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On Curing Everything § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

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Nobel Prize-winning chemist Kary Mullis offers a radical new way to treat infectious diseases as the effectiveness of our current antibiotics wanes.
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Lizard Swaps Mode of Deciding Its Sex | The Scientist Magazine®

Sex assignment in bearded dragons can flip from one based on chromosomes to one driven by temperature, researchers report.
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Noses Agree When Genes See Eye to Eye

We all perceive smells differently—and two people’s preferences may give clues to their degree of genetic similarity. Christopher Intagliata reports
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International Year of Light - Light in Nature

International Year of Light - Light in Nature | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
From photosynthesis to sunsets, light is found throughout the natural world. Discover some of light's most visually stunning phenomenons.
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Picky Eaters Are Not All Alike

Picky Eaters Are Not All Alike | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Research suggests there are four patterns of behavior, and the issue isn’t always food
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Program in Placebo Studies & Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS) | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School

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Dietary Supplement Knowledge: RPh vs Health Food Employees

Objectives To determine pharmacists' and health food store employees' knowledge about the safety and efficacy of common, nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements in a retail setting and confidence in discussing, recommending, and acquiring knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Design Cross-sectional survey.

Setting Central and western New York in May and June 2012.

Main Outcome Measures Knowledge and confidence survey scores based on true/false and Likert scale responses.

Results Pharmacists' mean knowledge score was significantly higher than that of health food store employees (8.42 vs. 6.15 items of 15 total knowledge questions). Adjusting for differences in experience, education, occupation, and confidence, knowledge scores were significantly higher for pharmacists and those with a higher total confidence score. Pharmacists were significantly less confident about the safety and efficacy of CAM comparatively (13 vs. 16 items of 20 total questions).

Conclusion Pharmacists scored significantly higher than health food store employees on a survey assessing knowledge of dietary supplements' safety and efficacy. Despite the significant difference, scores were unacceptably low for pharmacists, highlighting a knowledge deficit in subject matter.
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A Quick Guide to Spotting Graphics That Lie

A Quick Guide to Spotting Graphics That Lie | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
We tend to believe what numbers say, but just because they're on a chart, that doesn’t make them true.
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Eyeliner application may cause eye problems, study finds

People who apply eyeliner on the inner eyelid run the risk of contaminating the eye and causing vision trouble, according to research. This is the first study to prove that particles from pencil eyeliner move into the eye.
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Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy, positive emotions

Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy, positive emotions | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think, according to research. The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, investigators say.
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Physiological responses reveal our political affiliations

Physiological responses reveal our political affiliations | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Political partisanship is rooted in affective, physiological processes that cause partisans to toe the party line on policies and issues, regardless of policy content, new research shows
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Starfish have a surprising talent for squeezing foreign bodies out through the skin

Starfish have a surprising talent for squeezing foreign bodies out through the skin | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Starfish have strange talents. Two biology students have revealed that starfish are able to squeeze foreign bodies along the length of their body cavities and out through their arm tips. This newly discovered talent gives insight into how certain animals are able to quickly heal themselves.
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Attention to angry faces can predict future depression

Attention to angry faces can predict future depression | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Up to 80 percent of individuals with a past history of depression will get depressed again in the future. However, little is known about the specific factors that put these people at risk. New research suggests that it may be due to the things you pay attention to in your life.
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A Battle of the Sexes Is Waged in the Genes of Humans, Bulls and More

A Battle of the Sexes Is Waged in the Genes of Humans, Bulls and More | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
New genetic sequencing data point to a longstanding conflict between the chromosomes that determine sex
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How to Help Your Kids Build a Better BS Detector

How to Help Your Kids Build a Better BS Detector | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
BS is all around us. Here’s how to prepare your kids to deal with it, without losing their sense of wonder.
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Your Facial Bone Structure Has a Big Influence on How People See You

Your Facial Bone Structure Has a Big Influence on How People See You | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
New research shows that although we perceive character traits like trustworthiness based on a person’s facial expressions, our perceptions of abilities like strength are influenced by facial structure
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Turning Fake Pills Into Real Treatments

Turning Fake Pills Into Real Treatments | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
A series of fascinating studies at Harvard University showed that many people respond positively to placebo pills — even when they are told that the pills don't have any active ingredients. Researchers at UAB are partnering with a Harvard scientist to test these "open-label" placebos for the first time among cancer survivors.
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Ancient Human With 10 Percent Neanderthal Genes Found : DNews

DNA from a man who lived 40,000 years ago in Romania reveals that up to 11 percent of his genome came from Neanderthals.

Because large segments of the individual’s chromosomes are of Neanderthal origin, a Neanderthal was among the man’s ancestors as recently as four generations back in his family tree, reports a study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.

The finding reveals that some of the first members of our species who came to Europe interbred with the local Neanderthals.
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Why Do Graveyard Shifts Wreak Havoc on Human Metabolism?

Why Do Graveyard Shifts Wreak Havoc on Human Metabolism? | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
By getting volunteers to live in a sleep lab for more than a month, researchers hope to unravel the effects of chronic sleep debt and circadian rhythm gone awry
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Early life stress affects cognitive functioning in low-income children

A new study has identified how specific patterns of cortisol activity may relate to the cognitive abilities of children in poverty. The study looked at low-income children in the United States and how greater instability in family environments may predict early life stress and cognitive functioning.
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Lack of sleep affects long-term health

Maintaining a good night's sleep is important for our future health, partly because of how it affects lifestyle factors. Previous population based studies have not provided sufficient information on the timing of changes in both sleep and lifestyle to tease out cause and effect relations of this highly intertwined relationship.
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Night driving restriction reduces young driver crashes

Restricting teenagers from driving unsupervised at night, and introducing strict penalties and other licensing requirements, could reduce crashes significantly, according to research. The study shows that driving laws that eliminate or deter unsupervised night driving by people younger than 18 achieve substantial reductions in car crashes.
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Scientists use molecular 'lock and key' for potential control of GMOs

Scientists use molecular 'lock and key' for potential control of GMOs | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a way to put bacteria under a molecular lock and key as a way to contain its accidental spread. The method involves a series of genetic mutations that render the microbe inactive unless the right molecule is added to enable its viability.
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Early behavior problems may be linked to 'aging' biomarkers in preschoolers: Clinical depression in mothers also correlates with telomere length in children

Early behavior problems may be linked to 'aging' biomarkers in preschoolers: Clinical depression in mothers also correlates with telomere length in children | Exploring Life | Scoop.it
Preschoolers with oppositional defiant behavior are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging, which in adults is associated with increased risk for chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, obesity and cancer.
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