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The dopamine side(s) of depression

Depression is a disease with a difficult set of symptoms. Not only are the symptoms difficult to describe (how do you really describe anhedonia, before you know the word for it?), symptoms of depression manifest in different ways for different people...

December 17, 2012 — Scicurious

#SciAmBlogs Friday - critical thinking, hot flashes, two Higgs bosons, poisonous loris, seeing bacteria, gun laws, and more.

- Scott K. Johnson - Re-thinking the way colleges teach critical thinking - Josh Howgego - The ideas woman - Kate Clancy - Don’t Sweat It: Premenopausal Women, Reproductive State, and the Joy of Night Sweats - George Musser - When You Fall Into a Black Hole, How Long Have You Got? - David Wogan - On tap for Monday: coverage of the US and France energy conference from Austin - Christina Agapakis - Seeing Bacteria - John Horgan - Will Connecticut Massacre Give Politicians the Guts to Take on the Gun Lobby? - Bora Zivkovic - Bora’s Picks (December 14th, 2012) - DNLee - Computer Science Education Week 2012 Recap - Michael Moyer - Have Scientists Found Two Different Higgs Bosons? - Katherine Harmon - New Toxic Nocturnal Primate Species Discovered =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFDecember 14, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Bora s Picks (December 14th, 2012)

How fake images change our memory and behaviour by Rose Eveleth: The year was a memorable one – looking back at the unforgettable images over the past 12 months, you might think of apocalyptic-looking clouds over Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, or Mitt Romney’s children mistakenly standing in a line spelling out the word “MONEY”, or even the winning US Powerball lottery ticket that became the most shared picture on Facebook...

STAFFDecember 14, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

The beautiful fragility of language

Alas, this is not how my first day of kindergarten went. Credit: Creative Commons, Archives New Zealand. I remember my first day of school with such clarity that it might as well have happened last week...

December 13, 2012 — Maria Konnikova

A Clinical Trial and Suicide Leave Many Questions: Part 2: Investigator Responsibilities

There are many disturbing things that happened during the clinical trial on which Dan Markingson committed suicide. Besides the issue of consent, or lack thereof, which I raised in my last post, one of the most disturbing aspects to me has been the lack of accountability and the apparent violations of clinical practice standards, with no consequences. Zero accountability is how I have come to understand the outcome of this CAFÉ trial. Clinical Research Standards—in TheoryDespite sensationalistic trials gone wrong, there are actually principles for “Good Clinical Practice,” and numerous guidelines for the ethical conduct of clinical trials...

December 13, 2012 — Judy Stone

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Dog Play, Jellyfish Sting, Scientific Aesthetics, Personalized Medicine, Zooniverse, Cities at Night, and more.

There is a new Video of the Week for your pleasure.- Julie Hecht - How Do You Play with Your Dog? - Chris Leamon - Advancing the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Companion Diagnostics - Christie Wilcox - Don’t Pee On It: Zinc Emerges As New Jellyfish Sting Treatment - Christina Agapakis - Scientific Aesthetics - Hannah Waters - The Best Way to Procrastinate in the Zooniverse - David Wogan - Cities at night – learning about cities from a different perspective - Carin Bondar - ASAP Science: Fun, Informative and Extremely Successful - Alex Wild - The Case of the Lopsided Spider - DNLee - Wordless Wednesday: Rats En Route — Update (don’t celebrate yet) - Scicurious - Book Review: This is Improbable =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFDecember 12, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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