October 2011 Downtown

What's News This Month
in
Science, Medicine and Technology
(a monthly brownbag series)

(email suggestions-questions to Tim Cannon)

Thursday, October 22nd, 7:00-8:30pm
Age- specific happy hour at 6pm

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I post a sampling of the links I like best
It's open...you don't have to be my friend :)

TED Talks - always worth your time
Marc Breedlove, where I get many of my neuroscience-related links


Science    Top, ScienceMedicineTechnology

 
  1.  BBC Nature - How ants build nest-ventilating turrets
  2. BBC News - Frog killer immune genes revealed
  3. White House Touts NSF's New Family-Friendly Policies - ScienceInsider
  4. Decadal Plan for Plant Science Begins to Take Shape - ScienceInsider
  5. BBC News - Dipping tongues allow bees to drink the sweetest nectar
  6. BBC News - Nasa's UARS satellite fell far from major landmass
  7. Twelve Researchers Take Home Top Medals - ScienceInsider
  8. The Neuroscience of Beauty: Scientific American
  9. With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Crucial Climate Protectors - NYTimes.com
  10. BBC News - First superfast muscles in mammals help bats catch prey
  11. BBC News - 'Hollows' mark Mercury's surface
  12. The Consortium That Will Launch 5000 Mice - ScienceInsider
  13. Night owl teens at greater risk for obesity - Health - CBC News
  14. Single magic mushroom 'can change personality' - Science, News - The Independent
  15. Brain tweak turns wimpy mice into dominant leaders - life - 29 September 2011 - New Scientist
  16. Just the Thought of New Revenue Makes Mouths Water - NYTimes.com
  17. Jellyfish Hunt as Effectively as Finned Fish, Study Finds - NYTimes.com
  18. BBC Nature - Penis size does matter for bank voles, says study
  19. Does evil exist? Neuroscientists say no. - Slate Magazine
  20. Classes and Scores Soar With Incentives for A.P. Tests - NYTimes.com
  21. BBC News - Alma telescope begins study of cosmic dawn
  22. BBC News - Arctic ozone loss at record level
  23. Our unprepared graduates - The Washington Post
  24. Pregnancy evolution: a new Nature Genetics paper may explain why human babies gestate for so long. - Slate Magazine
  25. Slime Molds - Ancient, Alien and Sophisticated - NYTimes.com
  26. Selflessness Gone Awry, and the Damage It Can Cause - NYTimes.com
  27. One of 3 Chosen for Nobel in Medicine Died Days Ago - NYTimes.com
  28. Natural Selection Leaves Fresh Footprints on Canadian Island - NYTimes.com
  29. BBC News - Nobel physics prize honours accelerating Universe find
  30. "I've Got Your Back": Scientific American
  31. Got War? Blame the Weather - ScienceNOW
  32. Deepwater shark species have evolved visual abilities to maneuver in low light - The Washington Post
  33. CultureLab: What do our mouths say about us?
  34. Nobel in Physics Goes to Perlmutter, Schmidt and Riess - NYTimes.com
  35. BBC News - Cull 'cannot save' Tasmanian devil
  36. BBC Nature - Female flies' immune genes turned on by males' song
  37. ScienceShot: Why Female Lemurs Sleep Around - ScienceNOW
  38. BBC News - Monkeys' brain waves offer paraplegics hope
  39. BBC News - Comet's water 'like that of Earth's oceans'
  40. ScienceShot: Whisper While You Lurk - ScienceNOW
  41. Why Conservative White Males Are More Likely To Be Climate Skeptics: Scientific American
  42. BBC News - Crab Pulsar's high-energy beam surprises astronomers
  43. Did Mercury and Uranus Have a Rough Youth After All? - ScienceNOW
  44. ScienceShot: Crickets Risk Their Lives for Mates - ScienceNOW
  45. Double Impact: Did 2 Giant Collisions Turn Uranus on Its Side?: Scientific American
  46. Slime Molds - Ancient, Alien and Sophisticated - NYTimes.com
  47. Really? The Claim: Yawning Cools the Brain - NYTimes.com
  48. BBC News - Ultraviolet light shone on cold winter conundrum
  49. BBC News - Brain 'rejects negative thoughts'
  50. ScienceShot: Doggie Doolittles - ScienceNOW
  51. Deciphering the Brain's Autofocus Mechanism - ScienceNOW
  52. Happy 15th, ScienceNOW! - ScienceNOW
  53. An Upside to Envy, and a New Reason for That Commandment - NYTimes.com
  54. How sugar molecules secretly shaped human evolution
  55. BBC News - Tiny fossil teeth re-write rodent record
  56. How Our Brains Turn Women Into Objects: Scientific American
  57. Snails Ship Out on Scrambled Eggs - ScienceNOW
  58. BBC Nature - Piranhas communicate with sound, say researchers
  59. Pluto Might Be the Largest Dwarf Planet, After All | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network
  60. BBC News - The shifting face of a 200-million-year-old mystery
  61. Brain growth predicts IQ in preterm babies - Health - Children's health - msnbc.com
  62. Zoned-out rats may give clue to consciousness - life - 12 October 2011 - New Scientist
  63. African Cave Yields Evidence of a Prehistoric Paint Factory - NYTimes.com
  64. New Swedish Fellowship Program Aims to Give Young Researchers a Leg Up - ScienceInsider
  65. Doubled Gene Means Extra Smarts - Science News
  66. African Cave Yields Evidence of a Prehistoric Paint Factory - NYTimes.com
  67. BBC News - FBI’s DNA database upgrade plans come under fire
  68. BBC Nature - 'Criminal' penguin caught on film
  69. Gender Render: Male or Female? Just Look at the Skull: Scientific American
  70. The Language Fossils Buried in Every Cell of Your Body | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine
  71. Possibility Is Thrust of 100-Year Starship Study - NYTimes.com
  72. Clues About Early Diets Found in Fossilized Teeth - NYTimes.com
  73. From Telomeres to the Origins of Life - NYTimes.com
  74. It’s Complicated - When Dragonfly Love Comes Calling - NYTimes.com
  75. Warming Revives Old Dream of Sea Route in Russian Arctic - NYTimes.com
  76. BBC Nature - Killer whales make waves to hunt seals
  77. Giant Pandas Beat Meat-Eating Heritage with Specialized Microbes: Scientific American

