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Feb 6, 2023

Prolific autism researcher has two dozen papers retracted

Posted by in category: neuroscience

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝

An autism researcher lost two dozen papers to retraction in January, eight years after the publisher was made aware of potentially troubling editorial practices. Elsevier, the publisher, cited undisclosed conflicts of interest, duplicated methodology and a “compromised” peer-review process as reasons for the retractions.

The papers were published in Research in Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders between 2013 and 2014 — a period when Johnny Matson, then professor of psychology at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge and an author on all of the papers, was editor-in-chief of both journals.

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Feb 6, 2023

Are We Closer to Non-Surgical Repairs for Osteoarthritic Knees?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Knees in this X-ray have severe osteoarthritis which affects 1 in 7 adult Americans. Is there progress on alternatives to knee replacement surgery?


Stem cell therapies were supposed to end the need for knee replacement surgery. Progress in this field has been very slow.

Feb 6, 2023

Medical breakthrough: Mini human guts grown inside mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

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After a few weeks, these transplants developed key features of the human immune system, introducing a model that could be used to effectively simulate the human intestinal system.

Feb 6, 2023

Linux version of Royal Ransomware targets VMware ESXi servers

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Royal Ransomware is the latest ransomware operation to add support for encrypting Linux devices to its most recent malware variants, specifically targeting VMware ESXi virtual machines.

BleepingComputer has been reporting on similar Linux ransomware encryptors released by multiple other gangs, including Black Basta, LockBit, BlackMatter, AvosLocker, REvil, HelloKitty, RansomEXX, and Hive.

The new Linux Royal Ransomware variant was discovered by Will Thomas of the Equinix Threat Analysis Center (ETAC), and is executed using the command line.

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Feb 6, 2023

“Remarkable” Results — Scientists Discover That a Dietary Supplement Could Fix a Broken Heart

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Osaka University researchers discover that taking tricaprin regularly in your diet leads to a reduction in coronary artery plaque and an improvement of symptoms for patients with triglyceride deposit cardiomyovasculopathy.

As children, our parents encouraged us to take vitamins for growth and strength. Now, Japanese researchers have found that a specific supplement may even repair a broken heart.

In a study that was recently published in the European Heart Journal, researchers from Osaka University discovered that a dietary supplement can significantly improve heart disease symptoms in a subset of patients.

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Feb 6, 2023

Buffalo, New York Shakes With Largest Earthquake in Four Decades

Posted by in category: futurism

A rare 3.8 magnitude earthquake rumbled through the Buffalo, New York area early Monday.

Since 1983, there have been 24 earthquakes above a magnitude of 2.5 in the West Seneca region, with Monday’s being the largest so far in the area, according to NBC News.

Feb 6, 2023

SpaceX eyeing March for 1st Starship orbital flight, Elon Musk says

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

We could be just a month away from the first-ever Starship orbital launch attempt.

SpaceX will try to send its huge Starship rocket to Earth orbit for the first time in March, provided the vehicle checks a few more boxes successfully, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said over the weekend.

Feb 6, 2023

Will Revitalizing Old Blood Slow Aging?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Rejuvenating an older person’s blood may now be within reach, based on recent findings from Passegué’s lab published in Nature Cell Biology(link is external and opens in a new window).

Passegué, with her graduate student Carl Mitchell, found that an anti-inflammatory drug, already approved for use in rheumatoid arthritis, can turn back time in mice and reverse some of the effects of age on the hematopoietic system.

Nature article:

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Feb 6, 2023

Dell to cut over 6,000 jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, finance

Yahoo Finance Live anchors Brian Sozzi, Brad Smith, and Julie Hyman discuss news that Dell will cut over 6,000 jobs amid the ongoing wave of layoffs in the tech industry.
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Feb 6, 2023

Depression and Anxiety Exhaust the Heart, Literally

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A 1967 publication titled “Mortality of Bereavement” discovered that bereaved relatives had a 7-fold increased risk of dying within the following year. Despite that the cause of death was undetermined, this is the first scientific evidence indicating that extreme sadness kills.

Coined in 1991, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy — or broken heart syndrome — mimic aspects of a heart attack such as shortness of breath, fainting, and chest pain. But, oddly, they have no blocked arteries. Instead, some parts of the heart stopped moving and other heart muscles try to compensate for this. This turns the heart into an irregular shape, like that of an octopus pot — hence, the name “Takotsubo” (‘Tako’ means octopus and ‘tsubo’ means pot in Japanese). This condition is reversible but can be fatal at times. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is triggered by intense emotions or stressful life events such as the death of a loved one and losing (or even winning) a lot of money. This is why “heartbroken” from sadness is a legitimate phenomenon.

Research advances further confirm that sadness, or more accurately emotional stress, destroy the heart in many ways. The mind-heart connection extends to far more than just the broken heart syndrome. Convincing epidemiological evidence ascertains that emotional pains can lead to heart diseases, the major killer worldwide, and this linkage is underpinned by biology.

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