Because I have a life….3

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Ethics, Life as a post-doc, Policy, Science

No long blog post for me this week. I’ve been working like crazy to get my final research paper submitted, get my dissertation to my reading committee, and prepare for the Serotonin Club Meeting in France (I leave next Sunday) that I will be attending and giving a talk at (yikes!). I leave next Sunday and am gone through July 17th, so the next few weeks may also be devoid of blog posts, but I promise an update on the conference once I return. For now, here are the research reports and news articles I found interesting this week, enjoy!

From ScienceInsider, “A U.S. federal appeals court has delivered a decisive defeat to states and industry groups that had challenged the scientific and legal underpinnings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the federal Clean Air Act.”

Editorial published in Nature  regarding the recent Rio+20 conference.

From SciDev.Net, “The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has agreed to set up an international scientific advisory board to provide him with guidance on science-related issues, and enable him to provide advice to UN member states on such issues.”

NatureNews blog describing the recent audit of controversial stem-cell therapeutic company Celltex Therapeutics Corporation by the US Food and Drug Administration.

NatureNews blog reporting on a recent article in Fish and Fisheries that found that while the fishing power (power of fishing vessels) has increased, boats are now catching less for the same amount of effort, suggesting that this resource is in decline.’_vaccinations

Article in ScienceNews discussing a recent report in Pediatrics which finds that more and more parents in the Portland, OR area are delaying their children’s immunization schedules.

Review published in NatureNeuroscience titled “The neuroscience of race”.

Recent study in Biological Psychiatry of 200 young adult college students (Yale University) suggests that higher levels of ventral striatum (a brain region important for reward and reward based decision-making) reactivity may be protective against stress exposure.

Recent report titled, State of Canada’s Birds 2012. “This report summarizes the status of Canada’s bird populations, both nationally and individually, for each of eight major regions of the country…The results point to the strong influences of human activity on birds, both positive and negative. This report also identifies threats to birds and offers solutions to keep common birds common and restore threatened species.

Talking Points Memo IdeaLab article on a recent report in Nature Climate Change titled “Hotspot of accelerated sea-level rise on the Atlantic coast of North America.” The article states, “A new U.S. Geological Survey report published Sunday says that rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along parts of the U.S. east coast than they are globally.” This news is especially scary based on the refusal of many East Coast Republicans in states like Virginia and North Carolina to believe in or accept terms like “sea level rise” and “climate change.”

Talking Points Memo article dealing with the Texas GOP’s 2012 party platform. The platform, in addition to  “accidentally” includes the opposition of teaching critical thinking skills in the classroom.

Article appearing in the Seattle Times discussing recent advances in the field of animal cognition. “The evidence that animals are more intelligent and more social than we thought seems to grow each year, especially when it comes to primates.”

From the Seattle Times, “A $1.5 million study by the state Department of Natural Resource to see whether current logging restrictions were reducing landslides is more than two years behind schedule as scientists argue over the report’s conclusions.”

Article from NPR’s Health Blog discussing the FDA approval of Belviq, a new drug from Arean Pharmaceuticals that “suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin.”


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