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Medicine  Top, ScienceMedicineTechnology

  1.  Testing for Disease, for Under a Penny, Using Bits of Paper - NYTimes.com
  2. In Thailand, an Innovative Fight Against Cervical Cancer - NYTimes.com
  3. Coffee Drinking Linked to Less Depression in Women - NYTimes.com
  4. The Small Fixes Challenge - NYTimes.com
  5. Small Fixes - A Household Shower From Hardware-Store Staples - NYTimes.com
  6. BBC News - Drug 'aids albino people's sight'
  7. BBC News - Cancer cost 'crisis' warning from oncologists
  8. Are Health Care Workers Who Decline Flu Shots Irresponsible?: Scientific American
  9. Imaging of traumatic brain injury patients swifter and safer with new technology at NIH, September 26, 2011 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  10. Maker of cognitive training game seeks FDA approval - health - 26 September 2011 - New Scientist
  11. NASA studies why some astronauts suffer vision problems during spaceflights - The Washington Post
  12. Health Insurers Seek Higher Premiums - NYTimes.com
  13. How Exercise Can Strengthen the Brain - NYTimes.com
  14. How Exercise Can Strengthen the Brain - NYTimes.com
  15. Reebok to Pay $25 Million Over Toning Shoe Claims - NYTimes.com
  16. BBC News - Targeted back pain care 'cheaper and better for patients'
  17. BBC News - Targeted back pain care 'cheaper and better for patients'
  18. BBC News - Plastic surgeons warn over 'stem-cell' breast surgery
  19. BBC News - Leek and potato soil linked to E. coli outbreak
  20. A Scramble for Solutions as a Hip Device Fails - NYTimes.com
  21. Questioning the Claims of Toning Sneakers - NYTimes.com
  22. BBC News - Mexico court upholds Baja California abortion stance
  23. ‘You are either having a stroke or you have Bells palsy’ - The Washington Post
  24. Do we choose pain medication over anti-depressants? | The White Noise, Scientific American Blog Network
  25. 'Autistic' mice created – and treated - health - 29 September 2011 - New Scientist
  26. Epigenetic clue to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - health - 30 September 2011 - New Scientist
  27. With More Doctorates in Health Care, a Fight Over a Title - NYTimes.com
  28. Stuck in Bed for 19 Months, at Hospital’s Expense - NYTimes.com
  29. Blue Shield of California Won’t Cover Breast Cancer Drug - NYTimes.com
  30. The Small Fixes Challenge - NYTimes.com
  31. BBC News - Beta blockers 'may stop breast cancer spreading'
  32. A Vaccine Against Smoking or Cocaine? It’s in the Works. - NYTimes.com
  33. How to Steer Toward the Path of Least Treatment - NYTimes.com
  34. BBC News - Fair-skinned people may need extra vitamin D
  35. Talk Therapy Eases Severe Schizophrenia, Study Shows - NYTimes.com
  36. Hoping to Crack Alzheimer’s, Together as a Family - NYTimes.com
  37. Stem Cell Research Shows Promise - NYTimes.com
  38. Rick Martin Had Disease Related to Brain Trauma - NYTimes.com
  39. BBC News - Human 'cloning' makes embryonic stem cells
  40. An Egg-Citing Recipe for Human Stem Cells - ScienceNOW
  41. Quick Study: Lifelong music training may help stave off hearing loss - The Washington Post
