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Sunday, September 07, 2014

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Caros amigos AMICOR,
Tenho pensado sobre este nosso meio de comunicação que já se alonga a mais de 17 anos e permaneço com algumas dúvidas, e ficaria feliz se alguém tivesse alguma opinião de como prosseguir.
Pretendo continua com o formato BLOG e com a finalidade básica de colecionar referências que me pareceram interessantes e que poderiam ser também do interesse de amigos. Minha dúvida maior é se devo continuar enviando uma mensagem de alerta semanal diretamente para uma lista e expô-la também no Facebook, Twitter e Linkedin, como costumo fazer nos últimos tempos.
Nessas  década e meia e-mails e mídia social evoluíram, deixando-me com dúvidas se navegar no fluxo central continua sendo adequado.
Grande abraço e grato pela companhia.

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

If the odds of finding one's soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds – even Emerson, perhaps the most eloquent champion of friendship in the English language, lived a significant portion of his life in active solitude, the very state that enabled him to produce his enduring essays and journals. And yet that choice is one our culture treats with equal parts apprehension and contempt, particularly in our age of fetishistic connectivity. Hemingway's famous assertion that solitude is essential for creative work is perhaps so oft-cited precisely because it is so radical and unnerving in its proposition.

The Little Prince

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Original Watercolors for *The Little Prince**by Maria Popova* *“The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam. It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it.”* Although *Antoine de Saint-Exupéry* only wrote one children’s book in his lifetime, it is among the most beloved of all time, one of those rare gems with most timeless philosophy for grown-ups. But what few realize is that Saint-Exupéry, a commercial pilot who never mastered English and penned his masterwork in ... mais »


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DARPA explores neuromodulation of organ functions to help the human body heal itselfSeptember 2, 2014 DARPA ElectRx (credit: DARPA) DARPA’s new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) (pronounced “electrics”) program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative./.../


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Tea trumps coffee for non-cardivascular mortalitySeptember 2, 2014 [image: greentea] Green tea (credit: (Fig.: By Kanko from Nagasaki, Japan) Drinking tea is associated with 24% reduced non-cardiovascular mortality, reveals a study of 131,000 people presented at theEuropean Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress by ProfessorNicolas Danchin from France. The study included 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 years who had a health check up at the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Center between January 2001 and December 2008. During a mean 3–5 years follow-up, there were 95 deaths from CV and 632 dea... mais »

Aging: Bigpharma...

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Calico and AbbVie announce R&D collaboration Plan R&D facility in S.F. Bay Area, may co-invest up to $1.5 billion to tackle age-related diseases September 3, 2014 (Credit: Calico) Calico and drug company AbbVie announced today a novel R&D collaboration intended to “help the two companies discover, develop, and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including for neurodegeneration and cancer.” Calico is the Google-backed life sciences company that is led by Arthur D. Levinson Ph.D. (former chairman and CEO of Genentech) and Hal V. Barron, M.D. (former E... mais »


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Superintelligence reading groupSeptember 4, 2014 Nick Bostrom’s eagerly awaited *Superintelligence* is due to be published in the U.S. this week, and MIRI will be running an online reading group where you can join with others to ask questions, discuss ideas, and probe the arguments more deeply, according to MIRI research assistant Katja Grace. As Oxford University Press notes, “Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us?… If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intellig... mais »

Taste and Evolution

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Evolution accounts for taste *September 2014* [image: Anna's hummingbird] Most of us get in line at the ice cream shop or tear into a piece of chocolate cake without giving much thought to why we like what we do. Humans appreciate a wide variety of tastes because of our omnivorous evolutionary history and the genes we carry that allow us to sense sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami (i.e., savory) flavors. But the same isn't true of all animals. Most cats, for example, dubiously sniff at sweets. This is because, over the course of its evolutionary history, the feline lineage lost a... mais »

Social Status

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Status and the Brain - Amanda V. Utevsky, - Michael L. Platt mail - Published: September 02, 2014 - DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001941 Social hierarchy is a fact of life for many animals. Navigating social hierarchy requires understanding one's own status relative to others and behaving accordingly, while achieving higher status may call upon cunning and strategic thinking. The neural mechanisms mediating social status have become increasingly well understood in invertebrates and model organisms like fish and mice but until recently have remained more opaqu... mais »


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What Neuroscience Has To Say About The 'Tortured Genius' Posted: 09/02/2014 8:27 am EDT Updated: 2 hours ago [image: What Neuroscience Has To Say About The 'Tortured Genius'] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E Every suicide leaves behind mourners grasping for answers, but when the person in question is a high-profile celebrity known to have struggled with mental health issues, it's tem... mais »

proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor

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Huge Decreases in LDL Cholesterol With Alirocumab: ODYSSEY Michael O'Riordan August 31, 2014 RELATED LINKS - Alirocumab Safely Lowers LDL Cholesterol in Nine Trials - UPDATED: PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab Passes Test in Two Phase 3 Studies - PCSK9 Inhibitor Beats Ezetimibe for LDL Lowering BARCELONA, SPAIN — Treatment with *alirocumab*(Sanofi/Regeneron Pharmaceuticals), an investigational proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor, resulted in significant reductions in LDL cholesterol in various groups of patients who received the drug, including individual... mais »

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