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The Circadian Rhythm: What Artificial Light is Doing to Your Body

Circadian, Circadian Rhythm

  Long-term exposure to artificial light weakens the body’s 24-hour circadian rhythm, says a new study published in Current Biology in July 2016 by Eliane A. Lucassen et al. In addition to disrupting the biological clock, continuous light deteriorates muscle strength, bone microstructure, and innate immune response. Allowing the body […]

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Glial Cells: How Learning and Memory May Be Preserved in the Brain

Glial, Glial Cells

  Learning and memory are acquired in the brain by long-term synaptic potentiation, a process consisting of consecutive, long-lasting increases in synaptic strength. Usually, this process results in runaway excitation of synapses and leads to imbalance and instability in neural network dynamics. After years of research on the acquisition of […]

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NASA: Climate Change Trends Break Records On Rising Temperature

NASA, NASA and Climate Change

  This September 13, 2016 the United Kingdom experienced the hottest day of the year with temperatures reaching 34.4C (93.9F). The BBC reported the temperature was recorded in Gravesend, Kent and it is the warmest September since 1911. In this article we exam the current stats on climate change, how the UK […]

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What Scientific Maturity Can Tell You About New Scientific Fields

Scientific Maturity, Maturity

Recent technological advances and moves toward hyper-specialization have led to the emergence of several new scientific fields and sub-fields. As these nascent fields have developed, they have been subjects of immense scrutiny. A primary threshold for true emergence is ‘scientific maturity’—a term that is given a considerable amount of weight, […]

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