  42. U.S. Panel Advises Against Routine Prostate Test - NYTimes.com
  43. Trying Out New Ways to Deliver Health Care - NYTimes.com
  44. Report Shows Rise in E.R. Visits for Concussions Among Young - NYTimes.com
  45. BBC News - Severe hypoglycaemia cause found
  46. Sex-Crazed Astrologer Was a Stellar Records Keeper - ScienceNOW
  47. Loss of Libido and Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Sleep Apnea - NYTimes.com
  48. California Bans Indoor Tanning for Minors - NYTimes.com
  49. BBC News - Vitamins linked with higher death risk in older women
  50. Questions Surround Effort to Prevent H.I.V. With Antiretroviral Drugs - NYTimes.com
  51. Professor’s Response to a Stutterer - Don’t Speak - NYTimes.com
  52. Treatment for Trauma From Brain Injuries Needs More Study, Panel Says - NYTimes.com
  53. Forced Exercise's Effects on the Brain - NYTimes.com
  54. BBC News - 'First ever' fall in global TB
  55. BBC News - Bill Gates India scheme 'spared 100,000 from HIV'
  56. BBC News - Glasgow surgeon using ultrasound to treat fractures
  57. Tip Off: Solving the Curious Case of the Missing Fingerprints: Scientific American
  58. Scientists Sequence Genome of Ancient Plague Bacterium - NYTimes.com
  59. BBC News - Gene therapy and stem cells unite
  60. BBC News - Raw vegetables and fruit 'counteract heart risk genes'
  61. Pain underestimated by doctors for some patients - Health - CBC News
  62. Tip your protein balance to curb hunger pangs - health - 12 October 2011 - New Scientist
  63. Looking to Save Money, More Places Decide to Stop Fluoridating the Water - NYTimes.com
  64. Young Blood to the Rescue - ScienceNOW
  65. More teens using condoms, federal survey shows - The Checkup - The Washington Post
  66. USA gymnastics injuries: The United States women keep winning gold, but at what cost? - Slate Magazine
  67. Long-Term Care Program Cut From Health Law - NYTimes.com
  68. BBC News - Obesity 'worse for teen girls' blood pressure'
  69. BBC News - DNA sequenced of woman who lived to 115
  70. Medical Apps to Assist With Diagnoses Cleared by F.D.A. - NYTimes.com
  71. Giving placebos such as reiki to cancer patients does more harm than good | Edzard Ernst | Science | guardian.co.uk
  72. BBC News - Low birthweight 'linked to autism', says US study
  73. Death of Phoenix Player Raises Questions - NYTimes.com
  74. Vitals - New ADHD guidelines: Kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed
  75. BBC News - Enzyme 'switch' clue to infertility and miscarriage
  76. BBC News - America's child death shame
  77. Australian Man’s Illness Prompts Warning on Eating Slugs - NYTimes.com
  78. Shy teens might actually have social phobia - parenting - TODAY.com
  79. Separate Cancer Studies, but a Single Suspicion of Bacteria - NYTimes.com
  80. Really? The Claim: Yoga Can Help Manage Pain - NYTimes.com
  81. BBC News - Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade
  82. Why Is It Vital for a Trauma Victim to Remain Conscious? - NYTimes.com
  83. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Can Steal Youth - NYTimes.com
  84. Australian Man’s Illness Prompts Warning on Eating Slugs - NYTimes.com

