Research Blogging

Research Blogging IconResearchblogging.org allows bloggers who blog about research to pool their words via a system that automatically cites and connects the peer-reviewed research about which those bloggers blog. It’s simple, honest ;-)

Here’s a selection of the recent amazing stories aggregated by RB from across the research blogosphere:

Are humans hard-wired to torture – With the reign of the Bush administration at an end, one issue that has plagued his legacy is the government-sanctioned acts of torture. The United States government was involved with several controversial actions ranging from the indefinite detention of so-called enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, to the outright abuses and torture at Abu Ghraib.

Does lithium in drinking water reduce suicide rates? – Lithium has long been used as a psychotherapeutic drug, and treatment with lithium demonstrably reduces incidence of suicide. Lithium also occurs naturally in groundwater to varying degrees. This study explores the relative amount of Lithium in groundwater and suicide in 18 municipalities in Oita prefecture, Japan over a period running from 2002 to 2006.

Autism and talent. Why? – Last year, the British Academy and Royal Society held a two-day discussion meeting called “Autism and Talent” which became the basis for a recently published wide-ranging special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions B. Francesca HappĂ© and Uta Frith, who organized the discussion meeting, write in the special issue’s editorial that although “the association of autism with special talent, sometimes at the highest level, cannot be denied”.

Size matters. Life is live – So here we have a virus, with 911 protein coding genes — more than some bacteria — a nucleus, genome duplication, tRNA, proofreading mechanisms and best of all, this virus has its own virus. Makes you wonder where being a virus stops and where life starts.

For the latest Research Blogging – here