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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

Synapse Discovery Could Lead to New Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease

Nov. 27, 2015 — A team of scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease -- work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible ... read more

Thinking of Bagging Yourself a Black Friday Bargain?

Nov. 27, 2015 — Revealing the motives, characteristics and experiences of sale shoppers, a new article lends some information to would-be shoppers, advice that will be useful even long after Black Friday ... read more

Instrument to Measure Brand Embarrassment Developed by Economists

Nov. 27, 2015 — Whether people wear T-shirts with a big logo of a brand depends on a person's "brand embarrassment tendency" (BET). Embarrassment is an intense, negative emotion and it derives from ... read more

Oxytocin Increases Social Altruism

Nov. 26, 2015 — Nowadays, much emphasis is placed on sustainability. The degree to which people are willing to donate their own money for this depends on their level of oxytocin. Scientists have discovered that the ... read more

New Technology Promises Fast, Accurate Stroke Diagnosis

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new approach to identifying biomarkers in blood has proven successful in helping diagnose stroke, and the technology could be expanded to diagnose such conditions as concussion, some forms of ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Atom by atom, researchers reveal the structure of CAP-Gly, a protein that binds to the latticework of microtubules in our cells. When mutations occur in CAP-Gly, neurological diseases and disorders ... read more

Halteres, Essential for Flight in All Flies, Are Needed by Some to Climb Walls

Nov. 25, 2015 — Sensory organs called halteres may play multiple roles in how flies behave, providing clues to how brains absorb and use multiple streams of information, new research ... read more

Willingness to Adopt Children With Special Needs the Focus of Recent Study

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new study has focused on the attitudes and preferences of prospective adoptive parents in Canada. The study examined the preferences and attitudes of 5,830 AdoptOntario online registrants between ... read more

Contact With Nature May Mean More Social Cohesion, Less Crime

Nov. 25, 2015 — In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team tested social correlates of both objective and subjective contact with nature in a systematic way, revealing complex linkages between nature, ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Even with 20/20 vision in broad daylight on a clear day, our peripheral vision can be surprisingly poor, particularly when the scene in front of us is cluttered. Now, scientists believe they are a ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers report they have figured out ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what's going on in the brain of its users, finds a study. Through experiments conducted in ... read more

Peak-End Pizza: Higher Prices Mean First Impressions Count

Nov. 25, 2015 — How does price impact your evaluation of a restaurant meal? Psychologists have long thought that we judge experiences based on their most intense moment (the peak) and the last part of the experience ... read more

Structural Brain Connectivity as a Genetic Marker for Schizophrenia

Nov. 25, 2015 — Schizophrenia has been considered an illness of disrupted brain connectivity since its earliest descriptions. Several studies have suggested brain white matter is affected not only in patients with ... read more

New 'Party Pill' Test Could Help Authorities Keep Up With Trends in Drug (Ab)use

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new test for club drugs like ketamine can detect low levels of drugs in urine and plasma, making it faster, easier and cheaper to identify them. The authors of the study say it could give ... read more

Enhanced Detection of Parkinson's

Nov. 25, 2015 — New research by biologists could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. By mapping the visual responses of fruit flies with different Parkinson's genes, the ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers recently investigated how a robotic bartender can ... read more

Cooperation at the Expense of Society

Nov. 25, 2015 — Cooperation is generally regarded as positive and is often in the best interests of society. However, collusion and corruption are also types of cooperation -- a secret or illegal cooperation, the ... read more

Ultrasound Examinations Can Identify Patients at Risk of Stroke

Nov. 25, 2015 — Ultrasound, a non-invasive technique commonly used to study the presence of atherosclerosis disease in blood vessels, can be used to identify patients at increased risk of future stroke who could ... read more

Combination Therapy Can Prevent Cytostatic Resistance

Nov. 25, 2015 — Researchers have found a new way of preventing resistance to cytostatics used in the treatment of cancers such as medulloblastoma, the most common form of malignant brain tumor in children. The ... read more

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