Really insightful article about about who owns academic research online.
Over half of all research, according to one study, is now published by the big five of academic publishing. To view research papers one has to go thru a paywall and pay for access to each research paper.
Most academic research is funded by Governmental Agencies. So the Taxed payers pay for the research to be done. Ask yourself this question: Since Tax Payer money funded the Academic Research, then should all resulting research papers be available to read for free?”
Video is courtesy of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation YouTube Channel
Unfortunately at present if you want to view the results and read the published research papers one has to pay the private publishers via website Paywalls to access the research papers.
A new alternative has appeared, that being Open Access: “free availability on the public internet,” Click on this line to visit PLOS ONE – an Open Access site
This really good article is about Alexandra Elbakyan, a gifted programmer, who setup Sci-Hub – a site where one can download research papers for free.
The major publishers of Academic Research papers make a fortune and see Open Access and Alexandra’s Sci-Hub as cutting into their profits and ability to Hoard ever More Money by raising prices. So they have sued Alexandra Elbakyan. The lawsuits have impacted Internet Service providers and some believe hinder a free and open Internet.
Click on this line to the visit The Verge website to read their article titled:
Back in 2007, the American Association for Cancer Research published Information about research which was presented at their annual meeting by
BIDMC, Harvard University, Boston, MA
The closing important paragraph from the Abstract published by the Cancer Research Journal is below:
Cumulatively, these studies indicate that THC has anti-tumorigenic and anti-metastatic effects against lung cancer. Novel therapies against EGFR overexpressing, aggressive and chemotherapy resistant lung cancers may include targeting the cannabinoids receptors.
Professor Matthew Walker PhD, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab discusses the latest discoveries about sleep and how it impacts our life, wellness, and lifespan.
Video is courtesy of the Talks at Google YouTube channel.
A new study has been published Mar 06 2018, in the Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal called Journal of the American Medical Association (or JAMA). The Study found that PSA test screening did not achieve its aim of diagnosing fast-growing cancers in time to treat them and prevent Deaths.
Video is courtesy of the University of Bristol YouTube Channel
Title: Effect of a Low-Intensity PSA-Based Screening Intervention on Prostate Cancer Mortality: The CAP Randomized Clinical Trial
Author: Martin, Richard M.; Donovan, Jenny L.
Publisher: American Medical Association
Date: Mar 6, 2018
There were men who were tested and the PSA Test found that they had a High PSA. Of those who agreed to further treatment during the study, some men were seriously harmed by treatment. There were 8 deaths in the screening group related to either the biopsy or prostate cancer treatment and 7 in the control group.
Click on this Link to the study published In JAMA on on Mar 06 2018 and titled “Effect of a Low-Intensity PSA-Based Screening Intervention on Prostate Cancer MortalityThe CAP Randomized Clinical Trial“.
Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College Of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology where he develops and tests Metabolic Therapies, including alternative energy substrates and ketogenic agents for neurological disorders, Cancer and wound healing.
While studying the effects of gasses on the brains of Navy Seal divers, he developed an approach for metabolically starving Cancer Cells through diet and compressed oxygen, replacing chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation.
Video is courtesy of the TEDx Talks YouTube channel
Click on this link to visit the official US Government PubMed site to view research findings published by Dr. Dominic D’Agostino titled “Press-pulse: a novel therapeutic strategy for the metabolic management of cancer.”
Click on this link to visit the official site of Dr. Dominic D’Agostino.
Posted by Vincent Banial
Medical Cannabis could possibly halt Alzheimer’s and could maybe even reverse the damage caused by Alzheimer’s. That is my interpretation of the results from a medical study conducted by Salk Institute Scientists.
The following is from their News Release:
“Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says Salk Professor David Schubert, the senior author of the paper.”
I am not giving any medical Advice with the following statements. Maybe discuss with the Medical Doctor taking care of a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s. Ask the Doctor for a prescription for Medical Cannabis, which is available in Canada and many states in America. Working with their Medical Doctor, one could maybe create your own private human trial under your Doctor’s supervision. In my mind, the risk is extremely low. Keep notes and search the internet for Cogniition Tests (Alzheimer’s Associations are a good resource) . Under the care of a Medical Doctor, testing to see if Medical Cannabis could reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s and improve cognition, in my opinion, has a high safety factor. For example, no one has died from smoking or eating too much Cannabis. On the other hand, thousands of people have died due to major Liver damage caused by overdosing on medication such as Tylenol.
