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Neil Young, Monsanto, Starbucks, and “The Monsanto Years”
Jun18

Neil Young, Monsanto, Starbucks, and “The Monsanto Years”

By Roberta Attanasio About two months ago, legendary music icon Neil Young announced the release of “The Monsanto Years“, which will come out on June 29th. The album — the result of a collaboration between Neil Young and Promise of the Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson) — includes songs criticizing the multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology...

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Emotional Contagion and Social Networks
Jun15

Emotional Contagion and Social Networks

By Roberta Attanasio More than two decades ago, Gerald Schoenewolf described emotional contagion as a process in which a person or group influences the behavior of another person or group through the conscious or unconscious induction of emotional states and behavioral attitudes. However, “The science of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, observed that some women seemed to...

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“Iceman” Wim Hof and the Flow Within: The Immune System Goes with It
May20

“Iceman” Wim Hof and the Flow Within: The Immune System Goes with It

By Roberta Attanasio Scientists generally believe that it is not possible to voluntarily influence the autonomic nervous system, which regulates — among other physiological processes — heart rate, breathing, blood circulation and the immune response. However, results from a new study show that, using techniques developed by Wim Hof, it is indeed possible to modulate our own autonomic nervous system and, consequently, our...

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The Science of Chocolate: How Long Does it Survive in Hospital Wards?
Dec22

The Science of Chocolate: How Long Does it Survive in Hospital Wards?

By Roberta Attanasio The prestigious British Medical Journal is giving the best Christmas present ever to its readers: food for thought. The food is chocolate, the thought (or concern) is chocolate survival. A new research article published just a few days ago and entitled “The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study” presents the result of a study aimed “To quantify the consumption of...

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Embarrassing Facebook Posts May Cause Anguish
Dec10

Embarrassing Facebook Posts May Cause Anguish

By The Editors A new study from Northwestern University explores the strength of the emotional response to “violations” or ”threats” on Facebook – something that gets posted and results in embarrassment and may, sometimes, create anguish. Jeremy Birnholtz, one of the researchers, said: “Almost every participant in the study could describe something that happened on Facebook in the past six months that was embarrassing or made...

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