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NCCAM features musical training lecture

Although music therapy is a hot topic, its mechanisms of action are still poorly understood. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the federal government that investigates unconventional therapies, invited Aniruddh Patel to talk about the possible effects of musical training on language and speech processing.

July 31, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Meet the Feeders: Getting Off by Getting Fat

“If I offered you a million dollars if you could have an orgasm in the next 60 seconds,” said the psychologist to the woman, “what would you do or fantasize about in order to achieve that orgasm as quickly as possible?” “I would use my vibrator and probably run the other hand over the thicker [...]

August 2, 2013 — Jesse Bering
When viruses and bacteria unite!

When viruses and bacteria unite!

Illnesses have a tendency to clump together. An attack of the flu can bring on bacterial lung infections; in the USA almost half of all cases of bacterial sepsis occur following viral infections in the lungs.

July 21, 2011 — S.E. Gould
The Komodo Dead: What Really Kills in The Walking Dead

The Komodo Dead: What Really Kills in The Walking Dead

You don't need a gun. You don't need a knife or a machete or an axe. If you find yourself in a post-apocalyptic world filled with shambling swallowers of human flesh, what you really need is good hygiene.

March 25, 2013 — Kyle Hill

Fussy eaters: the favoured food of Salmonella

As antibiotic resistance increases the search for new anti-bacterial treatments becomes more and more important. One way to design anti-bacterials is to find specific biochemical pathways that the bacteria require to survive, and develop drugs that block off these pathways.

July 13, 2014 — S.E. Gould

Sauerkraut: bacteria making food

Last week my husband needed some jars for cooking purposes. Tesco sell jars for somewhere around £3 each. However they also sell large jars full of sauerkraut for £1 each.

July 26, 2014 — S.E. Gould

The ethics of opting out of vaccination.

At my last visit to urgent care with one of my kids, the doctor who saw us mentioned that there is currently an epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough) in California, one that presents serious danger for the very young children (among others) hanging out in the waiting area.

June 29, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

“Ecomodernists” Envision Utopia—but What about War?

For an in-class exercise, I like asking students: “What’s your utopia?” I tell them that utopias aren’t fashionable these days; “utopian” is generally employed in a derogatory sense, meaning naively optimistic

April 14, 2015 — John Horgan

The Coroner Report: Weekend at Bernie's

Nearly 25 years after Bernie Lomax was killed, a new coroner's report sheds light on how his body endured so much trauma, and why the two responsible violated the Geneva Convention.

April 12, 2013 — Kyle Hill

uBiome: Ethical Lapse or Not?

uBiome's CEO, Jessica Richman, seems to me to be a great saleswoman who also excels at sounding innocent and playing the misunderstood victim in the ethical controversy surrounding her company.

July 25, 2013 — Judy Stone