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Banking on lies

Banking industry culture promotes deception
Mon 24 Nov 21:52

The world is still recovering from the devastating effects of the massive economic recession that occurred in 2008. Recently, Germany breathed with relief as it narrowly avoided returning to recession. This recent recession, considered to be one of the worst in history since the Great Depression, has produced huge income inequalities across North America.

Since economic scams perpetrated by some of the world's biggest banks were instrumental in the collapse of the global economy, it is not surprising that the business culture in the financial industry is met with increasing skepticism and mistrust worldwide. What is even more interesting is that, science has now provided new evidence linking business...

The need for a water revolution

Water, a precious commodity
Tue 28 Oct 12:08
Everyone needs water in sufficient quantity and portable quality to live a healthy life. The many uses of water, Agricultural, domestic, power generation, quenching thirsty and leisure activities - are related to the economic, social mental and physical health of the world's population. Almost two (2) billion people drink water you wouldn't use to wash your car or clothes. Another 1.4 billion wish they had that water to drink. In many parts of the world, getting enough water to survive is a daily crisis. The magnet of attraction of people to water has no "like" and "unlike" poles- both sides...

We see what we want to see

Wed 08 Oct 23:58

  We all live in world of information overload. Our visual and auditory senses are constantly bombarded with an abundance of data that needs to be parsed! Often times our brain processes information way too quickly with too little data. So given a colossal amount of noisy and chaotic information, how does one make up his/her mind? A global team of scientists along with Dr. Quiroga as the lead author, from the Center for Systems Neuroscience at the University of Leicester, has tried to answer this question using a very unique visual experiment. 
However, the scientists were faced with a lot...

Making the brain say, "I love Kale!"

Brain can be trained to actually prefer healthy foods
Wed 10 Sep 22:48
Tempted to order dessert after dinner even though you know you shouldn't? Well, you are certainly not an exception! Most of us at some point in our lives have been victims of irresistible fried foods and decadent desserts. But what if you could train your brain to drool over kale instead of cake and baked chips instead of French fries? Sounds incredible right? Not quite impossible, says Dr. Susan Roberts from Tufts University, who along with her team of researchers, has recently, shown that you can train your brain to actually prefer healthy foods!

How did the scientists conduct their study?...

Beware: Brain scans don't lie!

Can brain scan predict public preferences?
Thu 07 Aug 14:32
Have you noticed, when you watch a movie, a favorite scene seems to be favorited by everyone around you or a commercial that you like is also very popular because several people like it? Is it possible, while we pride ourselves in being unique, that we react the same way? This suggestion would be great news for advertisers because that would mean they have hit on the oh-so-elusive formula for selling products to people! This is because advertisers have a problem of predictability. It is hard to forecast beforehand how popular an advertisement would be. The advertising industry has to depend on...

Are we averse to thinking?

Thinking is a choice you must train
Tue 15 Jul 22:06
Do you enjoy sitting in solitude and thinking by yourself without fidgeting with your smartphone every few minutes? If your answer is no, do not worry, as it turns out you are not alone! A recent study published in the journal of Science by Dr. Timothy D. Wilson and his team from University of Virginia, shows that people prefer doing mundane activities as opposed to thinking!

One is virtually never alone in this day and age of incessant external inputs via Facebook and Twitter. As a result, perhaps not so surprisingly this study reports statistics from a recent survey that finds 83% of...

Sleep more to learn more

Learning is better if we sleep more hours.
Thu 12 Jun 03:23
Someone once remarked -"I say you work for eight hours and you sleep for eight hours-be sure they are not the same eight hours"! It turns out that recent scientific finding supports the theory that sleep is very vital for learning and memory.

One doesn't have to oversell the beauty of sleep. But in case you need hard evidence, past studies have shown a good night's sleep could solidify memories. Imagine sleeping after visiting a beautiful place and waking up with it etched in your memory ! On the other hand, less or disturbed sleep makes learning and retaining memories difficult. New research...

And now...Alzheimer's in a dish

Alzeihmer patient
Thu 23 Oct 00:27
Alzheimer's is a common form of dementia that is irreversible and slowly but progressively destroys thinking and memory skills. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 35 million people living with Alzheimer's worldwide and that this number could double within the next couple of decades. Treating and caring for people with this neurodegenerative disease can be a very expensive affair and also prove to be emotionally taxing on the caregivers. As a result, a search for cure that detects symptoms and alleviates the problems caused by Alzheimer's assumes a lot of importance. However,...

The gray matter of Risk

King of Gamblers, 1937 movie directed by Robert Florey, main character played by Akim Tamiroff
Mon 22 Sep 20:03
Do you feel the adrenaline rush kick in when you are sitting at the roulette table in a casino at Las Vegas? Or do your better instincts prevail with a sense of foreboding, warning against gambling away your hard earned money? Well, believe it or not, your brain scan may predict which category you belong to! New research from a global scientific collaboration, led by Dr. Ifat Levy at the Yale School of Medicine shows that, a picture speaks a thousand words! And in this case- about your personality. Specifically, the scientists address, how big of a risk taker are you?

Now, how did the...

Here comes the sun, little darling!

Sun exposing is better for our health
Wed 27 Aug 00:46
Ever heard of the "sick building syndrome"? Yes, you heard it right! What happens in this syndrome is that the building occupants experience increasing discomfort depending on how long they spend inside the building. Sick building syndrome (SHO), a term coined by the World Health Organization, was on the rise in 1970s. This led to not only growing media attention but it also captured the fancy of scientists. The current paper led by Dr. Boubekri from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the first studies, to examine a relationship between impact of daylight at the workplace (or...

Nature versus nurture: What matters in infant brain development?

New discovery shows a critical role of mother´s presence and grooming in infant brain development
Fri 25 Jul 20:42
Washington Irving wisely remarked, "A mother's love endures through all". True to this adage, new discovery by scientists at Langone School of Medicine, Emotional Brain Institute and Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research based in New York led by senior investigator Dr. Regina Sullivan shows a critical role of mother's presence and grooming in key stages of infant brain development!

Our brain is comprised of several cell circuits similar to an electrical circuit. Just like an improper wiring could lead to a catastrophic electrical failure, so could improper wiring of neural...

Wired for imagination

New research
Sat 05 Jul 01:38

Have you wondered what makes Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Ludwig van Beethoven so different from you and me? Does it imply that people with artistically creative skill sets like writers, musicians, singers etc. have anything in common? One would naïvely guess not so much ! But it turns out that "experts" with varying skill sets, have their brains wired quite similarly. This is what new research led by Dr. Martin Lotze and his team from University of Greifswald, Germany suggests using brain scans.

How do the researchers investigate their theory ? The neuroscientists set an experiment...

Scientists Explain Why Snails Have A Twisted Shell

Snails, as some other gastropods, have coiled shells, Dpp protein seems to be the clue
Fri 13 Sep 02:05
Molecules called morphogens control the shapes of organisms. One morphogen, Dpp, makes most snail shells coil to the right as described in a recent report in the journal EvoDevo. Snails belong to the taxonomic class Gastropoda, the most diverse group of molluscs, originating during the Cambrian period about 500 million years ago. Some gastropods, like snails, have coiled shells while others, like limpets, do not. The uneven distribution of the morphogenic (or shape-determining) protein Dpp is the explanation.
Dpp, the gene carrying the info for making the Dpp protein, (christened...

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