Click on the following link to read the News Release about the new finding from the Salk Institute website.
Click on this link to visit the Journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease to read the published Salk Institute Study titled : “Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids“
|Title:||Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids|
|Author:||Antonio Currais, Oswald Quehenberger, Aaron M Armando, Daniel Daugherty, Pam Maher et al.|
|Publication:||npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease|
|Publisher:||Nature Publishing Group|
|Date:||Jun 23, 2016|
|Copyright © 2016, Rights Managed by Nature Publishing Group|
Click on this link to download a PDF copy of the study from the site of the Journal
If you are a lucky male who was born incredibly handsome, you may want to skip this discussion of a new Scientific Study. On the other hand, if you are an average or below average looking male, this new Study titled: “Creating beauty: Creativity compensates for low physical attractiveness when individuals assess the attractiveness of social and romantic partners” by
I run this blog and shoot photographs of events such as shows and concerts. I do it for the fun of it. Today I learned that there are other benefits to being “creative” and displaying your creativity. My creativity will compensate for my “not being” a total male hunk and Eye Candy in a woman’s eyes. That’s not to say that I’m ugly, just average looking. Ask any guy if they would prefer a beautiful girlfriend or one which looks just average. Surprise, the same goes for women. Humans prefer beauty in their partners. It is instinctive and meant to help continue with the survival of the human species.
This newly published Research Study conducted by Christopher Watkins of Abertay University in Scotland helps to explain some of the extremely gorgeous women that I have dated in my life. The downside of dating a really great looking woman is that any other guys in the same room will be doing body scans of your girlfriend.
So how is that a physically gorgeous female super model would even go out with an average looking guy like me?
Unfortunately, this does not apply to women. Displays of creativity by an average looking women, will not enhance her appeal to the eyes of a male. Us males are rather fixated on physical beauty. Your average looking female can have tons of “inner beauty” and in the end that is far more important. But males generally look at the outer packaging.
Click on this link to download a PDF copy of the published Research Study titled “Creating beauty: Creativity compensates for low physical attractiveness when individuals assess the attractiveness of social and romantic partners” by Christopher D. Watkins
Enough of Vince’s banter, I know that the readers here can’t wait to view this new Research Study, which is below. Please note that I am posting this new research with permission, but that does not mean that
Although creativity is attractive in a potential mate, it is unclear (i) whether the effects of creativity on attractiveness generalize to other social contexts and (ii) whether creativity has equivalent effects on men’s and women’s attractiveness. As social knowledge of creativity may either enhance or ‘offset’ the appeal of social partners who differ in physical attractiveness, three repeated measures experiments were conducted to directly address these issues. Here, participants rated a series of face–text pairs for attractiveness on trials that differed in one of four combinations of facial attractiveness (attractive and less attractive) and creativity (creative and less creative), rating story-tellers in two experiments (short interpretations of an identical painting) and creative ideas in a further experiment (alternative uses for an everyday object). Regardless of the sex of the judge, creativity and facial attractiveness had independent effects on men’s overall attractiveness (initial experiment) and, in further experiments, more substantial effects on the attractiveness of men with less attractive faces than men with attractive faces (when using a different measure of creativity) and specific effects on the attractiveness of individuals with less attractive faces (when using different face stimuli). Collectively, across three experiments, these findings suggest that creativity may compensate for putative cues to lower biological ‘quality’ and that the benefits of creativity to social groups more generally enhance attraction to creative men (in two experiments) and creative men and women (one experiment). More broadly, the data suggest that species can integrate knowledge of cognitive intelligence with visual cues to biological ‘quality’ to facilitate mate and/or ally choice.
Posted by Vincent Banial
John Goodenough helped to develop the Lithium-Ion Battery. He and Maria Helena Braga are part of a team, which has designed a New Technology for High capacity, Fast-Charging and Noncombustible Batteries.
Such a battery could let one drive an electric car for up to 500 miles or more between battery charges. The battery could charge in the time it takes to order and eat a sandwich while drinking a cup of coffee at a roadside restaurant. The key safety feature is that the new battery design would not burst into flames if the battery is punctured
The research paper titled “Alternative strategy for a safe rechargeable battery” by Energy & Environmental Science”