Oct 31

Okay With Disgusting Images? You Vote This Way 95 Percent Of The Time

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http://www.science20.com/news_articles/okay_with_disgusting_images_you_vote_this_way_95_percent_of_the_time-148041

Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink - how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative.


If you don't want to read any further because this is based on functional magnetic resonance imaging and claims that political leaning is a biological trait, here is the short version and you can just rant in the comments: if you are not grossed out, you are a liberal. The authors feel so confident in the result they say they can predict your politics based on a single image with 95 percent to 98 percent accuracy,   

"Disgusting images generate neural responses that are highly predictive of political orientation even when those neural responses don't correspond with an individual's conscious reaction to the images," said lead author Read Montague of the paper in Current Biology, a biophysicist and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professor. "Remarkably, we found that the brain's response to a single disgusting image was enough to predict an individual's political ideology."

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Oct 31

4 Ways Science Can Predict Death, Rate Of Aging

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.medicaldaily.com/4-ways-science-can-predict-death-rate-aging-308217

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Many of us fear aging and death, but scientists have discovered ways to predict when it'll happen anyway. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

It starts happening sometime around our late-20s. All those bumps and bruises we accrued during our teenage years, though healed on the outside, start to appear in the form of random pains in our joints, or our backs - we just can't move around like we used to. Some women start to see wrinkles forming (gasp!) We all worry about aging, and some of us think too much about when we'll die. Although it's best not to worry about these things, if you're really interested in getting an estimate, here are four ways scientists have been able to predict death and aging.

 

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Oct 31

How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout

Posted by: Administrator in Sports |

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/how-music-can-boost-a-high-intensity-workout/

Intense, highly demanding exercise has many health benefits and one signal drawback. It can be physically unpleasant, which deters many people from beginning or sticking with an intense exercise program. An encouraging new study, however, suggests that listening to music makes strenuous workouts feel easier and may nudge people into pushing themselves harder than they had thought possible. 

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Oct 31

Is 'a la carte TV' going to take over?

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If you're unfamiliar with the a la carte model, it means you'll be able to purchase some of your favorite networks without having to pay a monthly cable bill for a bundle of channels some don't even watch. Industry insiders say a lot of people, especially younger people, don't need a lot of channel choices. According to Experian Marketing Services, an estimated 7.6 million homes in the United States have cut cable or satellite services. That's up from 5.1 million homes in 2010.

 

Oct 31

OLED: Next big thing in TV technology

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http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/OLED-Next-big-thing-in-TV-technology-279992132.html

The latest in television technology is called OLED. It stands for organic light-emitting diodes. Organic refers to the layer of carbon film, which emits light when hit with an electric current. The head of Consumer Reports television testing says it's the best display technology out there, combining the best features of plasmas and LCDs. It has the deep black levels and unlimited viewing angles of top plasmas. At the same time it delivers on the power efficiency, super-thin bezel design and also the bright picture of LCD TVs.

 

Oct 31

Link between lupin and peanut allergies

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While lupin has been used in European products for years, it's just making its way to the U.S. as a flour alternative in gluten-free foods. Problem is, many people don't know it is a legume from the same plant family as the peanut. "I'm a board certified allergist and immunologist and I wasn't aware of the allergenicity of lupin until recently," Dr. David Stukus said. "So, I think that most Americans and most people with other type of food allergy may not be aware of this."

 

Oct 30

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/business/media/how-facebook-is-changing-the-way-its-users-consume-journalism.html

 

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Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

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Oct 30

Did you hear? Gossip can be good for you, study says

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http://www.today.com/health/did-you-hear-gossip-can-be-good-you-study-says-1D80237111

Psssssst! You may not know it, but gossip can be good for you. The age-old habit of sharing juicy tidbits with buddies has gotten a bad rap, researchers say. Used properly, gossip can actually help us learn more about ourselves, better gauge our position in society and possibly protect ourselves from harm, according to a new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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"Gossip provides people with a great way to learn about their social environment from other people's experiences," says the study's lead author, Elena Martinescu, a researcher in the human resource management and organizational behavior department at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. "People who participate in gossip can infer things about themselves and evaluate themselves without having to test everything directly. For receivers, gossip may be a sort of reality simulator: Pay attention to what happens to others in your environment and you may understand yourself better and formulate more accurate expectations for the future."

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Oct 30

Body Clock 'Rush Hour' Occurs At Certain Hours Of The Day; Discovery May Revolutionize How Doctors Prescribe Medication

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http://www.medicaldaily.com/body-clock-rush-hour-occurs-certain-hours-day-discovery-may-revolutionize-how-doctors-308199

In order to get the most out of your medication you may have to adjust the time of day you take it.

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Oct 30

Blood Type Could Determine Risk Of Certain Health Problems (Video)

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For example, people with type A blood may be more likely to get heart disease. And type B? Perhaps a higher risk of throat cancer. Now a new study finds that people with AB blood, the rarest type, may be more likely to develop memory loss. One day, doctors may use your blood type to make recommendations on how to stay healthy, much like checking your blood pressure or cholesterol. Many people don’t know their blood type, and one good way to find out is to donate blood.

 

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