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New studies associate schizophrenia with thousands of different genetic variants

As noted in prior posts, there has been a tendency to attribute life’s unfortunate circumstances to exogenous variables, a view often promoted by those with an unstated agenda (or just a naked financial interest). For example, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some parents still believe...

BPA may eventually be listed under California's Prop. 65 despite negative vote of DART Committee

A prior post noted that OEHHA's DART Committee voted to not list BPA as a reproductive toxicant because although the animal studies were overwhelming in their conclusion that BPA was a reproductive toxicant, there was a dearth of evidence of human impacts. What went unreported was that the DART Committee...

The biochemical mechanism by which alcohol exerts its effects on the brain has been uncovered

Although alcohol has been consumed for millennia for its intoxicating properties, only recently has the biochemical mechanism by which the effect is caused been elucidated. Researchers, utilizing results of recent research, have proposed a model that appears to explain the effects. If further research...

Consumption of liquids from BPA containing bottles increases body burden, researchers report

Prior posts have noted the controversy surrounding BPA. Despite extensive testing in animals, little is known if consumption of liquids from BPA containing bottles adds to the body burden. New research indicates that it does. BPA is believed to be rapidly metabolized and eliminated. Therefore, in...

New books on evolution and the origins of empathy

As noted in prior posts, the scientific evidence for the "theory" of evolution is overwhelming. One simply has to keep in mind that the mechanism, as proposed by Darwin, was brilliant for its day, but it is too simplistic given what is now known about selection at the molecular, genetic, animal...

One key to antibiotic resistance in bacteria is elucidated in a new study

While it has been demonstrated repeatedly that antibiotics can act as a selection factor in the evolution of resistance in bacteria, in some cases the exact biochemical mechanism for resistance has remained a puzzle. A recently published study in the magazine Science [ http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content...

So-called safe lead levels have adverse impacts on children, notes new study from University of Bristol

Researchers from the University of Bristol Centre for Child and Adolescent Health set out to see if there was any effect on the behavior and intellectual development of children who had ingested just below the so-called safe level of 10 micrograms per deciliter (or tenth of a liter) of blood. The...

Fungus manipulates behavior (okay, in ants)

Prior posts have noted the wonderfully diverse world in which we live, and the interesting results that reflect the results of the evolution of biota. A new study shows that a fungus that attacks living ants apparently manipulates their behavior for its own benefit. When the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis...

Once again, the human lineage changes as new findings overturn the "accepted wisdom"

As noted in prior posts, one of the most intellectually interesting and satisfying aspects of science is the constant growth of knowledge. I recall that, when I was in college, one of the major sociological/psychological/anthropological debates was about whether humans were inherently violent. Later...

Tips for success in today's legal market: exclusively on Martindale-Hubbell Connected

A key part of Martindale-Hubbell Connected is putting the buyers and sellers of legal services together. Law firms want to know what their potential customers need and how best to deliver it. In-house counsel wants to know which law firms can deliver their needs. And everyone wants to learn more from...

LexisNexis Survey: Legal Community Deeply Divided On Business Issues, Impact Of Economic Downturn, Future Of The Industry

A new national survey reveals deep divisions between corporate counsel and private practice attorneys over the current state of the legal industry, the impact of the economic downturn and what the future holds for the law firm business model. The just-released State of the Legal Industry Survey was commissioned...

LexisNexis Survey: Legal Community Deeply Divided On Business Issues, Impact Of Economic Downturn, Future Of The Industry

A new national survey reveals deep divisions between corporate counsel and private practice attorneys over the current state of the legal industry, the impact of the economic downturn and what the future holds for the law firm business model. The just-released State of the Legal Industry Survey was commissioned...

LexisNexis Survey: Legal Community Deeply Divided On Business Issues, Impact Of Economic Downturn, Future Of The Industry

A new national survey reveals deep divisions between corporate counsel and private practice attorneys over the current state of the legal industry, the impact of the economic downturn and what the future holds for the law firm business model. The just-released State of the Legal Industry Survey was commissioned...

