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Do You Get The "Violet Or Purple" Blues?

November 17, 2016 - 3:36pm
Do you find that you camera is not registering violet correctly?  Flowers that are more violet in appearance are coming out blue, while some purple flowers come out all right.  In the picture below, the daisy and the pansy to the right appear more or less correct while the pansies at centre and left may appear more or less “true blue” depending on which camera.  This is discussed in the YouTube -->

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If You Must Smoke, Red Wine Before May Prevent Short Term Vascular Damage

November 16, 2016 - 12:01pm
You should not smoke cigarettes and if you already do, you should stop. Though the U.S. FDA has damaged the smoking cessation possibilities for current users, and California has outright subsidized cigarette companies with punitive taxes on vaping, there may still be ways to limit the destructive potential of cigarettes: Red wine.
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Molluscs May Provide Chemical Reproduction Insight Beyond Endocrine Disruptor Hype

November 16, 2016 - 12:01pm
A new test with molluscs - freshwater mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) - may enable manufacturers of chemicals and drugs to check their products for harmful effects on reproduction, and avoid the hype and scaremongering of environmental groups. 
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Marijuana Could Help Treat Drug Addiction, Says Psychologist

November 16, 2016 - 11:20am
Though any potential benefits of marijuana are unknown - claims are anecdotal and no different than the claims about kratom or acupuncture - a group is contending that it can nonetheless help with the other popular buzz term of 2016: Opioid addiction. 

But there is a caveat. The determination in Clinical Psychology Review was made by a systematic review. If homeopaths want to show that homeopathy works, they simply do a review of homeopathy papers. That doesn't mean it works and so another review won't do much to assuage fears that marijuana addiction is trading one problem for another - in this case, toxic chemicals inhaled in smoke for pain relief that may not be evident.
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Not Schizophrenia: 'Personalized Medicine' As Ideal In Treatment Of Psychiatric Disturbances

November 16, 2016 - 3:08am
Though DSM-5 is considered nothing more than a glossary by the National Institute of Mental Health, it continues to be used as a diagnostic tool by clinical practitioners. As a result, Psychiatric disturbances are all too often diagnosed as schizophrenia. ‘Personalized medicine’ may offer the solution.

The symptoms that we define as ‘schizophrenia’ are among the most serious that can befall a person. In the international literature schizophrenia is no longer regarded as a single illness, but as a group of separate conditions, some of which have yet to be defined. A public debate has grown up on this issue, and there are a number of people who support the statement that 'schizophrenia' doesn't actually exist.'
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HOPE Or Wishful Thinking When It Comes To Probation

November 16, 2016 - 2:50am
In the criminal justice community, the community supervision approach known as Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has generated widespread enthusiasm when it comes to substance use, violations, new arrests, and revocations to prison, but a new study casts doubt that HOPE versus probation as usual (PAU) is doing anything but saving money.
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A Colloquium At Northwestern

November 14, 2016 - 8:43am
Back to my office in Padova, I am looking back at last week's travel around the US and the two talks I delivered at SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) and Northwestern University. 

The event at SLAC was an experimental seminar. Due to a clash with a "Higgs coupling" workshop that was taking place at the same time, it did not attract a very large audience. Still, it was quite nice to meet a few of the SLAC scientists there, and in particular to chat with Stan Brodsky, a well-known theorist whom I had met in Valparaiso earlier this year. I am also grateful to Brandon Eberly, my host at SLAC, who took care of welcoming me there and introducing the seminar.
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US In Crisis Jews In Fear Dear Donald Trump

November 14, 2016 - 5:58am
The current crisis in the US is of profound significance!!! This is not a mere economic or environmental crisis; it is not even a mere political crisis. This crisis is about the fundamentals of our social systems’ perception. Especially in a society that follows a democratic doctrine, media belong vitally to the perception apparatus of the social systems. Here is something almost none of you – NONE I say! – properly understand: You may be already aware of that there is a deep problem if the established media and intellectuals, that is precisely those that the society relies on to know better, to be their objective guide, is unable to see reality, for example the fact of that Donald Trump was winning all along. -->

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Epigenetic Predictors Of Ovarian Cancer

November 11, 2016 - 3:45pm

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological malignancy., the seventh most common cancer in women and the 18th most common cancer overall, with over 200,000 new cases worldwide each year.

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Normative Order & The Social Psychology Of Successful Degradation Ceremonies

November 10, 2016 - 6:16pm

In the mid-twentieth century, a social psychologist by the name of Harold Garfinkle (1965) wrote an article titled “Conditions of Successful Degradation Ceremonies.” This became one of those articles – one of those stand-out pieces that becomes a signpost for a way of looking at the world. Now largely subsumed under the rubric of Social Identity Theory in psychology, there is a sizeable literature of twentieth century social psychology that issued forth from peculiarly sociological camps.

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The Alps Are Growing

November 10, 2016 - 2:56pm

The Alps are steadily "growing" by about one to two millimeters per year. Likewise, the formerly glaciated subcontinents of North America and Scandinavia are also undergoing constant upward movement.

This is due to the fact that at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) about 18,000 years ago the glaciers melted and with this the former heavy pressure on the Earth's surface diminished. The ice reacted rapidly to climate change at that time whereas the Earth's crust is still responding today to this relatively sudden melting of ice. During the LGM the Alps were also coated with an ice cap that temporarily reached far into the alpine foreland.

The extent of glaciation was much smaller here than on the subcontinents of North America and Scandinavia.


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Formaldehyde Forms During Chemical Breakdown Of E-Cigarette Flavors

November 10, 2016 - 2:43pm

Atmospheric scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) have turned their attention toward the growing e-cigarette industry and found that toxic aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, are formed during the chemical breakdown of the flavored e-liquid during the rapid heating process (pyrolysis) that occurs inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Since the dose makes the poison, is this a concern? Not really, but in the modern world of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hazard assessments, risk has become irrelevant and the presence of any compound, even in trace levels, is declared carcinogenic if the levels are within seven orders of magnitude, so 10,000,000 to 1.


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Affirmative Action Or Racist Regression: Help Lisa Fight Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 - 7:06am
The following is truthfully reporting a conversation between Lovely Liberal Lisa from the sociology department, a stupid Donald Trump follower in the mathematics department, and a Heil Hitler screaming Nazi, the stupid Donald Trump lover’s secret best friend, as it actually happened in the stupid Donald Trump lover’s office:

Heil Hitler Screaming Nazi: Heil Hitler! Congratulations to your victory! Our victory!

Stupid Donald Trump Follower: Hey, what the FiretrUCK, don’t do that. The walls have ears.

Heil Hitler Screaming Nazi: But The Donald has won! Free speech again. Let’s turn on the gas!
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PESD - If You Have Post Election Stress Disorder, Here Are 5 Things To Do

November 8, 2016 - 8:37pm

This election season, people have been blocking and un-friending those on “the other side”, families have been arguing, it's been a lot of stress. Tonight, one side may feel the stress associated with the loss and Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York City-based licensed clinical psychologist and teaching faculty member at Columbia University Teacher’s College has a term for it - Post Election Stress Disorder.

And some thoughts on the signs of such Post Election Stress Disorder and what to do about it. 

1. Upset stomach

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