Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hayabushi Reentry, 5 Higgs Bosons, The Angry Tea Party, God Hates Statues, Chocolate Milk for Postexercise Recovery, ADHD and Single Mothers, Li[...]

Courtesy of Finch we have a video of Hayabushi breaking up in the atmosphere.

An article explaining more can be found here.

So after all the build up on the search of the God particle I find out from Lesley we may actually be looking for five. The in the proposed model the Higgs Bosons would have similar masses but different electrical charges.

From Hamish comes an opinion piece on the very angry tea party. I have to admit I'd only peripherally heard of them before now and still am not quite sure what the agenda is. But based in the description in the article I'm not surprised such a group exists.

From Marcel is an article about a statue of Jesus that was struck by lightening and burnt to the ground. I can only assume God really hated that statue considering some of the people that actually deserve such smiting.

From episode 255 of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe come two interesting articles. Firstly it turns out that chocolate milk may be better for post exercise recovery than the drinks actually made for it. Second is a somewhat controversial link between ADHD and Low Maternal Education, Lone Parents and Welfare Benefits.

It seems there is possibly signs of life on Titan. I'll believe it when I see it though. So many of these stories just peter out or never go anywhere.
In more space news NASA is warning of a potential space storm in 2013, maybe the 2012 predictions have an off by 1 error.

From Erik comes an aritcle talking about the competitive nature of mothers.

From Sequoia come a report about a study that finds superstitious people do better. Or at least those with positive and uplifting superstitions.

From Episode 16 of skepicpod comes a story talking about how ginger may help pain after excessive exercise. The positive is that experiment was blinded and a placebo was included, the negatives include that the result was small, as was the sample size. A link to the article in the Journal of Pain is here.


  1. The ADHD article is interesting but I don't see anything here to suggest causation; as ADHD has a strong genetic component and is a learning disability (among other things) it seems unsurprising that mothers of ADHD children statistically have received lower levels of education and earn lower incomes, since a good chunk of them probably have untreated ADHD themselves.

    The author of the article also repeats a common misconception about the nature of ADHD as a 'childhood illness' - one no more grows out of ADHD than one grows out of autism, though as with spectrum disorders coping mechanisms are often learned by the time an individual reaches maturity.

  2. Perhaps but given the following I don't think anything they said was outside the realm of appropriateness:

    ( Acosta, MT; Arcos-Burgos, M; Muenke, M (2004). "Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Complex phenotype, simple genotype?". Genetics in Medicine 6 (1): 1–15. doi:10.1097/01.GIM.0000110413.07490.0B. PMID 14726804.)
    The broad selection of targets indicates that ADHD does not follow the traditional model of "a genetic disease" and should therefore be viewed as a complex interaction among genetic and environmental factors. Even though all these genes[1] might play a role, to date no single gene has been shown to make a major contribution to ADHD. (wikipedia link on ADHD )

    [1] The list being Alpha-2A adrenergic receptor, dopamine transporter, dopamine receptors D2/D3,[45] dopamine beta-hydroxylase monoamine oxidase A, catecholamine-methyl transferase, serotonin transporter promoter (SLC6A4), 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A receptor (5-HT2A), 5-hydroxytryptamine 1B receptor (5-HT1B),[46] the 10-repeat allele of the DAT1 gene,[47] the 7-repeat allele of the DRD4 gene,[47] and the dopamine beta hydroxylase gene (DBH TaqI).

    In addition according to the methodology of the study parental psychiatric disorders were controlled for and although I don't have access to the article here I have trouble believing that they wouldn't have scrutinised the parents for ADHD.

    I imagine it is called a childhood illness because ADHD, which is currently only able to be tested for via behavioral symptoms, only persists into adulthood for 30-50% of the cases. (wikipedia again) ( Bálint S, Czobor P, Mészáros A, Simon V, Bitter I (2008). "[Neuropsychological impairments in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a literature review]". Psychiatr Hung 23 (5): 324–35. PMID 19129549.)