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Maggie Clark
Attends Wilfrid Laurier University
Lived in Toronto, Ontario
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A more meditative take on endings this morning.
Beginnings are easy. Conclusions are something entirely different.
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Third time's a charm! My review of Snowpiercer. And now... coffee.
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I was about to file this under "self-evident study is self-evident" until I noticed that the intensity, consistency, and duration of the runs needed to achieve these improved health outcomes were much more variable than we might think. The self-evident component is still "be active and your body will thank you for it" but the rest should be reassuring to folks trying to make everyday life changes for the better.
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The music is sappy, so turn it off if need be, but the underlying point is critical: Human beings are not the only creatures who need friends and can be deeply wounded by their loss. The last pig farm in Toronto was just recently closed, while The Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness maintains strong support within the scientific community. I hope in our lifetimes we continue to see extensions of compassion to the rest of the animal kingdom... destructively parasitic species aside, because everyone knows wasps and ringworms are just jerks.
Animals have the ability to form friendships and feel deep emotions, just like us.  Animal Place took in a rescued…
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After watching this Godzilla movie, I went for a walk and within fifteen minutes had to put a stop to a fistfight that started feet from me in downtown Kitchener (by threatening to and then calling the cops, although they didn't arrive fast enough to stop one of the dudes from downing the other). Clearly this means that monster movies are good for one's sense of civic duty - another reason you should watch this one!
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Clever work-around!
A novel way of measuring a photon’s location allows physicists to measure its momentum, too—a feat once thought impossible ;
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It's a bit unfortunate that the popsci 'either/or' version the uncertainty principle is perpetuated in the news story (since in reality it's merely that increased certainty in one means decreased certainty in the other), but the science of the article is definitely interesting :).
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This part of science is really important, too: the part where ensuing peer-review comes to a consensus that corrects original findings. In this case, the cranial volume first associated with H. flores could not be replicated in repeat measurements, the new cranial volume falls within a normative range for existent species, and left-right facial asymmetry, a common marker for growth disorders, strongly suggests that the height originally extrapolated from the thighbone was also off. So... no hobbitses here! Just more evidence that humans have been at risk of severe birth defects for thousands upon thousands of years.
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Researchers have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events. The study is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it by stimulating nerves in the brain at frequencies that are known to weaken and strengthen the connections between nerve cells, called synapses.
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A few weeks ago I read a study where scientists created a transgenic mouse with an optic fibre implant, so that they could shut off gamma activity in the hippocampal-entorhinal circuit by flashing a light, and so take away the mouse's ability to make accurate choices in a maze. Now we're meddling with primate choices on a neuronal level (not that we really need to; there's plenty in our environments that unwittingly skews our sense of "choice" already - from smells that shift our politics, to groupthink behaviours that can influence our decisions for days). Certainly attests to the idea that we're material beings to the core, our actions determined by a complex interplay of biochemical priming and immediate context... but also pretty unnerving!
When electrical pulses are applied to the ventral tegmental area of their brain, macaques presented with two images change their preference from one image to the other. The study is the first to confirm a causal link between activity in the ventral tegmental area and choice behavior in primates.
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Neil Gaiman, author of many fantastical worlds, is now working in a world that shouldn't exist. Help him preserve the stories of Syrian refugees.
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Literary recluse, life-long scholar, writer of speculative fiction
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    English Lit, present
  • University of Waterloo
    Political Science & English Lit
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