Psychologist calls for game designers to be more aware of addiction – Even Astronauts Get The Blues – Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

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Today's Science

March 15 - 2016

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"The addiction is based on the desire for rewards. Most games offer fixed rewards, such as points for scoring or upgrade economies for good play. Other games offer variable rewards, such as loot drops and rare spawn items, that are more like jackpot wins, and that can encourage compulsion and addiction."

Colin Campbell in Polygon on:

Psychologist calls for F2P game designers to be more aware of addiction dangers

GDC talk focuses on games that encourage "unhealthy behavior"

TWO

"One way NASA is trying to spice things up? By quite literally, giving the astronauts spices, and letting them do some of their own cooking."

NPR on:

Even Astronauts Get The Blues

Or Why Boredom Drives Us Nuts

THREE

"This conspiracy among prime numbers seems, at first glance, to violate a longstanding assumption in number theory: that prime numbers behave much like random numbers."

Erica Klarreich in Quanta Magazine on:

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave.

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"Most published scientific findings are false. Take a moment to digest that. If you think that sounds like something a conspiracy theorist might say, you’d be right."

Simon Oxenham in PrimeMind on:

IS MOST SCIENCE NEWS BULLSHIT?

Our reverence for science has led to a culture of "new findings" and sensationalistic headlines

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"In the new study, the MIT team found that cancer cells follow the trail of fibronectin, a protein that is part of the “extracellular matrix” that provides support for surrounding cells."

Anne Trafton in MIT-News on:

Paving the way for metastasis

Cancer cells remodel their environment to make it easier to reach nearby blood vessels.

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"Research has also shown that there are benefits for the community, that they reduce the public drug use and discarded needles associated with injection drug use and in fact they do not increase criminal activity in areas where they are located."

Jake Kivanç in Vice on:

Safe Injection Sites Are Likely on Their Way to Toronto

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"Dogs were used in a number of key diabetes and anemia studies in the 1920s. And dogs are still the preferred model animal for hemophilia research. But the canine hasn’t been as popular among scientists of late."

Arielle Duhaime-Ross in The Verge on:

Doggie DNA startup wants to learn about human diseases from dog drool

Embark’s tests will inform owners about their dog’s disease risk and ancestry

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"It would have to be soluble so it could be taken by mouth. It would start working fairly quickly, and it wouldn't diminish libido. It would be safe even if taken for decades. And because some users would eventually want to have children, its impact on fertility would be reversible, with no lingering ill effects on sperm or embryos. "

Science Daily on:

A step toward a birth control pill for men

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"This discovery had two significant implications: at least one individual buried in the Sima de los Huesos site was a) not directly related to Neanderthals, and b) was instead directly related to the Denisovans, but existed hundreds of thousands of years earlier than the Denisovans themselves."

Science Alert on:

The oldest human genome ever has been sequenced, and it could rewrite our history

Time for a new family tree?

TEN

"There will be a lot of growth in the upcoming years, but the industry is also still under attack, which is something that people need to remember."

Johnny Green in TheWeedBlog on:

Marijuana Industry Impact Projected To Grow To 44 Billion By 2020

+ '“The bees that produce the cannahoney are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system,”'

CS Globe on:

Someone Figured out How to Train Bees to Make Honey from Cannabis

 

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