby was born pre-term, that child was more likely to develop asthma by age 8."
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The Neuroscience of Money: Finding How Traders Tick | The Neural Basis of Financial Risk Taking (abstract)

HIV infection or medications age brain

Fireproofing Chemicals May Cause Fertility Issues -- "Researchers at the School of Public Health, U.C. Berkeley, discovered women with the highest levels of PBDEs were twice as likely to take more than a year to conceive."


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