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Technology  
  Top, ScienceMedicineTechnology
  1. Small Fixes - Solar Oven Outhouse for Safer Fertilizer - NYTimes.com
  2. Small Fixes - Folding Saris to Filter Cholera-Contaminated Water - NYTimes.com
  3. LifeStraw Saves Those Without Access to Clean Drinking Water - NYTimes.com
  4. Small Fixes - Poisoned Nectar Is a Double-Edged Delicacy for Mosquitoes - NYTimes.com
  5. A Way to Make Motor Fuel Out of Wood? Add Water - NYTimes.com
  6. Dealing With an Identity Hijacked on the Online Highway - NYTimes.com
  7. BBC News - India cap on text messages to deter tele-marketers
  8. BBC News - Virtual monkeys write Shakespeare
  9. BBC News - Coffee-powered car in speed bid
  10. Engineers to Rappel Down Cracked Washington Monument: Scientific American
  11. BBC News - Google helps put Dead Sea Scrolls online
  12. Simbol Materials Plans to Extract Lithium From Geothermal Plants - NYTimes.com
  13. Small Fixes - Self-Adjustable Eyeglass Lenses Bring Clearer Vision to Poor - NYTimes.com
  14. Companies See Opportunity in Stopping Cellphone Hackers - NYTimes.com
  15. Google Brings State-Of-The-Art Dynamic Layouts to Blogger - NYTimes.com
  16. BBC News - Fluorescing bacteria used to encode secret messages
  17. Something in the Way You Move: Cameras May Soon Recognize Criminals by Their Gait [Video]: Scientific American
  18. A Pipeline Divides Along Old Lines - Jobs Versus the Environment - NYTimes.com
  19. 2 Compact Cameras Move Closer to Perfection - David Pogue - NYTimes.com
  20. BBC News - Self-healing materials take cue from nature
  21. The Glory of Sweep Panorama - NYTimes.com
  22. Tips for Avoiding User Errors With Computers - NYTimes.com
  23. BBC News - 'Flying carpet' of conductive plastic takes flight
  24. BBC News - Smart cities get their own operating system
  25. BBC News - Rocket launches Chinese space lab
  26. Gasoline consumption; California; cars; pump prices - latimes.com
  27. U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae - NYTimes.com
  28. In the Post Office Crisis, a National Paralysis - NYTimes.com
  29. Unleash the Robot Dogs of War - NYTimes.com
  30. Deal Sites Have Fading Allure for Merchants - NYTimes.com
  31. BBC News - 3D learning tools positive for pupils, says study
  32. A U.S.-Backed Geothermal Plant in Nevada Struggles - NYTimes.com
  33. On Facebook, Recalling Neighborhoods as They Once Were - NYTimes.com
  34. BBC News - Samsung hobbles tablet to appease Apple
  35. Online textbooks moving into schools - The Washington Post
  36. BBC News - Android 'most popular' with smartphone buyers
  37. Genkai Nuclear Plant Shuts Down in Japan - NYTimes.com
  38. Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ Joins E-Book Revolution - NYTimes.com
  39. IPhone 4S Gets More Power, a Better Camera and Siri - NYTimes.com
  40. BBC News - HTC to release urgent privacy fix for smartphones
  41. Panel Doubts U.S. Biofuels Goals Will Be Reached - ScienceInsider
  42. New Report Urges U.S. to Fund Research on Geoengineering - ScienceInsider
  43. Xbox Is Now a TV Box - NYTimes.com
  44. Watching Stars Fall, Cellphone in Hand - NYTimes.com
  45. Smart-Home Systems Go Mainstream - NYTimes.com
  46. One Thing Facebook Can Never Do - Flickr Hits 200m Creative Commons Photos - NYTimes.com
  47. Steve Jobs: Imitated, Never Duplicated - NYTimes.com
  48. E.P.A. Proposes Easing Smog Rules - NYTimes.com
  49. Drone On: Will the FAA Open U.S. Skies to Unmanned Aircraft?: Scientific American
  50. Novel Methods Store Sunshine as Fuel: Scientific American
  51. Russia - Agency Finds Soyuz Fleet Clear of Fatal Defect - NYTimes.com
  52. HSN Tests Onscreen QR Codes to Encourage Sales - NYTimes.com
  53. Managing Your Bandwidth Use When Providers Start Charging - NYTimes.com
  54. Free Texting Apps Are Threat to Wireless Carriers - NYTimes.com
  55. Silver Treasure, Worth $18 Million, Found in North Atlantic - NYTimes.com
  56. Stanford Researcher Finds Lots of Leaky Web Sites - NYTimes.com
  57. iPhone 4S CPU Slower Than iPad 2, Still Faster Than All Android Phones - NYTimes.com
  58. BBC News - Fishing film nets documentary prize
  59. Smartphone Ultrasound Device Hits the Market: Scientific American
  60. Kohler’s Numi Is Everything One Wants in a Toilet, and a Lot More - NYTimes.com
  61. Mobile Devices Account for a Growing Portion of Web Traffic - NYTimes.com
  62. BBC News - Tablets turned into Braille keyboard by US researchers
  63. Rolling speed harmonization: How Colorado fights congestion on I-70. - Slate Magazine
  64. A Look at Apple's iCloud - NYTimes.com
  65. New Car Gadgets, Without the New Car - NYTimes.com
  66. Hydraulic Fracturing Brings Money, and Problems, to Pennsylvania - NYTimes.com
  67. BBC News - Nanotube yarns twist like muscles
  68. A Videocamera That Captures 360 Degrees of Action - NYTimes.com
  69. Math Drills for Children, via the (Aspirational) Smartphone - NYTimes.com
  70. How to Use Wi-Fi Securely - NYTimes.com
  71. BBC News - Sesame Street YouTube channel hit by porn hack
  72. U.S. Debated Cyberwarfare Against Libya - NYTimes.com
  73. Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing - NYTimes.com
  74. BBC News - Richard Branson dedicates Virgin Galactic spaceport
  75. BBC News - Coastal farm ban urged to protect wild fish stocks
  76. Can Iceland's Renewables Power the Web?: Scientific American




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