Misophonia – Hatred of Sound Triggers Intense Emotional Reaction

By Jack Surguy Selective sound sensitivity In 2001, Margaret M. Jastreboff and Pawel J. Jastreboff coined the term misophonia (hatred of sound) to describe a disorder in which varying sounds triggered intense emotional responses in people. The disorder has also been termed “selective sound sensitivity.” Overall, researchers consider the disorder to fall under the umbrella[…]

Texas Officials Confirm Four More Locally Transmitted Zika Cases

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito US Department of Health and Human Services State and local officials have identified four more locally transmitted cases of Zika in Cameron County, weeks after the first such case in Texas was reported there. By Jonathan Silver / 12.09.2016 The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Cameron County Health Department announced Friday they’ve[…]

Fresh Ways to Fight Cancer

Professor Pier Paolo Pandolfi speaks about revolutionary developments in cancer care and how he sees treatment evolving. “We will defeat cancer. Conceptually, we can. But it will take time.” / Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer By Alvin Powell / 12.06.2016 In recent years, cancer patients have benefited from a new array of weapons to fight the[…]

The Story of Edwin Land

April 1947, Edwin H. Land demonstrating the Polaroid Land Camera’s instant film. / Image courtesy of Baker Library/Harvard Business School Baker Library mounts exhibit on long career of scientific inventor, founder of Polaroid By Martina I. Jokic / 12.07.2016 It’s a long-term exhibit on instant photography, and more. The Baker Library has mounted a show[…]

News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters

By Dr. Thomas E. Patterson / 12.07.2016 Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press Harvard University A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in[…]

3D Printing in Fashion Promises to be Huge – So What’s Holding Us Back?

Dita in 3D. Shapeways By Dr. Danmei Sun / 12.07.2016 Assistant Professor of Textile Materials and Engineering Heriot-Watt University Various manufacturing industries from prosthetics to car parts are now widely using 3D printing in their production processes. They use it for producing prototypes and samples and for mass manufacturing, since you can easily change the[…]

Cleaning Guercino’s ‘Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph’

Paintings conservator Devi Ormond cleans Guercino’s Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, c. 1620, Guercino. On loan from the National Gallery of Ireland. Unveiling the artist’s technique from underneath centuries of dirt and grime By Devi Ormond / 12.09.2016 Associate Conservator of Paintings Painting Conservation Department J. Paul Getty Museum Since Guercino’s 17th-century masterpiece Jacob[…]

The Victorian Origins of the Mannequin Challenge

Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen. Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Ellen J. Stockstill / 12.09.2016 Assistant Professor of English Pennsylvania State University If you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram over the past month, you’ve probably come across a Mannequin[…]

Compromised: Mitch McConnell Knew about Russian Hackers, Threatened Retaliation if Revealed before Election

By Matt Osborne / 12.11.2016 Compromat. Get used to this Russian word, for it contains the full meaning of last night’s bombshell report about Russian election hacking. We must learn to use it early and often, especially when discussing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Russia’s role in the hacking and publication of internal Democratic Party emails has[…]

Inspirations to Generosity

By Sharon Begley Senior Science Writer Boston Media Group I’m skeptical about the benefits of compassion meditation. Scientists, like humans generally, fall into the trap of looking for explanations that suit them best. Meditation may indeed do all that is claimed. But has research really demonstrated that fact? Researchers often find that after several weeks[…]

The Neuroscience of Singing

By Cassandra Sheppard / 12.11.2016 Singing Together Brings Heartbeats Into Harmony The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people[…]