This week on MyScienceWork we talked about appetite, specifically how the brain controls it, as well as the growing appetite for open data: will we end up feeling satisfied? And what about a sexual appetite that's difficult to control - is that an addiction? These stories and more, in our picks of the week.
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This week, David Davila returned to share his interest for a new study on the brain and appetite. What if our eating behavior weren’t just about neurons…?
Open data is everywhere today. Greater transparency from governments can’t be a bad thing, but can open data really deliver on all that it promises? Pierre-Sofiane Kadri asked a sociologist specializing in data:
We’re already halfway through Season 1 of Knock Knock Doc! This week meet Karen, who is exploring they way neurons form connections, while she makes connections between industry and her PhD studies.
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Disturbing findings about the rate of sexual harassment in science, especially towards women, were published this week:
The Rosetta mission is drawing nearer to its exciting climax when the space probe will attempt to land on a comet. As it also gets closer to its destination, scientists are able to see that:
Learn more about what’s behind the mission in:
Big data is finding a home in all sorts of fields, for all kinds of uses:
The agonizing question that this research hopes to help answer – If we have to choose which species to save, which should they be? – was also posed by FameLab laureate Belén Jiménez-Mena during the Paris regional final of the competition. Read the portrait of this young conservation geneticist, here:
Also this week, Chris Chambers’ discussion of research asking whether compulsive pornography consumption can share characteristics with drug addiction (Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?) addresses the limits on the conclusions we can draw from a nevertheless useful brain imaging study. Lucile Pommier also asked the question, in: