Enzymes From The Deep – Microbes Can Play Games With The Mind – There Are No Laws Of Attraction

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Today's Science

March 24 - 2016

ONE

"Since the discovery of its structure in 1953, the approximate method used to copy DNA has been obvious."

Nava Whiteford in Hackaday on:

ENZYMES FROM THE DEEP – THE POLYMERASE

TWO

"By tinkering with the gut’s bacterial residents, scientists have changed the behavior of lab animals and small numbers of people. "

Laura Sanders in ScienceNews on:

Microbes can play games with the mind

THREE

"Deciding when and how to disclose intimate information to a new partner is an important part of every romantic relationship and can be the difference between an honest, healthy relationship or a closed, stunted one."

Viren Swami in Quartz on:

There are no “laws of attraction,”

but there are some scientific principles to dating

FOUR

"For Parkinson’s patients, if versions of drugs like pramipexole could be developed to skip the nucleus accumbens and focus on brain areas responsible for movement, “it would be a much more effective therapy,” Dr. Phillips said."

Pam Belluck in The New York Times on:

Risky Rats Give Clues on Brain Circuitry Behind Taking a Chance

FIVE

"Personal prosperity and professional success coincide, and this elision became a staple of the genre. The secrets of success in business are the secrets of success in life."

Louis Menand in The New Yorker on:

The Life Biz

How to succeed at work and at home.

SIX

"If anything, we could be heading for a hive-mind state, a collective organism more akin to a termite colony or a set of squirmy naked mole-rats."

Caleb Scharf in Aeon on:

Where do minds belong?

Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons

SEVEN

"Only a rarefied few have jobs for which working from home or on off-hours is even a possibility."

Rebecca J. Rosen in The Atlantic on:

How Can the U.S. Make Life Less Draining for Workers?

The problem isn’t so much not having it all, but having way too much.

EIGHT

"The researchers were also able to confirm the presence of 17 viral fragments that previously identified by scientists. "

Jeanne Rife in NH Voice on:

19 new-pieces of non-human DNA in genomes of modern humans found

NINE

"Studies with twins have suggested anxiety disorders may run in families."

Kathleen Heins SafeBee on:

What to Do if You Have a Panic Attack

8 ways to reclaim your calm

TEN

"It’s just that excitement suggests that this potentially uncertain future is something to look forward to, whereas anxiety suggests it’s something to be feared."

Melissa Dahl in Science of Us on:

You’re Excited, Not Nervous.

You Just Keep Telling Yourself That.

ELEVEN

"Moving the testicles indoors would save men the pain of getting hit in the nuts."

Chip Rowe in Nautilus on:

Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body

From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions.

TWELVE

"When used in conjunction with human interaction – a caring doctor who takes the time to listen and identify a solution, a nutritionist who’s warm, respectful and concerned – to what extent might that effect be amplified? Could this account for some of the “miracle” recoveries?"

Mosaic on:

Eat to treat

We know that our diet has a huge influence on our health, but is it possible to use food as medicine for a specific disease? Emma Young, who has type 2 diabetes, is sceptical but intrigued.

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