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« Reply #12826 on: Jun 1st, 2015, 08:21am »

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Quick to laugh or smile? It may be in your genes

Date: June 1, 2015

Why do some people immediately burst into laughter after a humorous moment, while others can barely crack a smile? New research examining emotional reactivity suggests one of the answers may lie in a person's DNA.

In a new study linking a gene to positive emotional expressions such as smiling and laughing, researchers demonstrated that people with a certain genetic variant -- those with short alleles of the gene 5-HTTLPR -- smiled or laughed more while watching cartoons or subtly amusing film clips than people with long alleles.

Previous research has linked the gene to negative emotions; the study provides the strongest evidence to date that the same gene is also linked to positive emotional expressions.

The research will be published online June 1 in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion.

Claudia M. Haase of Northwestern University and Ursula Beermann of the University of Geneva co-authored the study, which was conducted in the laboratories of Dacher Keltner and Robert W. Levenson at the University of California, Berkeley.

In the study, the scientists looked at short and long alleles of the gene 5-HTTLPR, which is involved in the regulation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter implicated in depression and anxiety.

An allele is a variant of a gene. Each gene has two alleles; humans inherit one allele from mom and one from dad.

Early research suggested that the short alleles predicted unwanted or negative outcomes, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. People with short alleles were found to have higher negative emotions than those with long alleles.

But the latest study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that people with short alleles also may be more sensitive to the emotional highs of life.

"Having the short allele is not bad or risky," said Haase, an assistant professor in the Human Development and Social Policy program at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. "Instead, the short allele amplifies emotional reactions to both good and bad environments."

"Our study provides a more complete picture of the emotional life of people with the short allele," Haase added. "People with short alleles may flourish in a positive environment and suffer in a negative one, while people with long alleles are less sensitive to environmental conditions."

"The fundamental truth of genes is that they don't have the final say," said senior author Levenson, a leading researcher in human emotions and professor in the department of psychology at UC-Berkeley. "There's always an interaction between nature and nurture that shapes outcomes, and this study is another example of that."

The latest study combined three experiments from different Berkeley labs. In the first experiment, young adults were shown cartoons from "The Far Side" by Gary Larson and The New Yorker. In the second experiment, young, middle-aged and older adults watched a subtly amusing clip from the film "Strangers in Paradise." The final experiment asked middle-aged and older spouses to discuss an area of disagreement in their marriage.

The scientists videotaped the volunteers during the experiments. Trained researchers then coded smiling and laughter using the "Facial Action Coding System," which describes small movements in the face, said Beermann, a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at University of Geneva.

The study focused on genuine or 'real' positive emotional expressions. People sometimes smile or laugh -- even if they don't find something funny -- simply to be polite or to hide negative feelings, Beermann said. "So when you measure smiling and laughing, you want to be able to distinguish real laughs and smiles from the ones that aren't," she said.

The important clues lie in the muscle around the eyes that produce the so-called 'crow's feet,'" Beermann said. "Those can only be seen in real smiles and laughs," she said.

Overall, 336 participants were included in the final analysis. The researchers collected saliva samples from the volunteers to analyze the 5-HTTLPR gene.

The data from the three experiments combined indicated that people with the short allele of 5-HTTLPR showed greater positive emotional expressions. Specifically, people with the short allele displayed greater genuine smiling and laughing than people with the long allele.

"This study provides a dollop of support for the idea that positive emotions are under the same tent as negative ones, when it comes to the short allele," Levenson said. "It may be that across the whole palate of human emotions, these genes turn up the gain of the amplifier. It sheds new light on an important piece of the genetic puzzle."

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A Cop Who Had To Tell A Teen His Parents Had Been Killed Showed Up At His Graduation

Originally posted on May. 31, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.


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On May 24, an Orange, Texas, couple named Riley and Emily Portie were riding their motorcycle when they were struck by a drunk driver. The parents of five died at the scene.

Officer Eric Ellison of the Orange Police Department responded to the scene of the crash, and was tasked with breaking the news to the couple’s next of kin. When he arrived at the house, he found their youngest son, Kazzie, home alone.

“It was a very upsetting situation,” Desiree Scales of the Orange Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

Ellison told BuzzFeed News that while he was sitting with Kazzie, the 18-year-old said he didn’t know what he was going to do because he supposed to graduate from Little Cypress–Mauriceville High School less than a week later.

“I said, ‘You are going to walk!’” Ellison told BuzzFeed News. “Your mom and dad will have front-row seats looking down from heaven, and I’ll stand in their place. I’ve got your back.”

Ellison said the accident and the family stayed with him, especially since his own 18-year-old daughter graduated on Friday.

The veteran police officer kept his promise, and came to the ceremony on Saturday. “I had to be the bearer of bad news for him, and I felt that was just the right thing to do,” Ellison said.

When Kazzie accepted his diploma, Ellison was waiting for him at the end of the stage.

The entire auditorium then gave Kazzie a standing ovation.