LexisNexis Survey: Legal Community Deeply Divided On Business Issues, Impact Of Economic Downturn, Future Of The Industry

A new national survey reveals deep divisions between corporate counsel and private practice attorneys over the current state of the legal industry, the impact of the economic downturn and what the future holds for the law firm business model. The just-released State of the Legal Industry Survey was commissioned...

LexisNexis Survey: Legal Community Deeply Divided On Business Issues, Impact Of Economic Downturn, Future Of The Industry

A new national survey reveals deep divisions between corporate counsel and private practice attorneys over the current state of the legal industry, the impact of the economic downturn and what the future holds for the law firm business model. The just-released State of the Legal Industry Survey was commissioned...

Lexis® Hub Finding Jobs Through Your Social Network

It can be difficult to find a job in today's market. People have to come up with creative ways to find work. One option that's becoming more and more popular is social networking. Social network websites, such as Facebook and Linkdln , are a great way to search for jobs and make connections with...

Schedule for Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 25-29, 2010

Scheduled for January 25-29, 2010 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning is the nation’s leading conference for estate planning professionals. The Institute covers topics of timely interest to every member of the estate planning...

Helping the Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti

The worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years, an enormous 7.0 magnitude quake, struck near Port-au-Prince on the small Caribbean island this week. The loss of life, already in the thousands and still climbing, and catastrophic destruction to this impoverished nation are immeasurable. Entire communities...

LexisNexis Video Discussions and Interviews from LegalTech NY, Feb 1, 2010

Feb 1, 2010 - Mike Walsh, CEO of U.S. Legal Markets at LexisNexis, addresses viewers from the convention floor at LegalTech NY 2010. Feb 1, 2010 - LexisNexis' Mike Mintz interviews USLM CEO Mike Walsh at LegalTech NY 2010. Walsh discusses the business of law, legal issues, technology and Lexis for...

LexisNexis Video Discussions and Interviews from LegalTech NY, Feb 1, 2010

Feb 1, 2010 - Mike Walsh, CEO of U.S. Legal Markets at LexisNexis, addresses viewers from the convention floor at LegalTech NY 2010. Feb 1, 2010 - LexisNexis' Mike Mintz interviews USLM CEO Mike Walsh at LegalTech NY 2010. Walsh discusses the business of law, legal issues, technology and Lexis for...

LexisNexis Video Discussions and Interviews from LegalTech NY, Feb 1, 2010

Feb 1, 2010 - Mike Walsh, CEO of U.S. Legal Markets at LexisNexis, addresses viewers from the convention floor at LegalTech NY 2010. Feb 1, 2010 - LexisNexis' Mike Mintz interviews USLM CEO Mike Walsh at LegalTech NY 2010. Walsh discusses the business of law, legal issues, technology and Lexis for...

LexisNexis Video Discussions and Interviews from LegalTech NY, Feb 1, 2010

Feb 1, 2010 - Mike Walsh, CEO of U.S. Legal Markets at LexisNexis, addresses viewers from the convention floor at LegalTech NY 2010. Feb 1, 2010 - LexisNexis' Mike Mintz interviews USLM CEO Mike Walsh at LegalTech NY 2010. Walsh discusses the business of law, legal issues, technology and Lexis for...

Navigating the Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

The proliferation of social media as a vital tool in business and personal communication presents many ethical traps for lawyers and their clients. At what point do conflicts of interest dictate who makes your friend-list? How much can you discuss your current business without violating confidentiality...

Navigating the Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

The proliferation of social media as a vital tool in business and personal communication presents many ethical traps for lawyers and their clients. At what point do conflicts of interest dictate who makes your friend-list? How much can you discuss your current business without violating confidentiality...

Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School: Patent Bar Exam: Patent Bar Exam Information

Community Member Andrew Beckerman-Rodau , Professor of Law & Co-Director IP Concentration at the Suffolk University Law School, contributed the following podcast to the community. (Audio) - Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School : Patent Bar Exam: Patent Bar Exam Information