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Weekend Links: Scientists Levitate Objects Using Sound, 10 Awesome Science Stories in 2018 and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

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Over 30 Mass General Researchers Are Named Highly Cited Researchers of 2018

Clarivate Analytics’s annual Highly Cited Researchers Report was released earlier this month, and we are pleased to announce that 37 investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital made the list.

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New Research Finds ADHD Diagnoses are More Common Among Younger Children in the Classroom

A recent study by investigators from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that children with August birthdays in school systems that have a September 1st grade cutoff are up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Weekend Links: Parrots Are the Humans of the Bird World, Uncovering the Ocean’s History in Whale Earwax and More

The Genes That Make Parrots Into the Humans of the Bird World JoAnna Klein writing for The New York Times After comparing its genome with those of dozens of other birds, the researchers’ findings suggest that evolution may have made parrots something like the humans of the avian world. In some ways, the long-lived feathered […]

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SurgiBox: Mass General Trauma Surgeon Helps Bring Safer Surgery to the Field

SurgiBox is an inflatable, sterile surgical environment that fits in a backpack and allows for safe surgery anywhere.

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Research Suggests Thirdhand Smoke May Be the New Thing For Parents to Watch Out For

Many people have heard about secondhand smoke or have experienced it being near a smoking bystander. But what about thirdhand smoke? Thirdhand smoke is the tobacco smoke residue remaining after a cigarette has been smoked. It can be residual smoke left in the air, but can also accumulate on surfaces, furniture, clothing and in dust. […]

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Weekend Links: Why Octopuses Are So Smart, 3-D Brain Art and More

Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? Carl Zimmer writing for The New York Times To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside. Later the animal stacks the shells together like […]

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Mass General Researchers Detail How Artificial Intelligence Could Make Surgery Safer

In a recent article in Annals of Surgery, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT details the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionize the practice and teaching of surgery—and how patients will benefit with safer surgeries and better outcomes.

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Mass General Researchers Identify Pattern of Brain Inflammation in Fibromyalgia Patients

A team of researchers at Mass General, in collaboration with a team form the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, recently identified a pattern of brain inflammation in the brains of fibromyalgia patients that could be the key to diagnosing this elusive disorder.

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Weekend Links: the Unicorns That Used to Live Alongside Humans, Why Stepping on Legos is So Painful and More

When You’re Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable Christina Karns writing for The Conversation Psychology researchers recognize that taking time to be thankful has benefits for well-being. Not only does gratitude go along with more optimism, less anxiety and depression, and greater goal attainment, but it’s also associated with fewer symptoms of illness and other physical benefits. Thanks […]

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