Teflon Causes Cancer – Stem Cell Research – Saving Psychotherapy


Today's Science

March 07 - 2016


"Rats exposed to higher amounts of the chemical were more likely to give birth early and have babies that weighed less. Another study showed that female rats exposed to GenX reached puberty later than the unexposed animals."

Sharon Lerner from The Intercept on:


+ "But current regulations do not mandate that any particular health or safety studies be performed, and according to a 2007 report from the EPA, only 15 percent of new chemical notices contain any information about the materials’ impact on health. "

Additional piece from Sharon Lerner on:


How DuPont Concealed the Dangers of the New Teflon Toxin


"For example, says Proctor, many of the studies linking carcinogens in tobacco were conducted in mice initially, and the tobacco industry responded by saying that studies into mice did not mean that people were at risk, despite adverse health outcomes in many smokers."

Georgina Kenyon from BBC Future on:

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.


"Today, Mikkers is most interested in exploring the variables that make each tear dry differently. He sees this scientific aspect of the project as very important to the art."

Kate Groetzinger from Quartz on:

Painfully Pretty

Our liquid fingerprints: Micrograph photos reveal the unique beauty of tears


"We all have a limited supply of willpower, and it decreases with overuse. Eating a radish when you’re surrounded by fresh-baked cookies represents an epic feat of self-denial, and one that really wears you out."

Daniel Engber from Slate on:

Everything Is Crumbling

An influential psychological theory, borne out in hundreds of experiments, may have just been debunked. How can so many scientists have been so wrong?


"However, previous observations from stroke patients, who often suffer damage to the right side of their brains, have given clues that suggest large numbers and small numbers are handled on different sides of the brain."

Retrieved from PsyPost on:

Big and small numbers are processed in different sides of the brain


"The competition between psychotherapy and medication is pure David vs. Goliath. The drug industry is one if the most powerful and profitable, with billions to spend, able to push product aggressively with unscrupulous marketing."

Allen Frances in The Huffington Post on:

Saving Psychotherapy From the Medication Takeover


"Duolingo uses similar psychology to hook users. It has a progress bar on top which expands or shrinks depending on how you do on multiple choice challenges. This is rigged to keep you hooked with more positive reinforcement than you’ve probably earned in the early stages."

Malavika Velayanikal from TechInAsia on:

How this language learning app got 110 million users without spending a dollar on marketing


"The awards recognise the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of biomedical science."

Retrieved from The Telegraph on:

Wellcome Image Awards 2016

Winning images in science photo competition


"According to the researchers, this technique – which is described in Stem Cell Reports – could be of particular help in researching conditions that develop due to an abnormal number of chromosomes."

Peter Dockrill from ScienceAlert on:

Scientists have developed early stage human embryonic stem cells for the first time

A discovery decades in the making.


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I am a psychologist by training and by heart. Fascinated by all kinds of scientific endeavors, I try to share with the world what I find on a daily basis. While "BrainGrain" gives people some sweet shots of strong scientific news, "OneGrain" is just about being silly.

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