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Volume 61, Number 21    February 10, 2014         

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Where affects how much
Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo commented on a Nielsen report that indicated Asian American household spending exceeds the average for a Jan. 9 New American Media article. "Nielsen's findings cannot be used to generalize all of Asian America," Yoo said. "Asian Americans live in the most expensive regions in the nation. Living in these expensive areas can totally account for higher than average spending on housing and transportation

No hurry to change
On Jan. 9, Sci-News reported on Assistant Professor of Biology Scott Roy's sequencing of the elephant shark genome, which sheds light on the evolution of other jawed vertebrates. "One of the most notable features of the elephant shark’s genome is its incredibly slow rate of evolution. Even slower than in ‘living fossils’ such as the coelacanth, the elephant shark’s genome has not changed substantially in hundreds of millions of years," Roy said. "Because vertebrate introns (the part of genetic sequences that inhibit expression of related traits) are very long, this may make it harder to create and delete them" than those of invertebrates, which are much shorter and subject to frequent change

Blame it on the genes
Research by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto that indicates expressions made by athletes immediately after victory are likely expressions of dominance, was the subject of a Jan. 26 ABC News report. "Subordinates, in particular, learn their places… That's true for humans as well as any other animal species on the planet," Matsumoto said. "Gold and bronze medalists were much more likely to display Duchenne smiles than were silver medalists." Duchenne smiles are those that involve facial muscles, which are not under conscious control.


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