Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories, new research shows

Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to notifications from social media or phone galleries telling them they have a “memory.” These repackaged versions of the past affect not just what we remember but also the attachments we have with those memories. In a new study, we found social […]

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New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city’s latest redesign in times of dramatic change

On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants—though only outside—after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening after its severe coronavirus outbreak, allowing many businesses to resume operations with restrictions. Permitting restaurants to spread into streets is one of several pandemic-induced initiatives designed to […]

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Climate change will raise Florida’s risks of brain-eating amoeba and flesh-eating bacteria

When it’s blisteringly hot outside, splashing in the ocean, a lake or even a swimming pool is a popular way to beat the heat. But as global temperatures rise, scientists say, so do your chances of catching a nasty—or even deadly—bug. The scary one making headlines this summer is Vibrio vulnificus, also dubbed in media reports as “flesh-eating bacteria.” Historically, […]

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One simple change cut unnecessary imaging for cancer patients in half

Simply introducing a default physician order—a “nudge”—into electronic health records (EHRs) cut the use of unnecessary daily imaging in half during palliative radiation therapy sessions for patients with advanced cancer, according to a Penn Medicine study published today in JAMA Oncology. While daily imaging is typically used in curative cancer treatment, national guidelines recommend providers transition to weekly imaging for […]

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How our unconscious visual biases change the way we perceive objects

As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But while we can appreciate that others might hold different opinions of objects we see, not many people know that factors beyond our control can influence how we perceive the basic attributes of these objects. We might argue that something is beautiful or ugly, for example, but […]

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Smoking weed just ONCE could change a teenager’s brain

Smoking weed just ONCE could change a teenager’s brain: Scientists discover even small amounts of cannabis are enough to thicken tissue Teenagers who smoke have thicker matter in certain parts of their brains This was found in areas involved with emotions, memory, fear and panic Adolescent brains are typically thinning and being refined during this period Experts said ‘most people […]

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