Thursday, February 18, 2010

Research Behind the News: Frail Pharoah Tut

The News: A frail King Tut died from malaria, broken leg. Egypt's most famous pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, was a frail boy who suffered from a cleft palate and club foot. He died of complications from a broken leg exacerbated by malaria and his parents were most likely brother and sister. (Read more in the Feb 16th Guardian Online)

The Research:
Read the research behind this story in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol. 303 No. 7, February 17, 2010, p. 638-47.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Research News: Faster internet possibilities, among other things

The News: A new, more efficient low-cost microring resonator for high speed telecommunications systems has been developed and tested by Professor Roberto Morandotti's INRS team in collaboration with Canadian, American, and Australian researchers. This technological advance capitalizes on the benefits of optical fibers to transmit large quantities of data at ultra-fast speeds. Read more in ScienceDaily.

The Research:
Read the research behind this story "CMOS-compatible integrated optical hyper-parametric oscillator" by L. Razzari, D. Duchesne, M. Ferrera, R. Morandotti, S. Chu, B. E. Little & D. J. Moss in Nature Photonics 4, 41 - 45 (2009).

Research News: Neural basis of spirituality

The News: New research provides fascinating insight into brain changes that might underlie alterations in spiritual and religious attitudes. More in ScienceDaily (Feb. 11, 2010)

The Research:
Read the research behind this story "The Spiritual Brain: Selective Cortical Lesions Modulate Human Self-Transcendence", by Cosimo Urgesi, Salvatore M. Aglioti, Miran Skrap and Franco Fabbro in Neuron, Volume 65, Issue 3, 11 February 2010, Pages 309-319.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Is There an Ecological Unconscious?

The News: A branch of psychology says that there is-- and that ignoring it puts not just the planet but also our minds at risk... (read more in the New York Times Magazine, from 31 Jan 10)

The Research:
Read some of the research behind this story in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 28, Issue 2, June 2008, Pages 192-199