Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scientific discoveries this week: 10/28/12

Norway – A team of researchers found that the marine worms known as priapulids develop their intestines in the same way as humans, fish, frogs, and starfish. The team led by Dr. Andreas Hejnoly from the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, found that these worms even use the same genes as humans. Priapulids are a group of marine worms that live in shallow waters. The fact that different animals share a common way of forming the gut suggests origins of the human intestine are much older than previously thought. The similarity between these animals and their intestines most likely developed over 500 million years ago when the first bilaterally symmetric animals appeared on Earth. According to the researchers, priapulids are important for understanding the evolution of animals because they have experienced little change since the Cambrian Period.


Game Review: Cave Story

First released in 2004 as a freeware PC game by developer Pixel, Nintendo has recently ported the smash indie hit “Cave Story” to its 3DS hand held gaming systems. This version is similar to the original, but includes many refinements and the addition of difficulties. At a cost of less than $10, it is definitely game worth buying.


USG talks RTD and Parking

Guest speakers Gary Bowersock and Anna Wellscott from Facilities Management visited the most recent USG meeting to discuss on-campus parking and new RTD bus routes.

Bowersock discussed the proposed RTD system. The light rail system and new bus system will come into effect in April 2013. Unlike a typical RTD bus though, the system will utilize Call-n-Ride, a system in which people are able to call ahead and have curbside pick-up.


Switch movie premiere sheds light on energy

“If you don’t like fracking, you like nuclear, if you don’t like nuclear you love coal, if you don’t love coal, you don’t love electricity.” This comment produced laughter last Wednesday night across the crowd in Bunker auditorium. The theatre was packed as students, faculty, and members of the Golden community attended a premiere showing of “Switch”, a movie about the energy future of the United States. Following the screening was a question and answer session with the man behind the movie, Dr. Scott Tinker, a geology professor with a passion for energy. Tinker’s comment was intended to demonstrate the fallacy of a simple-minded approach to solving the energy problem.

Scientific discoveries this week: 10/22/12

Illinois, USA- New neuroscience research confirms the power of a handshake. Strangers who make a firm, friendly handshake make a better impression than those who do not. The greeting dates to ancient times when it was a way of showing one carried no weapons. The study was led by Beckman Institute researcher Florin Dolcos. The institute found that “a handshake preceding social interaction enhanced the positive impact of approach and diminished the negative impact of avoidance behavior on the evaluation of social interaction.” Furthermore, their results demonstrated increased sensitivity to approach than to avoidance behavior in the amygdala and superior temporal sulcus, which are linked to a positive evaluation of approach behavior. Additionally, the nucleus accumbens, a reward processing region, showed greater activity for handshake than for non-handshake conditions. Dolcos further highlighted in her findings that it is not just any handshake that leads to positive feelings. A firm, confident, yet friendly handshake, as is often promoted as good business practice, leads to the highest amount of positive feelings.

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