|Economics and social benefits trump environment?
Nature Climate ChangeBy putting climate change mitigation efforts in the context of their positive effects on society, more climate change deniers may view such actions more positively, contributing to social or economic development. A News and Views article is also available to discuss the paper.
Turing turns 100
Two Royal Society of London journals, Philosophical Transactions A and Interface Focus will be publishing special issues celebrating what would be computer scientist Alan Turing’s 100th birthday on June 23, 2012.
Among the papers is one proposing a Turing test for free will; a test where someone who passes believes they have free will, whether the world is deterministic or not.
**see Events, below, for a film screening on Turing’s work to be held at the Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, ON.
⚑ Psychological distress raises risk of stroke
CMAJPsychological distress - including anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems - is associated with higher risk of death from stroke, a study finds. Previous research had found higher risks for death from heart attack. Carbon capture
PNASCarbon capture and storage is one proposed solution to rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere; injecting carbon dioxide underground in geological formations. But a Perspective paper suggests this solution is untenable, because small earthquakes triggered by this injection may break the integrity of the rocks and release CO2 back into the atmosphere. Sounds like Darwin
PNASA team of researchers used a web-based program to generate random loops of music that would periodically ‘mutate’ (change slightly) and ‘recombine’, while all the time subject to listener preference (those that received the lowest ratings went ‘extinct; those with the highest persisted.) They say modeling the ‘evolution’ of music this way shows how culture changes can evolve in human societies.
Heart attack can cause PTSD
PLoS ONEOne in eight patients who have had a heart attack suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a study finds. The authors say patients with PTSD symptoms have twice the risk of another heart attack, or death, within three years as those who don’t have such symptoms. ⚑ Kidney disease just as bad a previous heart attack for cardiac risk?
The LancetA study by University of Alberta researchers suggests that chronic kidney disease patients have about the same risk of coronary heart disease as those who already have had a heart attack, which could be significant because it would mean chronic kidney disease patients may be eligible for certain classes of preventative drugs. Turtles mate their way to a watery grave
Royal Society Journal Biology LettersSeveral fossil turtle couples from the Eocene were found in the act of mating, the first vertebrate fossils so discovered. They seem to have begun mating in open water and sunk into the lower levels of the lake, as the turtles usually do, save that the lower levels of this particular lake were poisonous because of volcanic activity. Events: The 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birthThe Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Ontario, will host public screenings of the British documentary ‘Codebreaker’ on the life of Turing. The screenings, free of charge, will be on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with IQC researchers on the impact of Turing’s work on their research today. Contact: Colin Hunter 519-888-4567 ext. 38927
.Raymond Laflamme, Executive Director of the IQC, is available to speak to the media on Turing’s legacy and the 100th anniversary of his birth. Contact: Raymond Laflamme,
(519) 888-4567A team of SFU students will test their robotic aircraft at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 10th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition June 13-17. The main competition will be Friday and Saturday. Images are available. Contact: Tim Gjernes, 604.722.8405;
; Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.209.5770;
2012 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, June 16-19, San Francisco, USThe 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disese and Movement Disorders takes place in Dublin, Ireland, from June 17-21. The University of British Columbia’s Dr. Matthew Farrer, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neurogenetics and Translational Neuroscience, will be presenting new research on genetic predisposition to Parkinson’s in a Mennonite population. For more information on Dr. Farrer’s research or the conference, Contact: Michael Adams, SSHRC,
/ 613.944.1758 . The Canadian Nurses Association National Expert Commission on improving and optimizing nursing contributions releases its final report, A Nursing Call to Action, on Monday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m/. ET.There will be a background media briefing on the report at 8:00 a.m. PT. To call in, dial 1-888 231-8191; Conference ID: 87337048. The briefing will also be webcast at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/984111/1059171
(EN)http://www.newswire.ca/fr/webcast/detail/984115/1059177 (FR)Contacts: Lisa Robertson (613) 739-7032 Susan Wright (613) 730-2020The ninth Meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science, June 21-24, 2012, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Contact: Emily Tector,
902 422-1270 x 200; Cheryl Bell, 902.422.1271 ext 136, Cell 902 266 9403The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development takes place from June 20 - 22 in Brazil. We will send out more information on this event shortly. If you would like help finding a Canadian researcher to speak about Rio+20 or sustainable development, please call us. For more information on the conference, go to http://www.uncsd2012.org/Eureka Festival - science festival in the Old Port of Montreal. 15-17 June, Montréal, Québec UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - 17 JuneGoldschmidt 2012 Earth sciences conference, 24-29 June, Montréal, QuébecCan2012 AES-ATEMA International Conferences on ‘Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications: 18 - 20 June, Montréal, QuébecPrP Canada 2012 and protein folding and disease conference. This conference looks at prion and abnormally folding protein diseases. 25-27 June, Toronto, OntarioCanadian Water Summit, 28 June, Calgary, Alberta
8-12 July, Edmonton, AlbertaFirst Joint Conference on Evolutionary Biology, 6-10 July, Ottawa, Ontario