A kidney transplant is a life-changing and life-saving procedure. Yet, a new study shows that only one-third of patients who ultimately receive a living donor kidney transplant receive it preemptively (i.e., before starting dialysis). Less than two-thirds receive a transplant either preemptively or within a year of starting dialysis. —> Read More
A small but novel study of hunter-gatherers concludes that teaching is part of the human genome, that it is a part of our human nature, researchers say. The Aka are among the last of the world’s hunter-gatherers, but their way of life accounts for 99 percent of human history. That they teach, and how they teach, offers new insight into who we are as humans and how we might best learn. —> Read More
An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. —> Read More
A new study prompted by the spate of unarmed black men killed in America suggests people may be more likely to mistake a toy or a tool for a gun when an African American is holding it. And this inherent negative bias was found to extend to black kids as young as five years old.
The research, published this week in the journal Psychological Science, conducted several tests to gauge inherent bias towards white or black people. Researchers quickly showed 64 white participants a photo of either a black or white five-year-old’s face and then an image of a gun or a toy. They asked them to ignore the face they saw and then identify the object as either the threatening or safe object.
During the first test, subjects were quicker to identify guns after seeing photos of black boys than they were when seeing white children. When researchers showed the participants white faces, the participants mistakenly labeled guns as toys in greater frequency than when primed with an image of a black kid.
A second test introduced men into the trials and replaced the toys with common tools, but researchers found similar results linking black adults, regardless of age, to the threatening objects in greater frequency.
Lead study author Andrew Todd, an assistant professor of psychology and brain sciences at the University of Iowa, told The Huffington Post the impetus for the report was linked to “the alarming rate at which young African Americans … are shot and killed by police in the U.S.”
“Although such incidents have multiple causes, one potential contributor is that young Black males are stereotypically associated with violence and criminality,” Todd said in a statement.
The study notes that further research can be done to see if the bias extends to black women, —> Read More
Instagram, which now has more than 300 million users, announced it is rolling out Account Switching on both iOS and Android devices later this week. —> Read More
How slime can SEE where its going: Single-celled pond bacteria acts like a ‘microscopic eyeball’ to sense light and move towards it
A team of researchers including those from Queen Mary University of London revealed single celled-pond slime (pictured) acts like a microscopic eyeball to detect light. —> Read More
After 340 years of looking at bacteria under a microscope, scientists discover that bacteria themselves can see, helping them move towards light for photosynthesis. —> Read More
Biologists from Queen Mary’s University, London admit their find seemed ‘really, really obvious afterwards’
Tablets with HALF the memory you expect: Investigation reveals devices are filled with so much software the room for your files is reduced
UK Watchdog Which? claims the cheaper the tablet, the bigger the storage problem. A study carried out by the body found that the devices are not offering users the memory they expected. —> Read More
Bei Bei is brave, but he is not that brave.
The adorable 5-month-old giant panda cub climbed a tree inside his enclosure at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Monday. He made it several feet off the ground, but soon appeared to lose confidence when coming down, and needed a helping hand from his mom Mei Xiang.
The zoo posted footage of the tender moment between the mother and cub on Facebook, and now it’s going viral.
The incident was a big moment for little Bei Bei, who ventured outside for the first time last week. Until now, he’s been more known for his frequent naps.
A video posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo (@smithsonianzoo) on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:26am PST
Last month Bei Bei fell asleep during his official public debut. In December, he snoozed through his unveiling to the media. And he hardly kept his eyes open during a medical checkup.
But now he’s becoming more active.
Bei Bei’s diet is also gradually switching to more solid foods, like bamboo and sweet potatoes, although he’ll continue nursing from his mom for the next year.
#BeiBei is eating solids! He will occasionally eat bamboo leaves, and he’s developed a taste for sweet potato. Even though he’s eating new things, he’ll continue to nurse from Mei Xiang for about one more year. #PandaStory #WeSaveSpecies
A video posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo (@smithsonianzoo) on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:49am PST
Born on Aug. 22, Bei Bei lives at the zoo with parents —> Read More