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« Reply #12829 on: Jun 2nd, 2015, 05:23am »

Crystal, that gave me the shivers: a moment in time we see mankind in the persons of an unimaginably berieved young man standing tall, one compassionate police officer and an auditorium clapping in solidarity, at its very best.


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« Reply #12830 on: Jun 2nd, 2015, 09:52am »

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Crystal, that gave me the shivers: a moment in time we see mankind in the persons of an unimaginably berieved young man standing tall, one compassionate police officer and an auditorium clapping in solidarity, at its very best.


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That officer is a wonderful human being. Bless him for doing that for Kazzie.

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Is it a little green man? Mysterious turquoise light shaped like a UFO appears in the sky over Holland

By Jennifer Newton

Published: 11:28 EST, 1 June 2015
Updated: 06:07 EST, 2 June 2015


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Mystery surrounds the appearance of a turquoise, light shaped UFO which appeared in the sky over Holland.

Nature blogger Harry Perton was taking pictures of the clouds when he was left stunned when he appeared to capture the UFO on camera.

He had been snapping pictures of a storm in Groningen, Holland to upload to his blog last week.

But when he checked his camera to review some of the pictures that he had taken, he spotted the the jellyfish-like UFO floating in the night sky emitting an eerie flash of green light.

Mr Perton said: 'I saw from my window hauntingly beautiful skies and I waited for the rain to subside before I went out.

'I was taking photos and suddenly something flashed. At first I thought it must have been my camera but the flash was not up and there was not a drop on my lens.

'I decided it must have been a strike of lightning - but back at home I saw something strange in one of the photos that I took - what looked like a UFO.'


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« Reply #12835 on: Jun 3rd, 2015, 08:41am »

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Chimps could cook if we gave them the chance, says research

A new study suggests that chimpanzees have the cognitive skills to cook foods

By Saffron Alexander
1:02PM BST 03 Jun 2015

The research, published in one of the journals of the Royal Society, reveals that the animals possess the cognitive skills to emulate the cooking process.

Dr Felix Warneken, a psychologist at Havard University, and co-author of the study, carried out a series of experiments which involved testing if chimps preferred cooked or raw food, if they had the ability to wait until raw food was cooked before eating, and if they would put raw food into a box that scientists would then switch for cooked foods.

The results showed the chimps chose cooked potato over raw 90 per cent of the time, and continued to do so 60 per cent of the time when they had to wait for the food to be cooked. Almost half of the chimps hoarded raw potato when they realised they would be able to have it cooked later on.

Dr Warneken said this was particularly "remarkable" as chimps usually eat what they are given straight away and would generally never give up food.

The study added that chimps being unable to control fire was just one of the reasons they do not currently cook. The other, according to the study, is their lack of "social skills".

"Cooking is generally social in nature," Dr Warneken said,."Humans pool resources and engage in cooking in the company of others. However, the social nature of cooking creates significant opportunities for theft, so increases in social tolerance may have been necessary for cooking to evolve.

"Chimpanzees may be unwilling to engage in these behaviours when multiple chimpanzees have access to food and cooking devices, monopolizing rather than sharing these resources."

According to the study, the results indicate that "several of the fundamental psychological abilities necessary to engage in cooking may have been shared with the last common ancestor of apes and humans, predating the control of fire."

Warneken said: “The logic is that if we see something in chimpanzees’ behaviour, our common ancestor may have possessed these traits as well. If our closest evolutionary relative possesses these skills, it suggests that once early humans were able to use and control fire they could also use it for cooking.”

Alexandra Rosati, the study’s co-author and an evolutionary biologist at Yale University, said: “The evidence from our cognitive studies suggests that, even before controlling fire, early hominins (humans and their ancestors) understood its benefits and could reason about the outcomes of putting food on fire.”

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Variety

Spock Documentary Sets $600,000 Kickstarter Campaign

June 3, 2015 | 06:50AM PT

by Dave McNary
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Three months after the death of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $600,000 for a documentary about his father titled “For the Love of Spock,” Variety has learned exclusively. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamnimoy/for-the-love-of-spock-a-documentary-film

The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the film. David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.

“The funding of this film through Kickstarter will enable us to continue with production — which will mostly take the form of filming interviews of dad’s friends, colleagues and family members,” Adam Nimoy said. “It will also enable us to license the hundreds of film clips and still photographs of Mr. Spock as he has appeared on television and in feature films over the last 50 years.”

Nimoy first announced the project in late March. His father passed away on February 27.

“Funding will then buy us time in the editing room, where I will be spending weeks editing hours and hours of film clips from the series and movies, hundreds of photographs, never-before-seen home movies, as well as Star Trek related artifacts,” Nimoy said.

The premiums start at $15. A fan can buy an autographed cast photo from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” for $1,500. Five top premiums are offered at $10,000 to become an associate producer.

Nimoy broke into show business as an attorney in entertainment law specializing in music publishing. He was a business affairs executive for EMI America Records and Enigma Records before becoming a TV director. He has gone on to direct episodes of “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal” and “Gilmore Girls.”

He also wrote his own biography, “My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life,” published by Simon and Schuster in 2008.

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