Cupid’s Chemicals: The Biology of Falling in Love

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be asking yourself the age-old question, “What is love?” Although this question has plagued great minds like Shakespeare and Haddaway through the centuries, modern science is getting closer to being able to find the elusive answer. It turns out that love may have less to do with the heart, and more to do with an intoxicating cocktail of neurotransmitters that flood the brain and cause “that lovin’ feeling.”

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So what are these chemicals associated with falling in love?

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Tech Talk Thursday: CES 2016 Review

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hosted by the Consumer Technology Association had its annual show this year January 5th-8th  in Las Vegas, Nevada. As one of the most anticipated electronics shows of the year CES should stand for “Can’t Even Start” to tell you about ALL the latest and greatest of innovation in technology! This one time I’m thankful that what happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. Great re-caps and editorials are provided at CESs website found here: https://www.cesweb.org/

The overall theme of CES this year was  “Big Data and the Internet of Things”. Both were referenced and used as the pivot point in almost every keynote presentation, which is valid with e-commerce on the horizon but presently driving our economy. CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty was quoted saying “Big Data is the world’s natural resource for the next century”.

While there is more than enough award winning electronics and highlights to gush about, I definitely had my personal favorites. Here are a few droplets from the ocean of information given this year at CES!

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Get Back on the Resolution Bandwagon: How to Set SMART Goals

At the beginning of the month, we introduced you to a few apps to help you keep your resolutions for the new year within reach. If you did happen to fall off of the resolution bandwagon however, don’t feel discouraged! Even with the best tools and the best of intentions, we all tend to get busy with other things and shift out priorities around. It’s never too late to try again, and we’ve got a few tips that may help your next round of goal-setting end in success. Let’s examine how to make the SMART goal setting process work in your favor.

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Getting Published: Choosing the Right Journal

It’s a new year and perhaps your goal this year is to get that manuscript that’s been collecting virtual dust on your desktop published—finally! Figuring out where to start can be daunting. But think of it this way: the hardest part—writing the paper—is already done! So you’re already ¾ of the way there. Fear not, we are here with a new series on our blog called “Getting Published.” We’ll be here to guide you through the process of going from manuscript to publication that you can actually add to your CV.

So you have a paper written. Where do you publish it? The first decision you need to make is whether to publish in an Open Access journal or a traditional publication. For more information on Open Access, check our blog posts here and here.

If you’ve decided to go the traditional route, there are several venues you can use to find the perfect journal for you. Start with thinking about the main points of your manuscript, and if you haven’t already done so, come up with three to five keywords that best describe your paper. Once you have those, it will be easier to narrow down a journal. Let’s look at some options to find your perfect journal.

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2016 Book Recommendations – With a Medical Twist!

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to read more books? If it isn’t, maybe it should be! Besides being downright fun, science shows that reading for pleasure can actually be good for your mental and physical health.
According to a study by Dr. Josie Billington at the University of Liverpool, people who read regularly for pleasure report lower levels of stress and depression than non-readers. Pleasure readers also report higher levels of self-esteem and greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Researchers believe this may result from readers gaining expanded models and repertoires of experience when they read that allow them to look with new perspective and understanding on their own lives. According to an expansive study carried out by the UK’s National Literary Trust, reading for pleasure has also been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness in adults and increase ability to prioritize and make decisions.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apps for New Year Goal-Setting

Tech Talk bannerIt’s officially 2016 and we all know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. This year don’t fall into the trap of setting unattainable goals only to find yourself discouraged and unmotivated to make positive changes in your life for the coming year. We’ve compiled a list of apps that can help you set and achieve your goals, and most importantly, keep those New Year’s resolutions.

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The Most Common Holiday ER Visits – And How to Avoid Them

For many people, the holidays are a joyous and festive time to spend with family and loved ones. However, even with all of the warm holiday wishes and holiday cheer of the season, this time of year can also be an accident waiting to happen. During the holiday season, emergency rooms across the U.S. see an increase in visits due to holiday-related injuries and illnesses. Read on to learn about some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

What dangers are lurking in your holiday plans?

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Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition

A big thank you to all who attended our Winter 2015 HSL Info Expo last Thursday! The library team presented on a variety of technology topics, with our usual dose of fun and some holiday good cheer. Our newest segment, Apps & Gadgets, made a return appearance, and this time it was all about holiday shopping.

We always have far more content to share with our guests than time permits, so today we’re bringing you Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition! Here are the cool apps and gadgets that didn’t make it into our presentation, but that you should definitely check out before the holiday shopping season comes to an end.

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Spotlight on Health: A Guide to Holiday Wellness

Although the holiday season absolutely warms our spirits, it can also take quite a toll on our bodies. Between all of the baking, office parties, holiday meals, time spent parked on the couch watching holiday movies, and stress that comes with holiday preparations and spending, it’s no wonder that the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve improving our health and wellness! Make use of these holiday wellness tips in order to keep yourself healthy and sane even before the New Year begins.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Adobe ditches Flash! Or has it?

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Is Adobe Flash finally being put out to pasture?

You’re likely very familiar with Adobe Flash. Or at the very least, you’re used to seeing a window like this pop-up every once in a while as you browse the internet for cat videos and whatnot.

Admit it, you click the "Remind Me Later" button too, right?

Admit it, you click the “Remind Me Later” button too, right?

Flash has been around for a while. Back in the 90’s as the internet was getting to be kind of a big deal, the software was acquired from a company called FutureWave Software by a graphics, multimedia and web development software company named Macromedia (that’s a throwback); it went from being named FutureSplash to being called Macromedia Flash. Adobe took over Flash in 2005 when it acquired Macromedia. Flash in all of its forms has been a platform for creating things like vector-based graphics and animations – it’s likely behind many of the mobile games on your smartphone or tablet! You may be more aware of how Flash is used to stream audio and video while on the web courtesy of the Adobe Flash Player.

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